List of 20 Movies about Cults:
#1 The Endless (2017)
”The Endless” is a science-fiction horror film that tells the story of two brothers who visit an alleged cult they formerly belonged to.
The film starred James Jordan, Lew Temple, Aaron Moorhead, Tate Ellington, Justin Benson, and Callie Hernandez.
#2 Mandy (2018)
”Mandy” is a horror art film that follows Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) as he takes revenge on a hippie cult who murdered his wife.
Other stars in the film are Bill Duke, Richard Brake, Olwen Fouéré, Ned Dennehy, Linus Roache, and Andrea Riseborough.
#3 Ritual (2013)
”Ritual” is a horror film about a man who arrives at a motel and finds out that his wife has killed a stranger who is connected to a dangerous cult.
The film stars Dean Cates and Lisa Summerscales. It was written and directed by Mickey Keating.
#4 Midsommar (2019)
”Midsommar” is a folk horror film that presents a group of friends who travel to Sweden for a festival that occurs once every 90 years.
It grossed over $47 million worldwide. The film was shot on location in Budapest. Some of the stars are Will Poulter, Florence Pugh, Archie Madekwe, Ellora Torchia, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper, and Jack Reynor.
The film was written and directed by Ari Aster.
#5 Charlie Says (2018)
”Charlie Says” is a biographical drama film that documents the work of Ms. Faith with the Manson women at the California Institution for Women.
It is based on the books, The Long Prison Journey of Leslie Van Houten, by Karlene Faith, Ph.D., and The Family, by Ed Sanders.
#6 Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
It is a documentary film about Scientology that is based on Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief. The Church of Scientology denounced the filmmakers and their interviewees.
”Going Clear” won the award for Best Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.
#7 The Other Lamb (2019)
”The Other Lamb” is a horror film that was released in the US on April 3, 2020, by IFC Midnight. The film stars Denise Gough, Michiel Huisman, and Raffey Cassidy.
It was written by C.S. McMullen and directed by Małgorzata Szumowska.
#8 The Lodge (2019)
”The Lodge” is a psychological horror film about a woman and her fiancé’s two children as they become stranded at their rural lodge during Christmas.
The film starred Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone, Lia McHugh, Jaeden Martell, and Riley Keough.
It was directed by Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz.
#9 The Master (2012)
”The Master” is an epic psychological drama film that follows a WWII Navy veteran struggling to adjust to a post-war society. It stars Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Joaquin Phoenix.
The film was written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
#10 Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
”Martha Marcy May Marlene” is a dramatic thriller film that portrays a young woman suffering from delusions and paranoia.
The film stars Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, and Elizabeth Olsen. It was written and directed by Sean Durkin.
#11 Apostle (2018)
”Apostle” is a period horror film about a British man who attempts to rescue his sister from an evil cult.
It stars Michael Sheen, Paul Higgins, Kristine Froseth, Bill Milner, Mark Lewis Jones, Lucy Boynton, and Dan Stevens.
The film was written and directed by Gareth Evans.
#12 The Heretics (2017)
”The Heretics” is a body horror film that tells the story of a young woman who is kidnapped.
The film was produced by Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films.
#13 Holy Hell (2016)
”Holy Hell” is a documentary film that follows filmmaker Will Allen who records the time he spent with the Buddhafield. The group has been described by some former members as being a cult.
#14 Sound of My Voice (2011)
”Sound of My Voice” is a psychological thriller film that chronicles a couple who make a film documentary about a secretive cult led by a leader who claims to be from the future.
It was written by Zal Batmanglij and Marling, and directed by Batmanglij.
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#15 Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
It is a documentary film that presents interviews with former members of Peoples Temple.
The film was produced and directed by Stanley Nelson.
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#16 Faults (2014)
”Faults” is a psychological thriller dark comedy film that premiered at the 2014 SXSW on March 9, 2014.
The film was written and directed by Riley Stearns. The cast is made of Chris Ellis as Paul, Beth Grant as Evelyn, Lance Reddick as Mick, Jon Gries as Terry, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Claire, and Leland Orser as Ansel Roth.
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#17 The Sacrament (2013)
”The Sacrament” is a found footage horror thriller film based on the real-life events of the Jonestown Massacre of 1978.
It is written and directed by Ti West.
#18 Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001)
”Children of the Corn: Revelation” is a horror film that tells the story of a woman who travels to Omaha and finds her apartment building to be overrun with mysterious children.
The film is the 7th installment of the Children of the Corn series.
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#19 Jesus Camp (2006)
”Jesus Camp” is a documentary film about a charismatic Christian summer camp.
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#20 The Invitation (2015)
”The Invitation” is a horror film about a man who accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife.
It stars Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard, and Logan Marshall-Green.
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