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. 308 -212

    A Clockwork Orange

    1971, in 33 top lists Check
  2. 73 +366

    Taxi Driver

    1976, in 31 top lists Check
  3. 253 -51

    Goodfellas

    1990, in 30 top lists Check
  4. 9 +397

    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
  5. 7 +331

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  6. 330 -86

    Jaws

    1975, in 25 top lists Check
  7. 275 +107

    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 25 top lists Check
  8. 170 +176

    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 30 top lists Check
  9. 71 +362

    Sunset Blvd.

    1950 — a.k.a. Sunset Boulevard, in 32 top lists Check
  10. 205 +101

    Metropolis

    1927, in 34 top lists Check
  11. 88 +201

    M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder

    1931 — a.k.a. M, in 34 top lists Check
  12. 271 +65

    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
  13. 457 -313

    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 17 top lists Check
  14. 230 -169

    Blue Velvet

    1986, in 24 top lists Check
  15. 280 +192

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 21 top lists Check
  16. 91 +236

    The Night of the Hunter

    1955, in 30 top lists Check
  17. 493 -113

    Requiem for a Dream

    2000, in 19 top lists Check
  18. 348 +40

    Rosemary's Baby

    1968, in 21 top lists Check
  19. 441 -42

    The Searchers

    1956, in 25 top lists Check
  20. 263 +6

    Léon

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

    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
  22. 239 -233

    À bout de souffle

    1960 — a.k.a. Breathless, in 27 top lists Check
  23. 220 +203

    Stalker

    1979, in 23 top lists Check
  24. 455 -416

    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
  25. 454 -443

    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
  26. 232 -91

    Dog Day Afternoon

    1975, in 20 top lists Check
  27. 105 -4

    The Conversation

    1974, in 21 top lists Check
  28. 107 +9

    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check
  29. 64 +310

    Rebel Without a Cause

    1955, in 16 top lists Check
  30. 264 +7

    Les diaboliques

    1955 — a.k.a. Diabolique, in 16 top lists Check
  31. 42 +188

    Idi i smotri

    1985 — a.k.a. Come and See, in 23 top lists Check
  32. 63 +285

    Paris, Texas

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
  33. 78 +383

    Trois couleurs: Rouge

    1994 — a.k.a. Three Colors: Red, in 19 top lists Check
  34. 319 -134

    Freaks

    1932, in 16 top lists Check
  35. 189 -31

    Edward Scissorhands

    1990, in 8 top lists Check
  36. 229 -194

    Badlands

    1973, in 22 top lists Check
  37. 56 +251

    Midnight Cowboy

    1969, in 21 top lists Check
  38. 123 +256

    Repulsion

    1965, in 16 top lists Check
  39. 30 +115

    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
  40. 142 +358

    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 18 top lists Check
  41. 28 +94

    Days of Heaven

    1978, in 18 top lists Check
  42. 76 +383

    Trois couleurs: Bleu

    1993 — a.k.a. Three Colors: Blue, in 16 top lists Check
  43. 20 +49

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 20 top lists Check
  44. 394 -219

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    1986, in 9 top lists Check
  45. 401 -166

    In Bruges

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
  46. 4 +153

    Easy Rider

    1969, in 18 top lists Check
  47. 340 +10

    Peeping Tom

    1960, in 20 top lists Check
  48. 116 +154

    Le samouraï

    1967 — a.k.a. Le Samouraï, in 18 top lists Check
  49. 13 +3

    Almost Famous

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
  50. 102 -42

    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 18 top lists Check
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