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. 312 -194

    Dawn of the Dead

    1978, in 14 top lists Check
  3. 175 +301

    Videodrome

    1983, in 16 top lists Check
  4. 177 -164

    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
  5. 87 +52

    Dirty Harry

    1971, in 14 top lists Check
  6. 199 +57

    Kôkaku Kidôtai

    1995 — a.k.a. Ghost in the Shell, in 13 top lists Check
  7. 138 +85

    Gwoemul

    2006 — a.k.a. The Host, in 12 top lists Check
  8. 139 +153

    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
  9. 193 -10

    Forbidden Planet

    1956, in 9 top lists Check
  10. 151 -13

    Dip huet seung hung

    1989 — a.k.a. The Killer, in 14 top lists Check
  11. 222 +221

    They Live

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
  12. 115 +139

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
  13. 320 -131

    From Dusk Till Dawn

    1996, in 2 top lists Check
  14. 233 -24

    Lat sau san taam

    1992 — a.k.a. Hard Boiled, in 10 top lists Check
  15. 143 +337

    The Warriors

    1979, in 5 top lists Check
  16. 136 +29

    Escape from New York

    1981, in 4 top lists Check
  17. 21 +49

    Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    1974, in 9 top lists Check
  18. 137 +41

    First Blood

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  19. 221 +203

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
  20. 157 +138

    The Man Who Would Be King

    1975, in 5 top lists Check
  21. 112 +42

    Duel

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
  22. 98 -70

    Assault on Precinct 13

    1976, in 6 top lists Check
  23. 225 +237

    TRON

    1982, in 5 top lists Check
  24. 214 +143

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    1959, in 4 top lists Check
  25. 146 -98

    Big Trouble in Little China

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 188 -32

    Dune

    1984, in 3 top lists Check
  27. 161 +242

    Shaft

    1971, in 8 top lists Check
  28. 277 +142

    Sonatine

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
  29. 227 +256

    Westworld

    1973, in 5 top lists Check
  30. 202 +75

    Logan's Run

    1976, in 4 top lists Check
  31. 237 +200

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    1974, in 5 top lists Check
  32. 252 -79

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    1965 — a.k.a. The Leather Girls, in 8 top lists Check
  33. 119 +211

    Nikita

    1990 — a.k.a. La Femme Nikita, in 4 top lists Check
  34. 183 -85

    Conan the Barbarian

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  35. 250 -98

    The Driver

    1978, in 5 top lists Check
  36. 427 +28

    The Toxic Avenger

    1984, in 3 top lists Check
  37. 135 -8

    Death Race 2000

    1975, in 4 top lists Check
  38. 279 +172

    Tôkyô nagaremono

    1966 — a.k.a. Tokyo Drifter, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 324 -103

    The Hitcher

    1986, in 2 top lists Check
  40. 315 -173

    Dog Soldiers

    2002, in 2 top lists Check
  41. 144 +334

    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
  42. 216 +169

    Rollerball

    1975, in 4 top lists Check
  43. 211 +126

    The Omega Man

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
  44. 152 +147

    El mariachi

    1992, in 4 top lists Check
  45. 408 -94

    The Monster Squad

    1987, in 2 top lists Check
  46. 150 -35

    Darkman

    1990, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 210 +122

    Nochnoy dozor

    2004 — a.k.a. Night Watch, in 2 top lists Check
  48. 149 -36

    Diabolik

    1968 — a.k.a. Danger: Diabolik, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 336 -38

    Maniac Cop

    1988, in 2 top lists Check
  50. 159 +216

    Red Dawn

    1984, in 3 top lists Check
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