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, surreal, stylized, atmospheric, disturbing and serious films and TV shows about / with surrealism, female nudity, violence, insanity, sex, obsession, pornography, brutality, blood and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, Horror and Thriller genres shot in France, USA, Poland and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as avant garde: Eraserhead (1977), Angel's Egg (1985), Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Poison (1991), The Public Woman (1984), The Baby of Mâcon (1993), Touch Me Not (2018), Frig (2018), Hail Mary (1985).

List of avant garde 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, psychological, avant garde, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: surrealism, nightmare, baby, cult, freak, parents and children, insanity, unwanted pregnancy, art, imagination, crazy, psychology ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Angel's Egg (1985)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 71 min.
Story: A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
Style: gothic, avant garde
Plot: girl, egg, city, fossil, angel, dark fantasy, fish, warrior, water, religion, trust, surrealism ...
Place: japan, europe
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Successive Slidings of Pleasure (1974)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young woman is questioned by the police and the judges, suspected of being a modern witch. The girl who shared her apartment has been found dead, and a pair of scisors impaled through her heart, as she lay attached to the bedposts. Apparently, the ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: murder, lesbianism, eroticism, surrealism, bare breasts, dead woman on bed, body painting, nameless character, stabbed with scissors, tied up, accused of murder, lesbian ...
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Wild at Heart (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, sexual, semi serious ...
Plot: sexual perversion, violence, witch, murder, on the road, sex addict, bank robbery, betrayal, hitman, escape, hotel room, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, new orleans, california, usa, north carolina
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, disturbing, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town, murder, diary, haunted by the past, small town life, angel, seduction, mind game, sexual abuse, danger, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada
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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: sexual, disturbing, surreal, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: prison, sexuality, punishment, love, scientist, blood, aids, social misfits, mad scientist, gays and lesbians, riddles and clues, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo
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The Public Woman (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An inexperienced young actress is invited to play a role in a film based on Dostoyevsky's 'The Possessed'. The film director, a Czech immigrant in Paris, takes over her life, and in a short time she is unable to draw the line between ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: politics, sex, wife, female orgasm, nude model, intimacy, orgasm, insanity, female stockinged legs, erotica, female nudity, postmodernism ...
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The Baby of Mâcon (1993)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Netherlands, France, UK, Germany
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A town cursed with barren women and famine is saved by a miracle birth to an old, ugly woman: the Mother. Immediately afterwards, the old woman's Daughter (Ormond) claims to have delivered the baby herself in a virgin birth. She imprisons the ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: baby, blood, play, violence, sex, bishop, virginity, hypocrisy, babies and infants, clergy, gory, virgin ...
Time: 17th century
Place: europe, france
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Touch Me Not (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic ...
Style: avant garde, touching
Plot: hybrid, therapy, humanism, shame, intimacy, interview, group therapy, research, large breasts, taking a shower, group sex, transsexual ...
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Frig (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Frig — a film in three parts (Love, Shit and Sperm) — is an experimental drama beginning with the end of a love affair. Love and the resulting experience are presented as a metaphor that goes beyond the personal and into a deeper consideration ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: art, dance, performance art, clothed female naked male, clothed male naked male, gay sex, barefoot male, pubic hair, love, blood, humiliation, male nudity ...
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Hail Mary (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Switzerland, UK
Duration: 72 min.
Story: In this modern retelling of the Virgin birth, Mary is a student who plays basketball and works at her father's petrol station; Joseph is an earnest dropout who drives a cab. The angel Gabriel must school Joseph to accept Mary's pregnancy, ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological, sexual ...
Plot: virgin, basketball, pregnancy, couple relations, sexual relations, taxi, couples, politics, love and romance, female athlete, gas station, controversy ...
Time: 80s
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Sexandroide (1987)
Genre: Horror
Country: France
Duration: 51 min.
Story: Story one of three sees a sexy young woman in a bar unaware that someone is out to do her harm via a voodoo doll; when she pays a visit to the ladies room, unseen forces rip off all her clothes, make her bleed profusely, and tear open her throat. ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: gore, violence, sex, blood, sadism, surrealism
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Mouvements du désir (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France, Switzerland
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the long train ride from Montreal to Vancouver, a man and woman find themselves increasingly attracted to each other.
Style: avant garde
Plot: thief, train, attraction, masturbation, love, mother daughter relationship, female nudity, female masturbation, train compartment, railway, theft, desire ...
Place: montreal quebec
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Neon Demon (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Denmark, France, USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Style: avant garde, necrophiliac, surprise ending, suspense, stylized ...
Plot: fashion, lesbian, model, cannibalism, eyeball, necrophilia, obsession, neon light, lust, jealousy, teenage girl, party ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, pasadena california, california
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The Third Part of the Night (1971)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Set during the Nazi occupation of Poland, in which Michal witnesses the murder of his mother, wife and child. He is hurled into a life that literally is not his own; a surreal world littered with trapdoors, doppelgängers and wormholes. It also ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: typhus, pregnant woman, death of family, gestapo, german occupation, philosophy, world war two, death, violence, sex, female nudity, mental illness ...
Place: poland
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Begotten (1990)
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: atmospheric, serious, surreal, bleak, offbeat ...
Plot: nihilism, razor, self mutilation, surrealism, gore, necrophilia, chaos, human nature, gory, postmodernism, obsession, apocalypse ...
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Weekend (1967)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations.
Style: biting, serious, offbeat, witty, tense ...
Plot: traffic jam, surrealism, weekend, on the road, murder, terrorism, cannibalism, countryside, human nature, new wave, apocalypse, man-woman relation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france
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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, clever, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: strong sexual content, erection, unlikely couple, human nature, avant-garde, unsimulated sex, introspection, interracial relations, sexual relations, social differences, political intrigue, politics ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: yugoslavia, europe, former yugoslavia
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She-Shaman (1996)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Poland, France, Switzerland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story of an anthropology professor Michal's who as the movie progresses develops two overwhelming obsessions. The first one is a mummified, 3,000 year-old, perfectly preserved body of a Shaman he and his colleagues have recently dragged out ...
Style: disturbing, serious, surreal, erotic, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, femme fatale, strong sexual content, dangerous attraction, destructive relationship, sexual relations, couples, introspection, love affair, danger, power relations, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, prehistoric times
Place: europe, poland
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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: dark humor, surreal, semi serious, humorous, witty ...
Plot: farce, feminism, dumbwaiter, teenage girl, flapper, collage, phallic symbol, nihilism, best friends, prank, eroticism, new wave ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, prague, czech republic
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: erotic, psychological, bleak, rough, sexual ...
Plot: captivity, kidnapping, fascism, sexual relations, obsession, violence spree, sexual perversion, confined, deadly, crimes, sex, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, europe
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Possession (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France, West Germany
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But gradually, he finds out more and more strange behaviors and ...
Style: sexual, surreal, atmospheric, erotic, psychological ...
Plot: hysteria, obsession, monster, infidelity, doppelganger, domestic violence, breakdown, affair, teacher, police, murder, gore ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: germany, europe, berlin germany, poland, east germany
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Persona (1966)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Sweden
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A young nurse, Alma, is put in charge of Elisabeth Vogler: an actress who is seemingly healthy in all respects, but will not talk. As they spend time together, Alma speaks to Elisabeth constantly, never receiving any answer. Alma eventually ...
Style: atmospheric, sexual, psychological, talky, surreal ...
Plot: confession, actress, nurse, psychiatry, silence, violence, patient, postmodernism, betrayal, dream, institution, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: sweden
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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: mind bending, psychological, twists and turns, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: strong sexual content, lesbian, amnesia, uncover truth, mystery, hallucination, postmodernism, surrealism, obsession, mysterious character, hollywood, showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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Lost Highway (1997)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A tormented jazz musician finds himself lost in an enigmatic story involving murder, surveillance, gangsters, doppelgangers, and an impossible transformation inside a prison cell.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, sexual, psychological, gothic ...
Plot: insanity, jealousy, pornography, murder, neo noir, transformation, impotence, prison, jazz musician, mystery, dangerous attraction, paranoia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles
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Inland Empire (2006)
Genre: Drama, 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: psychological, atmospheric, surreal, serious, realistic ...
Plot: identity, murder, circus, danger, infidelity, filmmaking, seance, makeup artist, debt, dancer, actress, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: poland, california, europe, usa, los angeles ...
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That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Italy, West Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Servais Mont, a photographer, meets Nadine Chevalier who earns her money starring in cheap soft-core movies. Trying to help her, he borrows the money from the loan sharks to finance the theatrical production of 'Richard III' and gives ...
Style: stylized, serious, surreal, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: loan, artists and showbiz, drugs/alcohol, strong sexual content, love and romance, romance, spectacle, pornography, couples, fall in love, actor's life, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france
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The Holy Mountain (1973)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Mexico, USA
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: surreal, disturbing, stylized, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: wizards and magicians, surrealism, good versus evil, thief, soldier, human nature, society, christianity, blasphemy, obsessive quest, social decay, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: mexico, latin america, peru
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Gummo (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Solomon and Tummler are two teenagers killing time in Xenia, Ohio, a small town that has never recovered from the tornado that ravaged the community in the 1970s.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, youth, tennis, dwarf, drugs/alcohol, small town life, strong sexual content, social decay, realism, teenage life, kids in trouble, suburbs ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ohio, usa
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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, post modern, enigmatic, art house, dark ...
Plot: small town, mystery, amateur detective, postmodernism, neo noir, investigation, surrealism, sexuality, sexual perversion, innocence lost, woman in danger, masochism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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