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List Rules Vote up your which surrealist films you think are the best.

What are the best surrealist films? This list includes great surrealist movies such as Being John Malkovich, The Holy Mountain, and Wild Strawberries. Surrealist movies have origins from France in the 1920s. It is a modernist approach to film that uses shocking imagery, juxtaposition, and draws on the subconscious. The telling of evocative stories and mind-bending stories is something that draws in a curious and cutting-edge audience. Being able to tell new stories through cutting edge imagery is the reason film was invented as a medium. Often these movies can be shocking, chilling, and contemplative, they can help us understand a period we lived through, and they can make us question life and all that we know to be true. Surrealist films can be the most powerful medium, eclipsing even history books, due to the power of visual storytelling.

The best surrealist films can impart their message in a short amount of time, as some of the earliest ones were short films, rather than feature length. Vote up which surrealist film is your favorite, and if you don't see your favorite film, be sure to add it to the list.


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Seven Servants Anthony Quinn, Audra McDonald, David Warner

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Strange Stranger Daryush Shokof, Marie selva, Arash Kalani

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Asudem Yangzom Brauen, Joachim Paul Assböck, Araba Walton

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Breathful Daryush Shokof, Ulrike Schirm, Taies Farzan

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An Andalusian Dog Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel

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2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

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A Clockwork Orange Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff

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Holy Motors Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant

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Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

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That Obscure Object of Desire Carole Bouquet, Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey

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Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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Simon of the Desert Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Antonio Bravo

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Naked Lunch Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

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The Holy Mountain Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle

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Brazil Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Surrealist Films
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci

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Inland Empire Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern

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Barton Fink John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand

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A Trip to the Moon Georges Méliès, Jehanne d'Alcy, Bleuette Bernon

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Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

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Pink Floyd – The Wall Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof, Joanne Whalley

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Being John Malkovich Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen

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Wild Strawberries Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin

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El Topo David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau

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Woman in the Dunes Kyōko Kishida, Eiji Okada, Hiroko Ito

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Spirited Away Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

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The Exterminating Angel Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Jacqueline Andere

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The Blood of a Poet Lee Miller, Pauline Carton, Odette Talazac

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The Golden Age Max Ernst, Lya Lys, Gaston Modot

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Sherlock, Jr. Buster Keaton, George Davis, Kewpie Morgan

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The Nightmare Before Christmas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Surrealist Films
The Nightmare Before Christmas Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

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The Seventh Seal Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

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Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

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Midnight in Paris Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hiddleston

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The Phantom of Liberty Monica Vitti, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Claude Brialy

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Daisies Ester Krumbachová, Jan Klusák, Jaroslav Kucera

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Orpheus Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares

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The Witch's Cradle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Surrealist Films
The Witch's Cradle Marcel Duchamp, Anne Matta Clark

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Alice in Wonderland Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

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Dead Man Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt

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Suspiria Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

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City of Women Marcello Mastroianni, Ettore Manni, Dominique Labourier

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The Color of Pomegranates Sofiko Chiaureli, Vilen Galstyan, Medea Japaridze

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Delicatessen Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado

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At Land John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexandr Hackenschmied

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Sweet Movie Carole Laure, John Vernon, George Melly