500 Essential Cult Movies

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From the book by Jennifer Eiss. The list is arranged by chapter. Each chapter starts with a top 10 (in alphabetical order), followed by the "best of the rest" (in alphabetical order).

#1-83: Dramatic Situatons
#84-133: Gripping Tales
#134-165: Lights, Camera…!
#166-228: Visionary Universes
#229-280: Criminal Underworlds
#281-360: Tales of Terror
#361-432: Cult Humor
#433-453: The Wild Wild West
#454-502: Film Lab

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  1. 174 +251

    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
  2. 9 +397

    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
  3. 287 +120

    The Shining

    1980, in 26 top lists Check
  4. 89 +215

    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
  5. 457 -313

    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
  6. 275 +107

    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 25 top lists Check
  7. 228 +268

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
  8. 330 -86

    Jaws

    1975, in 26 top lists Check
  9. 308 -212

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
  10. 361 -314

    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 25 top lists Check
  11. 403 -156

    Juno

    2007, in 10 top lists Check
  12. 189 -31

    Edward Scissorhands

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
  13. 209 +120

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    1993, in 13 top lists Check
  14. 493 -113

    Requiem for a Dream

    2000, in 19 top lists Check
  15. 7 +331

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  16. 418 -13

    Shaun of the Dead

    2004, in 12 top lists Check
  17. 253 -51

    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
  18. 170 +176

    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 29 top lists Check
  19. 280 +192

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
  20. 263 +6

    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 21 top lists Check
  21. 166 -112

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
  22. 73 +366

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
  23. 176 +245

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
  24. 394 -219

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    1986, in 9 top lists Check
  25. 349 +46

    Saw

    2004, in 6 top lists Check
  26. 459 -289

    Fantasia

    1940, in 19 top lists Check
  27. 291 -289

    28 Days Later...

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
  28. 299 -244

    The Blair Witch Project

    1999, in 12 top lists Check
  29. 364 -217

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
  30. 435 -203

    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 24 top lists Check
  31. 401 -166

    In Bruges

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
  32. 93 +382

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  33. 271 +65

    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
  34. 288 +157

    The Thing

    1982, in 20 top lists Check
  35. 207 +106

    Mononoke-hime

    1997 — a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, in 17 top lists Check
  36. 419 -5

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  37. 172 +186

    Planet of the Apes

    1968, in 15 top lists Check
  38. 412 -77

    Office Space

    1999, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 13 +3

    Almost Famous

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
  40. 226 +243

    Unbreakable

    2000, in 4 top lists Check
  41. 385 -290

    Clerks

    1994, in 6 top lists Check
  42. 348 +40

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  43. 367 +17

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
  44. 368 +79

    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 20 top lists Check
  45. 312 -194

    Dawn of the Dead

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
  46. 363 -271

    A Christmas Story

    1983, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 370 +131

    Young Frankenstein

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
  48. 177 -164

    Akira

    1988, in 21 top lists Check
  49. 167 -101

    Brazil

    1985, in 19 top lists Check
  50. 205 +101

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check