Though much of today’s cinematic landscape is saturated with big-budget blockbusters, occasionally a movie comes along that breaks the Hollywood mold and earns itself a niche but loyal following. And even if they may be a little offbeat or controversial, many of these films have lingered in our cultural consciousness long after their releases. Take these 20 iconic cult flicks, for example – all of which have arguably earned their places in movie history.
20. Easy Rider (1969)
The ultimate cult road movie, Easy Rider sees Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star as two biker buddies who decide to travel cross-country to Mardi Gras for good times. And given its free-wheeling sense of rebellion and general air of cool, it stands to reason that the film has gathered a cult following in the decades since its release. Plus, of course, there’s its classic rocking soundtrack – “Born to Be Wild,” anyone?
19. Clerks (1994)
Clerks tracks a day in the lives of two slacker store employees. Doesn’t sound like much, does it? Thanks in part to writer/director Kevin Smith’s knack for wringing humor out of the mundane, though, the 1994 movie became an almost instant cult hit. Clerks also spawned a sequel in 2006, although that film hasn’t to date acquired the avid fanbase of its predecessor.