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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.

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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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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 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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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Experimental Movies
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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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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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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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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Valery Gergiev, Alexander Sokurov, Sergei Dontsov Arca Russa é um filme de 2002 dirigido por Aleksandr Sokurov.

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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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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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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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Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell 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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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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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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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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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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Werner Herzog, Josef Bierbichler, Volker Prechtel Herz aus Glas is a 1976 comedy drama film directed by Werner Herzog.

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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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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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Richard E. Grant, Ken Stott, Phyllis Logan Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life is a short comic film for BBC Scotland. Written and directed by Peter Capaldi, it stars Richard E. Grant as Franz Kafka and co-stars Ken Stott. The title ...more

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

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Lee Miller, Pauline Carton, Odette Talazac Le sang d'un poète with Steven Severin is a 1930 film written and directed by Jean Cocteau.

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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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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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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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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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Melville Webber, Hildegarde Watson, Herbert Stern The Fall of the House of Usher is a short silent horror film adaptation of the short story, "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. It tells the story of a brother and ...more

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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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Alan Rickman, Max von Sydow, Lena Olin Lumière and Company was a collaboration between forty-one international film directors in which each made a short film using the original Cinématographe camera invented by the ...more

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Agnieszka Holland, Edward Zebrowski, Włodzimierz Zonn Iluminacja is a 1973 drama film written and directed by Krzysztof Zanussi.

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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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Yehezkel Lazarov, Mickey Leon One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. As Ari delves deeper and deeper ...more

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Chronos is a 1985 abstract film directed by Ron Fricke, created with custom-built time-lapse cameras. Originally released in IMAX theaters, it is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, HD DVD, and for ...more

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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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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