Experimental movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant experimental movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out experimental, serious, atmospheric, offbeat, surreal and realistic films and TV shows about / with unfulfillment, surrealism, deadly, nudity (full frontal - brief), introspection, society, human nature, danger, supernatural and rivalry plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Horror genres shot in USA, France, Japan and other countries.
experimental movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as experimental: Shirin (2008), Exit: A personal history (2010), Glitch in the Grid (2011), Upgrade (2018), Greendale (2003), Communists (2014), Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (2013), Paradise (2014), Johanna (2005), Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008).

List of experimental movies

Shirin (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A hundred and fourteen famous Iranian theater and cinema actresses and a French star: mute spectators at a theatrical representation of Khosrow and Shirin, a Persian poem from the twelfth century, put on stage by Kiarostami. The development of the ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, atmospheric, stylized, art house ...
Plot: theater, women, strong female presence, play, feminism, artists and showbiz, face, auditorium, cinema
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
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Exit: A personal history (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young man travels to Holland for an assisted suicide. The young man was convinced that this was his only way of ending an existence that he considered to lack any dignity.
Style: experimental, contemplative, atmospheric, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: human nature, family relations, dull life, unfulfillment, dealing with death, death wish, sexual content, siblings relations, urban, human rights, urban setting, disability
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, italy, holland, amsterdam
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Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.
Style: experimental, contemplative, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, hopes, society, friendship, introspection, self discovery, unfulfillment, small town, materialism, bad trip, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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Upgrade (2018)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A brutal mugging leaves Grey Trace paralyzed in the hospital and his beloved wife dead. A billionaire inventor soon offers Trace a cure — an artificial intelligence implant called STEM that will enhance his body. Now able to walk, Grey finds that ...
Style: futuristic, thought provoking, experimental, tech noir, surprise ending ...
Plot: artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, super soldier, nanotechnology, microchip, murder, distopia, robotics, cyborgs, implant, experimental technology, husband wife relationship ...
Time: future, near future
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Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Trusting in fate, Don Quixote and Sancho pursue their travels in search of adventure day and night. They ride through fields, talking about subjects as varied as spirituality, chivalry and daily life. A growing bond of friendship unites them.
Style: semi serious, realistic, experimental, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: destructive relationship, idealism, prison life, hopes, society, gang, life is a bitch, friendship, tragic love, don quixote, urban ghetto life, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Greendale (2003)
Genre: Musical, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Neil Young's "musical novel", telling the story of a family, the murder of a cop and the evolution of a young girl named Sun Green. This is not a concert film. YOung himself shot actors on locations on his native Northern California ...
Style: serious, realistic, experimental, captivating, biting ...
Plot: small town, social differences, parents and children, couple relations, family life, americana, culture clash, satire, journalism, society, music, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california
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Communists (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Jean-Marie Straub pushes this musicality of blocks to a paroxysmal extreme, mixing blocks of time (40 years separate the various extracts that are going to be used, and what is to be filmed), blocks of text (Malraux, Fortini, Vittorini, Hölderlin) ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, atmospheric, experimental
Plot: working class, state affairs, politics, society, human nature, social differences, communist, class struggle, communism, utopia, reading
Place: egypt, tuscany
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Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Mary is a senior in high school. With graduation a few months away, she is faced with sudden changes in life, love, and friendship. Meanwhile, strange events begin to happen to her that seem completely random and without reason. She struggles to ...
Style: experimental, semi serious, realistic, surreal, humorous ...
Plot: high school, teenage life, high school life, youth, best friends, friends, social relations, first love, schoolgirl, fall in love, self discovery, education ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: thailand, asia, france
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Paradise (2014)
Country: France
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A commentary on the place Cavalier grew up, in search of faith and despair in digital filmmaking.
Style: contemplative, experimental, realistic, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, introspection, unfulfillment, cause and meaning, innocence lost, greek mythology, bird, cat, bible quote, dead animal, dead bird, bible story ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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Johanna (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: Hungary
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Johanna, a young drug addict, falls into a deep coma after an accident. Doctors miraculously manage to save her from death's doorstep. Touched by grace, Johanna cures patients by offering her body. The head doctor is frustrated by her continued ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, experimental, sexy ...
Plot: hospital, old man, prostitute, life is a bitch, healing power, addiction, doctors and patients, drug abuse, rehabilitation, coma, medical, opera ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe
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Otto; or, Up with Dead People (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Germany, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young zombie named Otto appears on a remote highway. He has no idea where he came from or where he is going. After hitching a ride to Berlin and nesting in an abandoned amusement park, he begins to explore the city. Soon he is discovered by ...
Style: gothic, semi serious, experimental, humorous, epic ...
Plot: zombie, supernatural, deadly, deadly creature, filmmaking, gory, identity crisis, homosexual, surrealism, film within a film, gay bashing, schizophrenia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany
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It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Tells the story of Paul (Steven C. Stewart), a man suffering from Cerebal Palsy, who spends his days wasting away in a nursing home. To pass his time, he fantasizes about the man he should be despite his twisted body. People are able to understand ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, experimental, sexual ...
Plot: disability, introspection, love affair, couples, dangerous attraction, sexual abuse, human spirit, sexual relations, voyeurism, hopes, writer's life, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Amer (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Searing memories and carnal desires rule the mind of Ana, a young woman in thrall to her own fantasies whose visions and obsessions draw her toward deeper eroticism -- and deeper danger, in this modern take on a Giallo.
Style: sexy, surreal, experimental, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: danger, slasher, murder, sensuality, haunted by the past, woman in danger, mysterious character, deadly, crimes, haunted house, sexual content, postmodernism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium, europe
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Wavelength (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Wavelength consists of almost no action, and what action does occur is largely elided. If the film could be said to have a conventional plot, this would presumably refer to the three “character” scenes. Snow’s intent for the film was “a ...
Style: experimental, contemplative, surreal, serious, realistic ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, dealing with death, indoor, estrangement, sea, noise, warehouse, voice, telephone, presumed dead, photograph ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa
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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, obsession, postmodernism, supernatural, reincarnation, perversion, gory, religions or cults ...
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Goodbye to Language (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.
Style: atmospheric, thought provoking, serious, stylized, experimental ...
Plot: dog, introspection, battle of the sexes, couple relations, human nature, infidelity, crumbling marriage, love, communication problem, fight, nudity (full frontal - brief), death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
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House (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A girl invites her six friends to spend summer vacation with her at her aunt’s house in the countryside. However, the girls don’t know the aunt’s secret......
Style: experimental, surreal, stylized, humorous, offbeat ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, satire, death, teenage girl, cat, house, supernatural, youth, silly humor, serial murder, imaginary ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: asia, japan
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Blue (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Against a plain, unchanging blue screen, a densely interwoven soundtrack of voices, sound effects and music attempt to convey a portrait of Derek Jarman's experiences with AIDS, both literally and allegorically, together with an exploration of ...
Style: realistic, experimental, serious, atmospheric, factual ...
Plot: aids, terminal illness, autobiography, death, church, infidelity, gender, private detective, storytelling, unfulfillment, hotshot hero, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, asia
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Cremaster 5 (1997)
Genre: Musical, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Cremaster 5 (55 min, 1997) is a five-act opera (sung in Hungarian) set in late-ninteenth century Budapest. The last film in the series, Cremaster 5 represents the moment when the testicles are finally released and sexual differentiation is fully ...
Style: experimental, surreal, mind bending, serious, sexy ...
Plot: gender, gender bending, redemption, human nature, legends and myths, introspection, tragic love, theater, love and romance, hopes, imaginary, orchestral ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, hungary, budapest hungary, budapest
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Cremaster 3 (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: CREMASTER 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character - host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence. These factions ...
Style: experimental, sexy, mind bending, surreal, serious ...
Plot: curses spells and rituals, skyscraper, nudity (full frontal - brief), graphic violence, rivalry, imaginary, supernatural, danger, deadly, good versus evil, artists and showbiz, punk ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Rabbits (2002)
Genre: Short, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A story of a group of humanoid rabbits and their depressive, daily life. The plot includes Suzie ironing, Jane sitting on a couch, Jack walking in and out of the apartment, and the occasional solo singing number by Suzie or Jane. At one point the ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, atmospheric, psychological, experimental ...
Plot: isolation, dull life, confined, danger, confinement indoors, mystery, surrealism, rabbit, unfulfillment, chaos, intrigue, minimalism
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Decoder (1984)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: West Germany
Duration: 87 min.
Story: F.M. discovers that different sonic frequencies induce different patterns of behaviour in listeners, first in his own studio but later in the local "H-Burger" restaurant where the passive muzak appears to be wiping people's emotions.
Style: experimental, serious, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: new wave, fascism, disorder, chaos, revolution, danger, society, life is a bitch, rebellion, cult, future dystopia, apocalypse ...
Time: future
Place: germany, europe
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Bedways (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 76 min.
Story: A huge, run-down apartment in Berlin Mitte. Two women and a man, rehearsals for a movie about love and sex, that will never be shot. Acting and reality mingle into a dangerous melange. Berlin is the shelter, love is impossible, flesh is the law.
Style: experimental, touching, disturbing, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: eroticism, sexual desire, movie business, lust, adult filmmaking, bohemian life, sex scene, fall in love, coitus, fondling, artist, voyeur ...
Place: germany, berlin germany
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My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? (2005)
Genre: Drama, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A.D. 2015: A virus has been spreading in many cities worldwide. It is a suicidal disease and the virus is infected by pictures. People, once infected, come down with the disease, which leads to death. They have no way of fighting against this ...
Style: experimental, suspenseful, disturbing, serious, futuristic ...
Plot: survival, virus, cure, surrealism, suicide, plague, death of father, end of the world, cafe, gas mask, field, cliff ...
Time: future
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The Eavesdropper (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Fifteen deaf patients took part in an experimental clinical trail aimed at hearing restoration. Within days, fourteen of the fifteen participants in the trial become violently psychotic, ultimately taking their lives to stop violent side effects ...
Style: serious, experimental, exciting, bleak, rough ...
Plot: crimes, psychopath, disorder, experiment gone awry, rivalry, state affairs, mind game, hidden identity, mad scientist, mute or deaf, danger, undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pentagon
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Pistol Opera (2001)
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As one of Suzuki's last fims, it is related to his 1967 Branded to Kill, either as a remake or sequel. The plots of both films involve a third-ranked hit man deposing the top-ranked hit man to claim the top rank.
Style: psychedelic, surreal, realistic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: assassin, rivalry, danger, contests and competitions, hitman, assassination, deadly, graphic violence, femme fatale, crimes, yakuza, japanese woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Italy
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Arriving on a deserted beach in the Mediterranean sea, in a time and a place unspecified, Kaspar Hauser is forced to confront the evil of a Grand Duchess who feels threatened by the power she exercises over the community.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, experimental, stylized, serious ...
Plot: mysterious character, good versus evil, beach, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, defiant, island, techno music, dj, ufo, motorcycle ...
Place: europe
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Able Edwards (2004)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of the clone of a famous entertainment mogul created to revive the glory days of his deceased predecessor's corporation. In the process of restoring reality entertainment to a synthetic, virtual world, the clone relizes he has yet to ...
Style: thought provoking, stylized, clever, bleak, serious ...
Plot: space station, outer space, cyberspace, workplace, workplace intrigue, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, ambition, society, boss and employee, power relations, top executive ...
Time: future
Place: usa
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Imagination (2007)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Dr. Reineger, a famous neuro-psychologist, has become convinced that a twin girl named Anna has a rare form of Autism called Asperger's Syndrome, rendering her unable to cope with reality. As for her blind sister, Sarah, the doctor cannot say ...
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, serious, experimental, offbeat ...
Plot: twins, mental illness, family relations, supernatural, orphan, doctors and patients, siblings relations, child illness, supernatural ability, imagination, sanitarium, deer ...
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Dharma Guns (La Succession Starkov) (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Portugal
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The film opens on a water-skiing accident - a girl (Délie) drives a speedboat and pulls a young man (Stan). They are both challenging their own limits when a crash occurs... Stan wakes up from a coma after this serious accident, to find out that ...
Style: contemplative, experimental, bleak, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: redemption, disorder, self discovery, human nature, hopes, village, mad scientist, gun, ambulance, airport, car driving, airplane ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
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