Unless and until you've seen at least a few cult classics, you can't really call yourself a serious movie buff. However, there are so many cult movies to choose from that it's hard to know where to start. Fortunately, Netflix has some picks to get you started.
A cult movie is hard to define. They all share a certain identifiable style and are generally not commercially successful when first released. These films are discovered by fans and critics and consequently gain popularity and notoriety for many years.
There is always a healthy debate about whether or not a movie should be considered a cult movie. This list contains great movies that are generally accepted as cult favorites, but for those of you who want to dig a little deeper, there are plenty of others available to watch on Netflix.
IMDb: 7.3 | Rotten tomatoes: 82%
Jack Burton will be your favorite superhero without superpowers. First published in 1986, Big Trouble in Little China (BTILC) had a weak welcome. But as the years went by, it became a cult classic. Dare I say it, but I think this is director John Carpenter's best work.
BTILC is the story of Burton and his partner Wang Chi rescuing a damsel in distress (Wang's fiancee) from a Chinese gang. This quickly turns into a war between two ancient Chinese clans, with the duo caught in the middle of it. The film spoofs 1980s kung-fu machismo gun movies. It's a great movie to watch with your friends, or by yourself when you want some mindless entertainment.
Pro Tip:Try watching it thinking that Burton is the sidekick and Wang Chi is the hero. It will blow your mind!
IMDb: 8.2 | Rotten tomatoes: 90%
Danny Boyle is now the director of the Oscar winners. Slumdog Millionaire . But he first shot into the spotlight in 1996 with Trainspotting .
Trainspotting follows the lives of five young Scotsmen, all addicted to heroin. It's a dramatic look at the effects of heroin and heroin addiction. Boyle is the best at portraying what it feels like to be on a heroin trip.
Throw in fantastic performances from Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner, as well as some crime and pranks, and you've got yourself a winner.
IMDb: 8.1 | Rotten tomatoes: 97%
If you haven't seen The Princess Bride , Make it the first movie you watch after this article. No matter what you're in the mood for, this movie delivers in spades.
Acclaimed director Rob Reiner presents a fantasy tale of a masked pirate who rescues the princess, with whom he has fallen in love, from an evil prince. It's an epic journey that will have you rolling on the floor with laughter as you take on giant rodents, giant humans, and vengeful Spanish swordsmen.
IMDb: 7.8 | Rotten tomatoes: 88%
Employees is the directorial debut of Kevin Smith, and every geek must see this movie 42 of the Best Geek Movies of All Time:How many have you seen? 42 Of The Best Geek Movies Of All Time:How Many Have You Seen? Geeks are people too. I am one, you are probably one, and we are a growing army that can no longer be ignored. Not even for hollywood. FTW Geek Movies! Read more . Shot in black and white and scraping together a budget for credit card loans, it's the epitome of the independent film movement.
Smith is best known for writing witty dialogue in his movies, and Employees He delivers it in spades. It is the story of two employees and best friends, running a convenience store and a video rental store. We take a look back at one of the worst (or best) days of their lives, as they discuss everything from Star Wars to cigarettes versus chewing gum.
IMDb: 7.7 | Rotten tomatoes: 89%
Now this is a cult classic, if there ever was one. If nothing else, you'll know from the immortal line, “Hello warriors, come out and play!”
In this film, The Warriors are a street gang in New York City, framed for the murder of a leader of another gang. Now all the other 20 gangs are howling for his blood. Warriors need to get back to their own turf without getting killed.
It's a gory, light-hearted journey through street fights and insane violence, with a dash of drama thrown in for good measure. Sure, it's a bit cheesy at times, but that's one of the reasons it's considered a cult classic!
IMDb: 6.7 | Rotten tomatoes: 32%
There's a fascinating comeback story behind Wet Hot American Summer . A satire of summer camp movies, it died a dead death when it was first released in 2001. But then the stars of it became famous, people revisited it and realized what a genius it was!
The film stars Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, and other famous actors before they became A-listers. It's a coming-of-age movie about the counselors, the kids, and even the bosses of the camps, all wrapped up in the innocence of an old-school summer camp movie. It is also one of the best summer vacation movies on Netflix 10 Summer Vacation Movies You Can Watch on Netflix 10 Summer Vacation Movies You Can Watch on Netflix If you spend your summer vacation relaxing, you may want to watch some movies. To pass the time. These movies, all available to watch on Netflix right now, were made to be enjoyed over the summer holidays. Read more.
IMDb: 7.3 | Rotten tomatoes: 90%
Tim Allen. Alan Rickman. Sigourney Weaver. Tony Shalhoub. Sam Rockwell. If that doesn't sell this movie for you, then consider this:galaxy search It's the greatest Star Trek parody you'll see And no, you don't need to know everything. Star Trek love it.
Allen and the others play actors, part of a hit. Star Trek -like the TV show called galaxy search . But a group of aliens think the actors are real, and send them into a spaceship for a crucial mission. What follows is an amazingly fun journey through space, simulating the best and worst aspects of science fiction shows and their crazy loyal fans.
IMDb: 7.3 | Rotten tomatoes: 63%
Quentin Tarantino is, without a doubt, a cult hero. But even among his cult films, this one stands out.. From Dusk Till Dawn It was the first movie Tarantino wrote, and it's directed by his good friend and frequent collaborator, Roberto Rodriguez. Yes, that Rodríguez who directed. Outlaw .
From dusk to dawn is the story of a pair of bank robbers and a father-son-daughter family trapped on a fringe. But as the sun goes down, everyone in that strip is revealed to be a vampire! The five of them need to stay alive until dawn, fighting off a bar full of vampires. And everyone had a good time.!
IMDb: 7.1 | Rotten tomatoes: 71%
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It can be a little hard to understand sometimes, so turn on the subtitles. Director Shane Carruth hasn't muted it at all, using complex scientific terms throughout. As two engineers work on a time travel machine, the audience is taken along on their journey, wrestling with questions that the two protagonists must consider. And the climax will blow your mind!
IMDb: 8.0 | Rotten tomatoes: 84%
Few cult movies have as much rewatch value as In Witches . The entire movie focuses on just three characters, but they will captivate you.
Two hit men, after losing a job, hide out in Bruges, Belgium, waiting to hear from their boss. Most of the movie is about them in the city, kind of like an unromantic version of buddy movies. Before sunrise .
It all builds up to the climax, where Colin Farrell and Ralph Fiennes deliver two of their best performances. And then there's the fascinating dialogue throughout the movie too.
IMDb: 7.6 | Rotten tomatoes: 82%
Bruce Lee, the actor who brought martial arts to Hollywood, has died at a young age. What's even more tragic is that his son, Brandon Lee, also died at a young age, on the set of this movie, in one of the most famous movie accidents. Lee was supposed to be shot with a blank round, but mishandling caused a live bullet to be fired at him.
The Raven It may not be a great movie, but it has become a cult classic like the movie where the lead actor died from an accident. Lee's remaining scenes were cut, shot with a stunt double, or shot with special effects.
IMDb: 7.7 | Rotten tomatoes: 86%
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A class of high school students is taken on a school trip. However, midway through, they are gassed. They wake up in a classroom on a remote island to find that only one of them can leave. Battle Royale it's literally a fight to the death between untrained kids, each of whom gets a random weapon.
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Start with The princess bride , skip The Raven If necessary, but don't miss Battle Royale , In witches , and Trainspotting . Those three are the highlights of this selection.
That's our list, but now it's your turn to add your own suggestions.
What other cult movies have you found or watched on Netflix? We're always looking for recommendations, so if you have a favorite cult movie that doesn't make our list, feel free to share a title and link on Netflix in the comments below!