10 “Must-See” Films about Cults

In no particular order:

1. The Master (2012)

2. The Wicker Man (1973)

3. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

4. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

5. Ticket to Heaven (1981)

6. Crash (1996)

7. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

8. Sound of My Voice (2011)

9. Suspiria (1977)

10. Faults (2015)

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20 Responses to 10 “Must-See” Films about Cults

  1. Hi there. I’d personally have “The Invitation” in there somewhere.

  2. Excellent list. I saw Faults (2015) recently and it’s an excellent low budget character gem.

  3. MIB says:

    If religion can be classified as a cult then Romania’s “Beyond The Hills” deserves a mention. An utterly scary film on the powers of persuasion and influence.

  4. I’d suggest “Holy Smoke” (1999). Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel, directed and cowritten by Jane Campion. Winslet’s family believes she’s fallen in with a cult and hires deprogrammer Keitel to free her from it. It doesn’t go as planned.

    • dbmoviesblog says:

      Holy Smoke looks so interesting, thanks! Never seen it before, even though I really admire the work of Jane Campion. And Winslet and Keitel there? It’s a must-see for me. I generally feel that Campion’s work is underrated. Well, maybe not the Portrait of a Lady, but for years now I like to review Campion’s In the Cut. This film really deserves much more recognition and audience’s love than it got. It also seems that Campion does not mind to get into deep controversial things in her films – crime and sex in in the Cut and here you say religious zeal, the power of cults and its consequences in Holy Smoke. Interesting.

  5. Great list and a great idea too! Can’t disagree with The Master at number one.

  6. spacecortez says:

    Pretty great list, I can’t think of all that many cult movies, all the more to watch I suppose! Anyways, I’ve just nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award! https://spacecortezwrites.com/2017/03/08/mystery-blogger-award/

  7. vinnieh says:

    The Wicker Man still gives me chills.

  8. I’ve been curious about Martha, Marcy, May Marlene.

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