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16 Strangest Movies Everyone Should See

14 March 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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There are movies you see, and then there are movies you experience. This list compiles 16 of the strangest movies that must be seen to be believed. They break all the rules to surprise us, challenge us, and give us one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. If you are bored of watching those Hollywood cliches, this list of 16 strangest foreign movies is what you need for a change.


1. Possession


A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But gradually, he finds out more and more strange behaviors and bizarre incidents that indicate something more than a possessed love affair.

Possession is definitely the film that requires many subsequent viewings. Excellent performances that frequently go way OTT, dreamily fluid camerawork and migraine inducing metaphorical horror, this is a true beast of the imagination.

The horror that constitutes the film obviously has its roots in the female hysteria. Watch this scene below and you will find the most hysterical female performance in movie history played by legendary French actress Isabelle Adjani.


2. Sweet Movie

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“Sweet Movie” is very bizarre, surreal, funny and at times disgusting. It’s like Alejandro Jodorowky and John Waters teamed up to make a film. There are so many strange images in this film, I can’t even remember everything I witnessed.

Unfairly labeled as excessive and perverse, this film is really a very fascinating, intricate study into the recesses of the sexual mind. It looks at sex in all it’s complexities. It exposes it as a very primal need. It also shows how the sexual side of the person can have a personality all of it’s own.


3. Juliet and Spirits

juliet of the spirits

Fellini casts his real-life wife, Guilietta Masina, as Guilietta – an upper middle class housewife whose life is coming apart. The film’s plot serves a vehicle for some of the most dazzling, psychedelic scenes ever put on film, all before anyone used computer graphics to make cinema more fantastic. Fellini uses costumes, makeup and, most of all casting of supporting actors and extras, to achieve his surrealism. His first film is color, this is Fellini’s most Felliniesque movie.


4. Faust


A very free adaptation of Marlowe’s ‘Doctor Faustus’, Goethe’s ‘Faust’ and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer’s Faust is a nondescript man who, after being lured by a strange map into a sinister puppet theatre, finds himself immersed in an indescribably weird version of the play, blending live actors, clay model animation and giant puppets. This movie is powerful, surreal, and more intelligent than any animation anywhere.


5. The City of Lost Children


“The City of Lost Children” is unquestionably one of the most imaginative and exceptional films of the entire 90′s decade and it pretty much represents an entire sub genre all by itself! It’s a dark and often disturbing fairy-tale, but nevertheless magical and child-friendly. The plot is that the evil and weird Krank kidnap children to stole their dreams due to the lack of his ability of dream. Or at least he did it, until it came One, in the search of his adoptive little brother, aided by Miette , a street smart orphan child.


6. Black Sun


This is a documentary with a strong visual signature. The director supports Montalembert’s narrative with vivid colorful images. As a spectator you, may often get the feeling that you are seeing through the subject’s eyes (Montalembert is blind indeed, but still has a very visual way of experiencing the world, as we learn). Montalembert’s hands are briefly visible during a scene where he tells a funny anecdote about loosing 14 written pages from his manuscript, Other than that, he is only present by voice and narrative.

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  • Steven Flores

    I’ve seen some of these films. I don’t find some of them to be strange.

  • rvernon

    No Naked Lunch. No interest.

  • VoudeauxChild

    Wow, what a crappy list.

  • Jennifer Porter

    Thanks for making it a ‘guy’s’ list. Way to alienate half the population. And I agree, rvernon, Naked Lunch should never be missing on any strangest list.

  • Ghoul

    I’m not understanding why this list was made to be made gender-specific. That being said, I’ve, again, yet to see any of these movies. A couple of them seem interesting, but the others seem like they’d be a self-indulgent director’s wank-a-thon.


    I would add Holy Motors, You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet, Lisztomania, Pigsty, Sombre and Funnky Forest (if that last one is indeed a film)

    • william jerome sperber

      I agree for the first two and also Pigsty, this last one not being that great

  • Mark Harding

    Are you sure that Possession clip is from the film and not a Patti Smith video?

  • Chaosbender

    so many movies to watch o_O (I loved the Valerie-movie o_O)

  • Lewis Johnston

    A few I would add isL
    Crispin Glovers – WHAT IS IT?
    Enter The Void
    even dwarfs started small.

    Thats three good ones.

    • Brian

      Crispin Glover’s “Rubin and Ed” is a weird one as well. Favorite quote: “My cat can eat a whole watermelon!”

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  • Steve O’Rourke

    Liquid Sky, definitely.

  • Andreina Baiano

    its, its, ITS

  • MTS


  • Jim M.

    How could one forget Todd Browning’s “Freaks,” the film in which the exploited of the title exact their revenge in a nightmarish climax, and the flick in which those exploited broke bread with “normal,” good circus folk at a banquet that introduced The Ramones to “Gabba Gabba Hey?” The film is also the inspiration for the “Zippy the Pinhead” comic strip. Browning more famously directed the classic, Universal production of “Dracula,” which starred Bela Lugosi.

    And how could one also overlook David Lynch’s freshman frolic, “Eraserhead,” a film about which I am still perplexed? I am not claiming it’s a good film, just that I don’t know what the hell it was trying to prove! I will never forget the “Lady in the Radiator,” her cute little song & dance that reminded me of Georgia Engel’s “Georgette” on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” And were those squirmy, squishy things on which she was tap dancing really gigantic sperms? This film is so odd it made Lynch’s later “Blue Velvet” seem almost conventional.

    I don’t recommend seeing either or both these films just after lunch, the latter as I did on a double bill at a repertory theater about 30 years ago.

  • jpjmoffett

    How about all the films in The Cremaster Cycle. Straight up bizarre.

  • ray

    home movie- creepy and funny and sneaks up on you.

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  • Brian

    What? No Tin Drum?

  • Nick Johansen

    The Keep. You have Jurgen Prochnow in a non-villain role, Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Robert Prosky as a Romanian priest, and Ian McKellen before he was old playing an old man who becomes young again. From Michael Mann, it’s Nazis holed up in a Romanian “Keep” battling a demon that’s killing them one by one. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Add the bizarre but strangely perfect soundtrack of Tangerine Dream, and pitch perfect performances from Prochnow and a pre-stardom Gabriel Byrne, and you have a visual feast for the eyes that is positively strange. I love it.

  • Alex Reynard

    Why the bloody hell does EVERYONE promote Audition by spoiling the twist front and center!? The movie’s so much better if you tell people it’s a nice romantic film, and then watch their expression as it chainsaws through their expectations.

  • Michael Corbett