Eraserhead (1978)

WeirdDarkBrilliantSlow moving

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Jack Nance  •  Charlotte Stewart  •  Allen Joseph  •  Jeanne Bates
Dead Ringers (1988)

DisturbingWeirdDarkGripping

Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Cronenberg
Raising Arizona (1987)

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The Coen Brothers tell the story of an absurd yet likable family with an unproductive couple as the focal point. The couple has gotten themselves into some trouble while kidnapping a baby and give Hollywood one of the most memorable chase scenes to date.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Holly Hunter  •  Trey Wilson  •  John Goodman
Only God Forgives (2013)

ViolentWeirdBeautifulGripping

Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Crystal to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Winding Refn
CAST:  Ryan Gosling  •  Kristin Scott Thomas  •  Gordon Brown  •  Tom Burke
Candyman (1992)

DarkWeirdScarySuspenseful

The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernard Rose
CAST:  Virginia Madsen  •  Tony Todd  •  Xander Berkeley  •  Kasi Lemmons
Frank (2014)

OriginalWeirdEnjoyableBeautiful

A young wannabe musician who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lenny Abrahamson
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

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Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Sharman
CAST:  Meat Loaf  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Barry Bostwick  •  Richard O'Brien
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

BrilliantWeirdFunnyComplex

A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove ...  (more)

CAST:  Michael Keaton  •  Emma Stone  •  Zach Galifianakis  •  Edward Norton
Melancholia (2011)

WeirdComplexInsightfulDepressing

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
The Science of Sleep (2006)

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A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michel Gondry
Garden State (2004)

WeirdWhimsicalRomanticUplifting

Andrew returns to his hometown for the funeral of his mother, a journey that reconnects him with past friends. The trip coincides with his decision to stop taking his powerful antidepressants. A chance meeting with Sam - a girl also suffering from various maladies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zach Braff
CAST:  Zach Braff  •  Natalie Portman  •  Peter Sarsgaard  •  Ian Holm
Brazil (1985)

FuturisticWeirdMind blowingFunny

Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel. Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terry Gilliam
CAST:  Jonathan Pryce  •  Robert De Niro  •  Katherine Helmond  •  Ian Holm
Cube (1997)

DarkWeirdFuturisticComplex

A group of strangers find themselves trapped in a maze-like prison. It soon becomes clear that each of them possesses the peculiar skills necessary to escape, if they don't wind up dead first.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincenzo Natali
CAST:  Nicole de Boer  •  Nicky Guadagni  •  David Hewlett  •  Andrew Miller
Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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New York detective Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate a series of mysterious deaths in which the victims are found beheaded. But the locals believe the culprit to be none other than the ghost of the legendary Headless Horseman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Burton
CAST:  Johnny Depp  •  Ian McDiarmid  •  Casper Van Dien  •  Michael Gough
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)

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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in the stench of 18th century Paris, develops a superior olfactory sense, which he uses to create the world's finest perfumes. However, his work takes a dark turn as he tries to preserve scents in the search for the ultimate perfume.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Tykwer
CAST:  Ben Whishaw  •  Simon Chandler  •  David Calder  •  Richard Felix
Burn After Reading (2008)

FunnyWeirdCleverEnjoyable

When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst falls into the hands of gym employees, Linda and Chad, they see a chance to make enough money for Linda to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo, and those in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Coen  •  Ethan Coen
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Frances McDormand  •  Tilda Swinton  •  Brad Pitt
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

CrudeDisturbingDarkWeird

Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pier Paolo Pasolini
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

FunnyCrudeWeirdMindless

Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him exposing prejudices and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Charles
CAST:  Sacha Baron Cohen  •  Ken Davitian  •  Luenell  •  Pamela Anderson
Mulholland Drive (2001)

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Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman's identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Laura Harring  •  Ann Miller  •  Dan Hedaya
The Dreamers (2003)

RomanticOriginalBrilliantMind blowing

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bernardo Bertolucci
CAST:  Michael Pitt  •  Eva Green  •  Louis Garrel  •  Anna Chancellor