Movies About Cults: 'The Master' To 'Rosemary's Baby'

09/13/2012 11:46 am ET

"The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson's newest film, was partially inspired by Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. In "The Master," Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic cult leader who teaches his followers that their past lives hold the key to their current salvation. (Yes, lives.) Never mind that Dodd's group, called The Cause, doesn't seem to have any actual evidence to back those claims up -- it's their belief that guides the way.

"The Master" is hardly the first film to look at cults and their effect on people. Recent films like "Martha Marcy May Marlene" and classics like "Rosemary's Baby" have also tackled the topic with great success.

Ahead, the best -- and, at times, creepiest -- films about cults.

Movies About Cults

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