101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die

A list created by sleestakk

Same as the 101 Horror Movies list but this pocket book was published by Barron’s. When perusing the book at the library I debated not making this list after seeing The Blues Brothers on the back cover. In what time and place on god’s green earth is The Blues Brothers a “cult movie” — a film adapted from a popular TV show bit that most American adults from a certain age would know, a movie so hugely successful it spawned a sequel and restaurant / concert venue chain. Baffling choice. In fact, as I create this list there are a few baffling selections. Just see below.

Can think of a dozen films that should’ve been included (and def some that should not be here) but it’s not my list. At least this list highlights other films that I have not yet seen or logged, cult movie or otherwise. For the record, I’ve logged 62 of 101 of these. (the most amusing unlogged title is THE METAL YEARS which I’ve probably seen two dozen times in my lifetime).

Movies on 101 Cult Movies You Must See Before You Die List
RankTitleDirector(s)Year Released
1Un Chien AndalouLuis Buñuel1929
2Tell Your ChildrenLouis J. Gasnier1938
3Sullivan's TravelsPreston Sturges1941
4Out of the PastJacques Tourneur1947
5Sunset BoulevardBilly Wilder1950
6Night of the Hunter, TheCharles Laughton1955
7Rebel Without a CauseNicholas Ray1955
8Blob, TheIrvin S. Yeaworth Jr.1958
9Plan 9 from Outer SpaceEdward D. Wood Jr.1959
10Jazz on a Summer's DayBert Stern1960
11Servant, TheJoseph Losey1963
12Shock CorridorSamuel Fuller1963
13Band of OutsidersJean-Luc Godard1964
14Scorpio RisingKenneth Anger1969
15Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!Russ Meyer1965
16Blow-UpMichelangelo Antonioni1966
17Chelsea GirlsAndy Warhol, Paul Morrissey1966
18PersonaIngmar Bergman1966
19BarbarellaRoger Vadim1968
20Idols, TheMarc-Gilbert Guillaumin1968
21Easy RiderDennis Hopper1969
22Beyond the Valley of the DollsRuss Meyer1970
23El TopoAlejandro Jodorowsky1970
24Butcher, TheClaude Chabrol1970
25Lickerish Quartet, TheRadley Metzger1970
26PerformanceNicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell1970
27Harold and MaudeHal Ashby1971
28Two-Lane BlacktopMonte Hellman1971
29Vampyros LesbosJesús Franco1971
30Vanishing PointRichard C. Sarafian1971
31Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, TheLuis Buñuel1972
32Harder They Come, ThePerry Henzell1972
33Pink FlamingosJohn Waters1972
34Super FlyGordon Parks Jr.1972
35SistersBrian De Palma1972
36Bring Me the Head of Alfredo GarciaSam Peckinpah1974
37Ali: Fear Eats the SoulRainer Werner Fassbinder1974
38Night Porter, TheLiliana Cavani1974
39Phantom of the ParadiseBrian De Palma1974
40Grey GardensAlbert Maysles, Ellen Giffard, David Maysles, Muffie Meyer1976
41Rocky Horror Picture Show, TheJim Sharman1975
42SholayRamesh Sippy1975
43TommyKen Russell1975
44Last Wave, ThePeter Weir1977
45Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!John De Bello1978
46Day of the WomanMeir Zarchi1978
47Wiz, TheSidney Lumet1978
48Dracula's DogAlbert Band1977
49Mad MaxGeorge Miller1979
50Life of BrianTerry Jones1979
51Warriors, TheWalter Hill1979
52Blues Brothers, TheJohn Landis1980
53Ms .45Abel Ferrara1981
54Time BanditsTerry Gilliam1981
55Basket CaseFrank Henenlotter1982
56FitzcarraldoWerner Herzog1982
57Wild StyleCharlie Ahearn1982
58Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, TheW.D. Richter1984
59This Is Spinal TapRob Reiner1984
60Toxic Avenger, TheLloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz1984
61Blue VelvetDavid Lynch1986
62Hitcher, TheRobert Harmon1986
63ManhunterMichael Mann1986
64Withnail & IBruce Robinson1987
65Amazon Women on the MoonJoe Dante, John Landis, Robert K. Weiss, Carl Gottlieb, Peter Horton1987
66BarflyBarbet Schroeder1987
67Princess Bride, TheRob Reiner1987
68Wings of DesireWim Wenders1987
69Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, ThePenelope Spheeris1988
70HairsprayJohn Waters1988
71AliceJan Švankmajer1988
72Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownPedro Almodóvar1988
73HeathersMichael Lehmann1989
74Mystery TrainJim Jarmusch1989
75FrankenhookerFrank Henenlotter1990
76Barton FinkJoel Coen, Ethan Coen1991
77BraindeadPeter Jackson1992
78Dazed and ConfusedRichard Linklater1993
79Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, TheStephan Elliott1994
80ClerksKevin Smith1994
81Shallow GraveDanny Boyle1994
82City of Lost Children, TheJean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro1995
83La HaineMathieu Kassovitz1995
84ShowgirlsPaul Verhoeven1995
85CrashDavid Cronenberg1996
86Twilight of the Ice NymphsGuy Maddin1997
87Big Lebowski, TheJoel Coen, Ethan Coen1998
88Buffalo '66Vincent Gallo1998
89Dinner Game, TheFrancis Veber1998
90Run Lola RunTom Tykwer1998
91RushmoreWes Anderson1998
92Office SpaceMike Judge1999
93Battle RoyaleKinji Fukasaku2000
94MementoChristopher Nolan2000
95Donnie DarkoRichard Kelly2001
96Hedwig and the Angry InchJohn Cameron Mitchell2001
97Ichi the KillerTakashi Miike2001
98Room, TheTommy Wiseau2003
99Kamikaze GirlsTetsuya Nakashima2004
100Napoleon DynamiteJared Hess2004
101BrickRian Johnson2006