Surrealism movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant surrealism movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out surreal, melancholic, atmospheric, absurd, enigmatic and cerebral films and TV shows about / with surrealism, storytelling, insanity, dialogue, imagination, creativity, brutality, murder, loneliness and obsession plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
surrealism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as surrealism: Eraserhead (1977), Black Swan (2010), Mother! (2017), Blue Velvet (1986), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Come and See (1985), Santa Sangre (1989), Southland Tales (2006), Men at Arms (2005), The Double (2013).

List of surrealism movies

Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, art house, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, existentialism, cult, unwanted pregnancy, parents and children, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Black Swan (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, twist ending, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, insanity, mental illness, losing-it hero, hallucinations, paranoia, dark fantasy, parents and children, rivalry, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Mother! (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Style: disturbing, absurd, suspenseful, psychological, macabre ...
Plot: surrealism, cannibalism, uninvited guest, cult, death of son, pregnant woman, poet, brutality, vandalism, husband wife relationship, baby, family argument ...
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Blue Velvet (1986)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.
Style: surreal, dark, post modern, art house, enigmatic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, small town, surrealism, mystery, amateur detective, sexual perversion, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, secret ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Demonic gang-leader Alex goes on the spree of rape, mugging and murder with his pack of "droogs". But he's a boy who also likes Beethoven's Ninth and a bit of "the old in-out, in-out". He later finds himself at the ...
Style: banned film, atmospheric, disturbing, futuristic, bleak ...
Plot: rape, insanity, gang, brainwashing, violence, social misfits, psychopath, surrealism, social decay, sadism, violence spree, society ...
Time: future, 20th century, near future, 1990s
Place: britain, europe
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Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union, Belarus
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, thought provoking, surreal, rough, serious ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, military, occupation, anti war, holocaust, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, execution ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, germany, poland
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Santa Sangre (1989)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Mexico, Italy
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, disturbing, stylized, psychological ...
Plot: surrealism, serial killer, murder, violence, blood, dwarf, slasher, mental institution, funeral, suicide, circus, elephant ...
Time: 80s
Place: mexico city, latin america
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Southland Tales (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Set in the futuristic landscape of Los Angeles on July 4, 2008, as it stands on the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster. Boxer Santaros is an action star who's stricken with amnesia. His life intertwines with Krysta Now, an ...
Style: dark humor, cynical, surreal, enigmatic, futuristic ...
Plot: apocalypse, surrealism, chaos, end of the world, prophecy, split personality, terrorist, smuggling, future dystopia, dishonesty, life is a bitch, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 2000s, year 2005, near future, year 2008
Place: california, north korea, middle east, southern california, afghanistan ...
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Men at Arms (2005)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Estonia
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A fake historic epic on the Middle Ages and Estonia's not-so-glorious past.
Style: humorous, feel good, absurd, entertaining, light
Plot: surrealism, elderly, fight, death, medieval, tradition, mentor, friendship, danger, revenge, adventure, fictional war ...
Time: middle ages
Place: estonia, europe
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The Double (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An awkward office drone becomes increasingly unhinged after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.
Style: surreal, dark humor, psychological, bleak, humorous ...
Plot: identity crisis, shyness, surrealism, depression, paranoia, wise man, office, workplace, losing-it hero, misfit, obsession, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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Stalker (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Near a gray and unnamed city is the Zone, a place guarded by barbed wire and soldiers, and where the normal laws of physics are victim to frequent anomalies. A Stalker guides two men into the Zone, specifically to an area in which deep seeded ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, art house, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: stalker, scientist, wish come true, russian, cause and meaning, surrealism, future dystopia, human nature, post apocalypse, society, escapades, heaven and hell ...
Place: russia
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Labyrinth (1986)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Frustrated with babysitting on yet another weekend night, Sarah - a teenager with an active imagination - summons the Goblins from her favourite book, "Labyrinth", to take the baby stepbrother away. When little Toby actually disappears, ...
Style: gothic, stylized, offbeat, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: good versus evil, maze, rescue, knight, hopes, danger, heroes, imaginary, friendship, beast, adventure, youth ...
Time: 80s
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Lost River (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: surrealism, single parent, curse, demolition, riddles and clues, danger, family relations, small town, gas station, psychopath, obsession, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: offbeat, surreal, enigmatic, witty, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, road trip, wish come true, on the road, choice, self fulfillment, dream girl, hitchhiker, imaginary, changing the past or future, surrealism, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: new jersey
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Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, USA, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence with his wife and 3 children; one day, he wakes up as a mortal centenarian in the year 2092.
Style: psychological, mind bending, futuristic, surreal, philosophical ...
Audience: date night
Plot: destiny, depression, utopia, death, teenage love, alternate reality, childhood, surrealism, romance, life changing experience, postmodernism, imaginary ...
Time: future, 21st century, 20th century, year 1975
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Trainspotting (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Style: disturbing, captivating, dark humor, rough, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, friendship, social misfits, counterculture, society, drug rehabilitation, crimes, misfit, self destructing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london
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Beetlejuice (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Thanks to an untimely demise via drowning, a young couple end up as poltergeists in their New England farmhouse, where they fail to meet the challenge of scaring away the insufferable new owners, who want to make drastic changes. In desperation, the ...
Style: gothic, dark humor, witty, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: afterlife, ghost, haunted house, supernatural, psychic, teenage girl, goth, life after death, surrealism, heaven and hell, possession, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
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Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small suburban town receives a visit from a castaway unfinished science experiment named Edward.
Style: gothic, sentimental, atmospheric, touching, surreal ...
Audience: date night
Plot: social misfits, loneliness, tragic hero, fall in love, impossible love, human nature, fish out of water, freak, love, surrealism, inventor, scissors ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: florida
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Swiss Army Man (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Sweden
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon realizes it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new ...
Style: surreal, gross out humor, dark humor, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: survival, corpse, surrealism, friendship, loneliness, suicide attempt, life & death, unlikely friendships, stranded, imagination, beach, deserted island ...
Time: contemporary
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City of Pirates (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island of pirates and encounters a man with multiple personalities.
Style: surreal, disturbing, suspenseful, rough
Plot: surrealism, killer child, island, evil child, boy, little boy, murder, irrational behavior, sleepwalking, seance, perversity, sea ...
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Alice (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 184 min.
Story: Everything you know about Alice's adventures in Wonderland is about to be turned upside down in this modern-day miniseries event. Stars Kathy Bates, Caterina Scorsone, Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton and Tim Curry.
Style: exciting, surreal, fairy tale, touching, bleak ...
Plot: imaginary kingdom, adventure, fish out of water, danger, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, life turned upside down, save the kingdom, good versus evil, getting home, rivalry, queen ...
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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, mind bending, twists and turns, atmospheric, art house ...
Plot: lesbian, mystery, strong sexual content, death, hollywood, obsession, cowboy, frustration, dreams, dangerous attraction, dishonesty, mysterious character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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The Dark Hours (2005)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Dr. Samantha Goodman is a beautiful, young psychiatrist. Burnt out, she drives to the family’s winter cottage to spend time with her husband and sister. A relaxing weekend is jarringly interrupted when a terrifying and unexpected guest arrives. ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, tense ...
Plot: psychopath, psychiatrist, surrealism, obsession, mind game, doctors and patients, vengeance, crimes, deadly, game, hostage, cabin ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: canada
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The Reflecting Skin (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of ...
Style: surreal, scary, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: vampire, murder, surrealism, parents and children, family relations, danger, supernatural, investigation, crimes, molestation, gas station, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s
Place: midwest, united states, usa
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The Magic Christian (1969)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Sir Guy Grand, the richest man in the world, adopts a homeless boy, Youngman. Together, they set out to prove that anyone--and anything--can be bought with money.
Style: humorous, semi serious, witty, psychedelic, captivating ...
Plot: surrealism, adoption, friendship, disorder, self discovery, supernatural, family business, family relations, vampire, adventure, inheritance, manners ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
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Little Ashes (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Style: atmospheric, serious, factual, tense, exciting ...
Plot: friendship, poet, friends, political unrest, surrealism, student, coming of age, writer's life, romance, state affairs, buddies, gay ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: spain, madrid, europe, italy, barcelona spain ...
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Dolls (1987)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A group of people stop by a mansion during a storm and discover two magical toy makers, and their haunted collection of dolls.
Style: scary, suspenseful, tense, macabre, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, objects come to life, toy, doll, toy maker, surrealism, danger, youth, couple relations, golden years, evil doll, stranded ...
Time: 80s
Place: california
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Timecrimes (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Style: suspenseful, twist ending, exciting, suspense, enigmatic ...
Plot: time travel, time machine, disorder, threat, mysterious character, stalking, chases and races, surrealism, scientist, time loop, ordinary person, plot twist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: spain, europe
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Joel Barish, heartbroken that his girlfriend underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory, decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and may be too late to correct his ...
Style: melancholic, psychological, mind bending, captivating, clever ...
Audience: date night
Plot: introspection, love, love and romance, couple relations, power of love, deja vu, brainwashing, couples, existentialism, memory loss, dreams, mind control ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, mcdonald's restaurant
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Gothic (1986)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The year is 1816. A sprawling villa in Switzerland is the setting for a stormy night of madness. On this night of the "Haunted Summer," five famous friends gather around an ancient skull to conjure up their darkest fears. Poets Lord ...
Style: gothic, surreal, psychological, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: mystery, mind game, seance, insanity, supernatural, ghost, surrealism, drugs, hallucination, cult, demons, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s
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