Nothing Is What It Seems

A genre/favorite list or rather sub-genre list of films containing surreal elements. Things that are so far gone and titter over the edge of absurdity. These films are experiences more than they are something to watch.

  • Brand Upon the Brain!
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Pitfall
  • Eraserhead
  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • The Milky Way
  • Zigeunerweisen
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Inland Empire
  • Simon of the Desert
  • On the Silver Globe
  • Persona
  • L'Âge d'Or
  • Keyhole
  • Kagero-za
  • The Devil
  • The Grandmother
  • Lost Highway
  • My Winnipeg
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Phantom of Liberty
  • Valhalla Rising
  • 8½
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Possession
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Waking Life
  • Juliet of the Spirits
  • Videodrome
  • Branded to Kill
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Belle de Jour
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • The Saragossa Manuscript
  • Viridiana
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Daisies
  • The Hourglass Sanatorium
  • Brazil
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
  • A Page of Madness
  • Donnie Darko
  • Face to Face
  • In a Year with 13 Moons
  • The Face of Another
  • The Last Theft
  • The Alphabet
  • That Obscure Object of Desire
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Outer Space
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall
  • Neighbours
  • Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
  • El Topo
  • Three Resurrected Drunkards
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Yumeji
  • Santa Sangre
  • The Severed Heads
  • Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine
  • The Man Without a Map
  • Eaten Horizons
  • Death by Hanging
  • The Cremator
  • Tropical Malady
  • Careful
  • The Heart of the World
  • Begotten
  • A Tale of the Wind
  • A Field in England
  • The Temptation of St. Tony
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Barton Fink
  • Dream Work
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • Charisma
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • eXistenZ
  • Funeral Parade of Roses
  • Dreams That Money Can Buy
  • Holy Motors
  • Enemy
  • Alice
  • Street of Crocodiles
  • Boy Meets Girl
  • Faust
  • Conspirators of Pleasure
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
  • Lunacy
  • Punch and Judy
  • The Flat
  • Picnic with Weissmann
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism
  • Dimensions of Dialogue
  • Down to the Cellar