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The Best Movies That Are Super Weird 

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Updated May 4, 2020 6.4k votes 1.2k voters 105.4k 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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A Clockwork Orange is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Being John Malkovich is listed (or ranked) 3 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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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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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Lobster is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Rocky Horror Picture... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by Esperanto Films. In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young ...more

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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Pink Floyd – The Wall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Alan Parker

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Pi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

Released: 1998

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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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 Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

Released: 1957

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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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Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
MiguelVeliz added Ian Holm, Roy Scheider, Julian Sands

Released: 1991

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Freaks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1932

Directed by: Tod Browning

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1998

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Emeraldkat added Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung

Released: 2003

Directed by: Park Chan-wook

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Barton Fink is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand

Released: 1991

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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Persona is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

Released: 1966

Directed by: Ingmar Bergman

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Time Bandits is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 2008

Directed by: Charlie Kaufman

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The City of Lost Childre... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Directed by: Jonathan Glazer

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Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

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Liquid Sky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies That Are Super Weird
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Released: 1982

Directed by: Slava Tsukerman

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