The 10 Best Cult-Status Indie Comedies of All Time
1. High Fidelity
3. 500 Days Of Summer
7. The Breakfast Club
8. Bottle Rocket
9. Little Miss Sunshine
10. The Big Lebowski
Every once in a while the world is blessed by an indie comedy so great it becomes a “cult-classic.” These movies are always highly unique and hilariously eccentric because they’re not engineered by studio execs or money-hungry producers. They’re just funny movies made by funny people that have to get creative with a small budget. The results include beloved classics like The Breakfast Club, The Big Lebowski, Juno, and so many more.
In honor of these special movies, we decided to round up the greatest cult-status indie comedies of all time. Read on to see where your favorites rank (and where to stream them now).
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Failing record store owner and “list-maker” Rob (John Cusack) looks back at his failed romances while his current girlfriend, Laura (Iben Hjejle), walks out on him in High Fidelity.
The 2000 classic also stars Jack Black, Todd Louiso, and Lisa Bonet – all of whom deliver hilariously offbeat performances.
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Sideways follows two guys, Miles (Paul Giamatti) and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), as they embark on one last bro-adventure before Jack gets married. However, the two have very different ideas of how the trip should go: Miles just wants to relax and drink wine, but Jack want a last fling before getting hitched.
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(500) Days Of Summer is part quirky comedy, part offbeat romance, and wholly lovable. The movie centers on greeting card writer Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his failed relationship with Summer (Zooey Deschanel).
A typical mundane day turns takes a turn for the worst in Clerks, which follows the lives of a convenience store clerk, Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and a video-store worker, Randal (Jeff Anderson). They’re going about their daily business – avoiding customers and swearing at each other – when Dante gets a call that his ex-girlfriend is dead.
Fun fact: this black-and-white cult-classic was made for just $230,000 back in 1994.
After Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) is impregnated by her clumsy guy friend Paulie (Michael Cera), she decides to keep the baby and put it up for adoption. She finds the perfect couple to adopt her child, Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa (Jennifer Garner), but complications arise when Mark starts to fall for Juno, and Juno starts to fall for her friend Paulie.
Unlike some cult-classics, Juno was an immediate hit when it came out in 2009. Critics and fans alike lauded all the actors (especially Page, who was nominated for an Oscar) for their performances in this adorable coming of age story.
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Veronica (Winona Ryder) is a popular cheerleader with a new boyfriend (Christian Slater). When they get into an argument with cruel clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker), they accidentally poison her, and have to make it look like a suicide.
Soon, Veronica realizes that it might not have been an accident, and her new boyfriend might not be who he seems.
When you think of cult-classics (or just classics for that matter), The Breakfast Club is one of the first movies that comes to mind.
The film starts when five high schoolers arrive for 7a.m. detention on a Saturday. They couldn’t be more different: John (Judd Nelson) is a rebellious troublemaker; Claire (Molly Ringwald) is a self-proclaimed princess; Allison (Ally Sheedy) is a quiet outcast; Andrew (Emilio Estevez) is a purebred jock; and Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) is a hilarious nerd. However, by the time the movie ends, each has learned something from one another. They leave with new friends, a better understanding of themselves, and a new view of the world.
Acclaimed auteur Wes Anderson (Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel) got his start making movies with Bottle Rocket in 1996.
Bottle Rocket features Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson (who would become Wes Anderson staples) and Robert Musgrave as three friends who set out on a quest to cure their suburban boredom. They decide a crime spree is their best means of excitement – only none of them know the first thing about crime.
Little Miss Sunshine makes the always-hilarious family road trip even more entertaining with the Hoover family, who are on a mission to get their daughter to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California.
The star-studded cast includes Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin – all of whom deliver heartwarming (but thoroughly hilarious) performances.
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The Big Lebowski is arguably the most classic cult comedy ever. The Coen Brothers’ landmark movie combines Jeff Bridges as “The Dude”, an outlandish story, bowling, LA wackiness, and white Russians for a truly unique film that’s even better 20 years after its release in 1998.