Entertainment The Best Surrealism Movies  

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A list of all the best surrealism movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This surrealism movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of surrealism films also contains surrealism movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This surrealism films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best surrealism movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This surrealism movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Upvote your favorite movies because they deserve it.

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These are the top films in the surrealism genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the surrealism genre in it. Be it the motifs of the surrealism genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

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Examples of movies on this list include The Trial and Cremaster 3.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these surrealism 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 surrealism movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest surrealism movies, here is the full surrealism movies 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
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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Mulholland Drive is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Surrealism Movies
KatiaTolone added 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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Arthur C. Clarke, Leonard Rossiter, Ed Bishop
2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 epic science fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay was written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke, and was partially inspired by ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...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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Richard Pryor, Gary Busey, Patricia Arquette
Lost Highway is a 1997 French-American psychological thriller film written and directed by David Lynch. The film features the last film appearances of Richard Pryor, Jack Nance, and Robert ...more

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Tom Islava added Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm
Brazil is a 1985 British film directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam, Charles McKeown, and Tom Stoppard. British National Cinema by Sarah Street describes the film as a ...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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Alejandro Jodorowsky, Juan Ferrara, Letícia Robles
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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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added 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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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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David Silva, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alfonso Arau
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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Tom Islava added Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski
Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben ...more

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Dominique Pinon, Karin Viard, Ticky Holgado
Delicatessen is a 1991 French film, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, starring Dominique Pinon and Karin Viard. It is set in an apartment building in a post-apocalyptic France of an ...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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Silvia Pinal, Claudio Brook, Jacqueline Andere
The Exterminating Angel, is the second Buñuel film of the Buñuel/Alatriste/Pinal film trilogy, written and directed by Luis Buñuel, starring Silvia Pinal, and produced by ...more

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Tom Islava added Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles. The film was directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United ...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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Ali Reza Shokoufandeh added Daryush Shokof, Marie selva, Arash Kalani
Strange Stranger is a USA, Horror - Surreal feature film produced,written and directed by Daryush Shokof. the film is a mystic journey into the world of people obsessed with sex,their outrageous ...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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NoSchack added Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier
Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more

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Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban
Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in his only novel he ever wrote and his final ...more

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David Lynch, Talisa Soto, Harry Dean Stanton
The Short Films of David Lynch is a DVD collection of the early student and commissioned film work of American filmmaker David Lynch. As such, the collection does not include Lynch's later short ...more

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Carole Bouquet, Michel Piccoli, Fernando Rey
That Obscure Object of Desire, released in 1977, was the final film directed by Luis Buñuel. Set in Spain and France against the backdrop of a terrorist insurgency, the film tells the ...more

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Yasser Osama added Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn
The Fountain is a 2006 American drama film that blends elements of fantasy, history, spirituality, and science fiction. It is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel ...more