Cult movies have been around since the advent of cinema itself, but it wasn't until the advent of home video in the 1980s where they truly found their audience. Only then were genre fans able to fully appreciate the obscure, strange and transgressive movies of old, securing their place in the ever-expanding pantheon of cult classics.
The definition of a cult movie is open to endless debate. They come from all kinds of genres, are often smaller budget or independent movies (although this hasn't stopped some big budget box office flops from becoming cult movies in their own right), and tend to be made by filmmakers with an unconventional approach to the material.
Not only was the 80s the decade which allowed fans to revisit the cult movies of years past, it was also a vital and energized decade for the production of new movies which would earn cult status. As huge blockbusters opened up the scope of industry investment at the same time as censorship became less restrictive, the stage was set for a new era of cinema.
From mind-blowing low budget horror which puts today's mainstream horror to shame, to outstanding animation and subversive comedies, here are the 20 best cult movies of the 1980s.