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, surreal, visually appealing, enigmatic and intellectual films and TV shows about / with existentialism, storytelling, art, loneliness, dialogue, artistic, catastrophe, obsession, pornography and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
pretentious movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as pretentious: AfterDeath (2015), Threesome (2014), Waking Life (2001), The Tree of Life (2011), Upstream Color (2013), Knight of Cups (2015), Mindwalk (1990), Cosmopolis (2012), Yes (2004), Northfork (2003).

List of pretentious movies

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: weird, pretentious, whimsical, surreal, serious ...
Plot: afterlife, hell, metaphysics, house, lighthouse, mysticism, fantasy world, eternity, death, hopelessness, catastrophe, loss ...
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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, captivating, pretentious, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: polyamory, open relationship, lust, sexual exploration, friendship, love triangle, self discovery, sexual content, sexual relations, love and romance, group sex, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: copenhagen, denmark, copenhagen denmark
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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: psychological, surreal, semi serious, suspense, tragicomedy ...
Plot: existentialism, midlife crisis, theater, father daughter relationship, dark humor, ambition, actor's life, desire for fame, alter ego, surrealism, introspection, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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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, surreal, stylized, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, dream, lifestyle, human nature, bohemian life, imaginary, daydreamer, alternate reality, computer animation, surrealism, satire ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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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, atmospheric, touching, captivating, contemplative ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: childhood, philosophy, coming of age, dinosaur, outer space, family relations, grief, child abuse, suffering, hopes, spirituality, parenthood ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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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: psychological, surreal, mind bending, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: hypnosis, parasite, romance, love affair, drugged, mystery, worm, mind control, dishonesty, mind game, memory loss, tragic love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted and confused, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to his daily ...
Style: meditative, serious, touching, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, tarot card, obsession, celebrity, romance, artists and showbiz, looking for love, couples, temptation, multiple storylines, storytelling, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
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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: talky, psychological, tense, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: politics, society, isolation, island, writer's life, unfulfillment, rebellion, friends, liberal, friendship, human nature, introspection ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: france, europe
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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: tense, serious, bleak, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: bodyguard, billionaire, wall street, murder, downfall, losing-it hero, social decay, city life, on the road, lifestyle, taxi, anarchist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Yes (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: She is a scientist. He is a Lebanese doctor. They meet at a banquet and fall into a carefree, passionate relationship. But difficulties abound because of his heritage and her loveless marriage. She flies to Havana to sort things out on the beach and ...
Style: serious, sincere, stylized, witty, philosophical ...
Plot: infidelity, racism, culture clash, love affair, society, crumbling marriage, romance, social differences, couple relations, exile, husband wife relationship, blues ...
Place: cuba, london, england, europe, latin america ...
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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, touching, disturbing, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: small town, human nature, society, hopes, angel, social relations, adoption, hallucination, priest, boy, sick child, terminal illness ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
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Listen Up Philip (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Greece
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to ...
Style: psychological, sincere, stylized, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: writer's life, narcissist, couples, dull life, sarcasm, loneliness, writing, arrogance, cynicism, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, writer's block, self pity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, new york, new york state
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The Fountain (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Spanning over one thousand years, and three parallel stories, The Fountain is a story of love, death, spirituality, and the fragility of our existence in this world.
Style: surreal, melancholic, artsy, philosophical, atmospheric ...
Plot: immortality, metaphysics, queen, death, reincarnation, tragic love, terminal illness, loss of loved one, love of one's life, loneliness, cancer, tree ...
Time: future, 16th century, 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain, europe, latin america, central america, guatemala
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Timecode (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A production company begins casting for its next feature, and an up-and-coming actress named Rose tries to manipulate her filmmaker boyfriend, Alex, into giving her a screen test. Alex's wife, Emma, knows about the affair and is considering ...
Style: tense, avant garde, enigmatic, psychological, ironic ...
Plot: jealousy, multiple storylines, love and romance, artists and showbiz, showbiz, couple relations, manipulation, infidelity, love triangle, actor's life, dishonesty, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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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: melancholic, emotional, tense, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: vacation, rock star, rock concert, sex in a swimming pool, father daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, teenage girl, infidelity, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, coitus, extramarital affair, older woman younger man relationship ...
Place: italy, mediterranean sea, london, canada
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I Heart Huckabees (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Style: humorous, surreal, witty, not serious, philosophical ...
Plot: existentialism, jealousy, private detective, surveillance, divorce, investigation, suburbs, rivalry, self discovery, escapades, strong sexual content, businessman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: realistic, serious, biting, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: art, s&m, painter, subculture, destructive relationship, celebrity culture, couple relations, couples, perversion, artists and showbiz, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 1960s, 70s, 60s
Place: paris france, east end london, new york, london
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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Brad (Michael Shannon) has committed murder and barricaded himself inside his house. With the help of his friends and neighbours, the cops piece together the strange tale of how this nice young man arrived at such a dark place; Based on a true ...
Style: psychological, atmospheric, realistic, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, obsession, family relations, delusion, family problems, law enforcement, deadly, crimes, mental illness, parents and children, psychopath, police investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, peru, san diego california, new orleans
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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: meditative, humorous, contemplative, clever, stylized ...
Plot: actor, conversation, lifestyle, family relations, friendship, musician, coffee, smoking, interview, cigarette, love and romance, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1920s, 70s
Place: usa, california, paris france, new york, memphis ...
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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: emotional, serious, stylized, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love affair, starting over, couple relations, introspection, homecoming, love triangle, love and romance, womanizer, love story, lovers reunited ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, oklahoma, usa
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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: serious, touching, meditative, intense, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lifestyle, writer's life, looking for love, couple relations, addiction, human nature, drug abuse, rising to stardom, nightlife, down on your luck, hotel, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, minnesota, minneapolis minnesota, manhattan new york city ...
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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: suspense, biting, tense, witty, clever ...
Plot: traffic jam, weekend, satire, murder, surrealism, on the road, cannibalism, terrorism, fighting the system, family life, new wave, political unrest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france
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Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The feature film debut by artist Miranda July about a various comic situations and plots that intertwine. One story line is about a father who is ending his marriage and the other story is of a video artist (possibly autobiographical of Miranda ...
Style: touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: neighbor, art gallery, artist, childhood, struggle, divorce, stranger, shyness, museum, divorced divorcee, sex talk, self mutilation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The wife of a barbaric crime boss engages in a secretive romance with a gentle bookseller between meals at her husband's restaurant. Food, colour coding, sex, murder, torture and cannibalism are the exotic fare in this beautifully filmed but ...
Style: cult film, art house, stylized, talky, surreal ...
Plot: restaurant, gangsters, cheating wife, cannibalism, satire, cook, cooking, strong sexual content, nudity (full frontal - brief), infidelity, crime, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, future, 80s
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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: atmospheric, philosophical, stylized, melancholic, psychological ...
Plot: danger, supernatural, imaginary, elderly, aging, love affair, supernatural ability, fountain of youth, secret identity, new identity, nudity (full frontal - brief), secret ...
Time: 1930s, 50s, 70s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: romania, india, malta, europe, asia ...
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The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: hopes, apocalypse, society, save the world, human nature, redemption, catastrophe, unfulfillment, hysteria, worldwide chaos, sacrifice, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
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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, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending, surreal ...
Plot: mystery, surrealism, lesbian, hallucination, obsession, lesbianism, strong sexual content, dreams, alternate reality, lesbian romance, hollywood, lesbian sex ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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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: cult film, talky, surreal, clever, witty ...
Plot: obsession, death, pregnancy, zoo, dalmatian, bestiality, twins, experiment gone awry, afterlife, death in the family, siblings relations, freak ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, poland
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Pola X (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A writer leaves his upper-class life and journeys with a woman claiming to be his sister, and her two friends.
Style: serious, psychological, meditative, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: incest, penetration, romance, mysterious character, femme fatale, human nature, introspection, chaos, lie, secret, family relations, existentialism ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, paris france, germany, europe, normandy
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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: noir, neo noir, futuristic, stylized, thought provoking ...
Plot: distopia, surrealism, totalitarianism, human nature, dehumanization, creator, terminator, punishment, self fulfillment, privacy invasion, emotionless, behavior control ...
Time: future, 50s, 1950s
Place: paris france
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