you're in a cult, call your dad

some cult films... as in *cult* films

Cults have fascinated me since I stumbled on that 2006 Jonestown documentary airing on PBS and was absolutely riveted to the tv

I'm only going to include ones that are, from the onset or the premise, clearly about cults and not just a Surprise! It's a Cult! style ending (although I do enjoy a good surprise cult). I haven't seen most of these and am leaning a lot on descriptions.

Fiction towards the top and documentaries bringing up the rear. Quality ranges from butt-rock horror to idk-Ebert-probably-gave-it-5-stars. I'm definitely including some filmés/documentaries of very dubious quality, so be aware of that. You can't expect me to resist adding things like a reefer-madness looking doc about satanic cults lol - sort by rating or popularity if you want to push aside the mountain of garbage I've thrown onto this list

Feel free to recommend some in the comments ✌️

other lists to query

  • The Wicker Man
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • The East
  • Sound of My Voice
  • Ticket to Heaven
  • Faults
  • The Wicker Man
  • Suicide Club
  • Noriko's Dinner Table
  • The Cult of Death
  • Children of the Corn
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Blood on Satan's Claw
  • Don't Deliver Us from Evil
  • Fight for Us
  • Armour of God
  • The Sect
  • Whistling in the Dark
  • Cult of the Cobra
  • Help!
  • A Woman Possessed
  • The Invitation
  • Jug Face
  • The Black Cat
  • Holy Smoke
  • Octane
  • Divine Emanuelle
  • The Astrologer
  • A Very British Cult
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • The Thirsty Dead
  • Believers
  • Isle of the Snake People
  • Flavia the Heretic
  • The Cult
  • Love and Other Cults
  • Last Shift
  • Split Image
  • Blood Cult
  • The Sisterhood of Night
  • The Collective
  • Dragnet
  • Midsommar
  • Starry Eyes
  • Schizopolis
  • Drive Angry
  • Cult
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • The Black Klansman
  • The Girl in Room 2A
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate
  • Burning Sands
  • Rise: Blood Hunter
  • Land of the Minotaur
  • Apostle
  • Road to Revenge
  • Nothing Bad Can Happen
  • Death of an Angel
  • The Veil
  • Time Heroes
  • Hack-O-Lantern
  • The Love Cult
  • Sweet Savior
  • Zombie Cult Massacre
  • Electrick Children
  • Warlock Moon
  • Lord of Illusions
  • Necropolis
  • Weirdsville
  • Bad Dreams
  • Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers
  • Mandy
  • Dirty Computer
  • As It Is in Heaven
  • Blood Ritual
  • Dark Night of the Soul
  • Never Say Die
  • Forever
  • Angel, Angel, Down We Go
  • The Endless
  • Followers
  • A Mother's Deception
  • The Devil Rides Out
  • Society
  • Apocalyptic
  • Red State
  • The Passion of Darkly Noon
  • Mandara
  • Ritual
  • The Passage
  • Dogtooth
  • Cobra
  • One of Us
  • The Knight of Daye
  • The Believers
  • A Dark Song
  • JesusCat (or How I Accidentally Joined a Cult)
  • The Manor
  • Cannibal Cult