Entertainment Weekly’s Top 50 Cult Movies

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Published in 2003, Entertainment Weekly Magazine described their Top 50 Cult Movies thusly: "most died at the box office, some of them horribly. Mangled and despised, they were re-animated on video. And now they compose our cultural Esperanto, a subliminal vocabulary of vaguely subversive images, ideas, and phrases that we continue to obsess over and dissect at parties, around water coolers, in bars, over the blaring banalities of the mainstream media din. They are Cult Movies...So if you take your dead evil and your buckaroos banzai-ed, pour yourself a tall glass of Kool-Aid and peruse this list…"

Note: Reader response to the original list was so great, that EW subsequently annexed their list with 11 “readers’ choice” picks. Why 11? Well, it's one longer, isn't it …?

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    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
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    Freaks

    1932 — a.k.a. The Monster Show, in 16 top lists Check
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    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 17 top lists Check
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    Pink Flamingos

    1972, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
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    Repo Man

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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    Scarface

    1983, in 17 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    The Shawshank Redemption

    1994, in 21 top lists Check
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    Wu du

    1978 — a.k.a. Five Deadly Venoms, in 3 top lists Check
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    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    1959, in 4 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    Eraserhead

    1977, in 17 top lists Check
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    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    1965 — a.k.a. The Leather Girls, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Warriors

    1979, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dazed and Confused

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
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    Lat sau san taam

    1992 — a.k.a. Hard Boiled, in 9 top lists Check
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    Evil Dead II

    1987 — a.k.a. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Mack

    1973, in 2 top lists Check
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    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    1985, in 2 top lists Check
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    Un chien andalou

    1929 — a.k.a. Un Chien Andalou, in 22 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Toxic Avenger

    1984, in 3 top lists Check
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    Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

    1971, in 6 top lists Check
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    Stranger Than Paradise

    1984, in 11 top lists Check
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    Dawn of the Dead

    1978 — a.k.a. Dawn of the Living Dead, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Wiz

    1978, in 0 top lists Check
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    Clerks

    1994, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Harder They Come

    1972, in 5 top lists Check
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    Slap Shot

    1977, in 1 top list Check
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    Re-Animator

    1985, in 4 top lists Check
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    Grey Gardens

    1975, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 21 top lists Check
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    Withnail & I

    1987, in 12 top lists Check
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    Showgirls

    1995, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Bucket of Blood

    1959, in 2 top lists Check
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    They Live

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Best of Everything

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    Barbarella

    1968, in 7 top lists Check
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    Heathers

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
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    Rushmore

    1998, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the...

    1984, in 4 top lists Check
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    Love Streams

    1984, in 8 top lists Check
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    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
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    Walking and Talking

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Decline of Western Civilization Part II:...

    1988, in 1 top list Check
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    Friday

    1995, in 1 top list Check
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    Faces of Death

    1978, in 2 top lists Check
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Last updated on Mar 7, 2012; source