Posted by Pugeye on March 10, 2018, 12:01 pm, in reply to "It's a Wonderful Life was an obscure cinephile favorite "
Was it just that "It's A Wonderful Life"'s now massive popularity was achieved far more gradually than usual, partly because the elements working against it that you mentioned? Or did it actually have an unusually devoted following that could accurately be qualified as "cult"? Either way, it sort of brings us back to the original question posed by "The Big Lewboski"'s popularity: can a cult film shed its cult status by becoming by achieving a level of popularity beyond the average cult film and if so, at what degree of popularity does this happen?
As far as the list is concerned, I love "Princess Bride" and "Pulp Fiction" and like "Dazed & Confused" and "The Blues Brothers" but aren't sure I'd really classify any of them as cult films. They're all just way too universally known and loved.