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, cult film, stylized, visually appealing, atmospheric and absurd films and TV shows about / with surrealism, storytelling, weird, brutality, imagination, creativity, violence, insanity, dialogue and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Germany and other countries.
surrealism movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as surrealism: Eraserhead (1977), Black Swan (2010), Enter the Void (2009), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Blue Velvet (1986), Mother! (2017), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Gothic (1986), Vanilla Sky (2001), Labyrinth (1986).

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, cult, nightmare, baby, existentialism, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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, surreal, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: surrealism, introspection, existentialism, love, deja vu, love and romance, couple relations, love story, power of love, brainwashing, couples, memory loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york
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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, cerebral ...
Plot: obsession, ballet, dancer's life, insanity, surrealism, paranoia, mental illness, losing-it hero, hallucination, rivalry, parents and children, ballerina ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, touching, meditative, serious ...
Plot: explicit sex, surrealism, afterlife, stripper, hallucination, supernatural, ghost, deadly, youth, siblings relations, drug trip, strip club ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: disturbing, banned film, atmospheric, bleak, futuristic ...
Plot: rape, gang, insanity, surrealism, brainwashing, violence, social misfits, psychopath, violent, social decay, sadism, violence spree ...
Time: future, 20th century, 1990s, near future
Place: europe, britain
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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: dark, surreal, post modern, cult film, art house ...
Plot: surrealism, strong sexual content, small town, mystery, sexual perversion, amateur detective, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, villain, secret ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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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, psychological, macabre, absurd, suspenseful ...
Plot: surrealism, symbolism, cannibalism, uninvited guest, cult, death of son, brutality, pregnant woman, poet, vandalism, baby, husband wife relationship ...
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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, surreal, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, love, goth, freak, dark fantasy, surrealism, romance, fall in love, human nature, fish out of water, tragic hero ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: florida
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Gothic (1986)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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: surrealism, mystery, mind game, seance, insanity, supernatural, ghost, drugs, hallucination, cult, demons, brutality ...
Time: 19th century, 1810s
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Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, surreal, suspense, non-linear ...
Plot: love triangle, disfigurement, love, surrealism, virtual reality, nightmare, jealousy, tragic love, disfigured face, obsession, mystery, hallucination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 22nd century, future
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
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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, offbeat, stylized, exciting, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: rescue, good versus evil, adventure, hopes, danger, heroes, maze, fantasy world, surrealism, friendship, knight, rock ...
Time: 80s
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Mr. Nobody (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Belgium, Germany, Canada, France, UK, Luxembourg
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, life changing experience, alternate reality, philosophy, surrealism, romance, imaginary, teenage love, postmodernism, parallel world ...
Time: future, 20th century, 21st 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, dark humor, captivating, psychedelic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroin, life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, social misfits, friendship, counterculture, existentialism, self destructing, society, drug addiction, drug rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: scotland, europe, edinburgh scotland, london, england
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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, surrealism, life after death, heaven and hell, possession, eccentric family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time... Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn't know if ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, exciting, captivating, sinister
Audience: teens
Plot: dark fantasy, young heroes, wizards and magicians, school, magic, surrealism, magical girl, imaginary, youth, good versus evil, friends, witch ...
Place: japan
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Society (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A Beverly Hills teen (Billy Warlock) discovers his parents are part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.
Style: scary, surreal, psychological, dark humor, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: secret society, surrealism, cult, transformation, delusion, body horror, psychiatrist, mystery, youth, teenage life, suburbs, social differences ...
Time: 80s
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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo drive a red convertible across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas with a suitcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. As their consumption of drugs increases at an alarming rate, the stoned duo trash their ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, atmospheric, captivating, clever ...
Plot: drug abuse, american dream, lsd, journalism, hitchhiker, addiction, surrealism, lawyer, cocaine, road trip, hallucination, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1965
Place: las vegas, usa
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Possum (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A disgraced children’s puppeteer returns to his childhood home and is forced to confront his wicked stepfather and the secrets that have tortured him his entire life.
Style: tense, captivating, scary, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: surrealism, hallucination, abuse, puppeteer, missing child, spider, supernatural, paranormal activity, curses spells and rituals, danger, haunted house, evil ...
Time: contemporary
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Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Soviet Union
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, rough, serious, surreal ...
Plot: against humanity, atrocity, genocide, holocaust, occupation, anti war, military, war crime, surrealism, survival, war, execution ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, germany, poland
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Santa Sangre (1989)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Mexico
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, cult film, surreal, disturbing, stylized ...
Plot: surrealism, serial killer, murder, violence, blood, slasher, dwarf, mental institution, elephant, clown, funeral, suicide ...
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: cynical, dark humor, allegory, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: apocalypse, surrealism, chaos, end of the world, prophecy, split personality, smuggling, future dystopia, dishonesty, life is a bitch, alternate reality, terrorist ...
Time: future, year 2008, 2000s, near future, year 2005
Place: california, nevada, afghanistan, southern california, middle east ...
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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, light, absurd, entertaining
Plot: surrealism, elderly, death, fight, tradition, medieval, mentor, danger, adventure, friendship, revenge, 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: bleak, surreal, dark humor, psychological, humorous ...
Plot: shyness, surrealism, paranoia, identity crisis, wise man, office, workplace, losing-it hero, misfit, obsession, dream girl, loser ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, thought provoking, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, nightmare, divorced parents, hospital, introspection, direction and purpose, hopes, mental illness, mental instability, immortality, mental health ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
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James and the Giant Peach (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
Style: surreal, feel good, humorous, touching, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: magic, surrealism, orphan, adventure, aunt, friendship, young heroes, family, youth, danger, adventurer, giant ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: england, manhattan, new york city, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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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: atmospheric, captivating, suspenseful, tense, enigmatic ...
Plot: surrealism, single parent, curse, demolition, riddles and clues, danger, family relations, small town, psychopath, gas station, obsession, greed ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Bunuel and King Solomon's Table (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Spain, Mexico, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Toledo in the 30s: The godfather of cinematic surrealism, Luis Buñuel, the poet Federico Garcia Loca and the painter Salvador Dalí are on a search for the mythical table of King Salomon, which is known to have the power to see in the past, the ...
Style: clever, stylized, mind bending, contemplative, surreal ...
Plot: surrealism, riddles and clues, ancient mystery, filmmaking, political unrest, godparent, artists and showbiz, imaginary, teleportation, urban, city life, water ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: spain
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The Devils (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.
Style: disturbing, psychological, cult film, enigmatic, bleak ...
Plot: nun, convent, hysteria, inquisition, clergy, surrealism, priest, sexual abuse, society, danger, perversion, fighting the system ...
Time: 17th century, middle ages, 18th century
Place: france, europe, england, london
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The Cell (2000)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.
Style: psychological, surreal, scary, colourful, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, mind game, schizophrenia, virtual reality, drowning, surrealism, torture, psychiatrist, crimes, crime, therapist, alternate reality ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
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Begotten (1989)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Begotten is the creation myth brought to life, the story of no less than the violent death of God and the (re)birth of nature on a barren earth.
Style: macabre, surreal, bleak, experimental, avant garde ...
Plot: nihilism, chaos, surrealism, self mutilation, necrophilia, postmodernism, supernatural, obsession, reincarnation, perversion, religions or cults, human nature ...
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