Top 10 Sci-Fi Cult Classics

The classics. Here we have some of the greatest and most original films in history. Whether you enjoy watching a computer programer fight for his life, a badd-ass ex-soldier take on an entire island, or three houses fight it off for supreme control of the galaxy , then these are your sci-fi cult classics.

10. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Dr. Buckaroo Banzai is a multi-talented person whos does it all. Besides being a doctor he is also a samurai, physicist, neurosurgeon , rock musician, Jet Car driver and comic book hero. Not only does he have all these jobs, but he also has to protect Earth form the aliens called Red Lectroids. John Lithgow gives a great performance as Dr. Emilio Lizardo, Banzai´s nemesis.
9. Rollerball
The world of 2018 is a global corporate state and there are no wars and sports. Instead there is rollerball , a violent sport in which the major cities of the world are represented. They battle each other for control and power. James Caan plays Jonathan E, the veteran star of the Energy Corporation’s Houston team. .
8. Stalker
The journey of three men travelling through a post-apocalyptic wilderness called the Zone (an alien place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers) to find a room that can grant any wish you want. The three men are a stalker( one of a handful who have the mental gifts),a writer and a scientist. Will they be able to find what they are looking for and at what cost will it be?
7. Logan’s Run
In the future society is kept in equilibrium by one simple rule, every single human being can only live until the age of 30. Everyone is given a crystal that changes colors 3 times before turning black. Once it changes to black, that is your last day of life and you are willingly put to death. Our main character is Logan, a Deep Sleep Operative whose job is to hunt down Runners(those who attempt to escape their deadly fate) and terminate them. But what will Logan do when he turns 30?
6. Dune
Spice, the most valuable resource in the year 10,191 A.G..House Atreides (led by the Duke), House Harkonnen (led by the Baron), and Imperial House Corrino (ruled by the Emperor) all have their own agendas, which house will be able to control the spice that is guarded by gigantic sandworms?
5. Escape From New York
Set in the then- future (1997) where Manhattan Island has been converted into a maximum security prison and the president of the USA is being held by its inmates. The only person the government can turn to is Snake Plissken, a decorated Special Forces combat pilot who was captured after robbing a Federal Reserve Bank. He is offered a deal, sneak into the island, retrieve a special cassette and rescue the president. As if that wasn´t hard enough he is also inyected with micro-explosives that will kill him in 22 hours.
4. Tron
A hacker (Jef Bridges) is split into molecules and is transported into a computer. In this computer a mean program called Master Control behaves like a dictator. The hacker must participate in a number of gladiatorial games in order to survive and replace the Master Control with Tron an an honest safety system.
3. Blade Runner
Los Angeles 2019, a time were replicants (androids physically identical to adult humans) are used for dangerous and degrading work in colonies on other planets. After they become illegal on earth, blade runners (special police units) are called upon to hunt down and retire (kill) escaped replicants on Earth.
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
This film deals with themes of human evolution and technology, artificial intelligence, and extraterrestrial life.When a large black monolith is found beneath the surface of the moon, Astronaut David Bowman, along with four companions, sets off for Jupiter(the point of origin of the monolith) on a spaceship controlled by HAL 9000, a computer system that is superior to mankind.
1. Metropolis
In the year 2026 society is divided into two groups, the planners who live high above the earth in luxury and the workers who live underground taking care of all the needs of the lives of the privileged. What happens when one of these groups clashes with the other? This movie is considered the mother of all cult, sci-fi classics.

11 Responses to “Top 10 Sci-Fi Cult Classics”

  1. All I can say is, I’m glad I’m not a member of this cult. Dune & Metropolis? What cult is this: the cult of boredom?

  2. You must be under 25 or not understand what a cult film is or Rocky Horor would be number 1. What other film keps them packing in after 25 years? (and in case you’ve never seen it, yes, it is a SF film)

    “Don’t dream it, Be it.”

  3. John B, your right it is a SF but at the same time its a Horror cult classic. And I already put it in the top 10 horror classic, which will be comming out soon. JOI both pictures are good, they are long but Metropolis is the foundation of many movies, like the Beattles or The Rolling Stones are to Music, Metropolis is to certain kinds of genre movies. Thanks for putting your comments.

  4. Dune - good concept but dreadful movie (especially if you consider the book). Buckeroo Banzai - really?! What about Alien, or Solaris? And I’m assuming ‘cult’ means you couldn’t include The Terminator or Close Encounters, but The Day The Earth Stood Still is probably more significant than Rollerball. Stll, quite thouht-provoking.

  5. Erm - that’s “thought-provoking”, obviously…

  6. Your Logan’s Run story is for a remake they are filming now, with younger cast. In original they lived till 30 :)

  7. MrShill,

    The Top Ten List defined the list criteria as “cult classics”.
    A cult film is one without wide mainstream appeal and yet enjoys a small but highly devoted following.

    One thing I notice about the list is that none of them have sequals (with the exception of Escape from New York, I think). Alien has not one but many sequels, denoting strong mainstream appeal, and therefore while it may have fans, they are not “limited” to a small cult of fans.

    You referred to The Day the Earth Stood Still as “more significant” than Rollerball. Maybe. But that would fall under the Top Ten Most Significant SciFi Movies List. (hint hint)

    BTW. Without giving away too much, my online passwords are all based on characters from Buckaroo Banzai.

  8. Great to include Stalker.

    But all you have to do is actually WATCH Logan’s Run to know it’s 30 and not 21. It was 21 in the original novel.

    And DARK STAR is more cult than your ten combined!

  9. The whole list is phoney without Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Forbidden Planet. What the hell is “Stalker”?!?

  10. Never heard of Stalker? Turn in your Sci-Fi/Geek membership card and you will be escorted out of the buliding and back to your American film only world.

  11. I agree with SirSpellingWellingBee. Most of these are not cult movies. The Lathe of Heaven that was on PBS about 30 plus yrs ago qualifies *imho*.
    BTW, most of my on line passwords are a meat by product.

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