Special Report

The Best Cult Films of All Time

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5. Brazil (1985)
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (194,716 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (103,103 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (49 reviews)
> Directed by: Terry Gilliam

Featuring dazzling visuals combined with an off-kilter take on an Orwellian future, “Brazil” is about a bureaucrat (Jonathan Pryce) who pictures himself as a hero saving the life of an endangered woman. After he meets the woman of his fantasy, he becomes entangled in a web of mistaken identities and lies. Sprung from the mind of Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam, “Brazil” enjoys a 98% score from Rotten Tomatoes critics.

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4. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10 (958,136 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (446,711 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (71 reviews)
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s debut as director featured intensely drawn characters and explosive violence. A group of thieves are assembled to pull off a big diamond heist. All goes wrong as it turns into a bloody ambush because one of the men turns out to be a police informer, ratcheting up the tension among the criminals.

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3. The Princess Bride (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (408,278 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (527,843 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (78 reviews)
> Directed by: Rob Reiner

“The Princess Bride” refreshes a one-true-love story derived from a novel by William Goldman. A farmhand named Westley and a woman named Buttercup fall in love. He goes to seek his fortune in order to marry Buttercup. When he returns, he must save her from an evil mythical kingdom. The movie has a loyal following and is Rob Reiner’s second-highest rated film among Rotten Tomatoes critics.

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2. Monty Python & the Holy Grail (1975)
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (536,985 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (250,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (79 reviews)
> Directed by: Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones

“Monty Python & the Holy Grail” is one of the most quotable comedies of all time. Created by the British comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the film lampoons one of Britain’s great legends, King Arthur, in his quest for the holy grail. Along the way, Arthur has to deal with heckling from French soldiers, a killer rabbit, and listens to peasants rail against capitalism.

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1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
> IMDb user rating: 8.9/10 (1,909,111 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 96% (1,128,444 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (108 reviews)
> Directed by: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s homage to 1970s exploitation films was one of the most influential motion pictures of the 1970s, mixing noir sensibilities, spasmodic violence, and black humor. The movie tells the stories of two hitmen, a boxer, a gangster and his wife, and a pair of diner bandits. The film is famous for the dance scene pairing John Travolta and Uma Thurman. The blockbuster cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Rosanna Arquette, and Bruce Willis.

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