Nothing Is As It Seems

A genre/favorite list or rather sub-genre list of films containing surreal elements. Things that are so far gone and titter over the edge of absurdity. These films are ones not to be reviewed but to just be admired and experienced.
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1.
The Holy Mountain (1973)
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In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment. (114 mins.)
 
2.
Possession (1981)
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A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister. (124 mins.)
 
3.
On the Silver Globe (1988)
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A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization... (166 mins.)
 
4.
The Devil (1972)
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During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the... (119 mins.)
 
5.
Pitfall (1962)
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A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls. (97 mins.)
 
6.
The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
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A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize. (100 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
7.
Keyhole (2011)
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Gangster and deadbeat dad, Ulysses Pick, embarks on an unusual journey through his home. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
8.
Brand Upon the Brain! (2006)
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Returned home to his long-estranged mother upon a request from her deathbed, a man raised by his parents in an orphanage has to confront the childhood memories that have long haunted him. (95 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
9.
My Winnipeg (2007 Documentary)
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Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
 
10.
The Grandmother (1970 Short Film)
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A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother. (34 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
11.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
12.
Lost Highway (1997)
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After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. (134 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
13.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
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After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
14.
Inland Empire (2006)
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As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal. (180 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
15.
The Milky Way (1969)
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Two drifters go on a pilgrimage from France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Along the way, they hitchhike, beg for food, and face the Christian dogmas and heresies from different Ages. (98 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
16.
Simon of the Desert (1965 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him. (43 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
17.
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
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The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave. (95 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
18.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
19.
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner... (104 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
20.
L'Age d'Or (1930)
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society. (60 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
21.
Valhalla Rising (2009)
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Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land. (93 mins.)
 
22.
(1963)
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A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies. (138 mins.)
 
23.
Juliet of the Spirits (1965)
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Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband. (137 mins.)
 
24.
Persona (1966)
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A nurse is put in charge of a mute actress and finds that their personas are melding together. (85 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
25.
Waking Life (2001)
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A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. (99 mins.)
 
26.
Videodrome (1983)
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A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station. (87 mins.)
 
27.
Being John Malkovich (1999)
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A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich. (112 mins.)
Director: Spike Jonze
 
28.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
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When their relationship turns sour, a couple undergoes a procedure to have each other erased from their memories. But it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. (108 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
 
29.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
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A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
 
30.
Branded to Kill (1967)
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A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. (91 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
31.
Zigeunerweisen (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways. (144 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
32.
Heat-Haze Theatre (1981)
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A 1920s playwright meets a beautiful woman who may be the ghost of his patron's deceased wife. (139 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
33.
Meshes of the Afternoon (1943 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen. (14 mins.)
 
34.
Belle de Jour (1967)
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A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute. (100 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
35.
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
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Dying of kidney disease, a man spends his last, somber days with family, including the ghost of his wife and a forest spirit who used to be his son, on a rural northern Thailand farm. (114 mins.)
 
36.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
 
37.
Donnie Darko (2001)
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A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
 
38.
Viridiana (1961)
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Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior. (90 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
 
39.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel
 
40.
A Page of Madness (1926)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
41.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
 
42.
The Face of Another (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality. (122 mins.)
 
43.
Face to Face (1976)
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A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny... (114 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
44.
In a Year with 13 Moons (1978)
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This drama follows the last few days in the life of Elvira (formerly Erwin) Weisshaupt. Years before... (124 mins.)
 
45.
The Alphabet (1968 Short Film)
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A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter. (4 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
46.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
 
47.
Brazil (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. (132 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
48.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
49.
Outer Space (1999 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A premonition of a horror film, lurking danger: A house - at night, slightly tilted in the camera's view... (10 mins.)
 
50.
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. (95 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker