The Big Lebowski
The Coen Brothers’ stoner comedy is perhaps the most famous cult-classic on this list, a favourite of fans and critics alike with a fan base so dedicated an entire religion has been created in its honour.
Its popularity and long-lasting appeal stems from several different factors, including its ability to expertly parody film-noir, wonderfully quirky characters and very funny script, which the Coens have managed to blend seamlessly together in order to create an absurdly brilliantly and endlessly quotable film.
None of this would work without the presence of its hugely talented stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore whose natural charm and considerable comedic skills are all instrumental in bringing this colourful world to life.
Clueless is a bright, breezy and very funny adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma which acts to gently but cleverly mock mid-1990s L.A teen culture.
Popular high-school student Cher (Alicia Silverstone) spends her days with best friend Dionne (Stacey Dash) bettering other people’s lives for her own benefit. After matchmaking two teachers to get better grades, they turn their attentions to giving new girl Tai (Brittany Murphy) a much needed make-over.
Along with the terrific supporting cast, Silverstone is excellent as the spoiled but refreshingly sweet and kind-hearted Cher, who unlike the stereotypical nasty rich-girls of later teen films, you can’t help but like.
Richard Kelly’s 2001 directorial debut is a creepy, daringly original and brilliantly surreal piece of sci-fi which still has fans attempting to analyse every detail of its head-spinning plot over ten years later.
An intriguing mix of time travel, paradoxes and wormholes feature in the troubled Donnie’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) attempts to figure out the meaning of the apocalyptic visions told to him by Frank (James Duval) a mysterious man who appears only in a terrifying rabbit costume.
Outside of these complexities, the film also features a few wickedly funny moments of oddball humour and offers a surprisingly deep portrayal of teenage loneliness which is made all the more touching by Gyllenhaal’s fantastic lead performance.
The film which saw director David Lynch introduce many of the ideas which would go onto define his later work, Blue Velvet is a darkly disturbing but utterly captivating journey through a seemingly picturesque American town that’s hiding a lot of horrible secrets.
After finding a severed ear in a field, the quiet Jeffery (Kyle MacLachlan) and his best friend Sandy (Laura Dern) team up to unravel the sinister mystery which is somehow connected to tortured nightclub singer Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) and her psychotic boyfriend Frank (Dennis Hopper).
While MacLachlan and Dern are superb, it’s Rossellini and Hopper as the perverse, ultra-twisted couple who really command your attention along with the hauntingly beautiful cinematography and wonderfully eerie score.
Director Mary Hannon has managed to perfectly capture the brutal, obsessive and bleakly funny tone of Brett Easton Ellis’s best-selling novel with this slick satire of the wealth and extravagance of 1980s New York.
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a powerful wall-street banker who on the surface appears very successful and happy with his equally narcissistic friends and vapid girlfriend, but is actually a completely deranged psychopath who’s secretly begun to violently butcher those around him.
Bale is scarily great in the lead role with a convincing air of icy menace which suggests a murderous rage is bubbling just below the surface. A number of now very famous faces, including Jared Leto and Reese Witherspoon, also all impress in smaller supporting roles.