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The Best Movies That Are Super Weird 

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Updated February 24, 2020 6k votes 1.1k voters 101.5k views 98 items

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

Released: 1977

Directed by: David Lynch

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

Released: 1971

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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

Released: 1985

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

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

Released: 2015

Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos

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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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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Swiss Army Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Tom Warrick added Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Directed by: Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert

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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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) 9 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
MiguelVeliz added Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

Released: 1991

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
maEEaranavaYo added Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates

Released: 1932

Directed by: Tod Browning

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) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Luke Albright added Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

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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An Andalusian Dog is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil

Released: 1929

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

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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The Cook, the Thief, His... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Tom Warrick added Helen Mirren, Tim Roth, Michael Gambon

Released: 1989

Directed by: Peter Greenaway

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Pi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

Released: 1998

Directed by: Darren 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 ...more

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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PerryNoid added Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
LlewynWilkinson added Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Released: 2008

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman

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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Sean Connery, John Cleese, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Parker

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Elle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

Released: 2016

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Parasite is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong

Released: 2019

Directed by: Bong Joon-ho

Parasite is a 2019 South Korean dark comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho. An unemployed driver (Song Kang-ho) and his out-of-work family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and ...more

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The Lighthouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

Released: 2019

Directed by: Robert Eggers

The Lighthouse is a 2019 black-and-white psychological horror film directed by Robert Eggers. The story of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious ...more

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Color Out of Space is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Color Out of Space Nicolas Cage Joely Richardson Madeleine Arthur

Released: 2020

Directed by: Richard Stanley

Color Out of Space is a 2019 horror film directed by Richard Stanley, based on the short story "The Colour Out of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft. Struggling artist patriarch Nathan (Cage) ...more

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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf

Released: 1975

Directed by: Jim Sharman

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Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy, Tim Balme

Released: 1992

Directed by: Peter Jackson

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