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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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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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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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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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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