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The Best Movies That Are Super Weird  

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List Rules Really great, but really weird movies and films.

List of the best weird movies. This list compiles the greatest films of all time that also happen to be the strangest. Whether surreal or just odd, if off-beat movies are your thing, then peruse this list to catch the ones you have yet to see and vote up the ones you think are the absolute weirdest. Many of these movies have won multiple Academy Awards and/or Golden Globes, although they really would have fared even better if there was a category for "Weirdest Motion Picture." If you thought Being John Malkovich was out there, just wait until you check out the rest of these flicks.
 
Great movies like Eraserhead, directed by the famously unusual David Lynch, are accompanied on this list by other works of fellow famous directors like Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. There are also good (but still weird) foreign films, such as Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andalou and Ingmar Bergman's Persona. All of these movies might be weird, off-color, freaky, surrealist, or blend genres you didn't think could be blended (what on earth is I'm Still Here with Joaquin Phoenix?) but they are also undeniably fantastic films.

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Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

Many consider this one of the top experimental films of all time.

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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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Jonathan Jordan 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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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden
The Lobster is a 2015 science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos in his English-language debut. Its script was awarded the ARTE International Prize ...more

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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats
Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more

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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
MiguelVeliz added 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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Freaks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Freaks is a 1932 American horror film in which the eponymous characters were played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities. The original version was ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Luke Albright 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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The Cook, the Thief, His... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Tom Warrick added Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Michael Gambon
This film is a 1989 British-French romantic black comedy drama film written and directed by Peter Greenaway, starring Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren and Alan Howard in the ...more

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Swiss Army Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Tom Warrick added Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Swiss Army Man is a 2016 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Hank (Paul Dano) is a man who is attempting suicide after being lost on an island, when ...more

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An Andalusian Dog is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
LlewynWilkinson added Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George
Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell
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 ...more

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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical horror comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman ...more

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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm
Time Bandits is a 1981 British fantasy film co-written, produced, and directed by Terry Gilliam, and starring Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Ralph Richardson, Katherine Helmond, Ian ...more

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Prisoners is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Tom Warrick added Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello
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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung
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The City of Lost Childre... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand
The Seventh Seal is a 1957 Swedish drama-fantasy film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. Set in Denmark it tells of the journey of a medieval knight and a game of chess, who has come to ...more

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