Cinema Of The Bizarre, Weird & Surrealby mifunesamurai | created - 10 Dec 2012 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Cinema at its weirdest and best... in year of release.
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1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
Where Cinema Bizarre all began from.
2. Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror
The mother of Cinema Bizarre thanks to Bunuel & Dali.
3. L'Age d'Or (1930)
63 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 10,489 | Gross: $0.03M
Buñuel teams up with Dali and create the father of surrealist cinema.
4. The Blood of a Poet (1932)
Unrated | 55 min
A young artist draws a face at a canvas on his easel. Suddenly the mouth on the drawing comes into life and starts talking. The artist tries to wipe it away with his hand, but when he looks... See full summary »
Cocteau's poetry to the cinema.
5. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.
Title says it all...
6. Orpheus (1950)
Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Drama, Romance
A poet in love with Death follows his unhappy wife into the underworld.
Love can be so surreal thanks to Cocteau.
7. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
Approved | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music
The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr. Terwilliker, the only person he admits he detests because of his ... See full summary »
What dreams are made of.
8. Glen or Glenda (1953)
PG | 65 min | Drama
A psychiatrist tells two stories: one of a transvestite (Glen or Glenda), the other of a pseudohermaphrodite (Alan or Anne).
Can't leave Edward D. Wood Jr. off the list...
9. Testament of Orpheus (1960)
Not Rated | 79 min | Biography
The Poet looks back over his life and work, recalling his inspirations and obsessions.
Poetry in a surrealist void.
10. Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Mystery
In a strange and isolated chateau, a man becomes acquainted with a woman and insists that they have met before.
Votes: 16,166 | Gross: $0.14M
Is it just strange, weird or bizarre? Or is it ART???
11. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.
A group of wealthy luncheons can't seem to get out of the room? Only Bunuel could pull it off!
12. The Trial (1962)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Orson gives Kafka a go...
13. 8½ (1963)
Not Rated | 138 min | Drama
A harried movie director retreats into his memories and fantasies.
Votes: 88,712 | Gross: $0.05M
Fellini takes us on a surreal journey into a director's mind, maybe his own.
14. Scorpio Rising (1963)
28 min | Short, Music
An army of gay/nazi bikers make their engines roar and ride the way to pain/pleasure as sexual and sadistic symbols are intercut into the dazing chaos and rhythmic experiences of this ... See full summary »
Can't leave Kenneth Anger out of this list...
15. Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.
Bizarre going-ons here...
16. Alphaville (1965)
Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A U.S. secret agent is sent to the distant space city of Alphaville where he must find a missing person and free the city from its tyrannical ruler.
Votes: 18,660 | Gross: $0.05M
My favourite of all the Godard strangeness...
17. Repulsion (1965)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A sex-repulsed woman who disapproves of her sister's boyfriend sinks into depression and has horrific visions of rape and violence.
Polanski's cinematic madness.
18. Branded to Kill (1967)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.
Comic book madness of a hitman and his exploits in violence and sex...
19. Ulysses (1967)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering about the city during which he finds friendship and a father figure in Leopold Bloom, a ... See full summary »
Hard going but the surreal elements make it worth the while thanks to the photography.
20. Weekend (1967)
Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A surreal tale of a married couple going on a road trip to visit the wife's parents with the intention of killing them for the inheritance.
Godard's most accesible weirdness...
21. Barbarella (1968)
PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy.
You just have to laugh...
22. Head (1968)
G | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical
The Monkees are tossed about in a psychedelic, surrealist, plotless, circular bit of fun fluff.
Monkees and the weird 60's.
23. The Color of Pomegranates (1969)
Not Rated | 79 min | Biography, Drama, History
A super-stylized, surreal biography of Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova, whose life is depicted through non-narrative amalgamations of poetic images.
A strange visual poem about a poet's life full of stunning framing compositions and art direction, but let down by the lack of mood lighting...
24. Fellini - Satyricon (1969)
R | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
A series of disjointed mythical tales set in first century Rome.
The decadent & bizarre world of Fellini's Ancient Rome.
25. El Topo (1970)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.
Jodorowsky leads the cinema bizarre with this mythology Western.
26. Performance (1970)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama
A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.
Just for Jagger and Fox going weird...
27. Where's Poppa? (1970)
R | 82 min | Comedy
When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he'd ... See full summary »
A twisted comedy...
28. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
The strangest of Kubrick.
29. The Devils (1971)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
I can put most of Ken Russell's films on this list, but this is one of his more outrageous ones...
30. THX 1138 (1971)
R | 86 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In the twenty-fifth century, a time when people have designations instead of names, a man, THX 1138, and a woman, LUH 3417, rebel against their rigidly controlled society.
Votes: 42,342 | Gross: $2.44M
You wouldn’t think that Lucas had it in him to make STAR WARS from watching this amazing and bleak tale.
31. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
G | 100 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there's an adventure in everything.
Votes: 146,079 | Gross: $4.00M
A wonderful weird World for the kiddies...
32. W.R. - Misterije organizma (1971)
Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A homage to the work of psychologist Wilhelm Reich, matched with a story about a Yugoslavian girl's affair with a Russian skater. Sexual repression, social systems and the orgone theory are explored.
Now this is a weird one thanks to Dusan Makavejev!!!
33. Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.
Herzog and Kinski go mad in the Amazon...
34. Last Tango in Paris (1972)
NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance
A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.
Votes: 40,970 | Gross: $36.14M
Before weird sex became a norm...
35. Pink Flamingos (1972)
NC-17 | 93 min | Comedy, Crime
Notorious Baltimore criminal and underground figure Divine goes up against a sleazy married couple who make a passionate attempt to humiliate her and seize her tabloid-given title as "The Filthiest Person Alive".
Votes: 18,488 | Gross: $0.18M
The King of Seventies weirdness and trash...
36. Solaris (1972)
PG | 167 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A psychologist is sent to a station orbiting a distant planet in order to discover what has caused the crew to go insane.
Andrei Tarkovsky's intellectual version of 2001 which is beautiful to look at.
37. La grande bouffe (1973)
NC-17 | 130 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of men go to a villa in the French countryside where they resolve to eat themselves to death.
Eating and screwing yourself to death, the Marco Ferreri way.
38. The Holy Mountain (1973)
R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 27,549 | Gross: $0.06M
As if El Topo wasn't enough for Jodorowsky.
39. Themroc (1973)
100 min | Comedy
Made without proper language, just gibberish and grunts, this is an absurdist comedy about a man who rejects every facet of normal bourgeois life and turns his apartment into a virtual cave.
There's a whole lot of grunting going on in this bizarre world.
40. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.
Weird Weir's introduction to the cinema.
41. Dark Star (1974)
G | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
In the far reaches of space, a small crew, 20 years into their solitary mission, find things beginning to go hilariously wrong.
Before the label of Horror Master was tagged on Carpenter, there was this little strange and wonderful gem.
42. The Little Prince (1974)
G | 88 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical
A pilot, stranded in the desert, meets a little boy who is a prince on a planet.
What a strange little trip.
43. Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)
R | 104 min | Comedy
This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner party scene in which people sit on lavatories round a dinner table, occasionally ... See full summary »
Votes: 11,473 | Gross: $0.01M
Bunuel's anarchy on the middle classes.
44. Steppenwolf (1974)
R | 107 min | Drama
In the bourgeois circles of Europe after the Great War, can anything save the modern man? Harry Haller, a solitary intellectual, has all his life feared his dual nature of being human and ... See full summary »
Someone wake me up...
45. Zardoz (1974)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
Should I say bizarre Boorman?
46. The Beast (1975)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A late businessman's daughter is heading with her aunt to the crumbling estate of her soon-to-be husband, unaware of the strange rumours that cloud the family's name.
The dark & weird side to Beauty & The Beast.
47. A Boy and His Dog (1975)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
The future is going to be way weird...
48. L'arbre de Guernica (1975)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, War
The Spanish Civil War, as experienced by the town of Villa Ramiro. The local count and his Fascist nephews ally with the rebels; the count's son, indifferent to politics at the outset, ... See full summary »
All weird & wonderful.
49. Allegro non troppo (1976)
PG | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
An enthusiastic filmmaker thinks he's come up with a totally original idea: animation set to classical music! When he is informed that some American named "Prisney" (or something) has ... See full summary »
Taking the piss out of Disney in this weird and wonderful animation.
50. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
R | 139 min | Sci-Fi, Drama
An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.
Votes: 19,699 | Gross: $0.10M
Roeg and Bowie go AWOL...
51. Bad (1977)
X | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror
Hazel runs a beauty salon out of her house, but makes extra money by providing ruthless women to do hit jobs. K.T. is a parasite, and contacts Hazel looking for work when he runs out of ... See full summary »
Weird and twisted premise...
52. Eraserhead (1977)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Votes: 81,294 | Gross: $7.00M
The movie that introduced us to David Lynch's twisted and wonderful mind.
53. Buffet froid (1979)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime
Black comedy about solitude and the dehumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men. First introduced is Alphonse Tram, an unemployed young man. His only neighbour ... See full summary »
Weird and enjoyable thanks to Blier.
54. Stalker (1979)
Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes.
Votes: 81,844 | Gross: $0.23M
Andrei Tarkovsky is the master of the weird in an intellectual way.
55. The Tin Drum (1979)
R | 142 min | Drama, War
In 1924, Oskar Matzerath is born in the Free City of Danzig. At age three, he falls down a flight of stairs and stops growing. In 1939, World War II breaks out.
Surreal tale of a boy’s vision on a world gone mad.
56. Light Years Away (1981)
105 min | Drama
A young drifter meets up with a strange old man who claims that he has been taught to fly by birds.
A semi-surreal story shot in a bleak coastal town where a drifter has been chosen by the bizarre and secretive old man to share his vision.
57. Montenegro (1981)
R | 96 min | Drama, Comedy
A bored wealthy housewife on the verge of insanity cuts loose with some lively Yugoslavian immigrants who delight in their bohemian lifestyle.
What a weird place to be stranded in. But what else would you expect from Makavejev.
58. Neighbors (1981)
R | 94 min | Comedy
A quiet man's peaceful suburban lifestyle is threatened by the new, obnoxious couple that moves in next door.
Votes: 6,522 | Gross: $29.92M
Very bizarre and uneasy to sit through because you can not make out what to feel except cringe in horror and thank the lord they are not your neighbours.
59. Pennies from Heaven (1981)
R | 108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
During the Great Depression, a sheet music salesman seeks to escape his dreary life through popular music and a love affair with an innocent school teacher.
Votes: 4,551 | Gross: $9.18M
A modern musical set in the 1930's depression. Surreal production values make the difference.
60. Basket Case (1982)
91 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his extremely deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.
Not trying to have many horror films on this list, but this is freakin' weird and wonderful...
61. Brimstone & Treacle (1982)
R | 87 min | Drama, Thriller
A strange young man has a sinister effect on the family of a middle-aged writer.
It gets weird.
62. Liquid Sky (1982)
R | 112 min | Sci-Fi
Invisible aliens in a tiny flying saucer come to Earth looking for heroin. They land on top of a New York apartment inhabited by a drug dealer and her female, androgynous, bisexual ... See full summary »
Strange Aliens having bizarre orgasms.
63. The Moon in the Gutter (1983)
R | 137 min | Drama
He is a revenge-obssessed stevedore whose sister was brutally raped and murdered. She is a wealthy, elusive woman. They try hard to get together... or do they?
Poor Gerard who has to put up with a dead sister, a crazy brother, a drunkard father, an overweight loud step mother, a nympho of a lover and a beautiful wealthy woman. It all adds up to trash art by Beineix.
64. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Votes: 68,239 | Gross: $2.12M
Cronenberg turns his paranoia towards the video evolution.
65. The Element of Crime (1984)
Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.
The beginning of Lars Von Trier's madness.
66. Notre histoire (1984)
110 min | Drama
A desperate alcoholic reaches a turning-point in his life when he meets a strange woman in a railway carriage: they make love, but then she leaves. Chasing after the girl, he clings to her as if she were his final chance.
Over the top look at one man's depression. Bizarre and ultimately fun.
67. A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama
Twin zoologists lose their wives in a car accident and become obsessed with decomposing animals.
Peter Greenaway can get weird and wonderful with his meaningful thought provoking films.
68. Blue Velvet (1986)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Votes: 149,740 | Gross: $8.55M
Where do you draw the line on the David Lynch weird factor...
69. Brazil (1985)
R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.
Votes: 165,243 | Gross: $9.93M
Every Gilliam's movies are bizarre and twisted, but this would have to be his best.
70. Gothic (1986)
R | 87 min | Horror
The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story.
Votes: 5,961 | Gross: $0.92M
Ken Russell's ode to the imaginative minds of the bizarre.
71. Yumemiru yôni nemuritai (1986)
81 min | Fantasy
An aging silent film actress hires a private eye and his wacky but helpful assistant to track down her missing daughter, Bellflower. The two follow a succession of bizarre, obscure clues, ... See full summary »
English title: To Sleep As To Dream. Can’t remember if I dreamt this one?
72. Siesta (1987)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Claire (an American) wakes up in a terrible state at the end of a runway in Spain. As she tries to account for her state (blood-soaked and bruised), she has flashbacks from the past few ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,865 | Gross: $0.70M
Great cast is a strange story.
73. Neco z Alenky (1988)
Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.
Svankmajer's 'off the wall' and enjoyable version of Alice In Wonderland.
74. Die Venusfalle (1988)
107 min | Drama
Max is insatiable when it comes to women. Although he already has a fiancée, he begins a relationship with a young woman and seduces several others.
Very strange going-ons in the city.
75. Paperhouse (1988)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy
A young girl lost in the loneliness and boredom of reality finds solace in an ill boy, whom she can visit in a surreal dream world that she drew in her school composition book.
Votes: 4,619 | Gross: $0.24M
Worth for the surreal dreams.
76. The South (1988)
R | 127 min | Drama
The movie starts while Floreal, the main protagonist, was being released from the prison when the military coup ended in 1983. He is estranged to his former life because of his last few ... See full summary »
Something strange and beautiful in Spain.
77. Dom za vesanje (1988)
R | 142 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.
Votes: 20,467 | Gross: $0.28M
Another Kusturica film that mixes the real with the bizarre.
78. Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989)
PG-13 | 78 min | Comedy, Music
Siberian rock band Leningrad Cowboys go to the USA in pursuit of fame.
Kaurismaki takes the crazy hip Russian band on the road.
79. Santa sangre (1989)
NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".
After a long break Jodorowsky returns with another weird trip.
80. Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds (1989)
93 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Brother and sister endure alone together in a post-apocalyptic Outback until the sudden arrival of a stranger.
Where it all began for Alex Proyas.
81. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.
Votes: 390,613 | Gross: $56.36M
The best of Burton & Depp.
82. Il y a des jours... et des lunes (1990)
117 min | Drama
How can moon and time affect human mood and fate? In the manner of a Greek tragedy , this movie shows how the chaos of life ineluctably propels its characters towards violence and alienation.
A clever film on how the full moon with daylight saving throws the world in turmoil.
83. Barton Fink (1991)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
Votes: 97,513 | Gross: $6.15M
Even the Coen Brothers can get a little bizarre.
84. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 71,292 | Gross: $1.79M
Delightful dark humour in this delightful weird world.
85. Kafka (1991)
PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Kafka works during the day at an insurance company, where events lead him to discover a mysterious underground society with strange suppressive goals.
Votes: 8,453 | Gross: $1.06M
Soderbergh and Kafka go hand in hand...
86. Naked Lunch (1991)
R | 115 min | Drama
After developing an addiction to the substance he uses to kill bugs, an exterminator accidentally kills his wife, and becomes involved in a secret government plot being orchestrated by giant bugs in a port town in North Africa.
Votes: 39,831 | Gross: $2.54M
Only Cronenberg could have comprehended the madness of Burroughs.
87. North of Vortex (1991)
58 min | Drama
A gay poet heads west from New York City in his convertible. He picks up a muscular sailor who's bisexual; then Jackie, a waitress at a diner, joins them. Jackie is attracted to the poet ... See full summary »
A poet, a sailor and a waitress hit the road and explore their sexual desires. A visual poem.
88. The Dark Side of the Heart (1992)
R | 127 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama
Oliveiro is a young poet living in Buenos Aires where sometimes he has to sell his ideas to an advertising agency to make a living or exchange his poems for a steak. In Montevideo, he meets... See full summary »
A film about a poet and his love for a hooker; the poet and his friendship with his artistic friends; the poet and his run ins with the beautiful Death; the poet and his poems. A surrealistic poetic film.
89. Total Balalaika Show (1994)
57 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (... See full summary »
The Leningrad Cowboys in a bizarre concert with the Russian military band. Only Kaurismaki could pull it off.
90. To vlemma tou Odyssea (1995)
Unrated | 176 min | Drama, War
An exiled filmmaker finally returns to his home country where former mysteries and afflictions of his early life come back to haunt him once more.
Votes: 5,057 | Gross: $0.04M
Angelopoulos combines all the elements in this beauty...
91. Des nouvelles du bon Dieu (1996)
100 min | Comedy
When novelist Alessandro Battavia commits suicide, a taxi driver named Evangile and her brother Nord believe they are characters imagined in a novel, probably one written by God. Because ... See full summary »
A bunch of off-beat characters find themselves on a journey in search of God and the author of the book they are stuck in? Plenty of zany moments with analytical speculation on the existence of humankind. This one is worth wrapping your brain around.
92. The Brave (1997)
123 min | Drama
A down-on-his-luck American Indian recently released from jail is offered the chance to "star" as the victim of a snuff film, the resulting pay of which could greatly help his poverty stricken family.
Depp takes Brando into a dark hole...
93. Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997)
91 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Peter Glahn is released after years of incarceration as a political prisoner and is now returning to his homeland, the mythical Mandragora where the sun never sets. On board the ship home, ... See full summary »
Guy Maddin sweeps us away on heavy soft filtered images with exploding colours but soon come to shore as the movie winds down, getting us all ready for bed.
94. Crna macka, beli macor (1998)
R | 127 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed business deal he owes money to the much more successful gangster Dadan. Dadan has a ... See full summary »
Votes: 44,334 | Gross: $0.35M
Kusturica's manic madness.
95. Dong (1998)
95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical
While never-ending rain and a strange disease spread by cockroaches ravage Taiwan, a plumber makes a hole between two apartments and the inhabitants of each form a unique connection, enacted in musical numbers.
This bizarre surreal piece of madness occurs in a run down building where water and a hole between two apartments slowly drive the residents crazy as they approach the year 2000. Thrown into the kettle of madness are musical numbers, an escape root from reality for our two protagonist.
96. Life is to Whistle (1998)
106 min | Drama
Three characters in present-day Havana must choose between clinging to their self-restricting beliefs, or getting rid of them to live more freely. Ballerina Mariana has promised God ... See full summary »
Votes: 646 | Gross: $0.06M
A poetic and surreal piece that lends itself to comedy and melodrama!
97. Okraina (1998)
95 min | Drama
Like the cheeky director, Petr Lutsik, this film has some wonderfully bizarre moments, (I think you may be able to label it as surreal). Four farm men hit the road on a journey to the big smoky city and fight the powers that be. A wicked tale about an insane country going through some heavy changes.
98. Being John Malkovich (1999)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.
Votes: 273,549 | Gross: $22.86M
Welcome to Kaufman's world courtesy of Spike Jonze.
99. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
R | 121 min | Drama, Thriller
Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.
Votes: 56,325 | Gross: $16.64M
After the sedated, KUNDUN, Scorsese gets his hands on another Schrader script and goes haywire as he brings to the screen the manic life of an ambulance driver in the mad city of New York. Cage goes full pelt with his performance while the rest of the cast try to keep up.
100. eXistenZ (1999)
R | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.
Votes: 83,192 | Gross: $2.84M
Another journey into Cronenberg’s warped and creative mind as he takes on virtual reality computer games and its dangers.