Most Popular "Avant Garde" Titles
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1. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)
TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.
2. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
X | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society's crime problem - but not all goes according to plan.
3. The Big Lebowski (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Crime
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
Votes: 535,199 | Gross: $17.44M
4. Donnie Darko (2001)
R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident.
Votes: 578,707 | Gross: $0.73M
5. Memento (2000)
R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.
Votes: 842,389 | Gross: $25.53M
6. Mulholland Drive (2001)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 235,249 | Gross: $7.22M
7. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.
Votes: 425,527 | Gross: $56.72M
8. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance
The vampire comes to England to seduce a visitor's fiancée and inflict havoc in the foreign land.
Votes: 143,397 | Gross: $82.52M
9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
X | 91 min | Horror
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. While the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won't lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.
Votes: 148,686 | Gross: $26.51M
10. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, War
Four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.
11. Antichrist (2009)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Votes: 87,941 | Gross: $0.40M
12. The Elephant Man (1980)
PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.
13. Army of Darkness (1992)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.
Votes: 128,341 | Gross: $11.50M
15. 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: 131,876 | Gross: $8.55M
16. The Tree of Life (2011)
PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings.
Votes: 135,998 | Gross: $13.30M
17. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.
Votes: 96,024 | Gross: $30.86M
18. Eraserhead (1977)
Unrated | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
19. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 97,706 | Gross: $3.80M
20. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
R | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer; the last week of the life of Laura Palmer is chronicled.
Votes: 55,346 | Gross: $4.16M
21. Evil Dead II (1987)
X | 84 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.
Votes: 112,990 | Gross: $5.92M
22. Carnivàle (2003–2005)
TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell.
23. The Brown Bunny (2003)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Professional motorcycle racer Bud Clay heads from New Hampshire to California to race again. Along the way he meets various needy women who provide him with the cure to his own loneliness, but only a certain woman from his past will truly satisfy him.
Votes: 11,469 | Gross: $0.37M
24. Wild at Heart (1990)
125 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Votes: 61,206 | Gross: $14.56M
25. Pi (1998)
R | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Votes: 142,308 | Gross: $3.22M
26. Upstream Color (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Votes: 21,971 | Gross: $0.42M
28. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 55,539 | Gross: $3.08M
29. Possession (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror
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.
30. Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
R | 95 min | Animation, Drama, Musical
A confined but troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
31. Patch Adams (1998)
PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The true story of a heroic man, Hunter Patch Adams, determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. He ventured where no doctor had ventured before, using humour and pathos.
Votes: 80,339 | Gross: $135.01M
32. 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: 23,108 | Gross: $0.06M
33. Gummo (1997)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.
Votes: 24,308 | Gross: $0.02M
34. Samsara (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music
Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
Votes: 22,285 | Gross: $2.60M
35. Suspiria (1977)
X | 92 min | Horror, Mystery
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.
37. Inland Empire (2006)
R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.
38. Persona (1966)
Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, Thriller
A nurse is put in charge of an actress who can't talk and finds that the actress's persona is melding with hers.
39. The City of Lost Children (1995)
R | 112 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process.
Votes: 55,524 | Gross: $1.51M
40. Fantastic Planet (1973)
R | 72 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
This futuristic story takes place on a faraway planet where blue giants rule, and oppressed humanoids rebel against the machine-like leaders.
41. The Straight Story (1999)
G | 112 min | Biography, Drama
An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother.
Votes: 63,612 | Gross: $6.20M
42. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
NC-17 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husbands restaurant.
Votes: 26,959 | Gross: $7.72M
43. THX 1138 (1971)
R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Set in the 25th century, the story centers around a man and a woman who rebel against their rigidly controlled society.
44. Darkman (1990)
R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.
Votes: 47,913 | Gross: $33.88M
46. Tideland (2005)
R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Votes: 26,873 | Gross: $0.06M
47. Close-Up (1990)
Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama
Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran, promising it a prominent part in his next movie. The actual ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,287 | Gross: $0.00M
48. El Topo (1970)
Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.
49. The Mirror (1975)
108 min | Biography, Drama
A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
50. House (1977)
Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.