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 67 films in this list released in the 2000s.

  • Mulholland Drive
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Enter the Void
  • Paprika
  • Irreversible
  • Hunger
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Primer
  • Inland Empire
  • The White Ribbon
  • Caché
  • The Piano Teacher
  • The Prestige
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Donnie Darko
  • Love Exposure
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Antichrist
  • Bad Education
  • Russian Ark
  • The Man from London
  • A Serious Man
  • The Woodsman
  • Amores Perros
  • Elephant
  • Children of Men
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Zodiac
  • Memento
  • American Psycho
  • Martyrs
  • Funny Games
  • Dogville
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Timecrimes
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Dogtooth
  • Fat Girl
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Boy A
  • Brick
  • Hard Candy
  • The Isle
  • Samaritan Girl
  • Bully
  • Southland Tales
  • Gerry
  • The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz
  • Ritual
  • Mind Game
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Paradise Now
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Paranoia Agent
  • Reconstruction
  • Adaptation.
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Human Nature
  • The Science of Sleep
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Waking Life
  • Tropical Malady
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • City of God
  • 2046
  • Freddy Got Fingered