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. 176 +245

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968, in 42 top lists Check
  2. 287 +120

    The Shining

    1980, in 26 top lists Check
  3. 174 +251

    Star Wars

    1977 — a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, in 36 top lists Check
  4. 308 -212

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
  5. 73 +366

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 32 top lists Check
  6. 166 -112

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
  7. 93 +382

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  8. 253 -51

    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
  9. 364 -217

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

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
  10. 9 +397

    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
  11. 7 +331

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  12. 330 -86

    Jaws

    1975, in 26 top lists Check
  13. 89 +215

    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
  14. 419 -5

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 33 top lists Check
  15. 435 -203

    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 24 top lists Check
  16. 275 +107

    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 25 top lists Check
  17. 170 +176

    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 29 top lists Check
  18. 71 +362

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  19. 228 +268

    The Wizard of Oz

    1939, in 33 top lists Check
  20. 361 -314

    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 25 top lists Check
  21. 205 +101

    Metropolis

    1927, in 33 top lists Check
  22. 88 +201

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
  23. 271 +65

    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
  24. 288 +157

    The Thing

    1982, in 20 top lists Check
  25. 457 -313

    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
  26. 230 -169

    Blue Velvet

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
  27. 280 +192

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
  28. 91 +236

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
  29. 493 -113

    Requiem for a Dream

    2000, in 19 top lists Check
  30. 348 +40

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  31. 441 -42

    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
  32. 338 -5

    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens

    1922 — a.k.a. Nosferatu, in 26 top lists Check
  33. 167 -101

    Brazil

    1985, in 20 top lists Check
  34. 263 +6

    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 21 top lists Check
  35. 1 +13

    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
  36. 239 -233

    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
  37. 238 +215

    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
  38. 304 -228

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
  39. 418 -13

    Shaun of the Dead

    2004, in 12 top lists Check
  40. 220 +203

    Stalker

    1979, in 23 top lists Check
  41. 442 +49

    The Wild Bunch

    1969, in 23 top lists Check
  42. 285 +43

    Night of the Living Dead

    1968, in 19 top lists Check
  43. 207 +106

    Mononoke-hime

    1997 — a.k.a. Princess Mononoke, in 17 top lists Check
  44. 455 -416

    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 23 top lists Check
  45. 458 -294

    Eraserhead

    1977, in 17 top lists Check
  46. 22 +50

    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
  47. 454 -443

    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
  48. 232 -91

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  49. 105 -4

    The Conversation

    1974, in 21 top lists Check
  50. 107 +9

    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check