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The Best Surrealism Movies 

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Updated February 25, 2020 8k votes 1.1k voters 70k views 139 items

List Rules Vote 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.

All sorts of directors have taken on Surrealism movies. Examples include Orson Welles, David O. Russell, and Oliver Stone.

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Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk

Released: 1977

Directed by: David Lynch

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

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KatiaTolone added Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Lynch

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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop

Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette

Released: 1997

Directed by: David Lynch

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David Bowie, Heather Graham, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Lynch

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Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech, Luis Buñuel, Simone Mareuil

Released: 1929

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

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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Released: 1985

Directed by: Terry Gilliam

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Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles

Released: 1973

Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky

La montaña sagrada is a 1973 Mexican-American surreal fantasy film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, who also participated as an actor, composer, set designer and costume designer on the ...more
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Mark Margolis, Ajay Naidu, Clint Mansell

Released: 1998

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky

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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David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau

Released: 1970

Directed by: Alejandro Jodorowsky

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
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Naomi Watts, Jeremy Irons, Laura Dern

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Lynch

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Released: 1996

Directed by: Daryush Shokof

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Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado

Released: 1991

Directed by: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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Tom Islava added Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski

Released: 1940

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe, + more

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NoSchack added Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier

Released: 1977

Directed by: Dario Argento

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Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Jacqueline Andere

Released: 1962

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

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Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Released: 1972

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Daryush Shokof

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Released: 1968

Directed by: George Dunning

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Released: 2012

Directed by: Daryush Shokof

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David Lynch, Talisa Soto, Harry Dean Stanton

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Lynch

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Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban

Released: 1980

Directed by: Ken Russell

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Carole Bouquet, Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey

Released: 1977

Directed by: Luis Buñuel

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Shinya Tsukamoto, Renji Ishibashi, Tomorowo Taguchi

Released: 1989

Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto

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