Special Report

The Best Cult Films of All Time

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20. The Evil Dead (1981)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (194,931 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 84% (202,972 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (61 reviews)
> Directed by: Sam Raimi

The “Evil Dead” is the first in the original trilogy of the “Evil Dead” franchise created by Sam Raimi. In the first film, main character Ash Campbell, his girlfriend, and three friends go to a cabin in the woods and find a book, the Necronomicon, whose content reawakens the dead when it is read out loud. Critics at Rotten Tomatoes said the movie “combines just the right amount of gore and black humor.”

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19. Clerks (1994)
> IMDb user rating: 7.7/10 (216,399 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (285,512 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (57 reviews)
> Directed by: Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith wrote, directed, and co-produced this indie film about a day in the life of two foul-mouthed, ambition-challenged young people working at a suburban New Jersey convenience store. The movie spawned two sequels.

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18. Harold and Maude (1971)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (74,795 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (56,538 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (45 reviews)
> Directed by: Hal Ashby

“Harold and Maude” drew a cult following after its release in 1971. The story is about a 20-year-old man (Bud Cort) weighing suicide who develops a relationship with a zany 80-year-old woman (Ruth Gordon) at a funeral.

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17. Dazed and Confused (1993)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (174,013 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (236,467 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (62 reviews)
> Directed by: Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater tapped into 1970s’ teenage angst with this coming-of-age film that takes place on the last day of school in Austin, Texas. Linklater’s movie (the title comes from a Led Zeppelin song) touches on themes of freedom and adulthood. Among the cast members who would become major stars are Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, and Milla Jovovich.

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16. The Big Lebowski (1998)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (766,228 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (356,600 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 83% (109 reviews)
> Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen

Crackling dialogue from Joel and Ethan Coen and fine performances by Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi made “The Big Lebowski” a cult favorite. Bridges plays Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a middle-aged burnout in Los Angeles who likes to imbibe White Russians, bowl, and drive his 1973 Ford Gran Torino. Unfortunately for him, he has the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes money to bad people.

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