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 289 dramatic films in this list.

  • Under the Skin
  • Burning
  • The Sacrifice
  • Solaris
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Possession
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Stalker
  • Climax
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Enter the Void
  • Persona
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Certified Copy
  • Paprika
  • Anomalisa
  • Shame
  • Blue Velvet
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Irreversible
  • Satantango
  • Hunger
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Primer
  • Inland Empire
  • Celine and Julie Go Boating
  • The Skin I Live In
  • The White Ribbon
  • Caché
  • Funny Games
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Mirror
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • 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
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Exotica
  • The Holy Mountain
  • 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
  • Wings of Desire
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Russian Ark
  • Damnation
  • The Man from London
  • The Turin Horse
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • A Serious Man
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • The Human Condition
  • Eros + Massacre
  • Singapore Sling
  • Frisk
  • Antiporno
  • Taxi Driver
  • Roma
  • Lost Highway
  • Wild Strawberries
  • The Woodsman
  • Elena
  • Contempt
  • Weekend
  • Amores Perros
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • The Spirit of the Beehive
  • Shame
  • Benny's Video
  • Elephant
  • Nostalgia
  • The Salesman
  • The Measure of a Man
  • Kids
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Prisoners
  • Winter Light
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Trainspotting
  • Apocalypse Now