Special Report

The Best Cult Films of All Time

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25. Donnie Darko (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (763,860 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 80% (30,984,568 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 86% (118 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Kelly

Starring brother and sister actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, “Donnie Darko” is a surrealistic sci-fi about a troubled teen who escapes an accident and is haunted by a man in a rabbit suit who prods him to commit crimes. Re-releases, home rentals, word-of-mouth, and a memorable music soundtrack have helped turn the movie into a cult smash.

Source: Courtesy of New World Pictures

24. Heathers (1989)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (95,825 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (75,561 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (56 reviews)
> Directed by: Michael Lehmann

Director Michael Lehmann turned the teen comedy on its head with “Heathers.” Winona Ryder, following her well-received performance in “Beetlejuice,” plays a popular high school girl Veronica who objects to the cruel behavior of her peers. She and her new boyfriend (Christian Slater) accidentally poison a clique leader named Heather and try to make the crime look like suicide. Little does Veronica realize that her boyfriend is killing off kids he doesn’t like.

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23. Ghost World (2001)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (117,647 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (73,554 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (162 reviews)
> Directed by: Terry Zwigoff

In this comedy/drama about teenage angst directed by Terry Zwigof, two devious friends (Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson) who plan to move in together once they graduate high school get more than they bargain for when they answer a man’s newspaper advertisement for a date.

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22. Office Space (1999)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (251,954 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (325,914 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 80% (102 reviews)
> Directed by: Mike Judge

Mike Judge tapped into soul-crushing office-work drudgery with this smartly written and well-cast fan favorite comedy starring Ron Livingston and Jennifer Aniston.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

21. The Warriors (1979)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (97,861 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 88% (76,187 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 87% (45 reviews)
> Directed by: Walter Hill

This stylishly violent film directed by Walter Hill is about a New York gang called the Warriors who are falsely accused of killing the leader of another gang and must fight their way back to their home turf on Coney Island from the Bronx, rumbling with gangs such as the Baseball Furies and avoiding the police.

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