A cult film, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following. Cult films are known for their dedicated, passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue, and audience participation. - Wikipedia
So many movies come to mind when I think about cult classics. But in terms of what movie I would personally recommend, there are a few guidelines it has to meet:
- How many people do I know love this movie?
- How quotable is the movie?
- If someone says they haven't seen the movie, is my reaction is "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?! WATCH IT NOW!!!" ?
Considering this criteria, only one movie really fits the bill:
The Princess Bride
It surprised me to when I found out this movie didn't do well when it was initially in theaters. And it took until it was released on VHS and other home media outlets it became and instant classic. I have yet to encounter a person who did not love this movie, and how could you not? A great story, lovable characters, heart warming moments, The Princess Bride had everything you would want in a film.
But on top of all that, the actors in this movie were brilliant. Each role was casted perfectly from Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya, to Wallace Shawn as Vizzini, and, of course, Cary Elwes and Robin Wright as Westley and Buttercup, respectively. Even the minor characters like Miracle Max and Priest were perfect for the movie.
But what really made this movie special were the great and memorable quotes.
Most of the time when movies are based off of books, people normally say the book was better than the movie. This is one of the few instances where I thought against that. And despite the girl-ish title, this movie really is for everyone. As a kid, I refused to watch it because of that but I am so glad I stopped judging the movie for its name. The Princess Bride is one of those movies that you can watch any time, any day and it will automatically make your day better. This is hands down one of my all time favorite movies and I know plenty of people who concur. So if you haven't seen this movie yet, you're truly missing out on an amazing movie.