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

A list of all the best experimental movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This experimental movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of experimental films also contains experimental movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This experimental films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best experimental movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This experimental movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Rock the vote by upvoting your favorite movies on this list.

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These are the top films in the experimental film genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the experimental film genre in it. Be it the motifs of the experimental film genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Make sure to give movies you favor (like American Gothic or Vanya on 42nd Street) a vote. If we missed any experimental movies on this list, please add them to the list 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 most famous experimental movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about experimental movie lists.
You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the experimental movies. List includes photos and experimental movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

A factual list, featuring movies like Rayning and T Is for Tumbleweed.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these experimental movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good experimental movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest experimental movies, here is the full experimental movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Experimental film movies have been directed by some pretty famous names, including Stanley Kubrick and Roman Polanski.

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Seven Servants Anthony Quinn, Audra McDonald, David Warner Seven Servants is a USA — Germany co-production 1996 German drama — comedy film directed by Daryush Shokof. The movie is about a man named Archie, portrayed by Anthony Quinn, who wishes to unite ...more

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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Breathful Daryush Shokof, Ulrike Schirm, Taies Farzan Breathful is a 2007 gangster-comedy film directed by Daryush Shokof. Featuring an all-female cast, Breathful is meant to promote gender equality and women's rights, particularly the rights of ...more

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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Flushers Claudine Biswas, Kimberly Gessner, Maral Keshvarz Flushers, is a USA Comedy feature film Produced, written,and directed by Daryush Shokof which is shot entirely in Berlin, Germany in 2012.The film is produced by Shif Productions in Los Angeles, ...more

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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Asudem Yangzom Brauen, Joachim Paul Assböck, Araba Walton Asudem is an American horror film written and directed by Daryush Shokof. Asudem is the reverse writing of medusa indicates a surreal story of a woman Yangzom Brauen in the woods, where she ...more

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An Andalusian Dog 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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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is a 1972 surrealist film directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Jean-Claude Carrière in collaboration with the director. The film was made in ...more

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Tetsuo: The Iron Man Shinya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi, Tomorowo Taguchi Tetsuo: The Iron Man is a 1989 Japanese cyberpunk film by cult-film director Shinya Tsukamoto produced by Japan Home Video. It is an extremely graphic but also strikingly-filmed fantasy shot in ...more

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Man with a Movie Camera Man with a Movie Camera is an experimental 1929 silent documentary film, with no story and no actors, by Soviet director Dziga Vertov, edited by his wife Elizaveta Svilova. Vertov's feature ...more

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Koyaanisqatsi Lou Dobbs Koyaanisqatsi, also known as Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance, is a 1982 film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music composed by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke. The film consists ...more

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The Color of Pomegranates Sofiko Chiaureli, Vilen Galstyan, Medea Japaridze The Color of Pomegranates is a 1969 Soviet film written and directed by Sergei Parajanov. It made the Top 10 list in Cahiers du cinéma in 1982 and Top 100 in Time Out.

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My Winnipeg Ann Savage, Darcy Fehr, Amy Stewart My Winnipeg is a 2007 film directed and written by Guy Maddin with dialogue by George Toles. Described by Maddin as a "docu-fantasia," that melds "personal history, civic tragedy, ...more

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Eraserhead Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk Eraserhead is a 1977 American surrealist body horror film written and directed by filmmaker David Lynch. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead is Lynch's first feature-length film, coming after ...more

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Meshes of the Afternoon Maya Deren, Alexandr Hackenschmied Meshes of the Afternoon is a short experimental film directed by wife-and-husband team, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid. The film's narrative is circular and repeats several motifs, including a ...more

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La Jetée William Klein, Etienne Becker, Jean Négroni La Jetée, is a 1962 French science fiction featurette by Chris Marker. Constructed almost entirely from still photos, it tells the story of a post-nuclear war experiment in time travel. ...more

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Inland Empire Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and was his first feature film since 2001's Mulholland Drive. The feature took two-and-a-half years to complete, and was ...more

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological horror film, directed by David Lynch and written by Lynch and Robert Engels. The film can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue ...more

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Julien Donkey-Boy Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Will Oldham Julien Donkey-Boy is a 1999 American drama film written and directed by Harmony Korine. The story concentrates on the schizophrenic Julien, played by Scottish actor Ewen Bremner, and his ...more

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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story Rob LaBelle, Michael Edwards Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is a 1987 American short biographical film produced and directed by Todd Haynes, co-written by Haynes and Cynthia Schneider, and follows scenes from the ...more

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Gummo Chloë Sevigny, James Baker, Harmony Korine Gummo is a 1997 cult film written and directed by Harmony Korine, starring Jacob Reynolds, Nick Sutton, and Jacob Sewell. The film is set in Xenia, Ohio, a small, poor Midwestern American town ...more

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Russian Ark Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sokurov, Sergei Dontsov Arca Russa é um filme de 2002 dirigido por Aleksandr Sokurov.

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F for Fake Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph Cotten, Elmyr de Hory F for Fake is the last major film completed by Orson Welles, who directed, co-wrote, and starred in the film. Initially released in 1974, it focuses on Elmyr de Hory's recounting of his career ...more

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Cremaster 3 Aimee Mullins, Matthew Barney, Richard Serra Cremaster 3 is a 2002 drama film written and directed by Matthew Barney.

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A Zed & Two Noughts David Attenborough, Joss Ackland, Jim Davidson A Zed & Two Noughts is a 1985 film written and directed by Peter Greenaway. This film was Greenaway's first with cinematography by Sacha Vierny, who went on to shoot virtually all of ...more

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Sunless Sans Soleil is a 1983 French film directed by Chris Marker, a meditation on the nature of human memory, showing the inability to recall the context and nuances of memory, and how, as a result, ...more

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The Testament of Orpheus Yul Brynner, Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau Testament of Orpheus is a 1960 film directed by and starring Jean Cocteau. It is considered the final part of the Orphic Trilogy, following The Blood of a Poet and Orphée. In the cast are ...more

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Waking Life Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Steven Soderbergh Waking Life is a 2001 American adult animated docufiction/drama film, directed by Richard Linklater. It was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and it was the first animated film released by ...more

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Drawing Restraint 9 Björk, Matthew Barney, Mayumi Miyata Drawing Restraint 9 is a 2005 film project by visual artist Matthew Barney consisting of a feature-length film, large-scale sculptures, photographs, drawings, and books. The Drawing Restraint ...more

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The Element of Crime Lars von Trier, Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight The Element of Crime is a 1984 Danish art film co-written and directed by Lars von Trier. It is the first feature film directed by Trier and the first installment of the director's Europa ...more

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Lunacy Jan Tříska, Anna Geislerová, Pavel Nový Lunacy is a 2005 Czech film by Jan Švankmajer. The film is loosely based on two short stories, "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and "The Premature Burial", by ...more

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Last Year at Marienbad Delphine Seyrig, Sacha Pitoëff, Giorgio Albertazzi L'Année dernière à Marienbad is a 1961 French film directed by Alain Resnais from a screenplay by Alain Robbe-Grillet. The film is famous for its enigmatic narrative ...more

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Gerry Matt Damon, Casey Affleck Gerry is a 2002 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, who also co-wrote the film with Van Sant. It is the first film of Van Sant's "Death ...more

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Poison John Leguizamo, Rob LaBelle, James K. Lyons Todd Haynes' second feature deftly interweaves a trio of tales that build toward a devastating climax.

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives Wallapa Mongkolprasert, Tongsit Rachasin, Sakda Kaewbuadee "Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears ...more

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Experimental Movies
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Christina Ricci Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a 1998 American dark comedy film co-written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke and Benicio del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It was adapted ...more

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Fata Morgana Lotte H. Eisner, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg, James William Gledhill Fata Morgana is a film by Werner Herzog, shot in 1969, which captures mirages in the Sahara desert. Some narration recites Mayan creation myth by Lotte Eisner, text written by Herzog himself.

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Manderlay Willem Dafoe, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lauren Bacall Manderlay is a 2005 Danish drama film written and directed by Lars von Trier and the second part of von Trier's projected USA – Land of Opportunities trilogy. It stars Bryce Dallas Howard, who ...more

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Heart of Glass Werner Herzog, Josef Bierbichler, Volker Prechtel Herz aus Glas is a 1976 comedy drama film directed by Werner Herzog.

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Santa Sangre Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Adan Jodorowsky Santa Sangre is a 1989 Mexican-Italian avant-garde Horror film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni. Divided into both a ...more

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The Last of England Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, Jonathan Phillips The Last of England is a British film directed by Derek Jarman. It is a poetic, rather than realistic, depiction of what Jarman felt was the loss of traditional English culture in the 1980s. It ...more

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Mister Lonely Joseph Morgan, Samantha Morton, Werner Herzog Mister Lonely is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Harmony Korine, and co-written with his brother Avi Korine. The film is an international co-production between the UK, France, Ireland, and ...more

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Careful Jackie Burroughs, Paul Cox, Kyle McCulloch Wary residents of a 19th-century mountain village must tread carefully and speak softly lest they cause an avalanche. Sexual frenzies set off incestuous love triangles with deadly consequences.

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Cowards Bend the Knee Darcy Fehr, Amy Stewart, Victor Cowie Cowards Bend the Knee is a 2003 film by Guy Maddin. Maddin directed Cowards Bend the Knee while in pre-production on The Saddest Music in the World, shooting entirely on Super-8mm film with a ...more

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Pierrot le Fou Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Piere Leaud Pierrot le Fou is a 1965 French film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo. The film is based on the 1962 novel, Obsession, by Lionel White. It was Jean-Luc ...more

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Vanya on 42nd Street Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn, Brooke Smith Vanya on 42nd Street is a 1994 film by Louis Malle and Andre Gregory. The film is an intimate, interpretive performance of the play Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov as adapted by David Mamet. The ...more

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Caresses Sergi López i Ayats, Rosa Maria Sardà, Agustín González Caresses is a 1998 film by Ventura Pons, originally titled Carícies in Catalan.

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Silent Souls Igor Sergeyev, Viktor Sukhorukov, Larisa Domaskina Silent Souls (Russian: Ovsyanki) is a 2010 drama film written by Denis Osokin and directed by Aleksei Fedorchenko. "Taking a headlong dive into the Russian Republic of Mari El – a region ...more

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Lonesome Cowboys Joe Dallesandro, Taylor Mead, Viva Lonesome Cowboys is a film by American filmmaker Andy Warhol. Written by Paul Morrissey, the film is a satire of Hollywood westerns. The film won the Best Film Award at the San Francisco ...more

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The Sticky Fingers of Time James Urbaniak, Samantha Buck, Belinda Becker The Sticky Fingers of Time is a 1997 film directed by Hilary Brougher.

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The Fat and the Lean Roman Polanski, André Katelbach Le Gros et le maigre is a short silent, comic film written and directed by Roman Polanski in 1961. Polanski shot this short film just after graduating from The National Film School in ...more

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El Topo David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau El Topo is a 1970 American-Mexican western film written and directed by and starring Alejandro Jodorowsky. Characterized by its bizarre characters and occurrences, use of maimed and dwarf ...more