Top 70 Best Cult Classic Movies Of All Time

Shivam ParasharShivam-Updated Oct 10, 2021

Cult Classic Movies


Among all the genres and subgenres of films that are popular among cinema enthusiasts worldwide, one that has been heard often of late is the category of "cult-classic" movies.


Though cult films are repeatedly categorized as one single genre, they belong to a wide range of categories.


In fact, many of these feature films come within the ambit of being called cult classics because they don't follow a conventional narrative and encompass numerous genres in their storytelling.


That said, what is common about these movies is the fact that they amass a massive following among the masses and carry great repeat value.


Needless to say, watching a cult motion picture in a theatre full of its die-hard devotees, who are even seen replicating the costumes of their favorite characters from these films, is an experience worth cherishing in itself.


What also adds to the uniqueness of these movies is that the committed fans not only go to an extent to catch their favorite cult classics in theatres and through DVDs alone, but they also support their choices endlessly on the internet.


These film buffs also often go overboard by quoting the popular punchlines of these titles in their day-to-day lives, ensuring that the cult of these movies spread like wildfire, thus, adding more admirers to their respective fanbases.


Keeping the aforesaid statements in mind, let us take a deeper look at 70 most distinguished cult classic feature films of all time:



70. Ghostbusters (1984)


Ghostbusters (1984)


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Title Ghostbusters
Year 1984
Watch time 105 min
Directors Ivan Reitman
Cast Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis
Box Office $238.63M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 71
Writers Dan Aykroyd
Music By Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography By László Kovács
Costume By Marvin March


A highly exaggerated concept that was made to look believable by its actors and makers, ‘Ghostbusters’ is one of the most renowned crowd-pleasing classics of all time.


This one is a rewatchable motion picture with a strong visual appeal. The fact that its authentic concept and catchy sound design still hold up well is no joke.


Having said that, even though this movie has a script in place, it doesn’t exactly have a purpose but that does not take anything away from its massy attraction.


The wise Bill Murray in the lead is a major plus for the fans as the actor carries his goodwill and proficiency as a performer throughout the movie.


Having said that, this engaging feature film continues to be relished by the kids, adults, and teens alike and is certain to retain its appeal for years to come.



69. Tombstone (1993)


Tombstone (1993)


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Title Tombstone
Year 1993
Watch time 130 min
Directors George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre
Cast Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton
Box Office $56.51M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 50
Writers Kevin Jarre
Music By Bruce Broughton
Cinematography By William A. Fraker
Costume By Catherine Hardwicke


Not often is a film hailed as a cult classic immediately after its release, but such was the case with directors George P. Cosmatos and Kevin Jarre’s ‘Tombstone’. The film starred a host of Hollywood stars including the likes of Kurt Russell, Van Kilmer, Sam Elliott, and Dana Delaney.


Banking on its decent theatrical outing, steady DVD sales, and good television ratings, the fans of this cult classic often call it the best Western made in the past quarter-century.


Its cult following is often attributed to its close-to-perfect 1880s costuming, the noteworthy portrayal of figures of history, and lavish sets; each of which continues to make it look attractive even today.


In addition, its over-the-top plot and exciting execution of the same only help this feature film justify its cult status.



68. Titanic (1997)


Titanic (1997)


Entity Detail
Title Titanic
Year 1997
Watch time 194 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates
Box Office $659.33M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 75
Writers James Cameron
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Russell Carpenter
Costume By Peter Lamont


When it was first released in 1997, James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ changed the definition of “records” itself and turned out to be the biggest box office blockbuster in the history of cinema with a global gross of over 2 billion dollars.


In order to showcase the fate of the biggest ocean liner of its time, Cameron merged the disaster elements of the motion picture with an ageless love story that brought immense love and accolades to its lead stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.


More than twenty years post its release, Titanic continues to be one of the most impactful feature films ever produced.


Its cult status doesn’t just stem from the fact that it was based on arguably the worst cruise ship disaster of all time, but also because it was the story of real people and had a tinge of romance and melodrama injected in its screenplay.


The main song of this film, ‘My Heart Will Go On’, coupled with one-liners like, “I’ll never let go, Jack”, “I’m the king of the world”, and “You jump, I jump”, only added to the film’s glory and continue to stir the audiences even today.



67. The Goonies (1985)


The Goonies (1985)


Entity Detail
Title The Goonies
Year 1985
Watch time 114 min
Directors Richard Donner
Cast Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman
Box Office $61.50M
IMDb Rating 7.8
Metascore 62
Writers Chris Columbus
Music By Dave Grusin
Cinematography By Nick McLean
Costume By Linda DeScenna


Seldom does a motion picture comes that touches our hearts, educates us, and makes us laugh at the same time.


One such cult classic is the Richard Donner directorial venture, ‘The Goonies’. A film that continues to please adults and young children alike even to this very day, it was one of the home-favorites of the VHS-friendly 1980s.


Aside from the camaraderie between its main protagonists, what works for this movie is the timeless message that it carries; one that tries to convey that a lot can be achieved through teamwork than by working alone and that if one puts their mind to something, no power in the world can stop them from getting that particular job done.



66. Dawn of the Dead (1978)


Dawn of the Dead (1978)


Entity Detail
Title Dawn of the Dead
Year 1978
Watch time 127 min
Directors George A. Romero
Cast David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross
Box Office $5.10M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 71
Writers George A. Romero
Music By Dario Argento Goblin
Cinematography By Michael Gornick
Costume By Josie Caruso Barbara Lifsher


Considered to be a game-changer of sorts when it first hit the screens in the late 70s, this zombie thriller is set in a mall that is loaded by the living dead.


However, it’s not that this motion picture has developed a loyal following because of its zombie-themed horror, but also because it also sporadically works as a social satire.


The satire may not exactly be subtle and that truly adds to the fun elements of this motion picture.


The make-up here may not look as authentic as they do in zombie flicks of the modern era, but they are so raw and rough that they still manage to make an impression.


In addition, the blood-soaked horror, lowbrow one-liners, and the setting help the fans big time in revisiting this classic in search of pure fun.



65. The Holy Mountain (1973)


The Holy Mountain (1973)


Depicting the journey of a Christ-like figure, this motion picture has developed a cult fanbase after repeated viewing by its followers.


The big and loony set-pieces coupled with an ambiguous storyline is what adds to this film’s charm, which, in turn, also ascertains that this feature film may not be everyone’s cup of tea.


Its intense imagery and the strange but fascinating attraction deserve an open-minded viewing experience; one that is certain to leave the mind spellbound if one allows it to.


Having said that, this cult classic is a piece of picturization that cannot be examined in the conventional sense of the word, and its director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s quest for surrealism is more than apparent in its storytelling.



64. Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Entity Detail
Title Night of the Living Dead
Year 1968
Watch time 96 min
Directors George A. Romero
Cast Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman
Box Office $0.09M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 89
Writers John A. Russo
Music By George A. Romero
Cinematography By George A. Romero
Costume By Charles O'Dato


One of the greatest independent horror feature films of all time, George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' is a true cult classic not only because of the horror elements that it carries but also because it enmeshes them with a lot of subtexts and messages.


While paving the way for contemporary zombie movies, it never fails to convey that it is humans who are a problem in this mortal world.


Right from the start in the graveyard to the end in the Pennsylvania farmhouse, Romero's attempt to explore how human beings would handle an emergency in which their very own lives are on the line is what forms the underlying theme of the plotline.


This exploration of the polarizing human is what has given this cult classic a distinctive touch.



63. The Blues Brothers (1980)


The Blues Brothers (1980)


Entity Detail
Title The Blues Brothers
Year 1980
Watch time 133 min
Directors John Landis
Cast John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Cab Calloway, John Candy
Box Office $57.23M
IMDb Rating 7.9
Metascore 60
Writers Dan Aykroyd
Music By Stephen M. Katz
Cinematography By George Folsey Jr.
Costume By Henry Larrecq


A love letter of sorts to the city of Chicago, 'The Blues Brothers' has scattered moments of brilliance that continue to justify the cult following that it has managed to assemble over the years.


The film traces the journey of Jake Blues, who has just been released from prison, and his brother Elwood, who embark on a mission to raise funds for the orphanage that they grew up in by doing what they do best: play good music.


Not surprisingly then, the music in this feature film continues to make its fans tap their feel, all while giving them a good share of laugh and action in the locales of Chicago.


Helmed by John Landis, this movie doesn’t justify its cult status because it’s Oscar-worthy material, but because it has the power to make its viewers feel something for whatever reason that they relate to it; thus, thickening its unique stature in popular culture.



62. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)


A Fistful of Dollars (1964)


Credited with initiating the popularity of the Spaghetti Western genre, ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ was the first feature film of Sergio Leone’s immensely acclaimed Dollars trilogy.


The filmmaker’s first masterpiece managed to achieve its cult status as it showcased his obsession with hard faces, grimy humans, and stylized violence with unparalleled conviction.


This project didn’t just turn actor Clint Eastwood into a star in his right but also gave the viewers a glimpse of the extraordinary background score by the late and great, Ennio Morricone.


Tipped to be unofficially based on legendary director Akira Kurosawa’s ‘Yojimbo’, this classic continues to appear as revolutionary today as it did when it was first released across cinemas worldwide.


The crisp editing and catchy punchlines do not make the fans of the genre feel that this movie was released more than five decades ago.


No wonder then that Eastwood’s “You shoot to kill, you better hit the heart” continues to sound as whistle-worthy today as it did during the time that it first became so popular.



61. Dances With Wolves (1990)


Dances With Wolves (1990)


Entity Detail
Title Dances with Wolves
Year 1990
Watch time 181 min
Directors Kevin Costner
Cast Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant
Box Office $184.21M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 72
Writers Michael Blake
Music By John Barry
Cinematography By Dean Semler
Costume By Jeffrey Beecroft


The first Western feature to win an Oscar for Best Picture since 1931’s ‘Cimarron’, this motion picture which was directed by and starred Kevin Costner in the lead, won a lot of accolades soon after its release.


Set in the untamed plains of the great American West, ‘Dances with Wolves’ is often credited with uplifting the genre of modern-day Western mainstream films.


What truly makes this motion picture a seminal one is a fact that it took the route less taken and presented the Native Americans as complex but often courageous characters; something that had been missing in erstwhile Hollywood westerners.


A major victory in Western filmmaking, this cult classic is rich in detail and has a simple story to tell; but it does it so amazing that it comes off as both visionary and ambitious at the same time.



60. The Wizard of Oz (1939)


The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Entity Detail
Title The Wizard of Oz
Year 1939
Watch time 102 min
Directors Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor
Cast Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr
Box Office $2.08M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 92
Writers Noel Langley
Music By Harold Rosson
Cinematography By Blanche Sewell
Costume By Adrian


‘The Wizard of Oz’ is a live-action mainstream feature that was truly ahead of its time when it was released.


This cult classic that revolves around themes of fantasy and perseverance was nominated for six Academy Awards.


It developed a loyal following its theatrical outing years ago curtesy of its attempt to express that there is no solidarity without stability and that one should always come to the aid of their friends and family when needed.


Banking on Judy Garland’s noteworthy portrayal of Dorothy, some fine use of technicolor, decent background score, and fantastical storytelling and characters, this trailblazing motion picture has aged well and has continued to have its fanbase intact, especially among the children.



59. The Graduate (1967)


The Graduate (1967)


Entity Detail
Title The Graduate
Year 1967
Watch time 106 min
Directors Mike Nichols
Cast Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels
Box Office $104.95M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 83
Writers Calder Willingham
Music By Robert Surtees
Cinematography By Sam O'Steen
Costume By George R. Nelson


Nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1968 and winning one for the Best Director, ‘The Graduate’ sparked controversies post its theatrical release for its transgressive plot.


A film that emphasized the generational conflict in the 60s, it was a big break for its lead star Dustin Hoffman who rose to prominence following the release of this film.


That said, besides the good conventional traits that help any film come across as good to the average viewer, what truly pushed this Mike Nichols-helmed project into being called a cult classic is the fact that it was released during a time when teenagers were hellbent on rebelling against their parents who were caught up with upholding the traditional middle-class values.


A smash hit upon its release, this motion picture is worth revisiting also because it strives to cast light on how the alienated youth denies the various sources of alienation even today.



58. The Terminator (1984)


The Terminator (1984)


Entity Detail
Title The Terminator
Year 1984
Watch time 107 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Arnold S, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield
Box Office $38.40M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 84
Writers James Cameron
Music By Brad Fiedel
Cinematography By Adam Greenberg
Costume By Maria Caso


A genre-defining motion picture that mixes elements of science fiction and horror, this seemingly B-movie turned out to be such a big box office hit that it established its lead star Arnold Schwarzenegger as a force to reckon with in Hollywood-land.


This James Cameron directorial venture thrived on the effectiveness of its performances, cinematography, and a script full of relentless action and suspense.


However, what consolidated its cult following over the years among the masses is that its man vs machine theme and humungous sale of merchandise each worked better than they were originally expected to.


Cameron’s commendable filmmaking debut is a carefully crafted mainstream project that provides a larger than viewing experience, and still enjoys a dedicated fandom across the globe.



57. The Exorcist (1973)


The Exorcist (1973)


Entity Detail
Title The Exorcist
Year 1973
Watch time 122 min
Directors William Friedkin
Cast Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb
Box Office $232.91M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 81
Writers William Peter Blatty
Music By Owen Roizman
Cinematography By Norman Gay Evan A. Lottman
Costume By John Robert Lloyd


Tipped to be the scariest horror feature film produced to date, ‘The Exorcist’ scared many a fan out of theatres upon its release back in the early 70s.


The film, which tells the horrifying story of a girl possessed by the devil, provoked puking and heart-attacks in cinemas; unhappening incidents that only solidified its cult over the years.


Based on the eponymous novel by William Peter Blatty, this supernatural horror continues to terrorize the viewers even today because it relies primarily on its atmospheric setting and believable performances to create a thrilling screening experience.


In addition, this cult classic also grew in stature because several malignant occurrences became a regular on the sets where the film was filmed.


Even chilling was the fact that nine cast and crew members of this motion picture met with their respective deaths both during the making and after the theatrical release of this masterpiece.



56. Donnie Darko (2001)


Donnie Darko (2001)


Entity Detail
Title Donnie Darko
Year 2001
Watch time 113 min
Directors Richard Kelly
Cast Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne
Box Office $1.48M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 88
Writers Richard Kelly
Music By Michael Andrews
Cinematography By Steven Poster
Costume By Alec Hammond


Released two decades ago, ‘Donnie Darko’ starred a young Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead and was a box office smash that earned the respect of both the fans and critics alike.


A cult classic with a cross-generational appeal, this motion picture resonated with its core fanbase and film students who continue to revisit it to uncover the incredibly layered details in its storytelling.


As unusual and complex as its script is though, the fact that it still inspires debates not only among cinema enthusiasts but also among the youngsters who feel a tad anxious and insecure during their age of adolescence; something that makes its fans feel that it is their story after all.



55. Young Frankenstein (1974)


Young Frankenstein (1974)


Entity Detail
Title Young Frankenstein
Year 1974
Watch time 106 min
Directors Mel Brooks
Cast Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle
Box Office $86.30M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 80
Writers Gene Wilder
Music By John Morris
Cinematography By Gerald Hirschfeld
Costume By Dale Hennesy


A classic horror-comedy that has successfully stood the test of time, ‘Young Frankenstein’ credits its cult appeal to both the slapstick and classy humor infused in its inimitable screenplay.


Mostly playing as a tribute to classic monster movies of mid 20th century, its screenplay features Gene Wilder as Dr. Fredrick Frankenstein.


An almost impossible motion picture to be duplicated in today’s times, the fans have only witnessed their affection grow for it and have ensured that this classic continues to be remembered for decades to come.


Not to forget that this one is also one of the most quotable feature films ever made courtesy of punchlines like, “What knockers!”, “What hump?”, and the very exciting, “It’s pronounced ‘Fronkensteen’”; each of which has become a part of the vocabulary list of American cinema buffs.



54. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)


Entity Detail
Title The Nightmare Before Christmas
Year 1993
Watch time 76 min
Directors Henry Selick
Cast Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey
Box Office $75.08M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 82
Writers Tim Burton
Music By Danny Elfman
Cinematography By Pete Kozachik
Costume By Allison Abbate


Director Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ might be set in Halloween Town but there are no arguments about it being a Christmas movie.


It didn’t take long for the viewers to get obsessed with its stylized stop-motion animation style, evocative narrative, and original treatment.


Slowly but steadily, this motion picture turned into a cult classic courtesy of the merchandise sales, theme park overlays, and video games that it inspired.


The fact that its DVD sales allowed the fans of this title to play and replay the delectable sequences as many times as they wished only supported the film in solidifying its following with the passage of time.



53. Jaws (1975)


Jaws (1980)


Entity Detail
Title Jaws
Year 1975
Watch time 124 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary
Box Office $260.00M
IMDb Rating 8
Metascore 87
Writers Peter Benchley
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Bill Butler
Costume By John M. Dwyer


Filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ is not just a story about sharks. It has underlying themes that encompass issues like extramarital sex and a father’s incapability to take care of his family that is falling apart.


Its cult following doesn’t just stem from the fact that it scared a generation of people from entering the waters, but also because it turned out to be a genre-defining hit banking on its artistic, financial, and demographic design.


A film to be remembered and revisited for its army of fans, this one also comprised a noteworthy catchphrase that continues to ring in the ears of those who started fearing the waters soon after this tent-pole’s release: “See it before you go swimming!”



52. The Third Man (1949)


The Third Man (1949)


Famous for its setting of paranoia, 'The Third Man' is quite possibly the best black-and-white motion picture of all time for its faithful fans across the globe.


A cult classic that thrives on its eye-catching cinematography, great use of camera lenses, and memorable performances, this Carol Reed directorial venture continues to hold its importance not only because of the exceptional practice of cinema technique of the time but also because of its underlying theme and their subsequent impact on film scholars.


However, what adds to the overall stature of this feature film is the incredible climactic encounter which leaves the viewers enthralled and glued to their seats even to this very day.


Deemed by many as the best British movie of all time, it won the Oscars for the best black-and-white cinematography and is a cinematic masterpiece to be remembered for generations to come.



51. Rocky (1976)


Rocky (1976)


Entity Detail
Title Rocky
Year 1976
Watch time 120 min
Directors John G. Avildsen
Cast Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
Box Office $117.24M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 70
Writers Sylvester Stallone
Music By Bill Conti
Cinematography By James Crabe
Costume By Ray Molyneaux


Nominated for ten Oscars, this sports drama is an underdog story about a guy, who, like any other human being once in their life, feels aimless and thinks almost lowly of himself every day.


However, things soon change for the better and the once hopeless Rocky soon transforms into the iconic boxing legend, Rocky Balboa.


The Best Picture winner at the Oscars, 'Rocky' propelled Sylvester Stallone to instant stardom and turned him into an overnight sensation with its unpredictable box office success.


Ever since its release more than 40 years ago, the film has developed a cult following.


Among its most admired aspects are Rocky's endearing relationship with his girlfriend Adrian, Stallone's inspiring performance, and Balboa's iconic catchphrase, "Yo, Adrian! I did it"; which continues to move the ardent fans of this cult classic to tears.



50. Fargo (1996)


Fargo (1996)


Entity Detail
Title Fargo
Year 1996
Watch time 98 min
Directors Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
Box Office $24.61M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 85
Writers Ethan Coen
Music By Carter Burwell
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Rick Heinrichs


Ethan and Joel Coen’s comedy-thriller ‘Fargo’ has been considered a classic ever since it first hit the theatres more than two decades ago.


Set in the snowy landscapes of Minnesota and North Dakota, the film banks on Frances McDormand’s Marge: a non-nonsense detective tasked with investigating the merciless slaying of a state trooper and two locals.


This motion picture is a surefire cult classic not only because of its eye-popping cinematography, exotic plot, and remarkable performances but also because its serious screenplay carries shades of humor that are not slapstick yet capable of invoking laughs.


In addition, the brutality of the climate amplifies the grotesque crimes that are committed, thus, adding to the grim setting of the film.


One of the two big Oscar winners that the Coen Brothers have enjoyed to date, this crime-drama has ensured that the fans of the filmmaker duo continue to revisit this classic as and when they please.



49. The Sixth Sense (1999)


The Sixth Sense (1999)


Entity Detail
Title The Sixth Sense
Year 1999
Watch time 107 min
Directors M. Night Shyamalan
Cast Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams
Box Office $293.51M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 64
Writers M. Night Shyamalan
Music By James Newton Howard
Cinematography By Tak Fujimoto
Costume By Larry Fulton


More than two decades ago, a strange feature film about a nine-year-old boy who sees ghosts hit the cinemas and turned out to be a runaway hit in no time.


Despite its grim subject, this M. Night Shyamalan directorial venture connected with viewers worldwide and established itself as a loved cult classic.


The twist in the climax, the authentic performances, and the overwhelming sub-plots helped ‘The Sixth Sense’ amass an unthinkable following in popular culture.


The universal themes of life and death in its jaw-dropping screenplay were also aided by the timelessness of Cole’s (played Haley Joel Osment) delivery of “I see dead people”; a simple yet iconic tagline that continues to be associated with this must-see blockbuster and incites its followers to get back to screening it repeatedly.



48. The Big Lebowski (1998)


The Big Lebowski (1998)


Entity Detail
Title The Big Lebowski
Year 1998
Watch time 117 min
Directors Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi
Box Office $17.50M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 71
Writers Ethan Coen
Music By Carter Burwell
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Rick Heinrichs


Among the most popular cult classics in popular culture, Coen Brothers’ ‘The Big Lebowski’ is one motion picture that gained its significance only after its theatrical release.


Often passed as a beloved hangout feature film, it has banked on its cool characters, colorful performances, and catchy punchlines to leave an impression on the minds of the innumerable number of “Dude” followers in the cinematic universe.


So dedicated is its fan following and so weird is its storytelling that this feature film’s larger-than-life stature only continues to get larger with time.


To top that, one isn’t surprised to see Dude fans dressing up as their favorite character and uttering the immensely popular, “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man” to the naysayers of this dope movie.



47. Trainspotting (1996)


Trainspotting (1996)


Danny Boyle’s mid-90s masterpiece ‘Trainspotting’ is credited to be the most significant ‘anti-drug motion picture released to date.


The hard-hitting portrayal of the drug scene in Edinburgh has rationalized its position as a cult classic due to the realism of its execution and because of the social message that it carries.


This feature film is also important because it has allowed addicts across the globe to believe in the fact that there is life after addiction, and that there is always room to improve if one truly has the will to get better.


Also, the weird characters do their best to present a cynical yet satirical view of British society from the 80s.



46. Blade Runner (1982)


Blade Runner (1982)


Entity Detail
Title Blade Runner
Year 1982
Watch time 117 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos
Box Office $32.87M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 84
Writers Hampton Fancher
Music By Vangelis
Cinematography By Jordan Cronenweth
Costume By Lawrence G. Paull


One of the very few movies of the 80s that merged elements of neo-noir with science fiction, ‘Blade Runner’ is a true-blue cult classic that is still considered to be one of the most influential movies of the genre.


What adds to the charm of its screenplay is the fact that it raises a lot many questions about personhood, all while riding high on its immaculate production design and immersive atmosphere; both of which have continued to be trendsetters of the category.


This Ridley Scott-helmed project not only asks questions about the meaning of life but also answers some of these queries for its ardent fans.


The complicated narrative is also rich with deep sub-themes and terrific performances.



45. Jurassic Park (1993)


Jurassic Park (1993)


Entity Detail
Title Jurassic Park
Year 1993
Watch time 127 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough
Box Office $402.45M
IMDb Rating 8.1
Metascore 68
Writers Michael Crichton
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Rick Carter


Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jurassic Park’ is quite possibly the most popular cult classic of the modern era.


A box office hit of epic proportions; this science fiction adventure drama allowed its scare-inducing dinosaurs to capture the imagination of its diehard fans.


In fact, the film made the youngsters believe that this is exactly how the now-extinct species looked when they lived.


Thriving on improved technology that ensured jaw-dropping sequences, the cult of this movie has also been justified by the presence of its terrifying monster T-Rex, and the sensational background score by John Williams.


The incredible repeat value of this motion picture continues to ensure an eye-popping viewing experience for its happy fans.



44. Some Like It Hot (1959)


Some Like It Hot (1959)


Entity Detail
Title Some Like It Hot
Year 1959
Watch time 121 min
Directors Billy Wilder
Cast Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft
Box Office $25.00M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 98
Writers Billy Wilder
Music By Adolph Deutsch
Cinematography By Charles Lang
Costume By Agnes Flanagan


A story about two male musicians who dress up as women to join a women’s band, ‘Some Like It Hot’ continues to be a hot favorite cult classic among its fans of all age groups.


This feature film does not only continue to be popular because iconic actors like Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon stayed true to their parts but also because amid all the razzle-dazzle entertainment, it very subtly conveyed that no one in the world is perfect and that is exactly what gives humans a room to improve as they progress.


Even though a black and white mainstream feature, the screenplay in it is very detailed and full of humor and excitement.



43. Chinatown (1974)


Chinatown (1974)


Entity Detail
Title Chinatown
Year 1974
Watch time 130 min
Directors Roman Polanski
Cast Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
Box Office $8.49M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 92
Writers Robert Towne
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By John A. Alonzo
Costume By Richard Sylbert


With a soundtrack that adds more depth to its storytelling and with Jack Nicholson’s mind-blowing roleplay that only feels even more engaging every single time that one sits through this movie, ‘Chinatown’ is lauded as one of the best detective dramas in the history of motion pictures.


The bright cinematography aided by a noteworthy supporting cast and memorable quotes to pack a solid punch.


Having said that, this cult classic stands true to its status courtesy of its story structure, subtilities, and symbolism; each of which is used in film schools to teach aspiring actors and moviemakers.


Another reason why fans of this feature film hold it close to their hearts is the fact that it allows the mystery to unfold in a sophisticated manner without overdoing things; something that is evident as the story inches closer to its heart-wrenching finale.



42. For a Few Dollars More (1965)


For a Few Dollars More (1965)


The second feature film by director Sergio Leone to make it to this list, 'For a Few Dollars More' traces the voyage of two bounty hunters who team up to hunt down a Western outlaw.


Starring the young Clint Eastwood as a pessimistic bounty hunter who teams up with Lee Van Cleef as Colonel Douglas Mortimer, this one is a sequel to the much successful, 'A Fistful of Dollars.' Relying on amazing characters, outstanding storytelling, iconic scenes, and a superb background score, this cult classic continues to age like fine wine.


Add to that the fact that the clean and awesome script and action are aided by neat catchphrases, making it quite possibly the most favorite among the Dollars trilogy.



41. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)


Entity Detail
Title Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Year 1989
Watch time 127 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, Alison Doody, Denholm Elliott
Box Office $197.17M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 65
Writers Jeffrey Boam
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Douglas Slocombe
Costume By Emilio Ardura


Even though 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' talks a bit about the Nazis, the age-old artifacts, and the greed of man, it also attempts to dig deeper this time and incorporates a daddy-issues drama in its classic screenplay.


This underlying family theme, along with the exciting adventure that tags along, helped the Steven Spielberg directorial venture maintain its cult status among its ardent fans.


In addition, the splashes of humor in the plot and the already popular costumes have only made it an even more significant feature film over the years.


A wholesome end to the treasure-seekers story, this movie has truly been celebrated and preserved among Indiana Jones diehards for the right reasons.



40. Taxi Driver (1976)


Taxi Driver (1976)


Entity Detail
Title Taxi Driver
Year 1976
Watch time 114 min
Directors Martin Scorsese
Cast Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks
Box Office $28.26M
IMDb Rating 8.2
Metascore 94
Writers Paul Schrader
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Michael Chapman
Costume By Ruth Morley


This Martin Scorsese directorial venture was hailed as an instant classic soon after it hit the cinemas in 1976.


Not only did this turn its director and lead actor Robert De Niro into screen sensations, but the former's portrayal of Travis Bickle turned it into an immortal on-screen character.


Bicke's heroic punchline, "You talkin' to me?" is easily among the most celebrated film lines of all time and has found a rightful place in the list of the top ten film lines by the American Film Institute.


What added to the cult of this motion picture was the fact that several dialogues in the film, including the aforementioned catchphrase, were improvised by its lead actor himself.


Not only has the character been imitated in costume parties across the globe, but it has turned out to be one of the most studied movie characters of all time.


Aside from the excellent performances, detailed direction, and a decent soundtrack, what truly adds to its magnificence is that it is as much a story about vigilantism, loneliness, and urban erosion.



39. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)


Koyaanisqatsi (1982)


Not often does a film without a proper narrative structure, characters, or a coherent plot falls within the ambit of being dubbed a cult classic.


However, director Godfrey Reggio's masterpiece is as distinctive as its title. This classic movie banks on its catchy cinematography and a terrific original score to set the tone for what is to follow.


Reggio's direction is key in this highly "environmental" and atmospheric feature which has assembled a niche fan following.


Even though many film buffs and critics may have been unable to catch this peculiar film on the big screen, they continue to be fascinated by its originality through its DVD screenings.


This polarizing screenplay rationalizes its cult status because whosoever has chanced upon it, has either ended up loving it, hating it, or has been completely unaware of what it pledges to convey.


Be that as it may, one cannot deny the fact that this classic continues to be evaluated even to this very day.



38. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)


Lawrence of Arabia (1962)


A film that continues to look beautiful after almost five years of its theatrical release, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ brings to its hardcore fans the story of Thomas Edward Lawrence: one of the most well-recognized heroes of World War I.


Director David Lean traces Lawrence’s journey in the deserts of Arabia and stars an ensemble cast headlined by the talented Peter O’ Toole and supported by the likes of Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, and Anthony Quinn among others; each of whom portrays their characters with great conviction.


The fans of this cult classic call it the finest epic ever produced purely because they continue to learn and discover something new each time that they re-watch it.


This motion picture was nominated for ten Oscars and won seven of them, including big wins like Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Director respectively.



37. Vertigo (1958)


Vertigo (1958)


Entity Detail
Title Vertigo
Year 1958
Watch time 128 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore
Box Office $3.20M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 100
Writers Alec Coppel
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Robert Burks
Costume By Henry Bumstead Hal Pereira


Another motion picture that failed at the box office but managed to attain a cult status through DVD sales and television ratings over the years, Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’ continues to be reexamined by film historians and students alike for its extraordinary storytelling, visual appeal, and character development.


That said, this cult classic, through the legendary James Stewart’s on-screen portrayal, also focuses on subthemes like morality, decency, and obsession.


Add to that the fact that the exquisite background score and attractive use of colors, aided by the consuming power of “vertigo”, have only consolidated this feature film’s position as a classic for the ages among its core fandoms.



36. Stars Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)


Stars Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)


Entity Detail
Title Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Year 1983
Watch time 131 min
Directors Richard Marquand
Cast Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
Box Office $309.13M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 58
Writers Lawrence Kasdan
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Alan Hume
Costume By Norman Reynolds


Although comprising moments that make it weaker in comparison to ‘A New Hope’ and ‘Empire Strikes Back’, this science fiction saga is still considered to be the finest among the Star Wars Original Trilogy; this even though it doesn’t really dig deep to connect.


This is precisely because of the amazing response that the final battle between Luke and Darth Vader managed to garner.


In addition, the background score, the spectacular cinematic moments, and astonishing visuals came together to help this feature film justify its ardent following and cult status.


A bit simple-minded and well-placed, this exciting sci-fi feature film invokes a wide range of opinions among fans who continue to revisit it years after its release.



35. Full Metal Jacket (1987)


Full Metal Jacket (1987)


Entity Detail
Title Full Metal Jacket
Year 1987
Watch time 116 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin
Box Office $46.36M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 76
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By Vivian Kubrick
Cinematography By Douglas Milsome
Costume By Anton Furst


Among the most nihilistic war movies ever made, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ is widely regarded as director Stanley Kubrick’s take on the Vietnam War.


Even though only half the movie has been shot in Vietnam, it is considered to be as sensitive today as it was when first released more than three decades ago.


One-third of this cult classic’s screenplay sheds light on the grueling training that the Marine recruits are subjected to.


Having said that, R. Lee Ermey’s astounding enactment of the sadistic Gunnery Sgt. Hartman has even served as a recruiting procedure for the Marines.


Popularly known as the director’s last masterpiece, this war drama is based on Gustav Hasford’s novel titled “The Short Timers” and has an unforgettable climactic sequence that is full of blood bath and bullets and has a fanbase of its own.



34. Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Reservoir Dogs (1992)


Entity Detail
Title Reservoir Dogs
Year 1992
Watch time 99 min
Directors Quentin Tarantino
Cast Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn
Box Office $2.83M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 79
Writers Quentin Tarantino
Music By Andrzej Sekula
Cinematography By Sally Menke
Costume By Sandy Reynolds-Wasco


Named the "Greatest Independent Film of All Time" by Empire magazine, this Quentin Tarantino-helmed project was probably the biggest reason why Tarantino turned out to be amongst the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood in the early 90s.


A well-told tale about a classy-looking group of professional thieves who end up doubting each other following a heist, 'Reservoir Dogs' has managed to develop and retain its cult following among cinema aficionados worldwide courtesy of its peculiarly named and nasty characters; each of whose escapades ensures that this violent action motion picture is almost as gritty as any of Tarantino's feature films.


In addition, the sensational climax and well-edited screenplay promise a very good viewing experience that carries quite possibly the best repeat value among all Quentin Tarantino films.



33. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)


Entity Detail
Title 2001: A Space Odyssey
Year 1968
Watch time 149 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
Box Office $56.95M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 84
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematography By Ray Lovejoy
Costume By John Hoesli


This Stanley Kubrick directorial venture is a true-blue cult classic because it continues to have a considerable impact on numerous cultural, media forms, and film technology.


One of the most noteworthy science-fiction feature films in cinema history, '2001: A Space Odyssey' has inspired bankable filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Christopher Nolan among others.


Its dialogues like, "Open the pod bay door, Hal" or "I'm sorry, I can't do that, Dave" have become phrases of the common vocabulary of its many ardent fans across the globe.


Kubrick's reliance on new techniques to tell his high-spirited story not only made the genre more honorable but also set the bar so high that it took years for other prominent sci-fi titles to match.



32. Citizen Kane (1941)


Citizen Kane (1941)


Entity Detail
Title Citizen Kane
Year 1941
Watch time 119 min
Directors Orson Welles
Cast Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead
Box Office $1.59M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 100
Writers Herman J. Mankiewicz
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By Gregg Toland
Costume By Van Nest Polglase


Hailed by many fans and critics as the greatest motion picture ever made, 'Citizen Kane' earned Orson Welles a whole lot of appreciation and is often ranked first in several lists of the Greatest Movies Ever Made.


Seemingly a fictionalized interpretation of William Randolph Hearst, this maiden feature by Welles is unquestionably the best debut ever by an American mainstream storyteller who not only wrote and directed the movie but also starred in it.


This cult classic traces the journey of Charles Foster Kane (played by Welles), who despite his popularity and wealth, fails to obtain the love that he yearns for.


Apart from being educative, the screenplay is also amazingly entertaining and has inspired several future blockbusters; including Martin Scorsese's modern-day classic, 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'



31. Scarface (1983)


Scarface (1983)


Entity Detail
Title Scarface
Year 1983
Watch time 170 min
Directors Brian De Palma
Cast Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Box Office $45.60M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 65
Writers Oliver Stone
Music By Giorgio Moroder
Cinematography By John A. Alonzo
Costume By Edward Richardson


One of the rarest mainstream feature films that initially opened to mediocre reviews but later grew into being called a distinguished cult classic, ‘Scarface’ encompasses some of the most popular lines delivered by a male lead in any film.


This Brian De Palma directorial venture tells the story of a Cuban immigrant who arrives in the United States to make a fortune for himself, and instead, builds a heavyweight empire.


Banking on Al Pacino’s earth-shattering portrayal of a fearsome gangster, this masterpiece developed a following so big that the antics of its lead protagonist were replicated in not only tv shows and cartoons, but also in the world of sports and entertainment.


Pacino’s trademark delivery of, “The eyes, chico. The never lie” continues to reverberate in the mind of ardent movie buffs in general, and fans of this cult title in particular.



30. Aliens (1986)


Aliens (1986)


Entity Detail
Title Aliens
Year 1986
Watch time 137 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
Box Office $85.16M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 84
Writers James Cameron
Music By James Horner
Cinematography By Adrian Biddle
Costume By Terry Ackland-Snow


Along with its space crew, ‘Aliens’ launched its millions of admirers into outer space with its much talked about release more than three decades ago.


This cult classic is a visually attractive continuation of its already successful predecessor, and it banks on sub-themes of alien encounters and space exploration, all while merging strong elements of action and horror to make a timeless impression.


A true-blue science fiction giant that continues to be relived through screenings by fans and departments of science across the globe, this motion picture has also generated its share of goodwill courtesy of its inspiring character of Ellen Ripley which has been played by Sigourney Weaver with élan.



29. A Clockwork Orange (1971)


A Clockwork Orange (1971)


Entity Detail
Title A Clockwork Orange
Year 1971
Watch time 136 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke
Box Office $6.21M
IMDb Rating 8.3
Metascore 77
Writers Stanley Kubrick
Music By John Alcott
Cinematography By Bill Butler
Costume By Russell Hagg Peter Sheilds


Apparently released during a time when teenage wrongdoing was at an all-time high, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ is yet another project helmed by Stanley Kubrick which stakes its claim to be a part of this list.


A great mixture of science fiction and horror, this cult classic is an incredulous step in trying to portray the significance of both that is evil and good in human nature on celluloid.


Not only that but the hardcore fans of this highly unusual yet imaginative feature film also give it credit for its depiction of freedom, totalitarianism, and repression.


In an attempt to show how humans beings derive pleasure out of relentless violence, Kubrick brought to life a controversial classic whose legend will only continue to grow with time.



28. Sunset Boulevard (1950)


Sunset Boulevard (1950)


Entity Detail
Title Sunset Blvd.
Year 1950
Watch time 110 min
Directors Billy Wilder
Cast William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
Box Office ---
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore ---
Writers Charles Brackett
Music By Franz Waxman
Cinematography By John F. Seitz
Costume By Sam Comer Ray Moyer


This back-and-white cult classic tells the story of the jaded relationship between a washed-out movie star and a young screenwriter and has several underlying themes that have helped consolidate its status as a motion picture for the ages.


A mind-numbing picturization of how showbiz neglects the lives that it first makes, this feature puts on a ruthless display of how the movie business functions.


The iconic performances by Gloria Swanson and William Holden in the lead, the movie’s dedicated fan following and relevance intact due to Swanson’s unbelievable walk towards a camera, at the end of which she emits, “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up!”



27. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


Directed by Stanley Kubrick, ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ is a British satirical classic that has managed to justify its cult status because it is as serious as it is comical.


The screenplay, which strives to demonstrate the grave intensity of the Cuban Missile Crisis of the Cold War, has amassed a loyal fan following courtesy of the fact that it continues to feel relevant to the ones watching it even today.


This masterpiece is partially based on Peter George's novel 'Red Alert' and has a range of sub-themes to both connect to and inform its niche but interested audience; one that focuses on the craziness of theories like nuclear deterrence, mutually encouraging destruction, and the intricacies of the Cold War in general.



26. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


Entity Detail
Title Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year 1981
Watch time 115 min
Directors Steven Spielberg
Cast Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies
Box Office $248.16M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 85
Writers Lawrence Kasdan
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Douglas Slocombe
Costume By Norman Reynolds


A milestone film of the Indiana Jones franchise, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ stars Harrison Ford as an archeologist adventurer Indiana Jones, who spends his time traveling the world over through different terrains and landscapes.


A remarkable package of thrills, special effects, humor, and superb performances, this cult classic continues to be remembered and re-watched by its hardcore fans who continue to emulate the antics of the characters as well as their costumes and dialogues.


Needless to say, Indiana Jones is one of the most liked film characters of all time in a film that truly was, is, and will continue to be the height of entertainment; especially for the fans who have grown up watching this exciting feature film.



25. Alien (1979)


Alien (1979)


Entity Detail
Title Alien
Year 1979
Watch time 117 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Box Office $78.90M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 89
Writers Dan O'Bannon
Music By Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography By Derek Vanlint
Costume By Michael Seymour


Another Ridley Scott directorial venture to make the cut in this list is ‘Alien’; this is because the followers of this cult classic continue to talk about it with such enthusiasm as if it was made just a year or two ago.


Only a few science fiction film franchises have had an impact like ‘Alien’: a film that attempts to tell the story of a space crew that encounters aliens and must soon start fighting for their own lives.


Lauded as a culturally important sci-fi motion picture, this one earned a lot of awards, and the hero of the story, Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, has been called one of the first true feminists of modern-day cinema.



24. The Shining (1980)


The Shining (1980)


Entity Detail
Title The Shining
Year 1980
Watch time 146 min
Directors Stanley Kubrick
Cast Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Box Office $44.02M
IMDb Rating 8.4
Metascore 66
Writers Stephen King
Music By Wendy Carlos Rachel Elkind
Cinematography By John Alcott
Costume By Roy Walker


A timeless horror drama whose charm is only getting better with time, ‘The Shining’ is a Stanley Kubrick directorial venture which has been shot uniquely and whose punchlines have continued to echo in the minds of its devotees ever since its release at the start of the 80s.


The film tells the story of a family that heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence awaits them.


Adapted from the novel of the same title by Stephen King, this motion picture has incredible one-liners like, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” and “Here’s Johnny”; each of which has been used as a reference in many popular television shows, mainstream feature films, and of course, in the real world by its many devoted viewers.



23. Casablanca (1942)


Casablanca (1942)


Entity Detail
Title Casablanca
Year 1942
Watch time 102 min
Directors Michael Curtiz
Cast Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains
Box Office $1.02M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 100
Writers Julius J. Epstein
Music By Max Steiner
Cinematography By Arthur Edeson
Costume By George James Hopkins


With the heart as big as the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds it and with the reputation of being known as the biggest city of Morocco, Casablanca brings to us perhaps the biggest and most fabled romantic tale ever told on celluloid; a romantic tale so revered that the preceding reputation of Casablanca, the city, feels dwarfed by the sheer greatness of the cult classic motion picture, ‘Casablanca’.


The first-rate performances by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and underlying themes of love, patriotism, and friendship, this motion picture is a monumental work in the history of Hollywood.


Therefore, millions of the film’s worshippers only have one thing to say to their favorite cult classic: “Here’s looking at you kid”; year after year, decades after decades.



22. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)


Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)


Entity Detail
Title Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Year 1991
Watch time 137 min
Directors James Cameron
Cast Arnold S, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick
Box Office $204.84M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 75
Writers James Cameron
Music By Brad Fiedel
Cinematography By Adam Greenberg
Costume By Joseph C. Nemec III


A highly detailed action blockbuster, the second installment of the Terminator film franchise is a surefire cult classic.


Iconic filmmaker James Cameron’s vision continues to live up to its legacy courtesy of its formidable special effects, fine performances by its lead protagonists, and the highly eventful opening hour and the last half an hour.


Moreover, the nostalgia that this movie carries for its ardent fans, coupled with the smooth transition from the first part, “Judgement Day” is a cult movie that banks heavily on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s knack for relentless action to create an impact.


Even though Rated R for strong action and violence, this hit is the perfect way for its fans to relive the 90s.



21. The Pianist (2002)


The Pianist (2002)


Director Roman Polanski’s uncompromising cult classic, ‘The Pianist’, is the true survival story about a Holocaust survivor named Wladyslaw Szpilman.


This hard-hitting drama captures the intricate details of the Holocaust through the eyes of its main protagonist, Szpilman, played with utmost grace by Adrien Brody.


This powerful motion picture, which is a compassionate study of human character, also won the Oscars for Best Director (Polanski), Best Actor (Brody), and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ronald Harwood’s adaptation.


What adds to the beauty of this acclaimed film is the fact that the scenes between Warsaw Jews and the Nazis were wonderfully shot, even though they are twice as terrifying as the sequences from the best horror feature films.



20. The Usual Suspects (1995)


The Usual Suspects (1995)


Entity Detail
Title The Usual Suspects
Year 1995
Watch time 106 min
Directors Bryan Singer
Cast Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin
Box Office $23.34M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 77
Writers Christopher McQuarrie
Music By John Ottman
Cinematography By Newton Thomas Sigel
Costume By Howard Cummings


A quickly filmed motion picture that did not cost fortunes to be made, 'The Usual Suspects' is one cult classic whose script required two readings even by an actor like Kevin Spacey to make full sense of the details.


One of the most recommended mainstream features among cinema buffs, it depends on an unusual storytelling pattern and an exciting plot twist to leave its viewers asking for more.


Having said that, what strengthens its cult fan following is not only the fact that it is full of amusing and unreliable characters, but also that it continues to provoke polarizing sentiments even to this very day.


For fans of this cult movie, knowing Spacey's Keyser Soze has been a treat of a lifetime, and for those who are yet to get familiar with him, they don't know what they are missing out on.



19. The Lion King (1994)


The Lion King (1994)


Entity Detail
Title The Lion King
Year 1994
Watch time 88 min
Directors Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Cast Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg
Box Office $422.78M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 88
Writers Irene Mecchi
Music By Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By Ivan Bilancio
Costume By Andy Gaskill


Lauded as one of the biggest Disney animated musicals of all time, ‘The Lion King’ is a true cult classic that cashed in on its fair share of jump-scares and drama to justify its position in the list.


This motion picture carries a message of love, responsibility, family bond, and hope; each of which has added on its definitive stature as a classic blockbuster that has a special place in the hearts of its viewers, most of which are family audiences.


Not surprisingly then, this mainstream feature continues to be screened in daycares and pre-schools across the globe.


The film rides high on wonderful animation and a significant vocal cast featuring the likes of James Earl Jones (Mufasa), Matthew Broderick (Simba), Jeremy Irons (Scar), and Whoopi Goldberg (Shenzi) among others to engage its years-old fans.



18. Psycho (1960)


Psycho (1960)


Entity Detail
Title Psycho
Year 1960
Watch time 109 min
Directors Alfred Hitchcock
Cast Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin
Box Office $32.00M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 97
Writers Joseph Stefano
Music By Bernard Herrmann
Cinematography By John L. Russell
Costume By Robert Clatworthy Joseph Hurley


Acclaimed storyteller Alfred Hitchcock’s work of art titled ‘Psycho’ is a genuine trailblazer that continues to inspire motion pictures and TV shows across the world even today.


A part of the larger Hitchcock cult, this cult classic tells the story of a girl working for a real estate company, who, after stealing from her firm, ends up at the Bates motel and comes across an awkward chap named Norman: a man with secrets that shocked the viewers out of their wits in the theatres back in the day.


The incredibly famous shower scene, which was shot over a period of a week with about 70 different camera angles at work, is a trendsetting sequence whose impact has only grown with time.


Needless to say, the shower scene coupled with a stunning finale were reasons solid enough to make this hit a timeless cult classic.



17. Gladiator (2000)


Gladiator (2000)


Entity Detail
Title Gladiator
Year 2000
Watch time 155 min
Directors Ridley Scott
Cast Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed
Box Office $187.71M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 67
Writers David Franzoni
Music By Lisa Gerrard Hans Zimmer
Cinematography By John Mathieson
Costume By Arthur Max


Numerous historical epics have been released over the years but not many have been able to leave an impact of the kind that director Ridley Scott’s ‘Gladiator’ starring Russell Crowe in the lead did.


This mainstream blockbuster hit followed the story of a Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridius and his journey as a gladiator to avenge the murders of his family members.


This period drama is remembered for its amazing visuals, great background score, terrific performances, and memorable storyline.


The hardcore devotees of this cult classic continue to swoon over Crowe’s delivery of, “What we do in life, echoes in eternity…”; a dialogue that has only consolidated the cult of Gladiator ever since its release more than two decades ago.



16. Back to the Future (1985)


Back to the Future (1985)


Entity Detail
Title Back to the Future
Year 1985
Watch time 116 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
Box Office $210.61M
IMDb Rating 8.5
Metascore 87
Writers Robert Zemeckis
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Dean Cundey
Costume By Lawrence G. Paull


Inspiring a loyal cult following among young people and adults, the 'Back to the Future' film franchise attempts to tell the story of a high school lad and a wacky old scientist who get stuck in 1955, 2015, and 1885 respectively.


The storyline, even though seems ridiculous on the surface, has been liked immensely, and the quotable punchlines coupled with liberal "cinematic" science are each a thing to savor for its diehard fans.


Those who are obsessed with pop culture have a special liking for this motion picture, courtesy of its unusual plotline and attractive execution, both of which have become an integral part of pop culture history over the years.



15. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)


Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)


Entity Detail
Title Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Year 1977
Watch time 121 min
Directors George Lucas
Cast Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness
Box Office $322.74M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 90
Writers George Lucas
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Gilbert Taylor
Costume By John Barry


Attempting to tell a classic good vs evil story, the first film of the ahead-of-its-time Stars Wars movie series banked on a range of heroes like Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia, and villainous characters like Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine to solidify its place in the hearts of its devotees.


However, in addition to its iconic characters, this cult classic was also an instant hit among its young audience and adults alike, courtesy of its mind-blowing special effects and stupendous sets.


The cult following of the film allowed it to go beyond the cinemas and grab a place in millions of households with its rapid sale of products like video games, comic books, toys, and television series.


Not only that but the costumes of this film became an instant favorite for costume parties across high schools and universities the world over.



14. The Green Mile (1999)


The Green Mile (1999)


Entity Detail
Title The Green Mile
Year 1999
Watch time 189 min
Directors Frank Darabont
Cast Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt
Box Office $136.80M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 61
Writers Stephen King
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By David Tattersall
Costume By Terence Marsh


One of the greatest on-screen adaptations of a Stephen King novel, 'The Green Mile' is a heartwarming drama that has only continued to strengthen its position as a powerful cult classic over the years.


Tom Hanks and Michael Clarke Duncan headline this feature film that has been studied for its smallest details globally.


What stresses the position of this motion picture as a cult classic which is aging like fine wine is the fact that it gives out new elements to its ardent fans every single time that they screen it.


Add to that the fact that every actor in this movie stays true to their respective characters, which makes this cult classic even more credible.



13. Se7en (1995)


Se7en (1995)


Entity Detail
Title Se7en
Year 1995
Watch time 127 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, Kevin Spacey, Andrew Kevin Walker
Box Office $100.13M
IMDb Rating 8.6
Metascore 65
Writers Andrew Kevin Walker
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Darius Khondji
Costume By Arthur Max


The second David Fincher directorial venture to be a part of this coveted list, 'Se7en' is a cult classic that stars two iconic Hollywood heroes in the main lead: Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt.


This first-rate mystery thriller traces the story of two detectives who join forces to catch a serial killer who uses seven deadly sins as a motive each to commit his crimes.


The cynicism in this feature film shocks its committed fans and traps them in a screenplay from where there is no possible escape.


Kevin Spacey's cold portrayal of the killer "John Doe" is matched by Pitt who is more than eager to showcase his acting prowess, with the inimitable Morgan Freeman providing fantastic support.


That said, what made the admirers of this classic believe in its cult status is the fact that Fincher's unpretentious approach made them believe that even custodians of law can break the laws if vengeance is truly what they seek.



12. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)


Entity Detail
Title Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back
Year 1980
Watch time 124 min
Directors Irvin Kershner
Cast Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams
Box Office $290.48M
IMDb Rating 8.7
Metascore 82
Writers Leigh Brackett
Music By John Williams
Cinematography By Peter Suschitzky
Costume By Norman Reynolds


Fans of this cult classic hold a vehement belief that this science fiction epic is one of the greatest motion pictures ever released.


In 2010, the Library of Congress selected "The Empire Strikes Back" for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry for being a historically and culturally significant feature film.


A great success upon its release in 1980, this classic was acknowledged for its impressive scale, gray tone, and commendable character instants; each of which helps it consolidate its popularity among its fans of different age groups across the globe.


The devotees of this title continue to be a part of the Stars Wars Celebration tradition in which they copy the mannerisms and outfits of their favorite characters and duplicate the sequences that made them popular in the first place.



11. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)


The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)


Entity Detail
Title The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Year 2002
Watch time 179 min
Directors Peter Jackson
Cast Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom
Box Office $342.55M
IMDb Rating 8.7
Metascore 87
Writers J.R.R. Tolkien
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Andrew Lesnie
Costume By Grant Major


The second installment of the much-admired ‘The Lord of the Series’ movie series is a beautiful interpretation of its source material which does its best to further the goodwill generated by its predecessor.


The major highlight of “The Two Towers” is the Battle of Helm’s Deep, which truly makes the fans of this cult classic believe that it is the biggest of the trilogy.


Having said that, what adds to the amazing cult status of this motion picture is the fact that it has amazing characters to rely on and with actors like Viggo Mortensen in the star cast, one can’t help but enjoy this well-made tent-pole project aided by bright lights and eye-popping visuals on the screen.



10. The Matrix (1999)


The Matrix (1999)


Entity Detail
Title The Matrix
Year 1999
Watch time 136 min
Directors Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Cast Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving
Box Office $171.48M
IMDb Rating 8.7
Metascore 73
Writers Lilly Wachowski
Music By Don Davis
Cinematography By Bill Pope
Costume By Owen Paterson


Directors Lilly and Lana Wachowski’s ‘The Matrix’ is a motion picture that continues to generate ideas and opinions more than two decades after its celebrated release.


This cult classic stunned the critics and audiences alike with his outstanding visuals, innovative storyline, and a dope soundtrack, each of which helped it command a massive following among the youngsters.


Hailed as the finest sci-fi film ever made by its admirers, the film pushes its viewers to question the culture that they are born in.


With Keanu Reeves at the helm of affairs, this film is as entertaining as it is philosophical, and it provokes its audience to engage in a plethora of fan theories and debates regarding its often dream-like sequences and overlapping themes.


In addition, the film also gives its viewers a message to choose between the real and artificial world.



9. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)


The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)


Sergio Leone’s western masterpiece is a definite cult classic owing to the fact that its influence can still be witnessed in hundreds of movies that still continue to be produced globally today.


Telling the story of three men who form an uneasy alliance in search of buried gold, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ features one of the best climax sequences in the history of motion pictures.


Starring iconic actors like Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Elli Wallach as the chief protagonists who deliver outstanding performances each, this cult movie has the required style and grace that has cemented its place as an epic western classic.


In addition, director Leone’s skillful direction and Ennio Morricone’s perfect background score have made the ardent fans of this feature film rush back to repeatedly play its scenes on various streaming sites time and again.



8. Fight Club (1999)


Fight Club (1999)


Entity Detail
Title Fight Club
Year 1999
Watch time 139 min
Directors David Fincher
Cast Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier
Box Office $37.03M
IMDb Rating 8.8
Metascore 66
Writers Chuck Palahniuk
Music By Dust Brothers
Cinematography By Jeff Cronenweth
Costume By Alex McDowell


Starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt in prominent roles, 'Fight Club' is unarguably among the most renowned cult classics in the history of cinema.


The motion picture is hugely popular for energizing its fans to break the rules and stop living like caged animals in the age of modern-day slavery and commercialism.


I addition to its underlying themes, this feature film also trusted the exceptional performances of its main leads, grim cinematography, and mind-boggling screenplay to charm its core fanbase.


Not only that but the epic fight sequences that duplicated the style and body movement of UFC fights have been brilliantly shot by director David Fincher.


No wonder then that the saga of "Fight Club" and the impact that it continues to have among its hardcore fans is not an exaggeration and helps the movie stay relevant, especially among the young cinema buffs.



7. Forrest Gump (1994)


Forrest Gump (1994)


Entity Detail
Title Forrest Gump
Year 1994
Watch time 142 min
Directors Robert Zemeckis
Cast Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field
Box Office $330.25M
IMDb Rating 8.8
Metascore 82
Writers Winston Groom
Music By Alan Silvestri
Cinematography By Don Burgess
Costume By Rick Carter


A sweet multi-genre motion picture featuring one of the greatest movie stars of all time, Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump' is a cult classic whose screenplay walks its diehard fans through the defining events of the late 20th century.


This box office smash not only manages to evoke a range of emotions among its viewers to date but also brings about polarizing opinions among its staunch critics, which has, in fact, only added to its cult reputation.


While the endearing delivery of catchphrases like "My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates.


You never know what you're gonna get" earned Tom Hanks a lot of appreciation, the copying of his character's mannerisms and costumes in costume parties of high schools and universities helped further the followership of both the feature film and its lead character.



6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)


Entity Detail
Title The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Year 2001
Watch time 178 min
Directors Peter Jackson
Cast Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean
Box Office $315.54M
IMDb Rating 8.8
Metascore 92
Writers J.R.R. Tolkien
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Andrew Lesnie
Costume By Grant Major


Not often do we come across a three-hour-long feature film that doesn't feel like it's three hours long.


With excellent special effects, great sound design, and breathtaking imagery in its rich list of cinematic arsenals, the first chapter of an undeniably outstanding trilogy hit the ball out of the park with great strength.


This first movie of the beloved franchise trusted its talented cast to breathe life into the captivating characters.


Inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien's novels, this Peter Jackson directorial venture has continued to woo its hardcore fans even after two decades of its theatrical release.


That said, any feature film that develops a cult fan following must carry a cast that the audiences take up to.


Not surprisingly then, the fans lauded the efforts of this cult classic's cast and crew as they uncovered that eight of the crew members went to a tattoo salon in New Zealand to get the number nine written on their skin in “Tengwar” - the elvish language created by Tolkien in his books.


In addition, one of its lead actors, Viggo Mortensen got into the skin of his character and continued to sleep with his sword even outside the studios.



5. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)


Entity Detail
Title The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Year 2003
Watch time 201 min
Directors Peter Jackson
Cast Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom
Box Office $377.85M
IMDb Rating 8.9
Metascore 94
Writers J.R.R. Tolkien
Music By Howard Shore
Cinematography By Andrew Lesnie
Costume By Grant Major


With an ability to drown its audience in its impeccable world of fantasy, The Lord of the Rings film franchise set the bar high for fantasy films to follow.


The third installment of the series, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’ ensured that the trilogy went out with a bang.


The action in this one is far more intense than in its predecessors and it carried a lot many applaud worthy sequences certain to win the hearts of its ardent fans.


Aside from its conventional good vs bad story, the film is also a lot about the development of its very many characters, each of whom ascertains that the conclusion to this cult movie franchise was highly rewarding.


The timeless execution of the Lord of the Rings films has made it a tradition for its fans to visit them at least once a year.



4. Pulp Fiction (1994)


Pulp Fiction (1994)


Entity Detail
Title Pulp Fiction
Year 1994
Watch time 154 min
Directors Quentin Tarantino
Cast John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis
Box Office $107.93M
IMDb Rating 8.9
Metascore 94
Writers Quentin Tarantino
Music By Andrzej Sekula
Cinematography By Sally Menke
Costume By Charles Collum


One of the finest cult movies of all time, ‘Pulp Fiction’ brought to life a dynamic range of characters created by its even more dynamic writer-director, Quentin Tarantino.


This immensely popular motion picture not only inspired its diehard fans to copy the outfits of its characters during parties and private screenings but also had musicians across the globe who based their acts on the soundtrack of the movie.


However, what truly helped this mainstream hit transform into a cult classic of sorts is the fact that Tarantino himself was motivated by a host of cult films to architect his own work of art.


This feature film not only banked on a whole lot of violence and slurs to make a huge splash, but it also used recognizable actors whose careers had come to a halt.


An astounding example of parallel narration, Pulp Fiction comprises punchlines and catchphrases that are almost as popular as this movie itself.



3. The Godfather 2 (1974)


The Godfather 2 (1974)


Entity Detail
Title The Godfather: Part II
Year 1974
Watch time 202 min
Directors Francis Ford Coppola
Cast Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton
Box Office $57.30M
IMDb Rating 9
Metascore 90
Writers Francis Ford Coppola
Music By Nino Rota
Cinematography By Gordon Willis
Costume By Dean Tavoularis


Carrying the legendary saga of its predecessor, 'The Godfather Part 2' only elevated the reputation of the iconic franchise by showcasing how Al Pacino's Michael Corleone worked to further the legacy of his beloved father, Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).


Touted to be the greatest sequel ever made, this motion picture thrives on its ensemble cast, suspenseful drama, and exciting backstory.


Robert De Niro's addition as the young Vito provides this cult classic with extraordinary touch and his groundbreaking portrayal encompasses traits of both Michael and the old Vito Corleone.


The backstory and the present events blend effortlessly to produce a crime saga that didn't need to wholly depend either on its predecessor or its successor to connect to its fans.



2. The Godfather (1972)


The Godfather (1972)


Entity Detail
Title The Godfather
Year 1972
Watch time 175 min
Directors Francis Ford Coppola
Cast Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton
Box Office $134.97M
IMDb Rating 9.2
Metascore 100
Writers Mario Puzo
Music By Nino Rota
Cinematography By Gordon Willis
Costume By Dean Tavoularis


The godfather of every gangster mainstream feature film ever released, ace director Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Godfather' continues to remain a cult classic crime-drama whose legend has only grown with time.


Starring Hollywood legends Marlon Brando and Al Pacino in lead roles, this motion picture pushes its ardent fans into the life of organized crime, love, family, and betrayal; each of the subthemes which add to the film's overall stature and cements its place as a cinema gem for the ages.


Brando's " I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" and "revenge is a dish best served cold" are two of the most iconic dialogues ever uttered by a lead protagonist.


Add to that the fact that Pacino's cold eyes and calm demeanor were each a solid illustration of character development in this much-admired chef-d'oeuvre.


Not surprisingly then, at the 45th Academy Awards, this cult classic won three celebrated awards, namely Best Picture, Best Actor for Marlon Brando, and Best Adapted Screenplay for author Mario Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola, respectively.



1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


The Shawshank Redemption (1994)


Entity Detail
Title The Shawshank Redemption
Year 1994
Watch time 142 min
Directors Frank Darabont
Cast Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler
Box Office $28.34M
IMDb Rating 9.3
Metascore 80
Writers Stephen King
Music By Thomas Newman
Cinematography By Roger Deakins
Costume By Terence Marsh Soheil


A motion picture that initially tanked at the box office during the time of its release, 'The Shawshank Redemption' has developed a cult following ever since, courtesy of the mind-numbing viewership numbers that its DVD sales managed to generate.


The film tracks the journey of two prisoners inside the constricted walls of a prison and showcases how fighting all the odds on the inside, the two end up forging a lifelong camaraderie.


This mainstream feature, which earned seven Oscars nominations including Best Picture and Best Actor for Morgan Freeman, aimed to tell its viewers that patience and perseverance can help one overcome every obstacle that life might throw at you.


Its classic popular punchline, "Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies", continues to inspire its legions of fans who have gone back to this title during their most harrowing days.