These films are definitive "cult classics." Neither made an impact in theatres, but through word-of-mouth and fan-driven promotion, both have grossed millions through VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray sales and rentals. Both have also spawned sequels, although only the "Saints" sequel featured the original cast and saw a theatrical release. So, which do you prefer?
I enjoy both for different reasons. "Saints" is a very entertaining, Tarantino-esque crime film, buoyed by a colorful, talented cast. It’s a pity Troy Duffy is a self-destructive douche because he is a talented action/suspense director.
Donnie Darko has, to my personal annoyance, been overwhelmed by its emo/Hot Topic fans. However, the film itself remains a highly original and well-crafted piece of science fiction. And it launced the very promising careers of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Overall, I prefer Donnie Darko.