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The Best Surrealist Films  

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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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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Anthony Quinn, Audra McDonald, David Warner
Seven Servants is a USA — Germany co-production 1996 German drama — comedy film directed by Daryush Shokof. The movie is about a man named Archie, portrayed by Anthony Quinn, who wishes to unite ...more
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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Yangzom Brauen, Joachim Paul Assböck, Araba Walton
Asudem is an American horror film written and directed by Daryush Shokof. Asudem is the reverse writing of medusa indicates a surreal story of a woman Yangzom Brauen in the woods, where she ...more
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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Daryush Shokof, Marie selva, Arash Kalani
Strange Stranger is a USA, Horror - Surreal feature film produced,written and directed by Daryush Shokof. the film is a mystic journey into the world of people obsessed with sex,their outrageous ...more
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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Daryush Shokof, Ulrike Schirm, Taies Farzan
Breathful is a 2007 gangster-comedy film directed by Daryush Shokof. Featuring an all-female cast, Breathful is meant to promote gender equality and women's rights, particularly the rights of ...more
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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil
UN CHIEN ANDALOU consists of sixteen minutes of bizarre and surreal images that may or may not mean anything. In a dream-like sequence, a woman's eye is slit open, juxtaposed with a cloud ...more
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but chickens double d added Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more
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but chickens double d added Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke, Steven Berkoff
A Clockwork Orange is a 1971 dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on Anthony Burgess's 1962 novella A Clockwork Orange. It employs disturbing, violent ...more
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Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk
Eraserhead is a 1977 American experimental body horror film directed by David Lynch. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend (Charlotte ...more
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Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a 1972 surrealist film directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Jean-Claude Carrière in collaboration with the director. The film was made in ...more
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Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli, Denis Lavant
Holy Motors is a 2012 Franco-German fantasy drama film directed by Leos Carax. Dennis Lavant stars as a man whose job is to perform various roles in the same way an actor would, only he doesn't ...more
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Carole Bouquet, Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey
That Obscure Object of Desire, released in 1977, was the final film directed by Luis Buñuel. Set in Spain and France against the backdrop of a terrorist insurgency, the film tells the ...more
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Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George
Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more
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but chickens double d added Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm
Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...more
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Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles
La montaña sagrada is a 1973 Mexican-American surreal fantasy film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who also participated as an actor, composer, set designer and costume designer on the ...more
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Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Antonio Bravo
Simon of the Desert is a 1965 film directed by Luis Buñuel. It is loosely based on the story of the ascetic 5th-century Syrian saint Simeon Stylites, who lived for 39 years on top of a ...more
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Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern
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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Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands
Naked Lunch is a 1991 science fiction drama film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Ian Holm, and Roy Scheider. It is a film adaptation of William S. ...more
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Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Charlie Sheen
Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze. It stars John Cusack, Cameron Diaz and Catherine Keener, with John Malkovich ...more
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Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more
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but chickens double d added John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a 1975 British comedy film written and performed by the comedy group of Monty Python, and directed by Gilliam and Jones. It was conceived during the hiatus ...more
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David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau
El Topo is a 1970 American-Mexican western film written and directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf ...more
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Surrealist Films
but chickens double d added Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci
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 ...more
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Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares
Orpheus is a 1950 French film directed by Jean Cocteau and starring Jean Marais. This film is the central part of Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy, which consists of The Blood of a Poet, Orpheus and ...more
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but chickens double d added Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki
Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more
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Ester Krumbachová, Jan Klusák, Jaroslav Kucera
Daisies is a 1966 Czechoslovak comedy-drama film written and directed by Věra Chytilová considered a milestone of the Nová Vlna movement. Made with the support of the ...more