The craziest movies

by sheppard-2 | created - 30 Aug 2011 | updated - 15 Jan 2012 | Public

Here I tried to list the most unusual, crazy movies that got me hooked and felt like important experiences afterwards. This is the kind of movie I like the most.

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1. 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: 5,388

David Lynch is a crazy genius, and each of his movies can be more or less tagged as 'crazy' (except maybe 'The Simple Story'). I just picked this one as a more obscure of his works.

2. Being John Malkovich (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

90 Metascore

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star John Malkovich.

Director: Spike Jonze | Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich

Votes: 277,405 | Gross: $22.86M

'Being John Malkovich' struck me as very unusual in terms of both the story and the direction. It doesn't try to visually impress you. Cameron Diaz looks like a dull housewife; there are no special effects, no chases, very little suspence. Instead, the movie gets you by a geniously crafted story. The screenplay to this movie is A LOT beter than the movie itself. Looks like they ran out of budget filming it. If it were made according to the script, they would have probably made a movie that's greater than anything. I think Charlie Kaufman is by far the best screenplay writer of all time. His other movies are exceptional as well.

3. Pulp Fiction (1994)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis

Votes: 1,529,418 | Gross: $107.93M

Though this movie is usually attributed solely to Quentin Tarantino, I think it couldn't have been that good without his co-author, Roger Avary. Neither of them ever reached the height set in this movie on their own. 'Pulp Fiction' started the whole new page in criminal movies, though I haven't yet seen a better movie in this genre. Why do I pick it as one of the 'craziest'? Well, it's that way in many respects, including warped storytelling, an unusual take on the criminals and drug addicts for that time, the gold watch story and many more.

4. Naked Lunch (1991)

R | 115 min | Drama

67 Metascore

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.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, Julian Sands

Votes: 40,558 | Gross: $2.54M

This one is usually described as a filming of William Burroughs's novel. But in fact, there are only a couple of sentences from that novel quoted in this movie. The story and characters have nothing to do with the book. But the main character is clearly an image of William Burroughs himself. This is a story of an addict who loses the sense of reality (which is a common motif in many of David Cronenberg's works) and finds himself a double agent in a country called 'Interzone' whose mission is not quite clear. Though bizzarre visual effects are quite outdated, this movie is a true masterpice.

5. Natural Born Killers (1994)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield

Votes: 191,483 | Gross: $50.28M

A long while ago, I caught a glance of this movie on TV at a friend's appartment, and was instantly hooked. Re-watched it several times afterwards. The movie is very violent and rude in many respects, but the thing that hooked me was unusual visual style of the movie and the way that it tells the story from unexpectedly changing points of view. The idea of this story also looks unusual to me: a guy and a girl find themselves natural born killers and become famous for their outrageous crimes. This is probably the best movie directed by Oliver Stone.

6. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,567,846 | Gross: $37.03M

To me, the craziest thing about this movie (and I love it) is its ending, which is the opposite to the book's ending. In other respects, this movie is not usual as well. Based on the counterculture novel by Chuck Palahniuk, it smoothes up the most rough corners of the book, but still hits you in the face with one of the craziest and most dangerous main characters you could ever imagine... One could make all kinds of explosives, using simple household items.

7. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

65 Metascore

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield

Votes: 134,442 | Gross: $7.69M

8. Survive Style 5+ (2004)

120 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

Director: Gen Sekiguchi | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Reika Hashimoto, Kyôko Koizumi, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 8,488

9. The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb (1993)

Unrated | 60 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A boy born the size of a small doll is kidnapped by a genetic lab and must find a way back to his father in this inventive adventure filmed using stop motion animation techniques. Tom meets... See full summary »

Director: Dave Borthwick | Stars: Nick Upton, Deborah Collard, Frank Passingham, John Schofield

Votes: 1,318 | Gross: $0.07M

10. 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: 28,587 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

30 Metascore

Two potheads wake up after a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car.

Director: Danny Leiner | Stars: Ashton Kutcher, Seann William Scott, Jennifer Garner, Marla Sokoloff

Votes: 124,781 | Gross: $46.73M

Some would say this is just a stupid comedy. Sure, but show me another comedy that would be like this one. Jay and Silent Bob may be somewhat close, but they keep a bit of sanity. This one is just a feast of pure brainlessness and absurdity.

12. Katakuri-ke no kôfuku (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,309

13. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 144,185 | Gross: $11.50M

14. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening

Votes: 188,604 | Gross: $37.77M

15. Serial Mom (1994)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A sweet mother takes a little too much at heart for the defense of her family.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Kathleen Turner, Sam Waterston, Ricki Lake, Matthew Lillard

Votes: 23,341 | Gross: $7.88M

16. American Psycho (2000)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 406,027 | Gross: $15.07M

17. Et la lumière fut (1989)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

The film depicts daily life in an Senegalian village. The people sleep, eat, make love, pray for rain, et cetera, while civilization, by way of timber trucks and tree fellers, is slowly ... See full summary »

Director: Otar Iosseliani | Stars: Sigalon Sagna, Saly Badji, Binta Cissé, Marie-Christine Dieme

Votes: 235

18. 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 »

Director: Bertrand Blier | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Bernard Blier, Jean Carmet, Denise Gence

Votes: 3,999

Bertrand Blier is the master of absurd. Most of his movies are quite crazy. Most of the time you just don't know what is real and what is not; what is serious and what is a joke. And yet, he tells consistent stories that show a very deep understanding of reality. I picked this one because it was the first of Bertrand Blier's movies that I've seen.

19. Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974)

108 min | Biography, Comedy, Western

A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris.

Director: Marco Ferreri | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Michel Piccoli, Philippe Noiret

Votes: 644

20. Fido (2006)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

70 Metascore

In an Earthly world resembling the 1950s, a cloud of space radiation has shrouded the planet, resulting in the dead becoming zombies that desire live human flesh. A company called Zomcon ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Currie | Stars: Kesun Loder, Billy Connolly, Carrie-Anne Moss, David Kaye

Votes: 26,505 | Gross: $0.30M

21. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 45,097 | Gross: $14.24M

22. Braindead (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 83,767 | Gross: $0.24M

23. Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel (2009)

PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

While drinking at their local pub, three social outcasts attempt to navigate a time-travel conundrum.

Director: Gareth Carrivick | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Marc Wootton, Dean Lennox Kelly, Anna Faris

Votes: 29,140

24. Sucker Punch (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy

33 Metascore

A young girl is institutionalized by her abusive stepfather, retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, envisioning a plan to help her escape.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone

Votes: 212,170 | Gross: $36.39M

25. Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (1988)

48 min | Comedy

When a nuclear war hits Melbourne, Australia, we find that there's more than one way to survive in the fallout - why sit around wasting what air's left when there's time now to get loose and dance?

Director: Ray Boseley | Stars: Rob Howard, Nique Needles, Polly Croke, Daniel Lillford

Votes: 59

An Australian movie about a small crowd of survivors after the first strike in the nuclear war. They wait for the next strike that will put an end to everything, and meanwhile they hang out in an underground club doing all kinds of stupid things. Unlike most of the movies about the nuclear apocalypse this one is very gamine and rather crazy.

26. Shinboru (2009)

93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli, Lilian Tapia

Votes: 2,798

A lone guy in an empty room tries to escape by tapping figurines of baby penises that protrude from the walls. Meanwhile a ridiculous wrestler called Escargot Man fails battle after battle on the arena. Does it sound like a sane plot?

27. Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A bitter ex-husband and a put-upon momma's boy both want their respective former spouse and mother dead. Who will pull it off?

Director: Danny DeVito | Stars: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Kim Greist, Anne Ramsey

Votes: 29,313 | Gross: $57.92M

28. Death Becomes Her (1992)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

56 Metascore

When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini

Votes: 89,112 | Gross: $58.42M

A perfect plot full of crazy twists that involves murder and resurrection. Sort of a dark comedy. Certainly worth watching.

29. Monster in the Closet (1986)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

After several people and a dog are found dead in their closets, a mild-mannered reporter, a college professor, her son, and a befuddled professor band together to uncover the mystery.

Director: Bob Dahlin | Stars: Donald Grant, Denise DuBarry, Claude Akins, Howard Duff

Votes: 2,034

This is perhaps a trash horror classic. A mysterious monster hides in the peoples closets and kills them when they open it. A rather funny take on many horror movies of that day. One of the first horror comedies that I've seen.