films The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the films that tried to be groundbreaking in their form or message, but in a self-indulgent way that makes you roll your eyes.

What are the most pretentious movies ever made? Well, that's a pretty subjective question, but since you asked we'll try to nail down a definition so we can all vote on it. Pretentious films, "arty films," and "hipster movies" often get lumped together, but there definitely is a difference. The first two types of films use atmosphere and characters to create a unique mood or statement. Whether the movie is pretentious or not depends on your opinion. Did you like this movie? You probably think it's artsy and cool. Did you find it to be snobby and purposefully confusing? You'd probably put that on your list of pretentious, condescending movies to never watch again. Was it directed by Wes Anderson? You probably have a hipster film on your hands.

Pretentious movies or "film snob movies" are essentially snobby movies that try to be groundbreaking, but are they really? Could anyone even sit through Tree of Life or Cosmopolis? We're all friends here, you can admit it. Other snobby films think that they have a really important, intellectual premise and then they just hit you over the head with it over and over again. (Thanks for the lesson on racism Crash, we get it now!) If you watch a movie and leave with the feeling that you've been mansplained to for 90 minutes... you may have a pretentious movie on your hands! Vote 'em up!

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Eyes Wide Shut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Eyes Wide Shut Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Stanley Kubrick Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 American erotic thriller film loosely based upon Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. It was ...more

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Vanilla Sky Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz Vanilla Sky is a 2001 American science fiction thriller film directed, written, and co-produced by Cameron Crowe. It is an English-language remake of Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 Spanish ...more

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The Tree of Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain The Tree of Life is a 2011 American experimental drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain. The film chronicles the origins and ...more

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Crash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Crash Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris Crash is a 2004 ensemble drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. A self-described "passion ...more

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Garden State is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Garden State Natalie Portman, Jim Parsons, Ian Holm Garden State is a 2004 comedy-drama film written and directed by Zach Braff and starring Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm and Braff himself. The film centers on Andrew Largeman, a ...more

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Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Cloud Atlas Halle Berry, Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon Cloud Atlas is a 2012 science fiction film written and directed by Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer and Andy Wachowski. Adapted from the 2004 novel of the same name by David Mitchell, the film has ...more

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Requiem for a Dream is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Requiem for a Dream Jennifer Connelly, Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Ellen Burstyn, Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans. The film is based on ...more

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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Lucy Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton Lucy is a 2014 English-language French science fiction action film written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by his wife Virginie Silla for his company Europacorp. The film was shot in ...more

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Mother is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Mother! Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer mother! is an American psychological horror thriller film, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting ...more

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Magnolia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Magnolia Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman Magnolia is a 1999 American drama film written, produced, and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, ...more

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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Mulholland Drive Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir mystery film written and directed by David Lynch and starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, and Justin Theroux. It tells the story of an aspiring ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Donnie Darko Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal 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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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Across the Universe Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie ...more

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Babel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Babel Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative ...more

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Birdman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Birdman Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton Birdman or, commonly referred to as Birdman, is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. It stars Michael ...more

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I Heart Huckabees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
I Heart Huckabees Naomi Watts, Isla Fisher, Mark Wahlberg I ♥ Huckabees is a 2004 American philosophical comedy film from Fox Searchlight. It was produced and directed by David O. Russell, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeff Baena. The film stars an ...more

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zi... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 American comedy-drama film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Wes Anderson. It is Anderson's fourth feature length film, released in the U.S. ...more

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, John Goodman Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is a 2011 American drama film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer, directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Eric Roth. It stars ...more

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotle... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 American romantic science-fiction comedy-drama film about an estranged couple who have each other erased from their memories, written by Charlie ...more

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Bowling for Columbine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Bowling for Columbine Bowling for Columbine is a 2002 American documentary film written, directed, and narrated by Michael Moore. The film explores what Moore suggests are the main causes for the Columbine High ...more

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Juno is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Juno Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page, Jason Bateman Juno is a 2007 Canadian-American comedy-drama film directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody. Ellen Page stars as the title character, an independent-minded teenager confronting an ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Inception Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard Inception is a 2010 science fiction heist thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, ...more

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Brokeback Mountain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Brokeback Mountain Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kate Mara Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American epic romantic drama film directed by Ang Lee. It is a film adaptation of the 1997 short story of the same name by Annie Proulx; the screenplay was written ...more

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The Darjeeling Limited is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
The Darjeeling Limited Natalie Portman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson The Darjeeling Limited is a 2007 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson, and starring Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, and Jason Schwartzman. It was written by Anderson, Schwartzman, and Roman ...more

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The Master is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
The Master Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of ...more

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Little Miss Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Little Miss Sunshine Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Toni Collette Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by ...more

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Craig Haddad added Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Mary Elizabeth Winstead Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera ...more

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Last Days is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Last Days Asia Argento, Kim Gordon, Michael Pitt Last Days is a 2005 American drama film directed, produced, and written by Gus Van Sant, and is a fictionalized account of the last days of a man who has the same type of lifestyle as Kurt ...more

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Batman Returns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Batman Returns Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more

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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 Italian-French art film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with uncredited writing ...more

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Southland Tales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Southland Tales Sarah Michelle Gellar, Justin Timberlake, Dwayne Johnson Southland Tales is a 2006 sci-fi dramedy thriller film and the second film written and directed by Richard Kelly. The title refers to the Southland, a name used by locals to refer to Southern ...more

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Apocalypse Now is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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Shame is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Shame Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Nicole Beharie Shame is a 2011 drama film written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan and directed by Steve McQueen. It premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2011.

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Gummo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Phillip Lee Whaling added 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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Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Fight Club Brad Pitt, Jared Leto, Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club is a 1999 film based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. The film was directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Norton ...more

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The Deer Hunter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Frank is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Frank Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson Frank is a 2014 comedy-drama film directed by Lenny Abrahamson and starring Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character. The film premiered ...more

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Cosmopolis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Cosmopolis Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche Cosmopolis is a 2012 Canadian drama-thriller film written, produced, and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Robert Pattinson. It is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. On ...more

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Broken Flowers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
James Holland added Broken Flowers Sharon Stone, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange Broken Flowers is a 2005 French-American comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and produced by Jon Kilik and Stacey Smith. The film focuses on an aging "Don Juan" who ...more

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Breathless is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Breathless Jean Seberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Paul Belmondo Breathless is a 1960 French film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard about a wandering criminal and his American girlfriend. It was Godard's first feature-length work and represented ...more

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A Serious Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
A Serious Man Simon Helberg, Richard Kind, Adam Arkin A Serious Man is a 2009 dark comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film stars Michael Stuhlbarg as a Minnesota Jewish man whose life crumbles both ...more

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Me and You and Everyone We Kno... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Me and You and Everyone We Know John Hawkes, Miranda July, Tracy Wright Me and You and Everyone We Know is a 2005 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Miranda July and stars July, John Hawkes, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff, Natasha Slayton, ...more

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Inside Llewyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman Inside Llewyn Davis is a 2013 American comedy-drama film edited, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan and Joel Coen. Set in 1961, the film stars ...more

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Synecdoche, New York is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Synecdoche, New York Michelle Williams, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Philip Seymour Hoffman Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is Kaufman's directorial debut. The plot follows an ...more

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Somewhere is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Somewhere Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Ellie Kemper Somewhere is a 2010 American drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. The film follows Johnny Marco, a newly famous actor, as he recuperates from a minor injury at the Chateau Marmont, ...more

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The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Jason Basa added The Avengers Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downey Jr. Marvel's The Avengers, or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt ...more

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Beasts of the Southern Wild is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Beasts of the Southern Wild Quvenzhané Wallis, Jay Oliver, Henry D. Coleman Beasts of the Southern Wild is a 2012 American fantasy drama film directed by Benh Zeitlin and adapted by Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar from Alibar's one-act play Juicy and Delicious. After playing at ...more

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Jason Basa added Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford, Alfred Molina, Karen Allen Raiders of the Lost Ark is a 1981 American adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan was from a story by George Lucas and Philip Kaufman. It was produced by ...more

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The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Phillip Lee Whaling added The Godfather Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy from a screenplay by Mario Puzo and Coppola. Starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as ...more

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The Lord of the Rings is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
Jason Basa added The Lord of the Rings John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Peter Woodthorpe J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a 1978 American animated fantasy film directed by Ralph Bakshi. It uses a hybrid of traditional cel animation and rotoscoped live action footage. It is ...more