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!

  • The Look of Silence
  • 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
  • Hereditary
  • Trainspotting
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Apocalypse Now
  • On the Silver Globe
  • American History X
  • Black Swan
  • Children of Men
  • La Haine
  • Pierrot le Fou
  • Phantom Thread
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Un Chien Andalou
  • Zodiac
  • The Sisters Brothers
  • The Shining
  • Godzilla
  • Memento
  • American Psycho
  • L'Avventura
  • Red Desert
  • Blow-Up
  • Zabriskie Point
  • The Passenger
  • The Conversation
  • Shoah
  • Knife in the Water
  • Repulsion
  • The Tenant
  • Chinatown
  • Barton Fink
  • Safe
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Walkabout
  • Bad Timing
  • Martyrs
  • The Seventh Continent
  • Funny Games
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Naked
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Happy End
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Close-Up
  • One More Time with Feeling
  • Dogville
  • Taste of Cherry
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • Starship Troopers
  • The Love Witch
  • Written on the Wind
  • Suspiria
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Rules of the Game
  • Cat People
  • Detour
  • Suspiria
  • Timecrimes
  • 3 Women
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • The Last Movie
  • It Comes at Night
  • Happiness
  • Citizen Kane
  • Gummo
  • Spring Breakers
  • Madeline's Madeline
  • Schizopolis
  • Marat/Sade
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Ms .45
  • After Hours
  • The Panic in Needle Park
  • The Conformist
  • Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime
  • Teorema
  • Seconds