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. 1 +13

    All About Eve

    1950, in 24 top lists Check
  2. 2 +48

    Black Narcissus

    1947, in 15 top lists Check
  3. 3 +50

    Blackboard Jungle

    1955, in 4 top lists Check
  4. 4 +153

    Easy Rider

    1969, in 18 top lists Check
  5. 5 +206

    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 17 top lists Check
  6. 6 +279

    The Lost Weekend

    1945, in 16 top lists Check
  7. 7 +331

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    1975, in 33 top lists Check
  8. 8 +336

    The Outsiders

    1983, in 2 top lists Check
  9. 9 +397

    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
  10. 10 +426

    The Swimmer

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
  11. 11 -8

    37°2 le matin

    1986 — a.k.a. Betty Blue, in 7 top lists Check
  12. 12 -4

    The Addiction

    1995, in 4 top lists Check
  13. 13 +3

    Almost Famous

    2000, in 9 top lists Check
  14. 14 +7

    Amores perros

    2000 — a.k.a. Amores Perros, in 15 top lists Check
  15. 15 +28

    The Beguiled

    1971, in 2 top lists Check
  16. 16 +28

    The Best of Everything

    1959, in 1 top list Check
  17. 17 +32

    Big Wednesday

    1978 — a.k.a. Summer of Innocence, in 3 top lists Check
  18. 18 +47

    The Boys in the Band

    1970, in 2 top lists Check
  19. 19 +48

    Breakin'

    1984, in 2 top lists Check
  20. 20 +49

    Brief Encounter

    1945, in 20 top lists Check
  21. 21 +49

    Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

    1974, in 9 top lists Check
  22. 22 +50

    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
  23. 23 +61

    Carny

    1980, in 1 top list Check
  24. 24 +69

    Cisco Pike

    1972, in 1 top list Check
  25. 25 +72

    Cockfighter

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
  26. 26 +91

    Das Experiment

    2001 — a.k.a. The Experiment, in 1 top list Check
  27. 27 +92

    The Dawn Patrol

    1938, in 1 top list Check
  28. 28 +94

    Days of Heaven

    1978, in 18 top lists Check
  29. 29 +107

    The Devils

    1971, in 10 top lists Check
  30. 30 +115

    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
  31. 31 +124

    The Duellists

    1977, in 3 top lists Check
  32. 32 +139

    Far from Heaven

    2002, in 8 top lists Check
  33. 33 +146

    Five Easy Pieces

    1970, in 14 top lists Check
  34. 34 +156

    Funny Games

    1997, in 11 top lists Check
  35. 35 +159

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

    1947, in 8 top lists Check
  36. 36 +160

    Ghosts... of the Civil Dead

    1988, in 1 top list Check
  37. 37 +158

    Ghost World

    2001, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 38 +160

    The Girl on a Motorcycle

    1968, in 1 top list Check
  39. 39 +160

    Glen or Glenda

    1953, in 2 top lists Check
  40. 40 +184

    House of Games

    1987, in 8 top lists Check
  41. 41 +185

    Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

    1964, in 3 top lists Check
  42. 42 +188

    Idi i smotri

    1985 — a.k.a. Come and See, in 23 top lists Check
  43. 43 +193

    In the Company of Men

    1997, in 5 top lists Check
  44. 44 +205

    Kids

    1995, in 4 top lists Check
  45. 45 +206

    The Killing of Sister George

    1968, in 2 top lists Check
  46. 46 +213

    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 18 top lists Check
  47. 47 +53

    Le mépris

    1963 — a.k.a. Contempt, in 16 top lists Check
  48. 48 +220

    Lenny

    1974, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 49 +223

    Les valseuses

    1974 — a.k.a. Going Places, in 6 top lists Check
  50. 50 +223

    Light Sleeper

    1992, in 3 top lists Check