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, surreal, serious, atmospheric, offbeat and weird films and TV shows about / with surrealism, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder, sex, postmodernism, death, blood, society, satire and female nudity plots mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Comedy genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
experimental movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as experimental: Twin Peaks (2017), Eraserhead (1977), Upgrade (2018), Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982), Cremaster 3 (2002), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), Daisies (1966), Holy Motors (2012), Wrong (2012), Black Moon (1975).

List of experimental movies

Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: surreal, mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: small town life, small town, surrealism, supernatural, crimes, law enforcement, mystery, interdimensional travel, good versus evil, evil spirit, special agents, time ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico, washington d.c.
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Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, 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, psychedelic, avant garde, psychological ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, insanity, baby, cult, psychosis, art, psychology, eccentricity, loneliness, freak ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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: thought provoking, futuristic, surprise ending, experimental, neo noir ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, microchip, cyborgs, revenge, murder, super soldier, distopia, surgery, evil wins, super computer ...
Time: future, near future
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Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone.
Style: psychedelic, experimental, disturbing, surreal, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rock, music, rock and roll, drugs, hallucination, drug addiction, surrealism, loss of father, corporal punishment, hippie, rock music, rebellion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: england, europe, london, los angeles
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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, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: surrealism, good versus evil, supernatural, punk, skyscraper, graphic violence, apprentice, curses spells and rituals, rivalry, artists and showbiz, zombie, postmodernism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, philosophical, adult animation, thought provoking, atmospheric ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, mental health, nightmare, divorced parents, hospital, mental illness, dark humor, immortality, life philosophy, death, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
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Daisies (1966)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Two teenage girls, both named Marie, decide that since the world is spoiled they will be spoiled as well; accordingly they embark on a series of destructive pranks in which they consume and destroy the world about them. This freewheeling, madcap ...
Style: psychedelic, avant garde, experimental, surreal, art house ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surrealism, feminism, absurd humor, nihilism, youth, feminist, food, absurdism, female friendship, boredom, female protagonist, female antagonist ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, prague, czech republic
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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, enigmatic, cerebral, psychedelic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: existentialism, surrealism, limousine, life & death, creativity, 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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Wrong (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Mystery
Country: France, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dolph Springer wakes up one morning to realize he has lost the love of his life, his dog, Paul. During his quest to get Paul (and his life) back, Dolph radically changes the lives of others -- risking his sanity all the while.
Style: surreal, experimental, not serious, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: surrealism, absurdism, identity crisis, mysterious character, track down, pets, disorder, dog, lost dog, hipster, mental disorder, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: usa
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Black Moon (1975)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: There is a war in the world between the men and the women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed ...
Style: mind bending, surreal, atmospheric, experimental, captivating ...
Plot: surrealism, breast feeding, absurdism, pig, children, old woman, brother sister relationship, girl, death, misogyny, eccentric family, battle of the sexes ...
Time: future
Place: turkey
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The Holy Mountain (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Mexican master leads a Christ figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men. The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The ...
Style: psychedelic, surreal, disturbing, art house, mind bending ...
Plot: hermaphrodite, alchemist, female nudity, surrealism, breaking the fourth wall, enlightenment, male nudity, bird, mountain, immortality, spiritual journey, hippopotamus ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: mexico, latin america, peru
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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, atmospheric, surreal, serious, realistic ...
Plot: human nature, family relations, dull life, unfulfillment, siblings relations, death wish, dealing with death, sexual content, disability, human rights, urban setting, urban
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland, europe, italy, 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, psychological, surreal, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: unemployment, friends, self discovery, introspection, friendship, society, hopes, materialism, bad trip, small town, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, california, los angeles, northern california
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No Rest for the Brave (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: France, Austria
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A strange man is involved in a village massacre and drug dealing.
Style: experimental, surreal, humorous, mind bending, serious ...
Plot: insomnia, countryside, drug dealer, gangsters, losing-it hero, dark humor, psychopath, love affair, teenage life, gang, crimes, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, atmospheric, stylized, emotional, art house ...
Plot: strong female presence, theater, artists and showbiz, feminism, women, cinema, movie theatre, play, one location, face, auditorium, persian ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iran
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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: experimental, semi serious, realistic, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: destructive relationship, idealism, life is a bitch, prison life, tragic love, society, hopes, gang, friendship, don quixote, urban ghetto life, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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: experimental, realistic, serious, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: small town, social differences, journalism, society, parents and children, culture clash, americana, couple relations, family life, satire, music, cheerleader ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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, atmospheric, serious, experimental
Plot: working class, politics, state affairs, communist, social differences, society, human nature, class struggle, communism, utopia, reading
Place: tuscany, egypt
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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: education, high school, teenage life, youth, high school life, best friends, friends, social relations, first love, self discovery, fall in love, grownups ...
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: experimental, atmospheric, realistic, serious, avant garde ...
Plot: countryside, unfulfillment, introspection, cause and meaning, innocence lost, robot, cat, black cat, snow, greek mythology, dead animal, little girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
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An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A quixotic artist hypothesizes about why he feels bad when a mystery girl stands him up. The event prompts him to ask: what's the content of a momentary feeling? Is it the sum of your experiences? And perhaps more importantly, are your ...
Style: experimental, surreal, stylized, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: introspection, young lovers, unfulfilled love, city life, cause and meaning, love and romance, romance, fall in love, postmodernism, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, performer's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
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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: experimental, serious, realistic, atmospheric, sexy ...
Plot: medical, hospital, prostitute, life is a bitch, healing power, drug abuse, addiction, doctors and patients, rehabilitation, coma, old man, opera ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe
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The Gopher (1970)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Mexico
Duration: 125 min.
Story: El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, psychedelic, sexy, experimental ...
Plot: desert, surrealism, midget, revenge, coming of age, real life father and son playing father and son, nihilism, vengeance, cult, mole, religion, violence ...
Time: 70s
Place: mexico, latin america
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Sweet Movie (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: France, Canada, West Germany
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The winner (Carole Laure) of the Miss World Virginity contest marries, escapes from her masochistic husband and ends up involved in a world of debauchery.
Style: disturbing, surreal, experimental, erotic, psychedelic ...
Plot: orgy, breast feeding, erotica, decadence, sex, sex with a minor, dead children, surrealism, ship, cat, candy, pedophilia ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: amsterdam, paris france, canada, france, 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, experimental, semi serious, humorous, disturbing ...
Plot: zombie, gay, supernatural, filmmaking, deadly creature, gay interest, lgbt, homosexual, surrealism, identity crisis, schizophrenia, gay bashing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: berlin germany, germany, europe
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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: experimental, serious, surreal, atmospheric, erotic ...
Plot: disability, retirement home, introspection, love affair, couples, nursing, love and romance, hopes, lifestyle, writer's life, sexual abuse, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Amer (2009)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Belgium, France
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: surreal, slasher, experimental, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: murder, sex, mysterious character, woman in danger, haunted by the past, sensuality, crimes, haunted house, estate, postmodernism, sexual content, bitterness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, belgium
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Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy (2012)
Genre: Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: The Adventures Of Noel And His Friends Smooth, Andy Warhol And Dolly.
Style: not serious, humorous, surreal, experimental, stylized ...
Plot: silly humor, disorder, makeover, satire, surrealism, police, butler, gym teacher, postmodernism, profanity, imaginary, knife wound
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WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Yugoslavia, West Germany
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A dense film that cuts up footage of a primary plot of two young Yugoslavian girls, one a politico and the other a sexpot, and an affair with a visiting Russian skater. Mixing metaphors of Russia's relationship with Yugoslavia, intercut with ...
Style: surreal, experimental, disturbing, sex comedy, avant garde ...
Plot: sex, erection, satire, avant-garde, female nudity, surrealism, sexual humor, communist, communism, fetish, feminist, conspiracy ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: former yugoslavia, europe
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Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, Poland, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: An actress's perception of reality becomes increasingly distorted as she finds herself falling for her co-star in a remake of an unfinished Polish production that was supposedly cursed.
Style: surreal, psychological, macabre, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: alternate reality, filmmaking, curse, murder, infidelity, doppelganger, mysticism, surrealism, insanity, actress, brutality, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, los angeles, california, europe, usa ...
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