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 53 crime films in this list.

  • The House That Jack Built
  • Blue Velvet
  • Irreversible
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Bad Education
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • Damnation
  • The Man from London
  • Taxi Driver
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Benny's Video
  • Elephant
  • Kids
  • Prisoners
  • Trainspotting
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Zodiac
  • American Psycho
  • The Conversation
  • Chinatown
  • Funny Games
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Close-Up
  • Dogville
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Detour
  • Gummo
  • Spring Breakers
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Ms .45
  • Pixote
  • Boy A
  • Side Effects
  • Insomnia
  • Cold Fish
  • Man Bites Dog
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Bully
  • Cure
  • Green Room
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Paradise Now
  • Rififi
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • L'Argent
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Adaptation.
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Buffalo '66
  • The Young and the Damned
  • The Trial
  • City of God