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The Best Surrealism Movies

Updated February 25, 2020 8.9k votes 1.2k voters 71.6k views139 items

List RulesVote for your personal favorite Surrealism films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

This is a list of all the best surreal movies of all time, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. The origin of surrealist films can be traced back to Paris in the 1920s and used absurd, shocking, and irrational imagery and symbolism to take a new approach on the traditional function of art to express reality. All of the movies on this list fit within the surrealist cinema genre and are voted on by people who really care about surreal movies.

Give a thumbs down to movies like Dreams That Money Can Buy and Tusk if you don't like them and a thumbs up if you do. Other movies on this list include The Trial and Cremaster 3, but if we missed any surrealism movies on this list, please add them 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 surrealism movies of all time and is currently ordered from best to worst, according to your votes.

So whether you're at home and want to watch these surrealist films on DVD or streaming… or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this list of the best surrealist films will help you decide what to watch. So from the latest, to the greatest surreal movies, here is the full surrealist films list, ordered from best to worst.

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    Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Eraserhead

    Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates

    Released1977

    Directed byDavid Lynch

    Many consider this one of the best experimental films of all time.

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    Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Mulholland Drive

    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 3
    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1968

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

    David Bowie, Heather Graham

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Lost Highway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Lost Highway

    Richard Pryor, Gary Busey

    Released1997

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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  • 7
    Brazil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Brazil

    Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins

    Released1985

    Directed byTerry Gilliam

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    An Andalusian Dog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    An Andalusian Dog

    Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel

    Released1929

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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    The Holy Mountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    The Holy Mountain

    Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara

    Released1973

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

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  • 10
    Pi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Pi

    Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu

    Released1998

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    El Topo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    El Topo

    David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Released1970

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

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  • 12
    Inland Empire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Inland Empire

    Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Seven Servants is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Seven Servants

    Anthony Quinn, Audra McDonald

    Released1996

    Directed byDaryush Shokof

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  • 14
    Delicatessen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Delicatessen

    Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard

    Released1991

    Directed byMarc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Altered States is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Altered States

    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byKen Russell

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    The Discreet Charm of the Bour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey

    Released1972

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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  • 18
    Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Fantasia

    Walt Disney, Corey Burton

    Released1940

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe

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    The Exterminating Angel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    The Exterminating Angel

    Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook

    Released1962

    Directed byLuis Buñuel

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    Yellow Submarine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Yellow Submarine

    Paul McCartney, John Lennon

    Released1968

    Directed byGeorge Dunning

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    Strange Stranger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Strange Stranger

    Daryush Shokof, Marie selva

    Released2012

    Directed byDaryush Shokof

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    The Short Films of David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    The Short Films of David Lynch

    David Lynch, Talisa Soto

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Lynch

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    Asudem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Asudem

    Yangzom Brauen, Joachim Paul Assböck

    Released2006

    Directed byDaryush Shokof

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    The Fountain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    The Fountain

    Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz

    Released2006

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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    Tetsuo: The Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
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    Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    Shinya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi

    Released1989

    Directed byShinya Tsukamoto

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