Pretty much everybody has a favorite cult film: a film that they’ve watched a million times with their friends, that they know every word of, that they wear like a badge of honor. While cult films vary widely in their range of genres, from classic horror to goofy comedies to crime thrillers to so-bad-it’s-good schlockfests, they are all united by massively quotable lines, iconic scenes, great performances, and the communities of people that celebrate them. Whether you’re a fan of Birdemic: Shock and Terror, The Big Lebowski, Army of Darkness, Suspiria, or any other film that is glorified by a relatively small, intense group of fans, you know the pure elation that can come when you say a line in public and have a random stranger quote the next line back to you.
It used to be much more difficult for a movie to gain a cult following before the advent of the Internet; word-of-mouth and VHS sales were practically the only means by which a movie could catch on beyond its initial theatrical run (unless you’re The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which became an underground hit almost immediately after it came out). However, as the Internet gave way to early forums, which grew into full-blown communities and social networks, it became much easier for a film to find a devoted audience, and some films grew so much to the point where they transcended their cult status to break into the mainstream. Now, with the advent of streaming services like Netflix, films can reach wider swaths of fans than ever before. If you’re looking for a movie that will bring you close to a collective of people purely by the virtue of having seen it, check out some of the films below. These are the best cult films on Netflix.