Fun Cult Films (70's to 90's)

by dauthier | created - 09 Aug 2018 | updated - 13 Nov 2018 | Public

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1. Shakes the Clown (1991)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Shakes plods about his duties as party clown, and uses all of his free time getting seriously drunk. Binky, another clown, wins the spot on a local kiddie show, which depresses Shakes even ... See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Bobcat Goldthwait, Julie Brown, Bruce Baum, Steve Bean

Votes: 4,459 | Gross: $0.12M

2. Orgazmo (1997)

NC-17 | 94 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

Naive young Mormon Joe Young is recruited to act in porn movies.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab, Michael Dean Jacobs

Votes: 33,507 | Gross: $0.58M

3. Real Genius (1985)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a high-powered laser for a university project. When their professor intends to turn their work into a military weapon, they decide to ruin his plans.

Director: Martha Coolidge | Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink, William Atherton

Votes: 28,988 | Gross: $13.00M

4. UHF (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

32 Metascore

An unemployed visionary becomes the manager of a local public station. The station becomes a success, with all sorts of hilarious sight gags and wacky humor.

Director: Jay Levey | Stars: 'Weird Al' Yankovic, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Richards

Votes: 24,870 | Gross: $6.16M

5. The Toxic Avenger (1984)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

42 Metascore

Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.

Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Andree Maranda, Mitch Cohen, Jennifer Babtist, Cindy Manion

Votes: 23,780

6. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

R | 89 min | Comedy

55 Metascore

A pharmaceutical scientist creates a pill that makes people remember their happiest memory, and although it's successful, it has unfortunate side effects.

Director: Kelly Makin | Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Votes: 7,969 | Gross: $2.65M

7. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy

25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 43,653 | Gross: $33.09M

8. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

When eccentric man-child Pee-wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

Votes: 47,769 | Gross: $40.90M

9. Cry-Baby (1990)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Musical

63 Metascore

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane, Susan Tyrrell

Votes: 52,477 | Gross: $8.27M

10. The Big Lebowski (1998)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

71 Metascore

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 693,616 | Gross: $17.50M

11. Top Secret! (1984)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Music

68 Metascore

Parody of WWII spy movies in which an American rock and roll singer becomes involved in a Resistance plot to rescue a scientist imprisoned in East Germany.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 56,994 | Gross: $20.50M

12. The Naked Gun (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

76 Metascore

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 143,220 | Gross: $78.76M

13. Love and Death (1975)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, War

89 Metascore

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Georges Adet, Robinson Frank Adu

Votes: 34,229

14. I Love You to Death (1990)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime

45 Metascore

Joey Boca (Kevin Kline) owns a pizza parlor, and is married to Rosalie (Tracey Ullman). He's also a serial womanizer. Rosalie goes to extremes when she finds he has been cheating.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: Kevin Kline, Tracey Ullman, William Hurt, Joan Plowright

Votes: 12,874 | Gross: $16.19M

15. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of talent.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 160,902 | Gross: $5.89M

16. The Man with Two Brains (1983)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

A brain surgeon marries a femme fatale, causing his life to turn upside down. Things go more awry when he falls in love with a talking brain.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Kathleen Turner, David Warner, Paul Benedict

Votes: 23,226 | Gross: $10.10M

17. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper.

Directors: Joe Dante, Chuck Jones | Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky

Votes: 88,657 | Gross: $41.48M

18. The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

R | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

24 Metascore

A vulgar private detective is hired to find a missing groupie and is drawn into a mystery involving a series of murders tied to the music industry.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Lauren Holly, Wayne Newton, Priscilla Presley

Votes: 16,643 | Gross: $21.41M

19. Arizona Dream (1993)

R | 142 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A young New Yorker goes to Arizona where he finds freedom to both love and dream.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Johnny Depp, Jerry Lewis, Faye Dunaway, Lili Taylor

Votes: 39,729 | Gross: $0.11M

20. High Anxiety (1977)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

A psychiatrist with intense acrophobia (fear of heights) goes to work for a mental institution run by doctors who appear to be crazier than their patients, and have secrets that they are willing to commit murder to keep.

Director: Mel Brooks | Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Harvey Korman

Votes: 18,942 | Gross: $31.06M

21. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

93 Metascore

King Arthur (Graham Chapman) and his Knights of the Round Table embark on a surreal, low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

Directors: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam

Votes: 481,193 | Gross: $1.23M

22. Johnny Dangerously (1984)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

54 Metascore

Set in the 1930s, an honest, goodhearted man is forced to turn to a life of crime to finance his neurotic mother's skyrocketing medical bills.

Director: Amy Heckerling | Stars: Michael Keaton, Joe Piscopo, Marilu Henner, Maureen Stapleton

Votes: 12,827

23. Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

81 Metascore

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, Levi Stubbs

Votes: 61,696 | Gross: $38.75M

24. Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Music

Those rambunctious kids are back in school and back in trouble in a smash sequel to the 1978 worldwide hit. Corey Feldman leads a rock and roll rally at Ronald Reagon High, but must triumph... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Brock | Stars: Corey Feldman, Larry Linville, Mary Woronov, Evan Richards

Votes: 1,030

25. S.F.W. (1994)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

An alienated and misanthropic teenager gains sudden and unwanted celebrity status after he's taken hostage by terrorists where his indifference to their threats to kill him makes news headlines.

Director: Jefery Levy | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Busey, Joey Lauren Adams

Votes: 4,600 | Gross: $0.06M

26. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A sweet mother finds herself participating in homicidal activities when she sees the occasion call for it.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 25,751 | Gross: $7.88M

27. Heathers (1989)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

72 Metascore

In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.

Director: Michael Lehmann | Stars: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk

Votes: 83,185 | Gross: $1.11M



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