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The Best R-Rated Avant-garde Movies

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List of R-Rated avant-garde movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-Rated avant-garde movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Avant-garde movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated avant-garde movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Avant-garde movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Avant-garde films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Avant-garde film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

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    Enter the Void

    Paz de la Huerta, Gaspar Noé

    Released2009

    Released2009

    Directed byGaspar Noé

    Directed byGaspar Noé

    Enter the Void is a 2009 English-language French fantasy drama film written and directed by Gaspar Noé and starring Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, and Cyril Roy. Set in the neon-lit nightclub...  more

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    Pi

    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

    Pi, also titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at the...  more

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    Waking Life

    Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy

    Released2001

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Directed byRichard Linklater

    Waking Life is a 2001 American adult animated docufiction/drama film, directed by Richard Linklater. It was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and it was the first animated film released by Fox...  more

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    The Saddest Music in the World

    Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney

    Released2003

    Released2003

    Directed byGuy Maddin

    Directed byGuy Maddin

    The Saddest Music in the World is a 2003 Canadian film directed by Guy Maddin, budgeted at $3.8-million and shot over 24 days. The film was Maddin's first collaboration with Isabella Rossellini, who...  more
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    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    David Bowie, Heather Graham

    Released1992

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological horror film, directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels. The film can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue to the...  more

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    Waltz with Bashir

    Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byAri Folman

    Directed byAri Folman

    One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper into...  more
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    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz

    Released1998

    Released1998

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted from...  more

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    Inland Empire

    Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons

    Released2006

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was...  more
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    Julien Donkey-Boy

    Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog

    Released1999

    Released1999

    Directed byHarmony Korine

    Directed byHarmony Korine

    Julien Donkey-Boy is a 1999 American drama film written and directed by Harmony Korine. The story concentrates on the schizophrenic Julien, played by Scottish actor Ewen Bremner, and his...  more

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    Santa Sangre

    Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell

    Released1989

    Released1989

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

    Santa Sangre is a 1989 Mexican-Italian avant-garde Horror film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni. Divided into both a flashback...  more

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    The Belly of an Architect

    Brian Dennehy, Lambert Wilson

    Released1987

    Released1987

    Directed byPeter Greenaway

    Directed byPeter Greenaway

    The Belly of an Architect is a 1987 film drama written and directed by Peter Greenaway, featuring original music by Glenn Branca and Wim Mertens. The movie stars Brian Dennehy and Chloe Webb and...  more
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    Gerry

    Matt Damon, Casey Affleck

    Released2003

    Released2003

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Gerry is a 2002 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, who also co-wrote the film with Van Sant. It is the first film of Van Sant's "Death Trilogy",...  more
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    Ciao! Manhattan

    Allen Ginsberg, Edie Sedgwick

    Released1972

    Released1972

    Directed byJohn Palmer

    Directed byJohn Palmer

    Ciao! Manhattan is a 1972 American avant garde film starring Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol's Superstars. A scripted drama in which most of the actors play themselves, it centers on a character...  more
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    Sex Is Comedy

    Anne Parillaud, Roxane Mesquida

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byCatherine Breillat

    Directed byCatherine Breillat

    Sex Is Comedy is a 2002 French film written and directed by Catherine Breillat....  more
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    Protagonist

    Marina Sirtis, Chris Diamantopoulos

    Released2007

    Released2007

    Directed byJessica Yu

    Directed byJessica Yu

    PROTAGONIST is a riveting and provocative documentary that explores the psychological transformation of the modern character. Inspired by Greek drama, Academy Award® winning director Jessica Yu...  more
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    Gummo

    Chloë Sevigny, James Baker

    Released1997

    Released1997

    Directed byHarmony Korine

    Directed byHarmony Korine

    Gummo is a 1997 cult film written and directed by Harmony Korine, starring Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, and Jacob Sewell. The film is set in Xenia, Ohio, a small, poor Midwestern American town that...  more

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