Movies come in different genres such as horror, romantic, and comedy, among many others. Some of these movies are realistic, while some are somewhat surreal. However, only  few directors were only working for films that were based on surrealism. Surreal films are the kind of films you find strange, and can make you wonder if these things really do exist. Below is the list of the most surreal films.

1.The Exterminating Angel (1962)



This film was the best surreal movie. The story started when Leticia and his husband Edmundo held a prolific party for the people of the Mexican high society. That was when the servants of the mansion left their posts. After dinner, guests went to the music room to continue the party. However, when they were expected to go home at night, the guests mysteriously sat in sofas and chairs, removed their jackets and stay for the night. This means that they were psychologically trapped in the house where the party happened. Because of this, an old man died and a couple committed suicide. When they escaped the house, they visited the church to offer a thanksgiving mass. Unfortunately, the same thing happened in the church, and they weren’t able to get out.

This film directed by Bunuel showed that their money can’t save them from their dilemma.

2.Sweet Movie (1974)

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This film was directed by a Yugoslav director named Dusan Makavejev. This is one of the weirdest movies you can ever watch. Sweet Movie was faced with fury when it was first out in theaters. The story described the strange, chaotic discovery of communism and sex. This film was basically a tableau when one weird scene was released on the screen after another surreal scene.

3.L’ Age d’or (1930)

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L’ Age d’ or was a strange black comedy film that was considered to be one of France’s first sound films which was directed by Luis Buñuel and written by Salvador Dali. The movie was making fun of the middle class manners and backgrounds also, the Catholic Church’s insincerity. L’ Age d’ or was about a young woman and man who were trying to complete their relationship. However, they were not able to do so because the church and the middle class society were getting on their way.

When the film was released in theaters, it brought distress to the middle class civilization of France. And because of this, some French groups went into riots and became aggressive. Because of the chaos, they decided to remove the movie and has been banned for 49 years. Relatively, the director of this surreal film, Buñuel, was dishonored in Spain, his home country.

4.Eraserhead (1977)


The movie Eraserhead was David Lynch’s first bizarre film. This film amazingly showed Lynch’s creative ideas and twisted imagination. Because Lynch’s daughter came all of a sudden who also had a stern clubbed feet, this resulted to Lynch’s fatherhood fear that greatly showed on the film. In the film, it showed the place where Henry (the main cast) lived to which it represented the place where director Lynch also lived. However, since the movie was released, it did not receive any good reviews from the movie critics. Many movie critics found the film too sickening to be considered it as a good movie.

5.El Topo (1970)


El Topo was a work of art in bizarre visual. The movie was disturbing and surreal but it had gained the aspect of being amazingly prolific despite of the film’s small budget. In the 1970s, El Topo was the favorite movie in cult genre, because the film was so weird. This movie was about “Spiritual Western” which showed about religious representation and occult descriptions. El Topo was full of clear sexual scenes and some episodes showed spiteful violence.

6.Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)


Celine and Julie Go Boating was a gentle yet strange movie in a nice way. The film used the magic theme. Celine and Julie Go Boating movie showed Celine and Julie’s imagination and their childhood magic moments. The actresses who portrayed Celine and Julie had great chemistry when they were together, exchanging roles and making fun of people. Celine and Julie Go Boating was very clever in keeping the nature of the film light. This three long hour movie had intimidating scenes from the beginning until the end. All in all, the film was a great one due to its playful yet bizarre genre.

7.Even Dwarves Started Small (1970)

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This is the type of film that would leave you speechless. This was about the story of the dwarves that were restrained in an institution. Because of this, the group of dwarves rebelled against their captors. Their way of rebelling was crucifying a monkey, throwing the plates, cock fights, food fights and breaking the windows. The movie was filmed in Lanzarote where behind the scenes were already entertaining enough.

Even Dwarves Started Small was Herzog’s weirdest and most surreal movie. It is definitely about taking the sides of the confined dwarves against their oppressor, but they didn’t know what to do aside from getting mad, throwing and breaking things. Though this film was not the best work of Herzog, it was the most surreal piece.

8.Successive Slidings Of Pleasure (1974)



Successive Slidings Of Pleasure was a film that was directed by Alain Robbe Grillet. The film is a surreal and intricate French movie. The movie was about the torment of a young girl who was suspected of murdering her friend, Nora, and taken into convent as a prisoner. However, no one could really tell if she had really murdered her friend.

In the film, the female lead cast, portrayed by Anicee Alvina, had a lot of nude scenes. There were also mannequins that were tied and posed as if they were degraded or tortured. The director of the film had a great job for using some strange things with storyline and time.

9.The Beyond (1981)


The Beyond was an Italian surreal horror movie that was directed by Lucio Fulci. The plot of the story was about a haunted hotel that had a gateway leading to hell. The director said that the film, The Beyond, was composed of a series of unrelated and horrendous images. This film was the most surreal movie of Fulci. A few of the surreal scenes in the film were tarantula-based disorder, a Satanist’s crucifixion, zombies hungry for human flesh and a throat being ripped out because of a dog’s attack.

10.The Seashell And The Clergyman (1928)


This film was written by Antonin Artaud and directed by Germaine Dulac. It was about a priest who was lusting after the General’s wife and often he had these weird erotic dreams and hallucinations. However, because the British Board of Film Classification did not find any meaning of the film, the movie was banned. It was said that the film had these scenes that were impossible to comprehend and hard to know what was happening.

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