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!

  • Carnival of Souls
  • The Blood of a Poet
  • Turkish Delight
  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
  • Deep End
  • Kes
  • The Devil, Probably
  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • Tommy
  • Deep Red
  • Three Days and a Child
  • Pixote
  • Come and See
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • I Saw the Devil
  • Incendies
  • Seven Servants
  • Stroszek
  • Dogtooth
  • The Master
  • Audition
  • Love
  • The Whispering Star
  • Fat Girl
  • Mysterious Skin
  • Boy A
  • Brick
  • Hard Candy
  • Still Alice
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Christine
  • Side Effects
  • Welcome to the Dollhouse
  • Night of the Hunter
  • Wetlands
  • Insomnia
  • Cold Fish
  • The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Seven Beauties
  • In a Glass Cage
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • Man Bites Dog
  • The Isle
  • Samaritan Girl
  • Humanité
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • In the Company of Men
  • Bully
  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One
  • Southland Tales
  • A Ghost Story
  • Paterson
  • Alps
  • Begotten
  • Gerry
  • Leviathan
  • Holy Motors
  • Vox Lux
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Pi
  • Rubber
  • Cure
  • Melancholia
  • The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz
  • Lean on Pete
  • Green Room
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Ritual
  • Shin Godzilla
  • Alice
  • The Other Side of the Wind
  • Memories
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Mind Game
  • Night Is Short, Walk on Girl
  • Angel's Egg
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Tokyo Fist
  • Ran
  • Son of Saul
  • Schindler's List
  • Paradise Now
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Elle
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • The Vanishing
  • Skins
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Showgirls
  • Paranoia Agent
  • American Beauty
  • Thoroughbreds
  • Daisies
  • Farewell My Concubine
  • Amour
  • Sweet Movie
  • Lolita