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!

There are 44 films in this list released in the 1970s.

  • Eraserhead
  • Solaris
  • Stalker
  • House
  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • Mirror
  • The Holy Mountain
  • El Topo
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • Taxi Driver
  • Gates of Heaven
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Zabriskie Point
  • The Passenger
  • The Conversation
  • The Tenant
  • Chinatown
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Walkabout
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Suspiria
  • 3 Women
  • The Last Movie
  • The Panic in Needle Park
  • The Conformist
  • Turkish Delight
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Deep End
  • The Devil, Probably
  • Tommy
  • Deep Red
  • Stroszek
  • The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Seven Beauties
  • Sweet Movie
  • Touki Bouki
  • The Man Who Sleeps
  • Pictures of the Old World