Cult Classics

Some movies stand the test of time, not because they're good, but because they're weird or quirky, or just so bad they're good. Others are quoted so much they become part of everyday conversation. Here's a collection of cult favorites that get referenced over and over again. Serious movie fans who never want to be left out of a joke or obscure film reference should look into the movies below. For more quirky offerings, be sure to check out our lists of Best Goofy Comedy Movies to Watch with Tweens and Teens and Offbeat Animated Movies.

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Labyrinth Movie Poster Image
Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1986)
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The Princess Bride Movie Poster Image
Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Movie Poster Image
Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1971)
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The Wiz Movie Poster Image
Jazzy, family-friendly musical remake of classic film.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1978)
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Time Bandits Movie Poster Image
Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1981)
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Back to the Future Movie Poster Image
'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1985)
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Good Burger Movie Poster Image
Good-natured '90s comedy loaded with pratfalls, silliness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1997)
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The Goonies Movie Poster Image
Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.
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(Release Year: 1985)
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The Italian Job (1969) Movie Poster Image
Classic, fun caper has outdated views, moderate violence.
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(Release Year: 1969)
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Dirty Dancing Movie Poster Image
Hip-shaking guilty pleasure has mature themes, dancing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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Empire Records Movie Poster Image
'90s cult comedy-drama has sex/drug references, language.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1996)
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Harold and Maude Movie Poster Image
A classic of dark comedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1971)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail Movie Poster Image
Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor, profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1975)
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Hairspray Movie Poster Image
A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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So I Married an Axe Murderer Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy with mock horror action, sexuality.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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This Is Spinal Tap Movie Poster Image
Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Cabin Boy Movie Poster Image
Weird comedy-fantasy cult classic with language, innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Sharknado Movie Poster Image
Blood, gore in hilarious B-movie make this best for teens.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Poster Image
A comedic cult classic with heavy sexual innuendo.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1975)
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Akira Movie Poster Image
Extremely violent classic introduced anime to Westerners.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1988)
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Dazed and Confused Movie Poster Image
Edgy coming-of-age tale has underage drinking and drug use.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1993)
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Do the Right Thing Movie Poster Image
Spike Lee's masterwork of racial unrest; discuss with kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1989)
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High Fidelity Movie Poster Image
Book-based romantic drama has cursing, smoking, sex.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2000)
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Quadrophenia Movie Poster Image
British cult classic has violence, language, drugs, sex.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1979)
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Rushmore Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy has profanity, sex, underage drinking.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Shaft (1971) Movie Poster Image
Violence, some sex, profanity in '70s classic.
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(Release Year: 1971)
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Withnail & I Movie Poster Image
British cult classic about two alcoholics; much profanity.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1987)
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The Big Lebowski Movie Poster Image
Quirky '90s comedy has drugs, sex, cursing, and violence.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Brazil Movie Poster Image
Inventive, prophetic black comedy; lots of violence, mayhem.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1985)
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Clerks Movie Poster Image
Low language, high philosophy, and low budget.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Donnie Darko Movie Poster Image
Winningly edgy teen-angst sci-fi tragicomedy.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2001)
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Repo Man Movie Poster Image
Defiant, antisocial 'tude in '80s punk sci-fi satire.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1984)
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Super Fly (1972) Movie Poster Image
Classic '70s drama with drugs, violence, cursing.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1972)
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The Evil Dead (1981) Movie Poster Image
Horror masterpiece is gory but silly. For older teens only.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1983)
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Movie Poster Image
Loopy, foul-mouthed drug comedy isn't meant for kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1998)
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Mandy Movie Poster Image
Bizarre revenge horror movie has graphic violence, gore.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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