They aren't films; they're experiences

Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres and worlds that they build. Often, these worlds are able to get under the viewer's skin and stay with them for quite some time, for better or worse.

Recommendations that go into this category are welcome.

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  • Only God Forgives
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Spring Breakers
  • Eraserhead
  • A Field in England
  • Elephant
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Proposition
  • Irreversible
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Gummo
  • The Shining
  • Oldboy
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Tree of Life
  • To the Wonder
  • Upstream Color
  • The ABCs of Death
  • The Room
  • Pink Flamingos
  • Martyrs
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • The Vanishing
  • Enter the Void
  • Taxi Driver
  • Evil Dead II
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Easy Rider
  • Magnolia
  • Big Fish
  • Jurassic Park
  • Avatar
  • Holy Motors
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Master
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Paris, Texas
  • Le Samouraï
  • Videodrome
  • The Loneliest Planet
  • The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Limey
  • The Fountain
  • House
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The American
  • Stoker
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • The Conjuring
  • Zodiac
  • Donnie Darko
  • Rabbit Hole
  • Miller's Crossing
  • Limbo
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Blue Velvet
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Wild at Heart
  • Lost Highway
  • Inland Empire
  • Blade Runner
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Alien
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Spirited Away
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Black Swan
  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Solaris
  • Stalker
  • Sauna
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Moon
  • Brick
  • Kill List
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Hunger
  • Shame
  • The Red Shoes
  • The Godfather
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • Metropolis
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Straight Story
  • Deliverance
  • Badlands
  • The Exorcist
  • Titus