The Top 100 'A.V. Club's The New Cult Canon' Movies

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1

Fight Club

1999    David Fincher    Rated R

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Drama

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Reservoir Dogs

1992    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Ensemble Film

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The Big Lebowski

1998    Ethan & Joel Coen    Rated R

Buddy Film    Comedy    Crime

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Memento

2000    Christopher Nolan    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Mindbender

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American History X

1998    Tony Kaye    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Office Space

1999    Mike Judge    Rated R

Black Comedy    Workplace Comedy

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Shaun of the Dead

2004    Edgar Wright    Rated R

Apocalyptic Film    Comedy    Horror

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12 Monkeys

1995    Terry Gilliam    Rated R

Cyberpunk / Tech Noir    Dystopian Film    Mindbender

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Glengarry Glen Ross

1992    James Foley    Rated R

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Clerks.

1994    Kevin Smith    Rated R

Buddy Film    Comedy    Workplace Comedy

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Oldboy

2003    Chan-wook Park    Rated R

Based-on-Comics    Based-on-Manga    Drama

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12

Spirited Away

2001    Hayao Miyazaki    Rated PG

Adventure    Animation    Anime

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13

Army of Darkness

1992    Sam Raimi    Rated R

Comedy    Fantasy    Horror

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14

Donnie Darko

2001    Richard Kelly    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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15

Let the Right One In

2008    Tomas Alfredson    Rated R

Childhood Drama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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16

Beetlejuice

1988    Tim Burton    Rated PG

Black Comedy    Comedy    Fantasy

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17

Army of Shadows

1969    Jean-Pierre Melville    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    French New Wave

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18

American Psycho

2000    Mary Harron    Rated R

Black Comedy    Comedy    Satire

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19

Requiem for a Dream

2000    Darren Aronofsky    Rated NC17

Addiction Drama    Drama    Psychological Drama

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20

They Live

1988    John Carpenter    Rated R

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Dystopian Film

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21

Serenity

2005    Joss Whedon    Rated PG13

Action    Based-on-Television    Dystopian Film

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Dazed and Confused

1993    Richard Linklater    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Ensemble Film

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23

Brick

2005    Rian Johnson    Rated R

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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24

Hard Boiled

1992    John Woo    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Foreign Language Film

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Heathers

1989    Michael Lehmann    Rated R

Black Comedy    Teen Movie

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26

Near Dark

1987    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Chase Movie    Horror    Hybrid Western

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27

Delicatessen

1991    Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet    Not Rated

Absurd Comedy    Black Comedy    Cannibal Film

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Battle Royale

2000    Kinji Fukasaku    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Dystopian Film

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29

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

2005    Shane Black    Rated R

Comedy    Crime    Crime Comedy

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30

Dead Alive

1992    Peter Jackson    Not Rated

Body Horror    Comedy    Horror

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32

Clue

1985    Jonathan Lynn    Rated PG

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Mystery

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33

The Iron Giant

1999    Brad Bird    Rated PG

Animation    Cyborg / Android / Robot    Family

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34

Bottle Rocket

1996    Wes Anderson    Rated R

Buddy Film    Caper    Comedy

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35

Heavenly Creatures

1994    Peter Jackson    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Coming-of-Age    Crime

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36

Real Genius

1985    Martha Coolidge    Rated PG

Comedy    Coming-of-Age    Teen Movie

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37

Dead Man

1995    Jim Jarmusch    Rated R

Hybrid Western    Road Movie    Western

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38

The Fall

2006    Tarsem Singh    Rated R

Drama    Fantasy    Period Film

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39

The Boondock Saints

1999    Troy Duffy    Rated R

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

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Primer

2004    Shane Carruth    Rated PG13

Mindbender    Psychological Sci-Fi    Science Fiction

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41

House

1977    Nobuhiko Ohbayashi    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Comedy    Fantasy

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42

Dead Ringers

1988    David Cronenberg    Rated R

Drama    Medical Drama    Psychological Drama

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43

Highlander

1986    Russell Mulcahy    Rated R

Action    Fantasy    Sword-and-Sorcery

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44

Synecdoche, New York

2008    Charlie Kaufman    Rated R

Drama    Mindbender    Psychological Drama

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Rounders

1998    John Dahl    Rated R

Buddy Film    Drama    Post-Noir

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46

Naked

1993    Mike Leigh    Not Rated

Black Comedy    Drama    Psychological Drama

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49

The Vanishing

1988    George Sluizer    Not Rated

Foreign Language Film    Mystery    Psychological Thriller

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50

Starship Troopers

1997    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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51

Point Break

1991    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Thriller

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52

Zodiac

2007    David Fincher    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Crime    Docudrama

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53

The Limey

1999    Steven Soderbergh    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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54

Audition

1999    Takashi Miike    Not Rated

Foreign Language Film    Horror    Sadistic Horror

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55

American Movie

1999    Chris Smith    Rated R

Biography    Documentary    Media Documentary

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56

Sexy Beast

2000    Jonathan Glazer    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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57

Punch-Drunk Love

2002    Paul Thomas Anderson    Rated R

Absurd Comedy    Comedy Drama    Romance

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58

[REC]

2007    Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza    Rated R

Foreign Language Film    Found Footage Film    Horror

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59

Mysterious Skin

2004    Gregg Araki    Rated NC17

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Gay and Lesbian Film

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60

Lost Highway

1997    David Lynch    Rated R

Mindbender    Mystery    Post-Noir

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61

Pump up the Volume

1990    Allan Moyle    Rated R

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Teen Movie

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62

Wet Hot American Summer

2001    David Wain    Rated R

Comedy    Farce    Parody/Spoof

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63

Pi

1998    Darren Aronofsky    Rated R

Avant-garde / Experimental    Mindbender    Psychological Thriller

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Zoolander

2001    Ben Stiller    Rated PG13

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Parody/Spoof

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65

My Own Private Idaho

1991    Gus Van Sant    Rated R

Buddy Film    Drama    Gay and Lesbian Film

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67

Ichi the Killer

2001    Takashi Miike    Not Rated

Based-on-Comics    Based-on-Manga    Black Comedy

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68

Black Dynamite

2009    Scott Sanders    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Blaxploitation

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69

The Triplets of Belleville

2003    Sylvain Chomet    Rated PG13

Animation    Comedy    Family-Oriented Comedy

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70

UHF

1989    Jay Levey    Rated PG13

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Media Satire

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71

Buffalo '66

1998    Vincent Gallo    Not Rated

Comedy Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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72

Kung Fu Hustle

2004    Stephen Chow    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Foreign Language Film

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73

Bound

1996    Andy & Larry Wachowski    Rated R

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Irreversible

2002    Gaspar Noé    Not Rated

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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75

Quick Change

1990    Howard Franklin    Rated R

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Crime

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76

The Host

2006    Joon-ho Bong    Not Rated

Foreign Language Film    Horror    Monster Film

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77

Darkman

1990    Sam Raimi    Rated R

Action    Revenge Film    Science Fiction

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78

Slacker

1991    Richard Linklater    Rated R

Comedy    Ensemble Film

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79

Team America: World Police

2004    Trey Parker    Rated R

Adventure Comedy    Comedy    Political Satire

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80

The Last Seduction

1994    John Dahl    Rated R

Crime    Erotic Thriller    Femme Fatale

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81

Napoleon Dynamite

2004    Jared Hess    Rated PG

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Coming-of-Age

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82

King of New York

1990    Abel Ferrara    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Gangster Film

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83

The Devil's Advocate

1997    Taylor Hackford    Rated R

Horror    Religious Horror    Supernatural Horror

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84

Road House

1989    Rowdy Herrington    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller

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85

In the Company of Men

1997    Neil LaBute    Rated R

Drama    Psychological Drama

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The Descent

2005    Neil Marshall    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Drama

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87

Zero Effect

1998    Jake Kasdan    Rated R

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Mystery

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88

Millennium Actress

2001    Satoshi Kon    Rated PG

Animation    Anime    Drama

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89

Session 9

2001    Brad Anderson    Rated R

Ghost Film    Haunted House Film    Horror

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90

Enter the Void

2009    Gaspar Noé    Not Rated

Avant-garde / Experimental    Mindbender    New French Extremism

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91

Velvet Goldmine

1998    Todd Haynes    Rated R

Drama    Gay and Lesbian Film    Musical

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92

Slither

2006    James Gunn    Rated R

Body Horror    Horror    Horror Comedy

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93

Exotica

1994    Atom Egoyan    Rated R

Drama    Ensemble Film    Erotic Drama

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94

Fallen Angels

1995    Wong Kar-Wai    Rated R

Crime    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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95

Gremlins 2: The New Batch

1990    Joe Dante    Rated PG13

Comedy    Horror Comedy    Monster Film

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96

Sonatine

1993    Takeshi Kitano    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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97

The Way of the Gun

2000    Christopher McQuarrie    Rated R

Crime    Crime Thriller    Thriller

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98

Eyes Wide Shut

1999    Stanley Kubrick    Rated R

Drama    Erotic Drama    Marriage Drama

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99

May

2002    Lucky McKee    Rated R

Horror    Psychological Horror    Psychological Thriller

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A Tale Of Two Sisters

2003    Jee-woon Kim    Rated R

Drama    Family Drama    Foreign Language Film

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