Now, first-things-first, we have to get one thing straight. What I am referring to here is films about cults, not cult films. A cult film is a film from any genre, Science-Fiction, Comedy, Drama—that, regardless of how well or badly it sold originally at the box office, has become extremely popular with a singular group of people. Usually this group is a fringe bunch of fans, varying in size, who show a unwavering devotion to it. Often watching this film repeatedly, acting out segments, devoting websites to it, etc., these fans are what can make any movie become a classic cult film. A film about cults, on the other hand, is just that—a movie that has a religious, or psycho-social Cult as its theme or subject. A cult by my definition, a small group of people held together by a system of beliefs and/or religious ritual, often regarded as unorthodox or even suspect, and almost always devoted to an idea or object, but usually a person. There are real cults all over the world and new ones crop up all the time. They are all very different and interesting, and make great subjects for films. The following list contains the films I think are the best, with cults as the subject or main theme. There are from a variety of genres but are all worth watching.
#7 – Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)
Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Powers Boothe, Ned Beatty, Irene Cara
The film follows the horrendous story of Jim Jones and the People’s Temple cult. It includes the complete story of Jones and all the events surrounding the formation of the group, its rise, and their move to Guyana, South America, where Jones thought they would be safe.
After they settled in Guyana, and a Senator travelled there with a group to investigate them, Jones orchestrated the largest mass suicide in history, killing everyone—men, women, and children. These people, and especially this guy were sick!