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. 166 -112

    Blade Runner

    1982, in 31 top lists Check
  2. 93 +382

    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
  3. 330 -86

    Jaws

    1975, in 26 top lists Check
  4. 89 +215

    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
  5. 275 +107

    Reservoir Dogs

    1992, in 25 top lists Check
  6. 271 +65

    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
  7. 457 -313

    Donnie Darko

    2001, in 18 top lists Check
  8. 280 +192

    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
  9. 263 +6

    Léon

    1994 — a.k.a. Léon: The Professional, in 21 top lists Check
  10. 238 +215

    Touch of Evil

    1958, in 29 top lists Check
  11. 105 -4

    The Conversation

    1974, in 21 top lists Check
  12. 107 +9

    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check
  13. 123 +256

    Repulsion

    1965, in 16 top lists Check
  14. 30 +115

    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
  15. 142 +358

    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 18 top lists Check
  16. 102 -42

    Blowup

    1966 — a.k.a. Blow-Up, in 18 top lists Check
  17. 276 +111

    Rope

    1948, in 10 top lists Check
  18. 130 -31

    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 17 top lists Check
  19. 14 +7

    Amores perros

    2000 — a.k.a. Amores Perros, in 14 top lists Check
  20. 297 -256

    Batoru rowaiaru

    2000 — a.k.a. Battle Royale, in 8 top lists Check
  21. 86 +45

    Deliverance

    1972, in 14 top lists Check
  22. 290 +199

    The Wicker Man

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
  23. 118 +179

    The Manchurian Candidate

    1962, in 14 top lists Check
  24. 87 +52

    Dirty Harry

    1971, in 14 top lists Check
  25. 168 -48

    The Day the Earth Stood Still

    1951, in 13 top lists Check
  26. 289 +196

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    1962, in 12 top lists Check
  27. 104 -27

    Caché

    2005 — a.k.a. Hidden, in 14 top lists Check
  28. 139 +153

    Mad Max

    1979, in 12 top lists Check
  29. 84 -26

    Blood Simple

    1984, in 8 top lists Check
  30. 266 +15

    The Long Goodbye

    1973, in 12 top lists Check
  31. 92 +337

    Straw Dogs

    1971, in 10 top lists Check
  32. 349 +46

    Saw

    2004, in 6 top lists Check
  33. 194 +7

    Gojira

    1954 — a.k.a. Godzilla, in 10 top lists Check
  34. 171 +183

    Pi

    1998, in 6 top lists Check
  35. 475 -313

    Elephant

    2003, in 10 top lists Check
  36. 491 -128

    Primer

    2004, in 6 top lists Check
  37. 196 +41

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    1957, in 9 top lists Check
  38. 133 +357

    Wild at Heart

    1990, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 236 +124

    Point Blank

    1967, in 14 top lists Check
  40. 143 +337

    The Warriors

    1979, in 5 top lists Check
  41. 311 -202

    Cube

    1997, in 4 top lists Check
  42. 117 +176

    Manhunter

    1986, in 5 top lists Check
  43. 79 +387

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    1992, in 6 top lists Check
  44. 337 -13

    Near Dark

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
  45. 247 -113

    Der amerikanische Freund

    1977 — a.k.a. The American Friend, in 7 top lists Check
  46. 137 +41

    First Blood

    1982, in 3 top lists Check
  47. 111 +39

    Dressed to Kill

    1980, in 4 top lists Check
  48. 54 +246

    Marnie

    1964, in 8 top lists Check
  49. 112 +42

    Duel

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
  50. 98 -70

    Assault on Precinct 13

    1976, in 6 top lists Check
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