NPR Top 100 Cult Films

Another list from NPR!  The original list can be found HERE.

Like the book list, red indicates we’ve seen them, black means we’re workin on it 🙂  AND a * indicates our favorties!

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick, 1968
  2. Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988
  3. Angel of Vengeance, Abel Ferrara, 1981
  4. Bad Taste, Peter Jackson, 1987
  5. Baise-moi, Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi, 2000
  6. Begotten, E. Elias Merhige, 1991
  7. Behind the Green Door, Artie Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, 1972
  8. La belle et la bête, Jean Cocteau, 1946*
  9. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer, 1970
  10. The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 1998
  11. Blade Runner, Ridley Scott, 1982*
  12. Blue Sunshine, Jeff Lieberman, 1978
  13. Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 1985
  14. Bride of Frankenstein, James Whale, 1935
  15. The Brood, David Cronenberg, 1979
  16. Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari, Robert Wiene, 1920
  17. Café Flesh, Stephen Sayadian, 1982
  18. Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, 1979
  19. Casablanca, Michael Curtiz, 1942*
  20. Un chien andalou, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí,1928
  21. Coffy, Jack Hill, 1973
  22. Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kümel, 1971
  23. Dawn of the Dead, George A. Romero, 1978*
  24. Deadly Weapons, Doris Wishman, 1974
  25. Debbie Does Dallas, Jim Clark, 1978
  26. Deep Red, Dario Argento, 1975
  27. Dirty Dancing, Emile Ardolino, 1987
  28. Django, Sergio Corbucci, 1966
  29. Donnie Darko, Richard Kelly, 2001
  30. Don’t Torture a Duckling, Lucio Fulci, 1972
  31. Edward Scissorhands, Tim Burton, 1990*
  32. Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, Aristide Massaccesi, 1977
  33. Emmanuelle, Just Jaeckin, 1974
  34. Enter the Dragon, Robert Clouse, 1973
  35. Eraserhead, David Lynch, 1977
  36. The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi, 1981
  37. Fight Club, David Fincher, 1999
  38. Flaming Creatures, Jack Smith, 1963
  39. Freak Orlando, Ulrike Ottinger, 1981
  40. Freaks, Tod Browning, 1932
  41. Ginger Snaps, John Fawcett, 2000
  42. The Gods Must Be Crazy, Jamie Uys, 1981
  43. Godzilla, Ishirô Honda, 1954
  44. The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell, 1972
  45. Harold and Maude, Hal Ashby, 1971
  46. Häxan, Benjamin Christensen, 1922
  47. Hellraiser, Clive Barker, 1987
  48. The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1973
  49. The House with the Laughing Windows, Pupi Avati, 1976
  50. I Walked with a Zombie, Jacques Tourneur, 1943
  51. Ichi the Killer, Takashi Miike, 2001
  52. In Bruges, Martin McDonagh, 2008
  53. Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Don Siegel, 1956
  54. Invocation of My Demon Brother, Kenneth Anger, 1969
  55. It’s a Wonderful Life, Frank Capra, 1946*
  56. The Killer, John Woo, 1989
  57. Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, 1988
  58. The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, 2001–3
  59. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, George Miller, 1981
  60. Man Bites Dog, Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde, 1992
  61. Manos, the Hands of Fate, Harold P. Warren, 1966
  62. The Masque of the Red Death, Roger Corman, 1964
  63. Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975
  64. Near Dark, Kathryn Bigelow, 1987
  65. Nekromantik, Jörg Buttgereit, 1987
  66. Night of the Living Dead, George A. Romero, 1968
  67. Pink Flamingos, John Waters, 1972
  68. Piranha, Joe Dante, 1978
  69. Plan 9 from Outer Space, Ed Wood, Jr, 1959
  70. Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon, 1985
  71. Reefer Madness, Louis Gasnier, 1936
  72. Repo Man, Alex Cox, 1984
  73. Ringu, Hideo Nakata, 1998
  74. The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman, 1975
  75. Rome Armed to the Teeth, Umberto Lenzi, 1976
  76. The Room, Tommy Wiseau, 2003
  77. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1975
  78. She Killed in Ecstasy, Jesús Franco, 1971
  79. Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven, 1995
  80. Soul Vengeance, Jamaa Fanaka, 1975
  81. The Sound of Music, Robert Wise, 1965
  82. Star Wars, George Lucas, 1977–2005
  83. Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Todd Haynes, 1988
  84. Tetsuo, Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
  85. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974
  86. This Is Spınal Tap, Rob Reiner, 1984
  87. Suspiria, Dario Argento, 1977
  88. Tank Girl, Rachel Talalay, 1995
  89. Thriller: A Cruel Picture, Bo Arne Vibenius, 1974
  90. Thundercrack!, Curt McDowell, 1975
  91. El Topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky, 1970
  92. The Toxic Avenger, Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, 1984
  93. Two-Lane Blacktop, Monte Hellman, 1971
  94. Two Thousand Maniacs!, Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1964
  95. The Vanishing, George Sluizer, 1988
  96. Videodrome, David Cronenberg, 1983
  97. The Warriors, Walter Hill, 1979
  98. Witchfinder General, Michael Reeves, 1968
  99. Withnail & I, Bruce Robinson, 1987
  100. The Wizard of Oz, Victor Fleming, 1939

2 thoughts on “NPR Top 100 Cult Films

  1. Hi! I have to admit — as a someone who watches a lot of ‘cult’ films or genres — that a list of them generated by NPR just seems weird. And placing 2001: A Space Oddessy on the list is bizarre . . . that film does have a committed following, but typically ‘cult’ implies both marginality and transgression (of social conventions and attitudes, good taste, etc). Pasolini is transgressive, but hardly marginal . . . he is often talked of as the greatest director to come out of Italy’s amazing film culture.

    That said, I suppose my understanding of ‘cult’ is just off. I think passionate interest in grindhouse films, Euro and Asian genres, etc. Perhaps there is a different way to think of that?

    1. I totally agree with you that the list IS a little odd. And I don’t think you’re off on your perception of what the meaning of “cult” films are. When JP and I were going through this one and the book list we felt that both were missing films/books and there were some REALLY weird ones on both lists. Though, they seem to be the best out of these types of lists I’ve seen published by major media, and I do think that NPR did a much better job than Entertainment Weekly’s top 100 lists for movies, books and music. We got the issue last week and had many-a “WTF?!” moments looking through them — for example, how the HECK does Beyonce out rank Tom Waits on the list?

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