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The Best Movies That Are Super Weird

Updated May 4, 2020 7.4k votes 1.2k voters 106.9k views98 items

List RulesReally 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
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    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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

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    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

    Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    A Clockwork Orange

    Malcolm McDowell, Warren Clarke

    Released1971

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

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    Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Being John Malkovich

    Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt

    Released1999

    Directed bySpike Jonze

    Being John Malkovich is a 1999 American fantasy comedy film written by Charlie Kaufman and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    The Lobster

    Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz

    Released2015

    Directed byYorgos Lanthimos

    The Lobster is a 2015 science fiction romantic comedy-drama film directed by Greek director... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Pan's Labyrinth

    Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

    Released2006

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

    Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Naked Lunch

    Ian Holm, Roy Scheider

    Released1991

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

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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

    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

    Released1932

    Directed byTod Browning

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    Dark City is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Dark City

    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1998

    Directed byAlex Proyas

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    Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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    Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Time Bandits

    Sean Connery, John Cleese

    Released1981

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    The City of Lost Children is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    The City of Lost Children

    Ron Perlman, Jean-Louis Trintignant

    Released1995

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Pi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Pi

    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu

    Released1998

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    Bob Hoskins, Bob Geldof

    Released1982

    Directed byAlan Parker

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    The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    The Seventh Seal

    Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson

    Released1957

    Directed byIngmar Bergman

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    Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Synecdoche, New York

    Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh

    Released2008

    Directed byCharlie Kaufman

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    Un Chien Andalou is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Un Chien Andalou

    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel

    Released1929

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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    Old Boy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Old Boy

    Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae

    Released2003

    Directed byPark Chan-wook

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    Under the Skin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Under the Skin

    Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek

    Released2013

    Directed byJonathan Glazer

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    Liquid Sky is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Liquid Sky

    Anne Carlisle, Jack Adalist

    Released1982

    Directed bySlava Tsukerman

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    Dead Alive is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Dead Alive

    Peter Jackson, Jed Brophy

    Released1992

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Barton Fink is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    Barton Fink

    John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

    Released1991

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    A Scanner Darkly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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    A Scanner Darkly

    Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves

    Released2006

    Directed byRichard Linklater

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