We all have a movie that we love that was a critical or financial bomb that now seems to be everyone’s favorite film. Lets take a look at the top 10 best cult classics. Keep in mind that there are so many films that could have made this list, I’d love to hear your top 10 after reading mine!
10 Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Phantom is a personal favorite of mine because of the nostalgia attached to it. Following the story of William Leach who is horribly disfigured during an attempt to sabotage record producer, Swan who stole leaches music and gave it to another performer. The best thing about this movie is the soundtrack, reminiscent of Rocky Horror but more radio friendly.
Directed by Brian De Palma
Stars Paul Williams, William Finley, and Jessica Harper
9 Idiocracy (2006)
Does anyone remember Idiocracy in theaters? I don’t, I first came across this movie at a friends house and anytime its on TV I have to watch it. The satirical comedy follows Joe who is put into a hibernation program by the pentagon and wakes up 500 years in the future. Society is not the marvel of science that he was expecting but the exact opposite of that and on the verge of extinction. Think of this as a live action Futurama.
Directed by Mike Judge
Stars Luke Wilson, Terry Crews, Maya Rudolph, and Dax Shepard
8 Scott Pilgrim Vs the World (2010)
This movie should have done better and it should get an amazing sequel. It follows Scott Pilgrim, a lazy, emotional 20 year old who must defeat his girlfriends 7 exes to continue dating her. This movie features fantastic cameos from Chris Evans, Mae Whitman, Brie Larson, Brandon Routh, and Bill Hader.
Directed by Edgar Wright
Stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza, and Alison Pill
7 Donnie Darko (2001)
Who hasn’t seen Donnie Darko? Donnie Darko is a beautiful mesh of darkness, teen angst, and science fiction, its so good that it spawned a stage show and a sequel in S. Darko. You have to watch this movie a few times to really get the depth of it.
Directed by Richard Kelly
Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Patrick Swayze
6 The Boondock Saints (1999)
Lets be honest, the sequel, All Saints Day, wasn’t very good, but that doesn’t mean the the original is diminished in any way. Featuring two badass Irish brothers who go on a killing spree to rid Boston of its criminal activity, all in the name of God mind you, this movie takes you on a wild ride where you don’t expect what coming next. Do I have to remind you about the cat scene?
Directed by Troy Duffy
Stars Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, and Willem Dafoe
5 Fight Club (1999)
Those who know me know that Chuck Palahniuk is my favorite author. He has written some of the most disturbing novels of the last couple of decades, including Choke, which was adapted into a film featuring Sam Rockwell directed by Agent Coulson, I mean, Clark Gregg and Rant, which is also being adapted to film and featuring James Franco. Fight Club is no exception to that list of disturbing content. The title character, known only as “The Narrator”, suffers from insomnia and joins a fight club with Tyler Durden and then (in an effort to not spoil a 20 year old movie) weird stuff happens. Also, there’s an awesome cameo by Meat Loaf and 30 Seconds to Mars front man, Jared Leto.
Directed by David Fincher
Stars Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, and Helena Bonham Carter
4 Office Space (1999)
The premise is simple, 3 dudes that work together hate their boss and the company they work for and decide to do something about it. You could argue that Office Space influenced many future films and TV shows including Horrible Bosses, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Silicone Valley just to name a few. It has a catch phrase that everyone knows “Excuse me, I believe you have my stapler?”, you probably cant walk into an office building in North America and not find someone with a red stapler. Office Space burrowed its way into American Cinema History, and I am glad its there.
Directed by Mike Judge (Second Appearance on this list)
Stars Ron Livingston, Jennifer Aniston, David Herman, and Ajay Naidu
3 The Big Lebowski (1998)
Was Thor ripping off The Dude in Endgame? Or was a it a love letter to the Coen Brothers and Jeff Bridges? All The Dude wants is his rug replaced and they made a fantastic movie about it. Really, what more is there to say?
Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Steve Buscemi
2 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
During the break between seasons 3 and 4 of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the skit group thought up this ridiculous movie. Only someone under the influence of heavy narcotics could think of something this ridiculous. The movie largely centers around King Arthur who is looking for men to join the round table. This movie is as absurd as it is classic, featuring a murdering bunny, character names like Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir-Lancelot, and Sir Not-Appearing-in-this-Film, and a group known as Knights who say Ni! If you haven’t seen it, do it, or I’ll turn you into a newt.
Directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones
Stars Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin
1 The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Its hard to describe Rocky Horror and make it seem like a good movie to someone who’s never seen it. Its about a couple, Brad and Janet, who’s car breaks down around nothing except for a castle filled with weirdos who sing songs and a “Sweet Transvestite from Transexual Transylvania” named Dr Frank-N-Furter who is trying to build the perfect boy toy named “Rocky”. To put it mildly, its a weird movie, but its spawned a devoted, one could even say obsessed, fan base. Theaters across the country for decades have been featuring “Rocky Horror” screenings in which a cast acts out the movie (while its playing behind them) and enlists the crowd to help them sing the songs while performing rituals like the virgin auction, where audience members who have never seen the movie are auctioned off, the snapping of the rubber gloves, and throwing toast at the screen when Frank-N-Furter gives his toast at dinner. Not to mention, this is the worlds longest continuously showing movie in theaters. Make sure you watch the original, the new adaptation SUCKS.
Directed by Jim Sharman
Stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf
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Check out the video of Edgar Wright talking about the Phantom of the Paradise trailer