Last Updated on 18 September 2023

I searched the Internet for lists of the best cult movies of all time. Criteria included the movies being ranked, not just listed, and generally created by groups, whether teams or committees or based on general public voting (like I ended up including both “funniest movies” lists and “best comedies” lists, even though there’s technically a difference. I figured the blend of the two would produce the best results.

I was able to find 29 lists. I took the 29 lists and added all their content into a spreadsheet, noting the rank of every film. The total number was almost 1,100 including all the repeats. I experimented with different formulas, trying to balance the value of being ranked high on any list and being included on the most lists. I ended up averaging the rankings each movie got (there were 158 that were on at least 2 lists) and dividing that average by a factor of the number of lists that movie was on. The lowest score meant a high ranking average on many lists. The complete spreadsheet is attached at the bottom.

The movies that were on the most lists (out of 29) were:

  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – 24 lists
  • The Big Lebowski (1998) – 22 lists
  • This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – 18 lists
  • Donnie Darko (2001) – 18 lists
  • Pulp Fiction (1994) – 17 lists
  • Clerks (1994) – 17 lists
  • A Clockwork Orange (1971) – 16 lists
  • The Warriors (1979) – 16 lists
  • Eraserhead (1977) – 16 lists
  • Blade Runner (1982) – 15 lists
  • Heathers (1988) – 15 lists

Here are links to the lists I used along with dates the lists were created: