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1. The Alphabet (1968)

4 min | Animation, Short, Horror

A woman's dark and absurdist nightmare vision comprising a continuous recitation of the alphabet and bizarre living representations of each letter.

Director: David Lynch | Star: Peggy Lynch

Votes: 6,175

2. The Grandmother (1970)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Horror

A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick

Votes: 5,510

3. Eraserhead (1977)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

87 Metascore

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 86,809 | Gross: $7.00M

4. Blue Velvet (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

76 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

Votes: 157,187 | Gross: $8.55M

5. Lost Highway (1997)

R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, John Roselius, Louis Eppolito

Votes: 114,782 | Gross: $3.80M

6. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 282,082 | Gross: $7.22M

7. Rabbits (2002)

43 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

In a nameless city deluged by continuous rain, three rabbits live with a fearful mystery.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Scott Coffey, Rebekah Del Rio, Laura Harring, Naomi Watts

Votes: 6,261

8. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 48,225 | Gross: $0.75M

9. The 3 Rs (2011)

1 min | Short

One-minute short film, used as a trailer for the Vienna International Film Festival (Viennale).

Director: David Lynch | Star: Mindy Ramaker

Votes: 860

10. Nocturna Artificialia (1979)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short

An enigmatic story told in seven chapters, each introduced by an elliptical sentence on a title card. A man is in an apartment. He goes outside where a red tram runs beside a cathedral. He ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 363

11. This Unnameable Little Broom (1985)

Not Rated | 11 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Loosely based on the Mesopotamian "Epic of Gilgamesh", here Gilgamesh is portrayed as a grotesque, Picasso-esque being who uses a tricycle to patrol his box-shaped kingdom that hovers above a dark abyss.

Directors: Keith Griffiths, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 598

12. Visions (1982–1985)
Episode: The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)

Not Rated | 14 min | Documentary

In Prague, a professorial puppet, with metal pincers for hands and an open book for a hat, takes a boy as a pupil. First, the professor empties fluff and toys from the child's head, leaving... See full summary »

Directors: Keith Griffiths, Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 796

13. Street of Crocodiles (1986)

Not Rated | 20 min | Animation, Short

Inside a box full of curio, a puppet who is recently freed from his strings explores a dusty and forlorn commercial area. The explorer becomes ensnared into miniature tailor shop by baby-faced dolls.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Feliks Stawinski

Votes: 2,148

14. Stille Nacht: Dramolet (1988)

Not Rated | 1 min | Animation, Short

A magnet moves on a floor. A moth beats against a window. A doll child watches the magnet; threads of metal filings gather around the magnet. The doll, who's sitting at a table, looks in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 642

15. Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1988)

Not Rated | 14 min | Animation, Short

Oscillating hands each hold a pen; a man made of wire has a malevolent look and an oscillating eye as he pokes at a bump on his forehead

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 541

16. The Comb (1991)

Not Rated | 18 min | Short, Animation

A porcelain doll and a sleeping woman. How will they interact through her dreams?

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Stars: Joy Constaninides, Witold Schejbal

Votes: 808

17. De Artificiali Perspectiva (1991)

15 min | Short

Uses animation to explore anamorphosis, a method to put hidden images within an artwork, by distorting it using the rules of perspective.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Witold Schejbal

Votes: 410

18. Are We Still Married? (1992)

Not Rated | 3 min | Animation, Short

A tear falls from the eyes of a veiled face. A white ball whips around a heart-shaped paddle. A mournful voice sings, "Are we still married?" A child's stuffed rabbit watches, sees ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 558

19. In Absentia (2000)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Animation

A woman sits alone on a chair at a table in a room on one of the top floors of an asylum. Bright spot lights dot the night, sometimes shining on her window. She sharpens pencils and writes ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Star: Marlene Kaminsky

Votes: 585

20. The PianoTuner of EarthQuakes (2005)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Music

66 Metascore

Dark fairy-tale about a demonic doctor who abducts a beautiful opera singer with designs on transforming her into a mechanical nightingale.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay | Stars: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna, César Sarachu

Votes: 1,316 | Gross: $0.03M

21. Fando and Lis (1968)

93 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Fando and his partially paralyzed lover Lis search for the mythical city of Tar. Based on Jodorowsky's memories of a play by surrealist Fernando Arrabal.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Tamara Garina, Sergio Kleiner, Diana Mariscal, María Teresa Rivas

Votes: 4,416

22. El Topo (1970)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Western

A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta, Alfonso Arau

Votes: 22,063

23. 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.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara

Votes: 29,848 | Gross: $0.06M

24. 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".

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

Votes: 16,341

26. Refraction (2007)

7 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

An aging woman finds a glass figurine. Looking into the glass she remembers pivotal moments from her youth. Images symbolizing free will and fate collide.

Director: Michael Lauter | Stars: Reyna Ulibarri, Jessica Kelemen, Eric Isbell, Gia Mora

Votes: 14

27. Spectrauma (2011)

91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Ph.D. candidates make a major breakthrough in quantum computer architecture. Yet it awakens the team to disturbing possibilities. One by one, the research students go mad, missing or both.

Director: Michael Lauter | Stars: Trevor Nelson, Migina Tsai, Jessica Boone, Chandan Prithiani

Votes: 33

28. The Heart of the World (2000)

Not Rated | 6 min | Short

A scientist chooses a wealthy man over her two lovers but must heal the earth's core to save humanity.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Leslie Bais, Caelum Vatnsdal, Shaun Balbar, Greg Klymkiw

Votes: 2,921

29. Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara (1964)

12 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Two magicians, Mr. Schwarzwald and Mr. Edgar, try to outdo each other in performing elaborate magic tricks, leading to a violent ending.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 718

30. Hra s kameny (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

Stones of different shapes and colors live and die together.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 832

31. Et Cetera (1967)

8 min | Animation, Short

A small, animated figure learns how to use a whip, a pair of wings and a house.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 754

32. Zahrada (1968)

Not Rated | 17 min | Short, Drama

Josef shows his friend Frank his garden and his rabbits. Frank is most interested in the unsettling fact that Josef's garden fence is entirely made up of living people holding hands.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Jirí Hálek, Ludek Kopriva, Míla Myslíková, Václav Borovicka

Votes: 532

33. Picknick mit Weismann (1969)

11 min | Animation, Short

Various objects are having a sunny outing together in the nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 681

34. Byt (1968)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Ivan Kraus, Juraj Herz

Votes: 1,400

35. Tichý týden v dome (1971)

20 min | Animation, Short

A man, apparently on the run, takes shelter in a dilapidated house. Every day, he drills a hole through a wall and looks into one of the rooms, each time seeing a different surreal vision...

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Václav Borovicka

Votes: 632

36. Do pivnice (1983)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Monika Belo-Cabanová, Olga Vronská, Aleksandr Letko

Votes: 802

37. Manly Games (1988)

Not Rated | 14 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A man sits down to watch a football match, which seems to consist of the players being violently mutilated in various inventive ways. The players then leave the football pitch and invade ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Star: Miroslav Kuchar

Votes: 923

38. Neco z Alenky (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 9,930

39. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 40,600

40. L'Age d'Or (1930)

63 min | Comedy, Drama

A surrealist tale of a man and a woman who are passionately in love with each other, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst

Votes: 11,075 | Gross: $0.03M



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