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, offbeat, serious, melancholic and dark humor films and TV shows about / with surrealism, murder, death, male nudity, female nudity, brutality, loneliness, visceral, pornography and storytelling plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, France, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as avant garde: Eraserhead (1977), Close-Up (1990), Mister Lonely (2007), Easy Rider (1969), Timecode (2000), Pickle & Peanut (2015), Collateral (2018), Blue Velvet (1986), Paula-Paula (2010), Sun Choke (2015).

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, art house, psychological, avant garde, disturbing ...
Plot: surrealism, insanity, nightmare, baby, freak, existentialism, cult, unwanted pregnancy, parents and children, art, imagination, crazy ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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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, semi serious, clever, avant garde
Plot: hidden identity, cons and scams, uncover truth, legal, fighting the system, filmmaking, mistaken identity, reporter, filmmaker, artists and showbiz, society, lawsuit ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
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, couple relations, artists and showbiz, celebrity culture, tragic love, lovers reunited, friends, husband wife relationship, nun, male female relationship, eccentricity ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, scotland, paris france
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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, realistic, psychedelic, avant garde, atmospheric ...
Plot: on the road, friendship, hippie, rebelliousness, drugs/alcohol, adventure, anti heroes, americana, rebel, society, road trip, marijuana ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969
Place: usa, louisiana, arizona, california, new orleans
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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, showbiz, love and romance, artists and showbiz, couple relations, manipulation, infidelity, love triangle, betrayal, dishonesty, actor's life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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Pickle & Peanut (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: A buddy comedy series about two unlikely friends — an emotional pickle and a freewheeling peanut.
Style: humorous, not serious, absurd, buddy comedy, avant garde ...
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: buddies, disorder, nothing goes right, misfit partners, friends, ambition, underdog, follow your dream, unlikely partners, grandmother, chase
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Collateral (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 57 min.
Story: When a pizza delivery driver is shot dead in south London, a tenacious detective goes after the people traffickers behind his murder and unravels a conspiracy that goes to the top.
Style: futuristic, tense, captivating, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: conspiracy, murder investigation, intelligence agency, scientific experiment, female detective, danger, crimes, murder, law enforcement, border, pandemic, lookalikes ...
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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, art house, dark, enigmatic ...
Plot: small town, surrealism, amateur detective, mystery, perversion, investigation, neo noir, postmodernism, innocence lost, sexual perversion, psychopath, blackmail ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
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Paula-Paula (2010)
Country: Spain
Duration: 66 min.
Story: An audio/visual experience from Jess Franco about a murdered woman named Paula, and the main suspect/culprit, her friend - also named Paula.
Style: avant garde
Plot: murder, split personality, exploitation, sexploitation, erotica, sex, lesbianism, female nudity, sex show
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Sun Choke (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an ...
Style: avant garde, sexy
Plot: held captive, recovery, therapy, villainess, nanny, art, sex scene, insanity, rough sex, straight razor, murder, lesbian kiss ...
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Alice at the Palace (1982)
Genre: Family, Musical, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Meryl Streep stars as Alice in this production of Elizabeth Swados' musical, which was adapted from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Based on the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: anthropomorphic animal, lion, alternate dimension, tea party, mushroom, singing, female protagonist, surrealism, rabbit, croquet, duchess, music hall ...
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Persepolis (2007)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: realistic, thought provoking, captivating, tense, gloomy ...
Plot: muslim, coming of age, revolution, childhood, idealism, depression, freedom, protest, exile, dignity, hypocrisy, morality ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 70s, year 1992 ...
Place: iran, middle east, france, austria, moscow russia ...
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School's Out (2018)
Genre: Crime, 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: ambiguous ending, avant garde
Plot: substitute teacher, genius, french, gay, toilet, explosion, bus, suicide, surrealism, teenager, classroom, school ...
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Lazare (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Musical
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A team of French-Brazilian actors goes to Bucharest in Romania to shoot a film at a lower cost. But the Romanian technical team secretly shoot their own film.
Style: avant garde
Plot: bisexual, filmmaking, clubbing, desire, performer, love, female protagonist, director, youth, drug abuse, dance, star ...
Place: romania
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Revenge (2017)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jen is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly — and viciously — intensifies, ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, scary, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, hunting, desert, manhunt, revenge, vigilante, final battle, anal rape, female protagonist, mistress, nightmare, exploding head ...
Time: 2010s
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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, tense, offbeat, atmospheric ...
Plot: mafia, lone wolves, hitman, racial slur, code, loner, african american, friendship, loneliness, wisdom of life, organized crime, hip hop ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, japan, new jersey
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Body Swap (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Story: CJ is a high strung business woman at the Versa Corporation working on the biggest deal in her company's history. Casey is a laid-back slacker who mooches off his brother Roy. When Casey goes into an interview at Versa only to qualify for ...
Style: ambiguous ending, surprise ending, avant garde
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cult, company, gender bending, switch, girl, betrayal, parody, gender, dialogue driven, plot twist, golf, farce ...
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Raoul Wallenberg Tragic Hero or Agent 103? (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden
Duration: 720 min.
Story: Raoul Wallenberg born 1912 Stockholm is send to Budapest 1944 July. His job is to save Jewish from Holocaust, his methods are non conventional. January 1945 arrested by Russians at Budapest Siege. Man who saved lives never returns home.
Style: avant garde
Plot: male nudity, historical figure, truth
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All the Cities of the North (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It’s like almost all is lost. Yet still they are here – abandoned bungalows, an artificial lake, dirty plastic bottles, lost donkeys and stray dogs, draining pipes running over fields of salt, deserted factories, statues of revolutionaries, ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: skinny dipping, campfire, lake, fire, cutting someone's hair, bathing, potato, scissors, apple, male nudity, sleeping, bed ...
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Out 1 (1971)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: France
Duration: 729 min.
Story: While two dueling theater groups rehearse plays by Aeschylus, two solitary individuals wander the Parisian streets hustling the populace for cash and unravel a conspiracy.
Style: semi documentary, avant garde
Plot: theatre group, greek mythology, conspiracy, secret organization, harmonica, stage play, beggar, theater, beach, knife, stolen money, unrequited love ...
Place: france, europe, paris france
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Reflections of Evil (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Julie, a teen who died from a PCP overdose in the early '70s searches from beyond the grave for her younger brother Bob who now in the '90s is an obese watch seller suffering with sucrose intolerance.
Style: scary, rough, surreal, mind bending, offbeat ...
Plot: guru, afterlife, drug abuse, danger, youth, life is a bitch, down on your luck, artists and showbiz, siblings relations, curses spells and rituals, mental illness, showbiz ...
Time: 70s
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To the Night (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Austria, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Norman, who lost his parents in a fire as a child, is obsessed with light and haunted by its destructive powers.
Style: light, avant garde
Plot: camera, baby, beach, male nudity, fire, death
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Diamantino (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Portugal, France, Brazil
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt imagine a famous football player absolutely everybody lusts after. An outlandish, ingenuous and funny comedy on the world of football and gigantic long-haired dogs that portrays the nation in dire need of heroes.
Style: avant garde
Plot: gender, athlete, soccer, beach, male nudity, female nudity, lesbian, skinny dipping
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The King of Paris (1995)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Victor Derval is returning home after a performance when he is hailed by Lisa, a young Hungarian woman. Her motives are mysterious; is she simply a star-struck peasant girl, or an ambitious, manipulative aspiring star?
Style: avant garde
Plot: father son relationship, fictional biography, cynicism, hungarian, playwright, love triangle, male female relationship, age difference, bourgeoisie, fan, love, ambition ...
Time: 1930s
Place: paris france
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Rome '78 (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Nares mocks up Ancient Rome by shooting in faux-classical sites like Grant's Tomb and Tribeca's American Thread Building, where a decrepit penthouse loft with a peeling-paint dome serves as an echoey stand-in for the imperial palace. The ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: emperor, cult, ancient rome, tongue in cheek, underground
Place: new york
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Into The Alternate (2018)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Taking place in the fifth reality to be discovered by humanity, Into The Alternate follows an inhabitant and foreign visitor as they struggle to survive within a collapsing ecosystem.
Style: avant garde
Plot: alternate reality, parallel universe, avant-garde
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Heimat 2: A Chronicle of a Generation (1992)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Germany, UK, Spain, Sweden, France, Norway, Finland, Austria, Australia
Duration: 532 min.
Story: The movie consist of 13 separate episodes each handling a period between 1960 and 1970. It tells the story of a group of people in Munich (mostly music and film students). The movie tells a story in many different levels about love, friendship, ...
Style: avant garde, psychedelic
Plot: art, terrorist, illusion, loss of friend, sex scene, marriage, divorce, night, lake, commune, director, terrorism ...
Place: munich germany, east germany, west germany
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Who Will Fuck Daddy? (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Sweden
Duration: 65 min.
Story: A dive down to the collective subconscious, where the man's stinking corpse is broken down into nourishing soil from which we are born again and rise to the surface with a new feminine thinking and feeling and unimaginable perversions. An ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: surrealism, cruising, lesbian, female nudity, lesbian sex, male nudity
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Lines (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Greece nowadays. Seven different stories about seven persons who have already reached their limits and finally fall apart. Despite their seemingly obvious connection they are simultaneously connected through a common desperate action: the last phone ...
Style: avant garde
Plot: darkness, self harm, psychiatry, death, politics, surrealism, financial crisis, poverty
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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: touching, avant garde
Plot: orgy, transsexual, taboo sex, frigidity, talking to the audience, therapy, looking at the camera, male objectification, father daughter relationship, bathtub, disability, interview ...
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