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

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1

Fight Club 1999, 139 min.

David Fincher     Starring: Brad PittEdward NortonHelena Bonham Carter

Black Comedy    Comedy Drama    Drama

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Memento 2000, 113 min.

Christopher Nolan     Starring: Guy PearceCarrie-Anne MossJoe Pantoliano

Crime    Crime Thriller    Mindbender

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American History X 1998, 119 min.

Tony Kaye     Starring: Edward NortonEdward FurlongBeverly D'Angelo

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Shaun of the Dead 2004, 99 min.

Edgar Wright     Starring: Simon PeggNick FrostKate Ashfield

Apocalyptic Film    Comedy    Horror

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Oldboy 2003, 120 min.

Chan-wook Park     Starring: Dal-su OhMin-sik ChoiJi-tae Yu

Based-on-Comics    Based-on-Manga    Drama

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Glengarry Glen Ross 1992, 100 min.

James Foley     Starring: Al PacinoEd HarrisAlan Arkin

Based-on-Theatre    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Spirited Away 2001, 125 min.

Hayao Miyazaki     Starring: Rumi HîragiMiyu IrinoMari Natsuki

Adventure    Animation    Anime

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13

Army of Darkness 1992, 81 min.

Sam Raimi     Starring: Bruce CampbellMarcus GilbertIan Abercrombie

Comedy    Fantasy    Horror

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Donnie Darko 2001, 113 min.

Richard Kelly     Starring: Jake GyllenhaalJena MaloneMary McDonnell

Comedy Drama    Coming-of-Age    Drama

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16

Beetlejuice 1988, 92 min.

Tim Burton     Starring: Geena DavisCatherine O'HaraAlec Baldwin

Black Comedy    Comedy    Fantasy

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18

American Psycho 2000, 101 min.

Mary Harron     Starring: Christian BaleJared LetoReese Witherspoon

Black Comedy    Comedy    Satire

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20

Serenity 2005, 119 min.

Joss Whedon     Starring: Nathan FillionAdam BaldwinJewel Staite

Action    Based-on-Television    Dystopian Film

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21

They Live 1988, 93 min.

John Carpenter     Starring: Roddy PiperKeith DavidMeg Foster

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Dystopian Film

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24

Brick 2005, 110 min.

Rian Johnson     Starring: Joseph Gordon-LevittNora ZehetnerLukas Haas

Detective Film    Femme Fatale    Mystery

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26

Near Dark 1987, 94 min.

Kathryn Bigelow     Starring: Adrian PasdarJenny WrightLance Henriksen

Chase Movie    Horror    Hybrid Western

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31

Dead Alive 1992, 97 min.

Peter Jackson     Starring: Timothy BalmeDiana PenalverElizabeth Moody

Body Horror    Comedy    Horror

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32

Clue 1985, 94 min.

Jonathan Lynn     Starring: Tim CurryMadeline KahnMartin Mull

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Mystery

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Bottle Rocket 1996, 91 min.

Wes Anderson     Starring: Owen WilsonLuke WilsonJames Caan

Buddy Film    Caper    Comedy

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36

Dead Man 1995, 121 min.

Jim Jarmusch     Starring: Johnny DeppGary FarmerLance Henriksen

Hybrid Western    Road Movie    Western

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Naked 1993, 131 min.

Mike Leigh     Starring: Greg CruttwellClaire SkinnerDavid Thewlis

Black Comedy    Drama    Psychological Drama

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The Fall 2006, 117 min.

Tarsem Singh     Starring: Catinca UntaruJustine WaddellLee Pace

Drama    Fantasy    Magic Realism

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The Boondock Saints 1999, 108 min.

Troy Duffy     Starring: Willem DafoeSean Patrick FlaneryNorman Reedus

Action    Crime    Crime Drama

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Rounders 1998, 121 min.

John Dahl     Starring: John TurturroFamke JanssenEdward Norton

Buddy Film    Drama    Post-Noir

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Point Break 1991, 120 min.

Kathryn Bigelow     Starring: Keanu ReevesGary BuseyPatrick Swayze

Action    Action Thriller    Thriller

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The Limey 1999, 89 min.

Steven Soderbergh     Starring: Terence StampPeter FondaLesley Ann Warren

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Sexy Beast 2000, 89 min.

Jonathan Glazer     Starring: Ray WinstoneBen KingsleyIan McShane

Crime    Crime Drama    Crime Thriller

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60

Lost Highway 1997, 135 min.

David Lynch     Starring: Bill PullmanPatricia ArquetteRobert Blake

Mindbender    Mystery    Post-Noir

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63

Pump up the Volume 1990, 102 min.

Allan Moyle     Starring: Christian SlaterMimi KennedyAndy Romano

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Teen Movie

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Zoolander 2001, 89 min.

Ben Stiller     Starring: Ben StillerWill FerrellChristine Taylor

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Parody/Spoof

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Bound 1996, 109 min.

The Wachowskis     Starring: Jennifer TillyGina GershonBarry Kivel

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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Buffalo '66 1998, 110 min.

Vincent Gallo     Starring: Ben GazzaraRosanna ArquetteVincent Gallo

Comedy Drama    Crime    Crime Drama

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72

UHF 1989, 97 min.

Jay Levey     Starring: Weird Al YankovicAnthony GearyStanley Brock

Absurd Comedy    Comedy    Media Satire

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Quick Change 1990, 89 min.

Howard Franklin     Starring: Bill MurrayRandy QuaidJason Robards

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Crime

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75

Irreversible 2002, 97 min.

Gaspar Noé     Starring: Monica BellucciAlbert DupontelVincent Cassel

Crime    Crime Drama    Drama

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The Host 2006, 119 min.

Joon-ho Bong     Starring: Kang-ho SongHie-bong ByeonHae-il Park

Foreign Language Film    Horror    Monster Film

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Darkman 1990, 96 min.

Sam Raimi     Starring: Liam NeesonFrances McDormandColin Friels

Action    Revenge Film    Science Fiction

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Millennium Actress 2001, 87 min.

Satoshi Kon     Starring: Mami KoyamaShozo IzukaHirotaka Suzuoki

Animation    Anime    Drama

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The Descent 2005, 99 min.

Neil Marshall     Starring: Shauna MacDonaldAlex ReidSaskia Mulder

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Drama

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Exotica 1994, 103 min.

Atom Egoyan     Starring: Bruce GreenwoodElias KoteasDamon D'Oliveira

Drama    Ensemble Film    Erotic Drama

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Zero Effect 1998, 116 min.

Jake Kasdan     Starring: Bill PullmanBen StillerRyan O'Neal

Comedy    Comedy Thriller    Mystery

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Slither 2006, 95 min.

James Gunn     Starring: Elizabeth BanksGregg HenryMichael Rooker

Body Horror    Horror    Horror Comedy

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Fallen Angels 1995, 90 min.

Wong Kar-Wai     Starring: Karen MokTakeshi KaneshiroLeon Lai

Crime    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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Sonatine 1993, 94 min.

Takeshi Kitano     Starring: Tetsu WatanabeSusumu TerajimaTakeshi Kitano

Action    Action Thriller    Crime

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Gremlins 2: The New Batch 1990, 106 min.

Joe Dante     Starring: Zach GalliganPhoebe CatesJohn Glover

Comedy    Horror    Horror Comedy

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The Devil's Rejects 2005, 107 min.

Rob Zombie     Starring: Sid HaigBill MoseleySheri Moon Zombie

Crime    Crime Thriller    Horror

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