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

age 8+

Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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The Princess Bride

age 8+

Witty, winsome fairy tale for the whole family.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1987)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

age 8+

Pure, sweet imagination for both kids and adults.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1971)
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The Wiz

age 8+

Jazzy, family-friendly musical remake of classic film.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1978)
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Time Bandits

age 9+

Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1981)
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Back to the Future

age 10+

'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1985)
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Good Burger

age 10+

Good-natured '90s comedy loaded with pratfalls, silliness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1997)
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The Goonies

age 10+

Classic '80s adventure has lots of swearing, some scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1985)
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The Italian Job (1969)

age 11+

Classic, fun caper has outdated views, moderate violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1969)
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Dirty Dancing

age 13+

Hip-shaking guilty pleasure has mature themes, dancing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1987)
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Empire Records

age 13+

'90s cult comedy-drama has sex/drug references, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1996)
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Harold and Maude

age 13+

A classic of dark comedy.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1971)
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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

age 13+

Nonstop hilarity for families; some bawdy humor, profanity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1975)
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Hairspray

age 14+

A kitschy teen fantasy you can dance to.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1988)
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So I Married an Axe Murderer

age 14+

Quirky '90s comedy with mock horror action, sexuality.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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This Is Spinal Tap

age 14+

Hilarious, ribald, drug-filled rock send-up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1984)
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Cabin Boy

age 15+

Weird comedy-fantasy cult classic with language, innuendo.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1994)
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Manhunter

age 15+

'80s "Hannibal" thriller has violence, language, trauma.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Sharknado

age 15+

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

age 15+

A comedic cult classic with heavy sexual innuendo.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1975)
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