Film 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!

Crash is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
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Actors: Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Don Cheadle, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Paul Haggis

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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
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Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Ksenia Solo, Barbara Hershey, + more

Initial Release: 2010

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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Lucy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
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Actors: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-sik, + more

Initial Release: 2014

Directed by: Luc Besson

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Vanilla Sky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Pretentious Movies Ever Made
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Actors: Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Steven Spielberg, Kurt Russell, + more

Initial Release: 2001

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

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