Films based on religious cults or cults in general have a natural tendency to entertain and engross us as they showcase a different kind of world and thought process with which the average human beings are not acquainted with. This also explains why even a mediocre cult flick is worth your time. When done in a masterful way cult films can alter your reality and question your perception of what’s right and wrong. The genre of religious cult films is not new and there are many hidden gems which are not given appropriate attention by the entertainment media. This an attempt to bring to your attention to some of the most prominent religious cult films over the years which have redefined cinema as a whole. Here’s the list of top movies ever about cults, religious fanaticism and sects. You can watch some of these best movies on cults on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
15. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ is a harsh reminder that once you are a part of a cult it stays with you and haunts you forever despite attempts to get it out of your system. The film is designed in a manner which will confuse you thus keeping you at pace with the delusional antagonist Martha or Marcy May. The audience becomes a part of the narrative via Martha’s flashback thoughts as therein lays the secrets of her past and the key to decode her current behavior. It is an engaging drama with the damaging effects of an organized cult looming large on the central character and how she struggle everyday to get out of it. In 2011 Associated Press named it the best film of the year.
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14. The Devils (1971)
Based on the life of the 17th century Roman Catholic priest Urbain Grandier, ‘The Devils’ directed by Ken Russell is a mélange of sex, blood and religious blasphemy. Oliver reed essayed the role of Father Urbain Grandier who was accused of witchcraft after being instigated by a convent of Ursuline nuns. Was he really a devil or was he the victim of a politically motivated agenda. The film tries to answer many such questions and does succeed to some extent but the biggest victory of ‘The Devils’ lies in its ambiguity of treatment and its neutrality in taking sides. A promotional poster of the film aptly reads ‘Hell will hold no surprises for them..’. The film is controversial even by today’s standards and a DVD of the film is a collector’s edition as it is so rare.