Avant garde movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant avant garde movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out avant garde, serious, surreal, realistic, offbeat and experimental films and TV shows about / with surrealism, nudity (full frontal - brief), murder, society, male nudity, obsession, brutality, blood, female nudity and violence plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Fantasy genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as avant garde: Eraserhead (1977), Destricted (2006), Tweeny Witches (2003), Paanch (2003), The Atrocity Exhibition (2000), Lapse (2010), Afterimage (2016), Begotten (1989), Rabbits (2002), What Is It? (2005).

List of avant garde movies

 7.4
 97K
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, existentialism, insanity, cult, nightmare, baby, freak, parents and children, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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 4.5
 2K
Destricted (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A compilation of erotic films intended to illuminate the points where art meets sexuality.
Style: erotic, thought provoking, serious, avant garde, experimental ...
Plot: erection, sexual promiscuity, exhibitionist, sexual abuse, lifestyle, sex scene, sex addict, teenage love, female removes her clothes, voyeurism, society, couple relations ...
Time: 70s
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Tweeny Witches (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Taiwan, Japan
Duration: 9 min.
Story: Arusu believes in magic and it's power to do good in the world. Unfortunately for her, her fellow witches disagree, and use their powers for all sorts of neat tricks, like turning little sprites into their slaves. Realizing that this ...
Style: avant garde, enigmatic, captivating
Plot: witch, magic, friendship, fantasy world, supernatural, curse, supernatural power, warlock, school, book, child hero, surrealism ...
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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer (2003)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: For the past 40 years, Jan Svankmajer (Faust, Conspirators of Pleasure) has been hailed as one of cinema's most consistently surprising, wildly imaginative, and remarkable surrealists of our time. Utilizing a delirious combination of puppets, ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: surrealism, compilation, puppet, pig, death, coffin, guinea pig
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 7.7
 2K
Paanch (2003)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film is "loosely" based on the 1976-77 Joshi-Abhyankar serial murders in Pune. It has been refused a clearance certificate by the censor board, twice on six grounds - the film glorifies violence; it shows the modus operandi of a crime ...
Style: avant garde, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: kidnapping, friendship, fake kidnapping, rebellion, friendship between men, deception, betrayal, suspect, duplicity, manipulation, rebellious youth, fictional band ...
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Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: The film takes place in a seemingly abandoned house where a group of people engage in wordless acts of passion. It covers a period from evening to morning, and the sexual couplings among the members of the house becomes increasingly harrowing as ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: mental disorder, nudity (full frontal - brief), blind woman, fingering, childbirth, homosexuality, urination, lesbian cunnilingus, female masturbation, erotica, voyeur, coitus ...
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The Atrocity Exhibition (2000)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A scientist obsessed with World War III hits the road with a woman so he can re-create scenes from history.
Style: avant garde, suspense, scary, bleak, rough
Plot: doctor, patient, mental breakdown, insanity, hospital, female nudity, surrealism, architecture, car accident, sex, explicit sex
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 6.3
 7
Lapse (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Denmark
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Renee wakes up one morning in the middle of the desert with blood on her hands. She cannot remember why she is there, how she got there or with whom she came. Her quest to uncover forgotten events leads her on a journey of discovery where reality ...
Style: surreal, experimental, avant garde, suspense, low-budget ...
Plot: guilt, missing person, puzzle, memory, amnesia, infidelity, vengeance, delusion, betrayal, confession, desert, mistaken identity ...
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 7.0
 2K
Afterimage (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Poland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he's eventually erased from the ...
Style: avant garde, twist ending, sentimental, captivating, educational film ...
Plot: art, painting, artist, legal system, life, censorship, father daughter relationship, one legged man, sculpture, professor, teacher student relationship, loss of mother ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 1940s, year 1952
Place: poland
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 5.8
 10K
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, perversion, reincarnation, human nature, religions or cults ...
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 7.0
 7K
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, psychological, atmospheric, dark humor, experimental ...
Plot: isolation, dull life, mystery, danger, confinement indoors, confined, surrealism, rabbit, chaos, unfulfillment, intrigue, minimalism
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 5.6
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What Is It? (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: What Is It? is the name of a 2005 experimental film written, starring, funded and directed by Crispin Glover. As of 2008, the film has only been shown at independent theaters, typically accompanied by a question and answer session, slideshow and ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, avant garde, dark humor ...
Plot: down syndrome, mental illness, social misfits, obsession, society, surrealism, controversy, snail, misfit, figment, strong sexual content, getting home ...
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Something Must Break (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When Sebastian meets Andreas for the first time, he knows they belong together. While Sebastian defies gender norms — flouting convention in his androgynous fluidity — straight-identifying Andreas becomes unable to accept his attraction to ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, avant garde ...
Plot: gender, transsexual, gay, gays and lesbians, fall in love, misfit, couples, looking for love, strong sexual content, love and romance, love affair, gender bending ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: sweden, stockholm sweden
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 8.3
 14K
Close-Up (1990)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Iran
Duration: 98 min.
Story: This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into ...
Style: realistic, clever, semi serious, avant garde
Plot: hidden identity, uncover truth, cons and scams, fighting the system, legal, filmmaking, filmmaker, reporter, mistaken identity, injustice, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: tehran iran, iran
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Mister Lonely (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, France, Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.
Style: humorous, semi serious, atmospheric, avant garde, surreal ...
Plot: love and romance, switching roles, celebrity culture, artists and showbiz, couple relations, friends, tragic love, lovers reunited, husband wife relationship, nun, eccentricity, male female relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, europe, scotland, france
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Film Socialism (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A symphony in three movements. Things such as a Mediterranean cruise, numerous conversations, in numerous languages, between the passengers, almost all of whom are on holiday... Our Europe. At night, a sister and her younger brother have summoned ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, contemplative, realistic, avant garde ...
Plot: cruise, politics, human nature, parents and children, state affairs, ship, family relations, social differences, parent child relationship, filmmaking, justice, garage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, middle east, egypt, barcelona, greece ...
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 7.3
 96K
Easy Rider (1969)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.
Style: road movie, psychedelic, realistic, avant garde, atmospheric ...
Plot: hippie, anti heroes, on the road, anti hero, friendship, hitchhiker, rebelliousness, lsd, existentialism, motorcycle, americana, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969, 70s
Place: usa, new orleans, arizona, louisiana, los angeles ...
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Boy Meets Girl (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Paris by night. Alex, 22, wants to become a filmmaker. He is fascinated by first times and his girlfriend, Florence, has just left him for his best friend, Thomas. First break-up, first attempted murder: Alex tries to strangle Thomas, but gives up ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, avant garde, talky ...
Plot: fall in love, impossible love, love affair, romance, youth, couples, twentysomething life, destructive relationship, losing-it hero, unfulfillment, lifestyle, depression ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: france, paris france, europe
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 6.6
 2K
12 oz. Mouse (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 15 min.
Story: 12 oz. Mouse revolves around Mouse Fitzgerald, nicknamed "Fitz", an alcoholic mouse who performs odd jobs so he can buy more beer. Together with his chinchilla companion Skillet, Fitz begins to recover suppressed memories that he once had ...
Style: surreal, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, avant garde ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, mouse, escapades, animal life, surrealism, beer, drunkenness, espionage, conspiracy, odd couple, fish, late night ...
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 6.5
 2K
School's Out (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Pierre Hoffman joins St Joseph’s College to stand in for a young French teacher who threw himself from the window of his classroom. But he soon starts noticing strange behaviour from his Year 10 class.
Style: avant garde, ambiguous ending, captivating, enigmatic, suspense ...
Plot: substitute teacher, teen suicide, school trip, high school, french countryside, bullying, teacher student relationship, teenager, ambiguity, alarm, ecology, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, quarry
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 6.0
 6K
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, couple relations, showbiz, manipulation, infidelity, love triangle, dishonesty, betrayal, actor's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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A Field in England (2013)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist, who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he ...
Style: stylized, tense, atmospheric, surreal, avant garde ...
Plot: on the run, captivity, psychedelia, danger, group of strangers, wilderness, human nature, poisoning, chaos, hallucination, deserter, battle ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: england
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 6.3
 2K
(Untitled) (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A fashionable contemporary art gallerist in Chelsea, New York falls for a brooding new music composer in this comic satire of the state of contemporary art.
Style: feel good, witty, humorous, avant garde, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: fall in love, love affair, lifestyle, art, modern art, love triangle, satire, art dealer, musical performance, artist, performance art, art gallery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Raging Sun, Raging Sky (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 191 min.
Story: A story of love, sex and destiny, by director Julian Hernandez. Youthful Kieri and Ryo share a deep and passionate love for each other. Kieri sets off in search of his soul mate after Ryo is kidnapped. A female spirit is with Kieri as he searches ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, touching, avant garde ...
Plot: true love, obsessive quest, redemption, afterlife, love and romance, legends and myths, hopes, sexual fantasy, gay latino, erotica, gays and lesbians, gender ...
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 3.5
 1K
Live Feed (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Five young adults are about to find themselves in a fight for their lives, pitted against evil itself! While on vacation in a foreign city, one of the five makes a seemingly innocent albeit ignorant mistake and soon all of them will realize the cost ...
Style: bleak, serious, rough, scary, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence spree, danger, gory, deadly, gang, confined, survival, mind game, slasher, psychopath, vengeance, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
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 6.3
 1K
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, atmospheric, surreal, realistic, experimental ...
Plot: assassin, rivalry, hitman, contests and competitions, danger, crimes, assassination, femme fatale, graphic violence, deadly, yakuza, japanese woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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 6.4
 1K
Rampo Noir (2005)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Mars Canal - Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover. Mirror Hell - When a series of women are discovered with their faces ...
Style: anthology, serious, suspenseful, psychedelic, avant garde ...
Plot: fascism, obsession, split personality, supernatural, deadly, mental illness, mysterious character, crimes, danger, gory, mars, starlet ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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LSD: Love, Sex Aur Dhokha (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 155 min.
Story: LSD explores the human emotions of love, sex & betrayal through very candid points of view. Told through the chaos of the camera that has invaded all our lives - through handy cams filming home movies, security cameras shooting every inch of ...
Style: humorous, avant garde, psychological, captivating, non-linear ...
Plot: voyeurism, self destructing, filmmaking, coincidence, obsession, journalism, couples, human nature, society, privacy invasion, rehearsal, defamation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
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 6.5
 4K
Poison (1991)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three intercut stories about outsiders, sex and violence. In "Hero," Richie, at age 7, kills his father and flies away. After the event, a documentary in cheesy lurid colors asks what Richie was like and what led up to the shooting. In the ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, avant garde, enigmatic, sexy ...
Plot: riddles and clues, social misfits, life is a bitch, aids, prison, surrealism, abusive father, murder, sexuality, punishment, blood, scientist ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo
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 6.5
 7K
Max (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary, Canada, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In 1918, a young, disillusioned Adolph Hitler strikes up a friendship with a Jewish art dealer while weighing a life of passion for art vs. talent at politics
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, sincere, avant garde, realistic ...
Plot: anti semitism, controversy, self fulfillment, rise to the top, self discovery, friendship, lifestyle, abstract art, society, ambition, political unrest, obsession ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: europe, germany, munich germany, vienna
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