Special Report

The Best Cult Films of All Time

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30. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (18,173 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (10,098 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (29 reviews)
> Directed by: Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma directed and co-wrote this well-received rock opera version of “Phantom of the Opera” as a veiled critique of the music industry. The story is about a young songwriter who is tricked into giving up his life’s work. To get revenge he terrorizes the rock palace owned by the man he believes wronged him.

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29. Wild Style (1983)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (2,645 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (2,500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (19 reviews)
> Directed by: Charlie Ahearn

“Wild Style,” written, directed, and produced by Charlie Ahearn, is about South Bronx graffiti artist Shy Zoro who is commissioned to paint a backdrop for a rap/break-dance concert. An all-star lineup of rappers involved in the film include Grandmaster Flash and Fab 5 Freddy. The movie was lauded for its exuberant celebration of hip-hop, break dancing, and rap.

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28. The Blues Brothers (1980)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (190,151 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (256,099 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 73% (90 reviews)
> Directed by: John Landis

The Blues Brothers, musicians played by “Saturday Night Live” alums John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, have to outrun the police, the National Guard, Nazis, and others in Chicago to save the Catholic home where they were raised in this wild farce. Among the musical greats in this film are Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Ray Charles.

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27. Eraserhead (1977)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (109,203 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (57,614 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (62 reviews)
> Directed by: David Lynch

Director David Lynch’s debut feature film “Eraserhead” first gained popularity as a midnight movie in the late 1970s. The motion picture – about a man trapped by his environment and his fear of fatherhood – combines surrealism, horror, and dark humor. Despite its oddness, “Eraserhead” has collected countless fans worldwide since its release.

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26. Slap Shot (1977)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (35,678 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (39,996 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 85% (34 reviews)
> Directed by: George Roy Hill

Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes praised Paul Newman’s performance as the aging player/coach of a failing minor league hockey team that turns things around after he adds to the roster several overly physical players with limited ability. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who worked with Newman on the classic films “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Sting.”

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