Challenging Filmmaking

Not all films are peaches and cream, and sometimes that's intentional.

Hard to watch and hard to love. Films that promote difficult filmmaking, the kind that festers in your mind after viewing it. Whether it is disturbing, abnormal or downright confusing, it's always worth checking some of these out.

Suggestions welcome!

  • Annihilation
  • Eraserhead
  • Under the Skin
  • Burning
  • The Sacrifice
  • Solaris
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Possession
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Enemy
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Stalker
  • Climax
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Enter the Void
  • Persona
  • House
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Perfect Blue
  • Certified Copy
  • Paprika
  • Anomalisa
  • Shame
  • Blue Velvet
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Irreversible
  • Satantango
  • Hunger
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Primer
  • Inland Empire
  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • Titicut Follies
  • The Skin I Live In
  • The White Ribbon
  • Caché
  • Funny Games
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Mirror
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Dune
  • The Elephant Man
  • Interstellar
  • The Prestige
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Tree of Life
  • Donnie Darko
  • Love & Pop
  • First Reformed
  • mother!
  • Love Exposure
  • 8½
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Upstream Color
  • Antichrist
  • Brazil
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Exotica
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Santa Sangre
  • The Dance of Reality
  • El Topo
  • Silence
  • The Handmaiden
  • Bad Education
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Blade Runner
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Seventh Seal
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Russian Ark
  • Damnation
  • The Man from London
  • The Turin Horse
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • A Serious Man
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Logistics
  • The Human Condition
  • Eros + Massacre
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Singapore Sling
  • Frisk
  • 964 Pinocchio
  • Antiporno
  • Taxi Driver
  • Roma
  • Lost Highway
  • Vertigo
  • Wild Strawberries
  • The Woodsman
  • Gates of Heaven
  • Elena
  • Empire
  • The Act of Killing