Pretentious movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant pretentious movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out pretentious, weird, enigmatic, surreal, complex and visually appealing films and TV shows about / with art, existentialism, storytelling, dialogue, loneliness, catastrophe, artistic, mentor, nudity (full frontal - brief) and obsession plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in USA, France, Italy and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as pretentious: To the Wonder (2012), Threesome (2014), Weekend (1967), A Bigger Splash (2015), Cosmopolis (2012), Youth Without Youth (2007), Chelsea Walls (2001), Mulholland Drive (2001), AfterDeath (2015), Only God Forgives (2013).

List of pretentious movies

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: 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 ...
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, talky, enigmatic ...
Plot: existentialism, theater, midlife crisis, dark humor, actor, satire, father daughter relationship, showbiz, surrealism, alter ego, inner voice, art ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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 5.8
 29K
To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: philosophical, emotional, stylized, melancholic, non-linear ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love triangle, love story, love, love affair, starting over, couple relations, homecoming, introspection, affair, troubled marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, oklahoma, usa
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 5.2
 79
Threesome (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Siff, a student in sexology, find out her boyfriend Lucas and her close friend Maria is having an affair. Neither of them wants to break it up. As a solution the two women decide to share and sleep with Lucas by turns.
Style: sexy, erotic, artsy, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: polyamory, group sex, lust, sexual exploration, love triangle, friendship, self discovery, doubts and hesitations, sexual relations, sexual content, love and romance, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, copenhagen
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 7.0
 15K
Weekend (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.
Style: surreal, disturbing, art house, political, road movie ...
Plot: surrealism, satire, murder, violence, traffic jam, cannibalism, anarchism, car, distopia, car accident, nihilism, cruelty ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: france, paris france
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A Bigger Splash (2015)
Genre: Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: Italy, France, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: An American couple, Paul and Marianne, spend their vacation in Italy and experiences trouble when the wife invites a former lover and his teenage daughter to visit, which leads to jealousy and dangerous sexual scenarios.
Style: sexy, melancholic, suspense, sexual, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, rock star, teenage girl, extramarital affair, rock concert, nudity (full frontal - brief), relationships, father daughter relationship, beach, coitus, singer, incest overtones ...
Place: italy, mediterranean sea, canada, london
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 5.1
 48K
Cosmopolis (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France, Portugal, Italy
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo during a riot in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's life begins to crumble.
Style: bleak, sexy, disturbing, art house, philosophical ...
Plot: billionaire, wall street, murder, social decay, losing-it hero, downfall, city life, on the road, lifestyle, capitalism, nudity (full frontal - brief), deadpan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, usa
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Youth Without Youth (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Romania, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in Europe before WWII, professor of language and philosophy Dominic Matei is struck by lightning and ages backwards from 70 to 40 in a week, attracting the world and the Nazis. While on the run, the professor ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, cerebral, melancholic ...
Plot: hospital, destiny, nudity (full frontal - brief), existentialism, world war two, life philosophy, life & death, supernatural, philosophy, dream, secret identity, new identity ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: india, romania, malta, nepal, europe ...
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Chelsea Walls (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This movie tells five stories set in a single day at the famed Chelsea Hotel in New York City, involving an ensemble cast of some 30-35 characters.
Style: meditative, intense, serious, touching, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: eccentricity, lifestyle, writer's life, rising to stardom, human nature, looking for love, drug abuse, couple relations, addiction, down on your luck, nightlife, hotel ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minneapolis minnesota, minnesota, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, surreal, neo noir, mind bending, art house ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, twists and turns, lesbian, amnesia, hollywood, alternate reality, mystery, hallucination, nightmare, obsession, doppelganger, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 4.0
 2K
AfterDeath (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realizing that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of hell. Between in-fighting and attacks by a demonic shadow ...
Style: surreal, serious, confusing, weird, whimsical ...
Plot: afterlife, hell, metaphysics, redemption, fantasy world, death, catastrophe, mortality, loss, hopelessness, mysticism, supernatural ...
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Only God Forgives (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, France, USA, Sweden, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Julian, who runs a Thai boxing club as a front organization for his family's drug smuggling operation, is forced by his mother Jenna to find and kill the individual responsible for his brother's recent death.
Style: neo noir, disturbing, atmospheric, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: vengeance, revenge, violence, punishment, gangsters, surrealism, mother son relationship, criminal heroes, family relations, owner, drugs, violent ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand
Is relevant ?
 6.5
 34K
Upstream Color (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the lifecycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Style: surreal, psychological, mind bending, art house, tense ...
Plot: brainwashing, mystery, hypnosis, parasite, romance, love affair, drugged, dishonesty, mind game, tragic love, memory loss, identity crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.4
 363K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, futuristic, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: distopia, reincarnation, dystopic future, destiny, life & death, multiple storylines, life philosophy, human nature, karma, tribe, post apocalypse, utopia ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1975, year 1936, distant future ...
Place: san francisco, belgium, seoul, south korea, hawaii
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 47K
Holy Motors (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Belgium
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, limousine, creativity, life & death, obsession, multiple storylines, double life, hidden identity, lifestyle change, power relations, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: paris france, tokyo, france
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Sleeping Beauty (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A haunting erotic fairytale about Lucy, a young University student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire.
Style: erotic, sexy, psychological, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: prostitution, perversion, erotica, sexual perversion, nudity (full frontal - brief), prostitute, sex, dirty old man, voyeur, brothel, innocence lost, s&m ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: surreal, philosophical, thought provoking, atmospheric, art house ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: philosophy, childhood, grief, coming of age, parenthood, spirituality, father son relationship, family relations, domineering father, death, redhead, strict father ...
Time: 50s, prehistory, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Midnight in Paris (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Spain, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
Style: feel good, surreal, stylized, witty, inspirational ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: time travel, literature, magic realism, bohemian life, painter, fall in love, writers, nostalgia, love and romance, writer's life, art history, art ...
Time: 1920s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: paris france, france, versailles, europe, montmartre paris
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Art School Confidential (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Starting from childhood attempts at illustration, the protagonist pursues his true obsession to art school. But as he learns how the art world really works, he finds that he must adapt his vision to the reality that confronts him.
Style: cynical, semi serious, humorous, clever, intense ...
Plot: art school, artist, murder, dark humor, painting, art, coming of age, investigation, teenage girl, ambition, serial killer, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA, Japan, Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Coffee And Cigarettes is a collection of eleven films from cult director Jim Jarmusch. Each film hosts star studded cast of extremely unique individuals who all share the common activities of conversing while drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
Style: philosophical, humorous, cerebral, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: addiction, musician, actor, art, smoking, lifestyle, conversation, cafe, dark humor, life philosophy, deadpan, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s, 1920s
Place: usa, california, las vegas, new york, memphis ...
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Beyond the Clouds (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Germany, Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Made of four short tales, linked by a story filmed by Wim Wenders. Taking place in Ferrara, Portofino, Aix en Provence and Paris, each story, which always a woman as the crux of the story, invites to an inner travel, as Antonioni says "towards ...
Style: erotic, touching, emotional, colourful, atmospheric ...
Plot: infidelity, romance, adultery, love triangle, love, tragedy, love story, husband wife relationship, nude girl, love and romance, dishonesty, love affair ...
Place: europe, italy, berlin germany, france, paris france ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 3K
Mindwalk (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A US politician visits his poet friend in Mont. St. Michael, France. While walking through the medieval island discussing their philosophies of life they happen upon Sonja, a scientist in recluse, who joins in their conversation. The two men listen ...
Style: philosophical, psychological, talky, sexy, intellectual ...
Plot: philosophy, politics, island, isolation, life, environment, technology, scientist, science, art, alternate reality, existentialism ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: europe, france
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 14K
Code Unknown (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Austria, Romania, Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A series of events unfold like a chain reaction, all stemming from a minor event that brings the film's five characters together. Set in Paris, France, Anne is an actress whose boyfriend Georges photographs the war in Kosovo. Georges' ...
Style: thought provoking, bleak, sincere, clever, cynical ...
Plot: immigrants, homeless, human nature, social differences, life is a bitch, society, misfit, breaking point, alienation, social decay, existentialism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, kosovo, france, europe, africa ...
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 5K
Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: bleak, surreal, psychological, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, adoption, hallucination, dreams, coming of age, society, hopes, human nature, social relations, boy, priest, sick child ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, montana, usa, minnesota, california
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The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Royal Tenenbaum and his wife Etheline had three children and then they separated. All three children are extraordinary --- all geniuses. Virtually all memory of the brilliance of the young Tenenbaums was subsequently erased by two decades of ...
Style: humorous, witty, funny, talky, cynical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, eccentricity, eccentric family, siblings relations, dark humor, forbidden love, writers, parents and children, incest, deadpan, uptight character, reconciliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 65K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, psychological, surreal, stylized, psychedelic ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, surrealism, dream, alternate reality, lucid dream, life philosophy, imagination, lifestyle, trippy, bohemian life, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Netherlands
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Oliver Deuce, a successful doctor, is shattered when his wife is killed in a freak car accident involving a car being driven by Alba Bewick colliding with a very large rare bird. His twin brother Oswald is researching how carcasses decay at the ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, mind bending, art house, talky ...
Plot: death, obsession, surrealism, siamese twins, bestiality, amputation, tragic event, absurdism, brother brother relationship, car accident, death of wife, widower ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
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The Loss of Sexual Innocence (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the sexual development of a filmmaker through three stages of his life.
Style: sexual, erotic, non-linear, sexy, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: loss of virginity, innocence lost, forbidden love, elderly lovers, nudity (full frontal - brief), sexualized violence, male nudity, erotica, sex, desert, sexuality, multiple storylines ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, stone age
Place: england, tunisia, africa, usa, london ...
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Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Biography of the British painter Francis Bacon. The movie focuses on his relationship with George Dyer, his lover. Dyer was a former small time crook.
Style: sexy, surreal, stylized, harsh, enigmatic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: art, artist, painter, lgbt, subculture, lgbtq, erotica, death, male nudity, loneliness, drugs, violence ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 60s
Place: paris france, new york, east end london, london
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: erotic, art house, sexy, sexual, non-linear ...
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), art, model, artist, translator, surrealism, erotica, tattoo, sex, sexuality, betrayal, obsession ...
Time: 10th century, middle ages
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, shanghai ...
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 26K
Alphaville (1965)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An American private-eye, arrives in Alphaville, a futuristic city on another planet which is ruled by an evil scientist named Von Braun, who has outlawed love and self-expression.
Style: neo noir, surreal, philosophical, experimental, thought provoking ...
Plot: surrealism, distopia, cyberpunk, satire, spy, post apocalypse, nudity (full frontal - brief), art, catastrophe, brainwashing, technology, runaway ...
Time: future, 50s
Place: paris france, france
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