Jennifer Eiss's 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. 364 -217

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 33 top lists Check
  2. 419 -5

    Singin' in the Rain

    1952, in 35 top lists Check
  3. 361 -314

    The Big Lebowski

    1998, in 25 top lists Check
  4. 418 -13

    Shaun of the Dead

    2004, in 12 top lists Check
  5. 381 -310

    Bringing Up Baby

    1938, in 22 top lists Check
  6. 368 +79

    This Is Spinal Tap

    1984, in 19 top lists Check
  7. 142 +358

    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 18 top lists Check
  8. 394 -219

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    1986, in 10 top lists Check
  9. 401 -166

    In Bruges

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
  10. 425 +7

    Sullivan's Travels

    1941, in 23 top lists Check
  11. 370 +131

    Young Frankenstein

    1974, in 13 top lists Check
  12. 5 +206

    Harold and Maude

    1971, in 18 top lists Check
  13. 66 +325

    Rushmore

    1998, in 10 top lists Check
  14. 367 +17

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    1975, in 11 top lists Check
  15. 403 -156

    Juno

    2007, in 12 top lists Check
  16. 366 -114

    Kind Hearts and Coronets

    1949, in 19 top lists Check
  17. 46 +213

    The Lady Eve

    1941, in 19 top lists Check
  18. 470 -347

    Dazed and Confused

    1993, in 7 top lists Check
  19. 385 -290

    Clerks

    1994, in 8 top lists Check
  20. 185 -55

    Delicatessen

    1991, in 14 top lists Check
  21. 293 -267

    Army of Darkness

    1992, in 6 top lists Check
  22. 77 +383

    Trois couleurs: Blanc

    1994 — a.k.a. Three Colors: White, in 11 top lists Check
  23. 415 -51

    The Producers

    1967, in 13 top lists Check
  24. 500 -19

    Week End

    1967 — a.k.a. Weekend, in 14 top lists Check
  25. 369 +126

    Withnail & I

    1987, in 12 top lists Check
  26. 222 +221

    They Live

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
  27. 374 -347

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    1944, in 8 top lists Check
  28. 412 -77

    Office Space

    1999, in 6 top lists Check
  29. 400 -192

    Happiness

    1998, in 8 top lists Check
  30. 466 -379

    C'est arrivé près de chez vous

    1992 — a.k.a. Man Bites Dog, in 10 top lists Check
  31. 115 +139

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
  32. 133 +357

    Wild at Heart

    1990, in 5 top lists Check
  33. 37 +158

    Ghost World

    2001, in 8 top lists Check
  34. 432 +66

    Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"

    1988 — a.k.a. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, in 14 top lists Check
  35. 389 -243

    Down by Law

    1986, in 9 top lists Check
  36. 499 -25

    F for Fake

    1973, in 10 top lists Check
  37. 365 -151

    Heathers

    1988, in 7 top lists Check
  38. 363 -271

    A Christmas Story

    1983, in 5 top lists Check
  39. 404 -144

    The Ladykillers

    1955, in 8 top lists Check
  40. 413 -58

    Pink Flamingos

    1972, in 9 top lists Check
  41. 469 -361

    Crumb

    1994, in 11 top lists Check
  42. 390 -230

    Election

    1999, in 7 top lists Check
  43. 392 -220

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    1982, in 7 top lists Check
  44. 461 -83

    Repo Man

    1984, in 8 top lists Check
  45. 141 +316

    Tremors

    1990, in 3 top lists Check
  46. 373 -363

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    1994, in 6 top lists Check
  47. 341 +11

    Phantom of the Paradise

    1974, in 4 top lists Check
  48. 335 -51

    The Lost Boys

    1987, in 3 top lists Check
  49. 181 -143

    Barbarella

    1968, in 7 top lists Check
  50. 53 +233

    Love Streams

    1984, in 7 top lists Check
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