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 89 films in this list released in the 2010s.

  • Annihilation
  • Under the Skin
  • Burning
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Enemy
  • Climax
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Certified Copy
  • Anomalisa
  • Shame
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Interstellar
  • The Tree of Life
  • First Reformed
  • mother!
  • Upstream Color
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • The Dance of Reality
  • Silence
  • The Handmaiden
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • The Turin Horse
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Logistics
  • Antiporno
  • Roma
  • Elena
  • The Act of Killing
  • The Look of Silence
  • The Salesman
  • The Measure of a Man
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Prisoners
  • Hereditary
  • Black Swan
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Sisters Brothers
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Happy End
  • One More Time with Feeling
  • The Love Witch
  • Suspiria
  • It Comes at Night
  • Spring Breakers
  • Madeline's Madeline
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Incendies
  • The Master
  • Love
  • The Whispering Star
  • Still Alice
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Christine
  • Side Effects
  • Wetlands
  • Cold Fish
  • A Ghost Story
  • Paterson
  • Alps
  • Leviathan
  • Holy Motors
  • Vox Lux
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Rubber
  • Melancholia
  • Lean on Pete
  • Green Room
  • Shin Godzilla
  • The Other Side of the Wind
  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
  • Son of Saul
  • Elle
  • Skins
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Amour
  • A Caretaker's Tale
  • Mood Indigo
  • The Favourite
  • Foxtrot
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Post Tenebras Lux
  • All These Sleepless Nights
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • The Double
  • Hard to Be a God
  • The Fool
  • Biutiful