Cult Classics on Netflix Everyone Needs to Watch at Least Once

Cult classics are movies that, for whatever reason, have developed a solid (if sometimes small) following that persists over the decades. Usually, this following is a very specific group of individuals and the films are integrated into a type of subculture – i.e. Gothic, stoner, 90’s kids, etc.

There is something to be said about any film which can promote such a dedicated fan base, and much of the time people want to know what the fuss is about. That is the inspiration behind this list of cult classics currently on Netflix that everyone needs to watch at least once.

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‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

While all of the Monty Python movies have developed a cult following, none is as ingrained in both popular and underground culture as 1975’s Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The film is, at it’s core, a theatrically overdone parody of King Arthur and his knights.

It integrates so much more history than that, however. For example, there is one scene involving a failed Trojan rabbit which is a hilarious spin-off of the Trojan horse. The movie promises many laughs.

‘American Pie’

American Pie is the epitome of the classic 1990s teenage film… and it features some of the decade’s most popular actors, including Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, Chris Klein, and Tara Reid. 

American Pie tells the story of a group of senior guys who are on a mission to lose their virginity before graduation. In the beginning, the movie inspired an integration into the 1990s/early 2000s stoner culture. It has since moved on to be loved by “90’s kids,” and quintessential of the “most nostalgic generation.”

‘Donnie Darko’

Released in 2001, Donnie Darko was never a mainstream movie to be integrated into a subculture, but birthed directly into a number of subcultures – like Gothic, scene, and emo.

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal,  Jena Malone, and Mary McDonnell, Donnie Darko is about a boy who experiences apocalyptic visions. The movie is so popular that is one of very few cult classics to have spawned a sequel, entitled S. Darko, and it is rare that you find someone who has not at last heard of the film. 

‘Burn After Reading’

This 2008 film was dubbed as “too weird to catch on with the mainstream.” But a small group of people have recognized the genius that is Burn After Reading.

Starring Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, and George Clooney, the movie tells a strange story of idiots working at a gym and international espionage. 


At the very end of the 1980s came Heathers. It followed a decade of John Hughes teen films, and has since become a staple in the world of cult films. The plot tells a story of outside JD, who is played by the infamous Christian Slater, who decides to expose hypocrisy.

He enlists the help of fellow student Veronica, who is played by Winona Ryder. Unfortunately, Veronica is not told there will be a body or two involved. It is both funny and dark, appealing to two wildly different yet perfectly complimenting aspects of the human personality.


1982’s poltergeist is a staple for that defined group of individuals in love with classic horror flicks. Even those who have never watched the film – those who do not even like horror movies – have at least heard of this film about a family haunted by ghosts.

The main star is a young girl named Carol-Anne, who is abducted by evil spirits through a portal in her bedroom. The most iconic – and terrifying – scene is when the young girl sits in front of a television filled with static, and ominously warns “They’re here.”