Top 12 Cult Movies for Teens

Top 12 Cult Movies for Teens

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A cult film is a movie that doesn’t do very well when initially released, but develops a very devoted group of fans who often watch the film repeatedly. The fan base for many cult films is often teenagers and young adults.

Cult Movies for Teens

Here are 15 cult films loved by teens and/or young adults:

1. Donnie Darko (2001) – Probably at the top of most lists of teen cult favorites, Donnie Darko stars Jake Gyllenhaal. See my Donnie Darko article.

12 Cult Movies Teens

2. Heathers (1989) – Black Comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater that takes place in a high school.

3. Napolean Dynomite (2004) – Independent, quirky comedy about teen geeks.

4. Office Space (1999) – Comedy about work life in a typical office, where the workers are fed up with their jobs. (this movie came out before and is unrelated to the television show, The Office).

5. Spaceballs (1987) – This parody of Star Wars, Star Trek and other science fiction films has become Mel Brook’s most popular film after becoming a cult classic on video and DVD.

6. Dazed and Confused (1993) – The last day of school in 1976, played by a ensemble group of unknown actors, many of who have become famous, i.e., Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck.

7. Princess Bride (1987) – Fantasy, adventure, romance, comedy based on the 1973 novel and directed by Rob Reiner.

8. This is Spinal Tap (1984) – mocumentary about a fictional heavy metal band, Spinal Tap, directed by Rob Reiner.

9. Election (1999) – Independent comedy about a high school election. Satire of both high school life and politics starring Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick.

10. Ghost World (2001) – Based on a graphic novel, this indie film is about two girls, best friends and social outcasts, during the summer after high school graduation and how their lives change after they meet a lonely man (Steve Buscemi).

12 Cult Movies for Teens

11. Bring it On (2000) – Comedy about competing cheerleading squads, it is a cult classic at least among cheerleaders.

12. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) – John Hughes romance drama starring Eric Stoltz, Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Do you have any other favorite cult films to recommend to teens or young adults? 

See also:
10 Animated Movies for Tweens in Theaters 2013
55 Best Movies for Teens 2013
30 Movies for Teens 2012
15 Halloween Movies for Teens
75 Classic Movies Teens Should See!

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  1. I’ve seen all but Ghost World. Heathers is a long-time favorite, but I think I’ve watched The Princess Bride and Napoleon Dynamite the most often.

  2. I’ve seen them all! What does that say about me?! And I LOVED Heathers!

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