Surely, there are a number of films that aren’t appreciated enough during their time, and have developed a strong, almost fanatical following over the years. The textbook definition of such films would include films that were appreciated by the critics but bombed at the box office, only to later garner appreciation by the audiences for what they were. The foremost example of such a film would be ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, currently the highest rated film on IMDb, and of course, ‘Donnie Darko’. Another school of thought would go on and involve critical consensus to include actually well made films that weren’t even appreciated enough by critics during their time, but critical stances on them loosened over time, and they got the appreciation they deserved.
Yet another school of thought would go on to involve several major modern classics that were venerated by both critics and audiences during their time, earned well at the box office too, and till date have a fan following that refuses to simmer down, the prime example of this category being ‘Pulp Fiction’, a film that has a legacy of its own and would go on to change cinema as we know it. Point being, there exists no fixed criteria for defining a movie with a cult following. Like the very essential definition of a cult, they just are, and are always open to deliberation, subjectivity and opining. That being said, keeping all criteria in mind, Netflix currently has a number of cult classics in their library. So, here’s the list of really good cult movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
14. The Raid (2011)
‘The Raid’ is straight up kick ass, and wastes virtually no time in bringing the action home when a group of 20 men are trapped inside a 15 storey building, who now must fight their way through waves altogether of highly trained and heavily armed henchmen, until they can face the big baddie. Knives, guns, bare knuckles, walls, brick bats, an axe, and even refrigerators, nothing is spared as a tool to kill in this brutal mano-a-mano. The fight choreography is a-rate, and the intense atmosphere of the film will catch hold of you refusing to let go until the final survivors emerge out of the building. This one holds a special place in the hearts of fans of Asian martial arts films and action films in general.
13. Dev D (2009)
Safe to say, ‘Dev D’ would be the film that cemented Anurag Kashyap’s place on the list of the best Indian directors working, with an appeal of his own. Don’t get me wrong, Kashyap was hailed as a force to reckon with since the days of ‘Black Friday’, but if I’m to temporally mark where Kashyap truly blossomed and his name went beyond only critics, it would be ‘Dev D’. The film is the fourth Hindi language adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic Bengali novel of forbidden love and a now immortalized tragic hero. ‘Dev D’ is an inherently modern take on the subject, and Kashyap makes sure it’s his own, significantly peppering the film with his own style and influences. There is visual flair, sex, debauchery, adultery, addictions, substance abuse, and some amazing, amazing music by Amit Trivedi to go with it. Go watch it if you haven’t already.