Remember the VHS tape that was passed around from locker to locker because it’s content was so groundbreaking to your teenage self? Not the ones you hid under your bed, pervs. What started out as the movies you couldn’t always find, but you just had to see have become the cult classics of today.
Being a child of the 80’s with older cousins and parents who didn’t exactly “monitor” my viewing, it is surprisingly difficult to choose the best cult classics currently available on Netflix. These are the movies many of us grew up on. These are the movies that make you a movie person and whether you’ve seen them 100 times or you’re just watching for the first time, you still have to watch it. I’m not mentally equipped to add more to The Big Lebowski conversation, but here are a few more to spark a flashback and to put to the top of your queue.
We should have known the bugs would eventually attack. Thankfully we have Paul Verhoeven’s strategy guide on how to “kill ’em all”. In the film, Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) signs up for the futuristic fight against an invading bug army. With the help of Denise Richards, N.P.H. and Blanche Devereaux herself Ms. Rue McClanahan playing “Biology Teacher”, he and the other Roughnecks take the battle to the bugs.
Leon: The Professional
The professional assassin with the heart of gold, Leon (Jean Reno) opens his door to Mathilda (Natalie Portman) as her family is being murdered by dirty cops. The relationship between Leon and Mathilda grows beyond the professional and protegee, to become a sweet story about two people who need someone to care for them and the Gary Oldman that threatens to tear them apart.
Veronica (Winona Ryder) is the odd girl out (the only one not named Heather) in the most popular clique in high school and she hates it. J.D. (Christian Slater) saunters in like a homicidal knight on a white horse to sweep her off her feet and even the playing field.