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20 Weirdest Movies Of The 21st Century

04 August 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by Sam Silbert

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Since the turn of the century, Hollywood has given us fine pieces of movie-making art. We have the Leonardo Da Vincis, the Vincent Van Goghs, so on and so forth. Then, we have the other guys. The Salvador Dalis, the Pablo Picassos, the weirdists. From an angle, their work may seem abstract, obtuse, maybe even grotesque. But sometimes, you have to look harder to see what exactly Picasso is saying.

This list is dedicated to the Pablo Picassos of Hollywood, who aren’t afraid to make something many people, if not nobody, will truly understand. And for that, we thank you, David Lynchs, Lars von Triers, even the Michel Gondrys, for not being afraid to be just plain weird. Here are the weirdest movies of the millenium so far. Enjoy!


20. Catfish


The movie: A documentary about a photographer (Nev Schulman) setting out to find the girl he met on Facebook (Meg Faccio) with upsetting results (Meg Faccio is actually Angela Basset).

What’s weird: Not necessarily “Weird”, but a very unsettling look at the world of internet lies.

Weirdest moment: The resolution. Angela reveals all of the lies she told Nev via a package she sends him at the end of the film.


19. Melancholia


The movie: Melancholia is a planet that is heading directly towards earth. Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) were recently married when news broke out about the planet. They have to fight for their marriage and their sanity in the knowing face of death.

What’s weird: Kirsten Dunst steals the show with her unshakable performance. Lars von Trier writes and directs one of the most depressing movies of the 21st century.

Weirdest moment: SPOILER ALERT. The ending, where Melancholia is about to crash into earth. 


18. A Scanner Darkly


The movie: Philip K. Dick’s novel about an undercover narc (Keanu Reeves) who takes effect from a new drug.

What’s weird: The entire movie is in a rotoscope animation fashion, making it a strange, yet compelling arthouse flick.

Weirdest moment: Reeves wears a “Scramble Suit” which continually morphs and blurs his body to protect his identity.


17. The Machinist


The movie: Christian Bale plays an insomniac factory worker in one of his most intense and dedicated roles to date.

What’s weird: Christian Bale lost 60 pounds to play the role, then gained another 70 to play Batman in Batman Begins.

Weirdest moment: No exact moment in particular, just seeing Bale without his shirt on is messed up enough as it is.

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  • McGygas

    Where the hell its Cloud Atlas?

  • Randal Thomas Richardson

    I love how the movie descriptions are grossly inaccurate. Did you watch Melacholia? Did you even watch Mulholland Dr? A woman killed in a car accident? You havent seen the movie.

    • Sam Silbert

      Nope, that pretty much exactly how Melancholia goes, and my dad told me about Mulholland Drive and told me to put it on. Sorry. Thought I did a pretty good job with everything else.

  • Terry Shannon

    “John Dies in the End”. Doesn’t get much weirder.

  • Kim Kelly

    Don’t worry about Mulholland Drive. Your synopsis was hardly a spoiler. There’s a few theories about what is real or fantasy in the film I could share, but it’s better for your readers to just watch it and enjoy the ride!