A list of messed-up pretentious filmsby sehaitt | created - 23 Feb 2011 | updated - 13 Dec 2012 | Public
In no particular order; grouped by director.
This is NOT a 'disturbing movie' list (ie. you'll see no schlock shock). Strictly alt, weird, and depressing with substance (that are up to standards). Including some Surrealism, some Realism, some Black Comedy, some Teen Angst, and some Revenge flicks from a few of my favorite (contemporary) directors in those respective areas. I'm only one person and I haven't seen every movie (but I have seen a lot and I know what I like), so expect this list to continuously be added to, refined, etc.
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1. 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: 83,148 | Gross: $7.00M
2. 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.
3. 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: 152,183 | Gross: $8.55M
4. 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: 111,322 | Gross: $3.80M
5. Mulholland Dr. (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: 273,004 | Gross: $7.22M
6. 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.
Votes: 47,042 | Gross: $0.75M
7. Carne (1991)
40 min | Short, Crime, Drama
After a dreadful incident coupled with an ungovernable paroxysm of violence, a butcher will fall into a downward spiral that will burn to the ground whatever dignity still remained in him.
8. I Stand Alone (1998)
Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.
Votes: 16,105 | Gross: $0.05M
9. Irreversible (2002)
Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Events over the course of one traumatic night in Paris unfold in reverse-chronological order as the beautiful Alex is brutally raped and beaten by a stranger in the underpass.
Votes: 98,396 | Gross: $0.75M
10. Enter the Void (2009)
Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy
A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.
Votes: 54,557 | Gross: $0.34M
11. Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama
An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.
Votes: 28,733 | Gross: $4.77M
12. Happiness (1998)
Unrated | 134 min | Comedy, Drama
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.
Votes: 59,918 | Gross: $2.81M
13. Storytelling (2001)
R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.
Votes: 16,050 | Gross: $0.91M
14. Palindromes (2004)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.
Votes: 11,298 | Gross: $0.55M
15. Life During Wartime (2009)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama
Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.
Votes: 6,104 | Gross: $0.28M
16. Dark Horse (2011)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
Romance blooms between two thirty-somethings in arrested development: an avid toy collector who is the dark horse of his family and a depressed woman on the rebound.
Votes: 4,977 | Gross: $0.94M
17. 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: 27,287 | Gross: $0.02M
18. Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus.
Votes: 5,863 | Gross: $0.08M
19. Kids (1995)
Unrated | 91 min | Drama
A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins.
Votes: 64,657 | Gross: $7.42M
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20. Ken Park (2002)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama
Ken Park is about several Californian skateboarders' lives and relationships with and without their parents.
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21. Trash Humpers (2009)
Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
Follows the lives of a small group of sociopathic elderly people in Nashville, Tennessee.
22. Koroshiya 1 (2001)
R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Votes: 46,363 | Gross: $0.02M
23. Bijitâ Q (2001 Video)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.
24. Gozu (2003)
R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.
Votes: 9,785 | Gross: $0.05M
25. Audition (1999)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.
26. Dead or Alive (1999)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.
Votes: 6,571 | Gross: $0.00M
27. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)
R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
Votes: 55,862 | Gross: $0.80M
28. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 422,710 | Gross: $0.71M
29. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
R | 129 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.
Votes: 52,594 | Gross: $0.05M
30. Lady Vengeance (2005)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly cruel and brutal means.
Votes: 60,776 | Gross: $0.21M
31. 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: 98,819 | Gross: $6.15M
32. No Country for Old Men (2007)
R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande.
Votes: 711,572 | Gross: $74.28M
33. A Serious Man (2009)
R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern physics teacher, watches his life unravel over multiple sudden incidents. Though seeking meaning and answers amidst his turmoils, he seems to keep sinking.
Votes: 114,222 | Gross: $9.19M
34. Dogville (2003)
R | 178 min | Crime, Drama
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits the town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away.
Votes: 119,106 | Gross: $1.53M
35. Manderlay (2005)
Not Rated | 139 min | Drama
A story of slavery, set in the southern U.S. in the 1930s.
Votes: 20,121 | Gross: $0.08M
36. Idioterne (1998)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama
The group of people gather at the house in Copenhagen suburb to break all the limitations and to bring out the "inner idiot" in themselves.
Votes: 26,444 | Gross: $0.01M
37. Dancer in the Dark (2000)
R | 140 min | Crime, Drama, Musical
An east European girl goes to America with her young son, expecting it to be like a Hollywood film.
Votes: 88,125 | Gross: $4.18M
38. Breaking the Waves (1996)
R | 159 min | Drama
Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
Votes: 53,899 | Gross: $4.04M
39. 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: 99,604 | Gross: $0.40M
40. Melancholia (2011)
R | 135 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.
Votes: 144,493 | Gross: $3.03M
41. Funny Games (2007)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.
Votes: 78,757 | Gross: $1.29M
42. Caché (2005)
R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.
Votes: 62,637 | Gross: $3.63M
43. The Piano Teacher (2001)
R | 131 min | Drama
A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.
Votes: 45,602 | Gross: $1.90M
44. Pusher (1996)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller
A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.
Votes: 29,621 | Gross: $0.00M
45. Pusher II (2004)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Tony is released from prison - again. This time he has his mind set on changing his broken down life, but that is easier said than done.
46. Pusher III (2005)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Milo tries to be a family man and run his criminal organization but a wrong drug shipment endangers everything.
47. The Celebration (1998)
R | 105 min | Drama
At Helge's 60th birthday party, some unpleasant family truths are revealed.
Votes: 70,817 | Gross: $1.65M
48. I Saw the Devil (2010)
Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Drama, Horror
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.
Votes: 85,852 | Gross: $0.13M
49. Kynodontas (2009)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.
Votes: 58,850 | Gross: $0.11M
50. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama