The New Cult Canon

The New Cult Canon is a movie list and critical project authored by Scott Tobias — beginning in 2008 at The A.V. Club and revived in 2021 at The Reveal.

(Links to all New Cult Canon article pages can be found under Read Notes on this list.)

The list contains more than 160 entries, which have been catalogued in the order the articles were originally published. The first article of the 'new' edition of the New Cult Canon made the case for Ridley Scott's The Counselor (2013), published on November 17, 2021. In the piece, Tobias writes:

From 2008 to 2013, starting with Donnie Darko and ending with The Rapture, I wrote a column for The A.V. Club called The…

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  • Donnie Darko

    1

  • Morvern Callar

    2

  • Irma Vep

    3

  • Miami Blues

    4

  • Babe: Pig in the City

    5

  • They Live

    6

  • Clerks

    7

  • Primer

    8

  • Pi

    9

  • The Blair Witch Project

    10

  • I Am Cuba

    11

  • The Rules of Attraction

    12

  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    13

  • Fast, Cheap & Out of Control

    14

  • Battle Royale

    15

  • Dead Man

    16

  • Wet Hot American Summer

    17

  • The Boondock Saints

    18

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    19

  • Wild Things

    20

  • Road House

    21

  • Manos: The Hands of Fate

    22

  • Troll 2

    23

  • The Devil's Advocate

    24

  • Showgirls

    25

  • Sexy Beast

    26

  • Sonatine

    27

  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    28

  • The Kingdom

    29

  • American Movie

    30

  • Fight Club

    31

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    32

  • Oldboy

    33

  • Gerry

    34

  • Irreversible

    35

  • Office Space

    36

  • Rounders

    37

  • Near Dark

    38

  • Audition

    39

  • Pulse

    40

  • The Devil's Rejects

    41

  • Fallen Angels

    42

  • Exotica

    43

  • Reservoir Dogs

    44

  • Married to the Mob

    45

  • King of New York

    46

  • Mysterious Skin

    47

  • Bitter Moon

    48

  • Velvet Goldmine

    49

  • The Limey

    50

  • Eyes Wide Shut

    51

  • Heavenly Creatures

    52

  • Femme Fatale

    53

  • Beau Travail

    54

  • The Way of the Gun

    55

  • The Room

    56

  • The Iron Giant

    57

  • Alice

    58

  • Spirited Away

    59

  • The Triplets of Belleville

    60

  • Millennium Actress

    61

  • Careful

    62

  • The Big Lebowski

    63

  • Brick

    64

  • Team America: World Police

    65

  • Code Unknown

    66

  • Trust

    67

  • Quick Change

    68

  • I ♥ Huckabees

    69

  • Darkman

    70

  • Lost Highway

    71

  • Pootie Tang

    72

  • Beetlejuice

    73

  • Naked

    74

  • Dead Ringers

    75

  • Stuck

    76

  • The Lovers on the Bridge

    77

  • Slacker

    78

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    79

  • Head-On

    80

  • Pusher

    81

  • Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands

    82

  • Pusher III

    83

  • The Stepfather

    84

  • Army of Shadows

    85

  • Ginger Snaps

    86

  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    87

  • In the Company of Men

    88

  • Army of Darkness

    89

  • Bad Santa

    90

  • Bottle Rocket

    91

  • Zero Effect

    92

  • Requiem for a Dream

    93

  • Man Bites Dog

    94

  • Let the Right One In

    95

  • The Fall

    96

  • Synecdoche, New York

    97

  • The House of the Devil

    98

  • Serenity

    99

  • Glengarry Glen Ross

    100