Ecstatic Truths: Stylised Realism

Pop songs blaring, odd cinematography, fast editing. Or long takes, classical music, monochrome visuals. This is a list of films set in the real world, but made with a lot of style.

Any style counts, apart from conventional neorealist / social realist cinema or generic Hollywood dramatics. Generally trying to avoid genre films or films completely detached from realism. Biopics usually don't count, telling a true story doesn't mean something is "realist".

Suggestions welcome.

  • La Haine
  • Mommy
  • Trainspotting
  • Tangerine
  • Moonlight
  • Roma
  • Away with Words
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Song to Song
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Matthias & Maxime
  • Vitalina Varela
  • City of God
  • Fireworks
  • Beautiful Boy
  • Kalel, 15
  • Happy Together
  • Another Round
  • Paris, Texas
  • The Turin Horse
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • On the Beach at Night Alone
  • Taxi
  • Uncut Gems
  • Cold War
  • Rebels of the Neon God
  • The Day After
  • Chungking Express
  • Good Time
  • Fallen Angels
  • Earth
  • To the Wonder
  • The Woman Who Ran
  • The Last Laugh
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Knight of Cups
  • Liz and the Blue Bird
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • The New World
  • Oasis
  • The Tribe
  • Amores Perros
  • Laurence Anyways
  • Columbus
  • From What Is Before
  • T2 Trainspotting
  • Taxi Driver
  • Simon Killer
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Le Bonheur
  • Hunger
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • The Irishman
  • 25th Hour
  • Mank
  • Days of Heaven
  • L'Eclisse
  • Morvern Callar
  • Ratcatcher
  • Killer of Sheep
  • Gummo
  • Margaret
  • Road
  • Stroszek
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • The Fire Within
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • Bad Timing
  • Eureka
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Krisha
  • Three Colors: Red
  • Four Nights of a Dreamer
  • Alice in the Cities
  • Breathless
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Before Sunrise
  • Before Sunset
  • Before Midnight
  • Come and See
  • Raging Bull
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Yi Yi
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Opening Night
  • Blue Valentine
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • She's Gotta Have It
  • Wake in Fright
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Blissfully Yours
  • Gandu
  • Autumn Almanac
  • A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery