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The Best Experimental Movies

Updated 18 Feb 2020 2.1k votes 284 voters 15.0k views106 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Experimental film films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

This is a list of all the best experimental film movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The experimental film genre, also known as avant garde movies or experimental cinema, works to explore non-narrative alternatives to the traditional mode of movie narratives by re-evaluating cinematic conventions. The majority of movies within the experimental film genre are very low-budget films, but some have been distributed through more mainstream channels.

Make sure to give movies you like best, like American Gothic or Vanya on 42nd Street, a vote up. Other movies on this list include Rayning and T Is for Tumbleweed, but if we missed any avant garde movies on this list by famous directors like Stan Brakhage and Maya Deren, please add them yourself, as this is an open list, which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the top experimental films of all time and is currently ordered from best to worst, according to your votes.  

So whether you're at home and want to watch these experimental movies on DVD or streaming… or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this list of the best experimental movies will help you decide what to watch. So from the latest, to the greatest of the avant garde cinema, here is the full list of experimental films, ordered from best to worst.

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