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Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

Updated June 14, 2019 19.2k views50 items
Entertainment Weekly's list of the fifty best cult movies of all time. There's a reason why these are the best cult classic movies.
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  • 1
    This Is Spinal Tap is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    This Is Spinal Tap

    Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher

    Released1984

    Directed byRob Reiner

  • 2
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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  • 3
    Freaks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Freaks

    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

    Released1932

    Directed byTod Browning

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    #12 of 45 The Most Controversial Movies of All Time#87 of 134 The Best Movies You Never Want to Watch Again

  • 4
    Harold and Maude is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Harold and Maude

    Ruth Gordon, Tom Skerritt

    Released1971

    Directed byHal Ashby

  • 5
    Pink Flamingos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Pink Flamingos

    John Waters, Divine

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Waters

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    #821 of 922 The All-Time Greatest Comedy Films#58 of 70 The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Jessica Biel, R. Lee Ermey

    Released2003

    Directed byMarcus Nispel

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    #901 of 1,647 The Most Rewatchable Movies#46 of 714 The Best Horror Movies Of All Time

  • 7
    Repo Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Repo Man

    Jimmy Buffett, Emilio Estevez

    Released1984

    Directed byAlex Cox

  • 8
    Scarface is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Scarface

    Jean Harlow, Boris Karloff

    Released1932

    Directed byHoward Hawks, Richard Rosson

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  • 9
    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Blade Runner

    Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah

    Released1982

    Directed byRidley Scott

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  • 10
    The Shawshank Redemption is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    The Shawshank Redemption

    Morgan Freeman, Rita Hayworth

    Released1994

    Directed byFrank Darabont

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  • 11
    Five Deadly Venoms is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Five Deadly Venoms

    Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng

    Released1978

    Directed byChang Cheh

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  • 12
    Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge

    Released1959

    Directed byEd Wood

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  • 13
    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

  • 14
    Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 15
    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Tura Satana, Susan Bernard

    Released1965

    Directed byRuss Meyer

  • 16
    The Warriors is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    The Warriors

    Mercedes Ruehl, Robert Townsend

    Released1979

    Directed byWalter Hill

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  • 17
    Dazed and Confused is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Dazed and Confused

    Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich

    Released1993

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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    #2 of 204 The Best Drug Movies of All Time#29 of 252 The Funniest '90s Movies

  • 18
    Hard Boiled is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Hard Boiled

    Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

    Released1992

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • 19
    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Evil Dead II

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

  • 20
    The Mack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    The Mack

    Richard Pryor, Juanita Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byMichael Campus

  • 21
    Pee-wee's Big Adventure is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Phil Hartman, Morgan Fairchild

    Released1985

    Directed byTim Burton

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    An Andalusian Dog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    An Andalusian Dog

    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel

    Released1929

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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  • 23
    Akira is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Akira

    Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama

    Released1988

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

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  • 24
    The Toxic Avenger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    The Toxic Avenger

    Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen

    Released1984

    Directed byLloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Fa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Entertainment Weekly's Top 50 Cult Movies

    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson

    Released1971

    Directed byMel Stuart

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