The craziest moviesby 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.
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
A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of movie star 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
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.
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
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: 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
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
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
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.
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
A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.
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.
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 »
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.
Votes: 28,587 | Gross: $0.06M
11. Dude, Where's My Car? (2000)
PG-13 | 83 min | Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Two potheads wake up after a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car.
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
A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.
13. Army of Darkness (1992)
R | 81 min | Comedy, 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: 144,185 | Gross: $11.50M
16. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
20. Fido (2006)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
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 »
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.
Votes: 45,097 | Gross: $14.24M
22. Braindead (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 83,767 | Gross: $0.24M
24. Sucker Punch (2011)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Fantasy
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.
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?
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.
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
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?
Votes: 29,313 | Gross: $57.92M
28. Death Becomes Her (1992)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival.
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.
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.