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The Best Arthouse Movies Of All-Time

“What are the best Art House movies of all-time?” We looked at 162 of the top Art-House films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 26 films, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Art House” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 125+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 26 Arthouse Movies



26 .) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) directed by Stanley Kubrick

 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Magnolia Forever

Humanity finds a mysterious object buried beneath the lunar surface and sets off to find its origins with the help of HAL 9000, the world’s most advanced super computer.



25 .) directed by Federico Fellini

 8½

Lists It Appears On:

  • Magnolia Forever
  • Quora

With 8½ Frederico Fellini leaves a self-portrait where dreams and reality are a mix. With help from a most excellent cast and unique scenery this self reflecting film is one of his master works.



24 .) Antichrist (2009) directed by Lars von Trier

 Antichrist (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • TV OVer Mind

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin ‘Eden’ in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.



23 .) Badlands (1973) directed by Terrence Malick

 Badlands (1973)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora

Dramatization of the Starkweather-Fugate killing spree of the 1950s, in which a teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend slaughtered her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands.



22 .) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Quora
  • Stark Insider

A fading actor best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove more difficult than expected.



21 .) Black Swan (2010) directed by Darren Aronofsky

 Black Swan (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Quora
  • Stark Insider

A journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.



20 .) Elephant (2003) directed by Gus Van Sant

 Elephant (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Reddit

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent. The film chronicles the events surrounding a school shooting.



19 .) Fanny and Alexander directed by Ingmar Bergman

 Fanny and Alexander

Lists It Appears On:

  • Magnolia Forever
  • The Guardian

As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theater company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop. The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.



18 .) Fantastic Planet directed by René Laloux

 Fantastic Planet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Quora
  • Reddit

The story of the “Oms”, human-like creatures kept as domesticated pets by an alien race of blue giants called “Draags.” The story takes place on the Draags’ planet Ygam, where we follow our narrator, an Om called Terr, from infancy to adulthood. He manages to escape enslavement from a Draag learning device used to educate the savage Oms — and begins to organise an Om revolt.



17 .) Gerry (2002) directed by Gus Van Sant

 Gerry (2002)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Magnolia Forever

Two friends named Gerry become lost in the desert after taking a wrong turn. Their attempts to find their way home only lead them into further trouble.



16 .) Melancholia (2011) directed by Lars von Trier

 Melancholia (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Film School Rejects
  • IMDB

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.



15 .) Moon (2009) directed by Duncan Jones

 Moon (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora

With only three weeks left in his three year contract, Sam Bell is getting anxious to finally return to Earth. He is the only occupant of a Moon-based manufacturing facility along with his computer and assistant, GERTY. When he has an accident however, he wakens to find that he is not alone.



14 .) Mother! (2017) directed by Darren Aronofsky

 Mother! (2017)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Another Mag
  • TV OVer Mind

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.



13 .) Nightcrawler (2014) directed by Dan Gilroy

 Nightcrawler (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Quora
  • Stark Insider

When Lou Bloom, desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.



12 .) Primer (2004) directed by Shane Carruth

 Primer (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora

Friends and fledgling entrepreneurs invent a device in their garage which reduces the apparent mass of any object placed inside it, but they discover that it has some highly unexpected capabilities – ones that could enable them to do and to have seemingly anything they want. Taking advantage of this unique opportunity is the first challenge they face. Dealing with the consequences is the next.



11 .) Requiem for a Dream (2000) directed by Darren Aronofsky

 Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora

The hopes and dreams of four ambitious people are shattered when their drug addictions begin spiraling out of control. A look into addiction and how it overcomes the mind and body.



10 .) Somewhere (2010) directed by Sofia Coppola

 Somewhere (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Magnolia Forever

After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.



9 .) The Babadook (2014) directed by Jennifer Kent

 The Babadook (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Stark Insider
  • TV OVer Mind

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.



8 .) The Box (2009) directed by Richard Kelly

 The Box (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora

Norma and Arthur Lewis, a suburban couple with a young child, receive a simple wooden box as a gift, which bears fatal and irrevocable consequences. A mysterious stranger delivers the message that the box promises to bestow upon its owner $1 million with the press of a button. However pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world; someone they don’t know. With just 24 hours to have the box in their possession, Norma and Arthur find themselves in the cross-hairs of a startling moral dilemma and must face the true nature of their humanity.



7 .) The White Ribbon directed by Michael Haneke

 The White Ribbon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Magnolia Forever
  • The Guardian

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.



6 .) Tideland (2005) directed by Terry Gilliam

 Tideland (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.



5 .) Tokyo Story directed by Yasujirō Ozu

 Tokyo Story

Lists It Appears On:

  • Quora
  • The Guardian

The elderly Shukishi and his wife, Tomi, take the long journey from their small seaside village to visit their adult children in Tokyo. Their elder son, Koichi, a doctor, and their daughter, Shige, a hairdresser, don’t have much time to spend with their aged parents, and so it falls to Noriko, the widow of their younger son who was killed in the war, to keep her in-laws company.



4 .) Enter the Void (2009) directed by Gaspar Noé

 Enter the Void (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Quora
  • Stark Insider

This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by police during a bust gone bad, his spirit journeys from the past — where he sees his parents before their deaths — to the present — where he witnesses his own autopsy — and then to the future, where he looks out for his sister from beyond the grave.



3 .) Eraserhead (1977) directed by David Lynch

 Eraserhead (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Magnolia Forever
  • Reddit

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.



2 .) Mulholland Drive (2001) directed by David Lynch

 Mulholland Drive (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Magnolia Forever
  • The Guardian

Blonde Betty Elms has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia. Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project.



1 .) Under the Skin (2013) directed by Jonathan Glazer

 Under the Skin (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington Post
  • IMDB
  • Reddit
  • Stark Insider
  • TV OVer Mind

A seductive alien prowls the streets of Glasgow in search of prey: unsuspecting men who fall under her spell.




The 125+ Additional Best Art-House Movies



#MoviesDirectorsLists
27
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
 
Magnolia Forever
28A Clockwork Orange 
The Guardian
29A Fantastic Woman 
Another Mag
30
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
 
Stark Insider
31A Scanner Darkly (2006)Richard LinklaterIMDB
32A Serious Man 
Magnolia Forever
33A Woman Under the Influence 
Magnolia Forever
34AdaptationSpike JonzeIMDB
35Aguirre, Wrath of God 
The Guardian
36Andrei Rublev 
The Guardian
37Another Earth (2011)Mike CahillIMDB
38Au Hasard Balthazar 
Magnolia Forever
39Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)Werner HerzogIMDB
40Barry Lyndon Quora
41BatmanTim BurtonMandatory
42Being John Malkovich (1999)Spike JonzeIMDB
43Birth (2004)Jonathan GlazerIMDB
44Blade Runner (1982)Ridley ScottIMDB
45Breaking the Waves 
Magnolia Forever
46Brick (2005)Rian JohnsonIMDB
47Call Me By Your Name 
Another Mag
48Certified Copy 
Magnolia Forever
49Citizen Kane 
The Guardian
50Code Unknown 
Magnolia Forever
51Days of Heaven 
The Guardian
52Decoder (1984) 
Film School Rejects
53
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?
 
Another Mag
54DjangoSergio CorbucciMandatory
55Dogville (2003)Lars von TrierIMDB
56Donnie Darko (2001)Richard KellyIMDB
57Drive (2011) 
Stark Insider
58El MariachiRobert RodriguezMandatory
59El Topo 
Magnolia Forever
60Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)Michel GondryIMDB
61Ex Machina (2015) 
Stark Insider
62Eyes Wide Shut 
Magnolia Forever
63Eyes Without A Face” 
Huffington Post
64Father of My Children (2009)Mia Hansen-LøveIMDB
65Five Easy Pieces (1970)Bob RafelsonIMDB
66Funny Games” (1997) 
Huffington Post
67Ghost Dog: Way of the SamuraiJim JarmuschMandatory
68GloriaJohn CassavetesMandatory
69Good Time 
Another Mag
70Gosford Park Reddit
71HaywireSteven SoderberghMandatory
72Her (2013) Quora
73I Am Curious (Yellow) Quora
74I Melt with You (2011)Mark PellingtonIMDB
75Inland Empire 
Magnolia Forever
76Irreversible (2002)Gaspar NoéIMDB
77
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
 
Magnolia Forever
78Koyaanisqatsi 
Magnolia Forever
79Kwaidan” 
Huffington Post
80L’Atalante 
The Guardian
81L’Avventura 
Magnolia Forever
82La Jetée (1962) 
Film School Rejects
83Last Days (2005)Gus Van SantIMDB
84Last Tango in Paris 
Magnolia Forever
85Last Year at Marienbad 
Magnolia Forever
86Léon: The ProfessionalLuc BessonMandatory
87Let The Right One In” 
Huffington Post
88Let the Sunshine In 
Another Mag
89Lost in Translation (2003)Sofia CoppolaIMDB
90Magnolia 
Magnolia Forever
91
Me and You and Everyone We Know
 
Magnolia Forever
92Meshes of the Afternoon 
Magnolia Forever
93Morning Patrol (1987) 
Film School Rejects
94Mouchette 
Magnolia Forever
95Murmur of the Heart 
Magnolia Forever
96My Own Private Idaho (1991)Gus Van SantIMDB
97Nosferatu the Vampyre” 
Huffington Post
98Nostalghia 
Magnolia Forever
99On Body and Soul 
Another Mag
100On the Silver Globe (1988) 
Film School Rejects
101One Hour Photo (2002)Mark RomanekIMDB
102Only Lovers Left Alive” 
Huffington Post
103Pather Panchali 
The Guardian
104Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)Tom TykwerIMDB
105Persona 
Magnolia Forever
106Repo Man (1984) 
Film School Rejects
107Repulsion” 
Huffington Post
108Restless (I) (2011)Gus Van SantIMDB
109Revolver (2005)Guy RitchieIMDB
110Run Lola RunTom TykwerMandatory
111Russian Ark 
Magnolia Forever
112Samson & Delilah (2009)Warwick ThorntonIMDB
113Scary Mother 
Another Mag
114Seven SamuraiAkira KurosawaMandatory
115Shame (1968 film) Quora
116Sleeping Beauty (2011)Julia LeighIMDB
117Special (2006)Hal HabermanIMDB
118Stalker (1979) 
Film School Rejects
119Stranger than Paradise 
Magnolia Forever
120Suspiria” 
Huffington Post
121Swimming to Cambodia Reddit
122Taste of Cherry 
Magnolia Forever
123Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) 
Film School Rejects
124The 400 Blows 
Magnolia Forever
125The Apu Trilogy Quora
126The Brown Bunny 
Magnolia Forever
127The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” 
Huffington Post
128The Conformist 
The Guardian
129The Decalogue 
Magnolia Forever
130
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
 
Magnolia Forever
131The Fountain (2006)Darren AronofskyIMDB
132
The Gospel According to St Matthew
 
The Guardian
133The Idiots 
Magnolia Forever
134The Innocents” 
Huffington Post
135The KillerJohn WooMandatory
136
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
 Quora
137The Machinist (2004)Brad AndersonIMDB
138The Neon Demon (2016) 
TV OVer Mind
139The New World (2005)Terrence MalickIMDB
140The Passion of Joan of Arc 
Magnolia Forever
141The Piano Teacher 
Magnolia Forever
142The Seventh Seal 
Magnolia Forever
143The Square 
Another Mag
144The Thin Red Line (1998)Terrence MalickIMDB
145The Tree of Life (2011)Terrence MalickIMDB
146The Turin Horse 
Magnolia Forever
147There Will Be Blood (2007) 
Stark Insider
148Three Colours 
Magnolia Forever
149To the Wonder (2012)Terrence MalickIMDB
150Un Chien Andalou 
Magnolia Forever
151Upstream Color (2013)Shane CarruthIMDB
152Videodrome (1983) 
Film School Rejects
153Vivre sa Vie 
Magnolia Forever
154Wake in Fright (1971)Ted KotcheffIMDB
155Waking Life 
Magnolia Forever
156
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
 Reddit
157Wavelength 
Magnolia Forever
158Week End 
Magnolia Forever
159Werckmeister Harmonies 
Magnolia Forever
160Where the Wild Things Are (2009)Spike JonzeIMDB
161World on a Wire (1973) 
Film School Rejects
162
You Have No Idea How Much I Love You
 
Another Mag



11 Best Art House Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Another Mag Ten of the Best Arthouse Films of 2017 | AnOther
Film School Rejects 10 Essential Arthouse Sci-Fi Films – Film School Rejects
Huffington Post 11 Art-House Horror Movies To Watch This Halloween Instead Of The
IMDB The Essential Must See Top 50 Arthouse Films – IMDb
Magnolia Forever The 50 Essential Arthouse Movies | Southern Vision
Mandatory Best Art House Action Movies – Mandatory
Quora What are some essential arthouse films? – Quora
Reddit Arthouse films for a beginner : movies – Reddit
Stark Insider Top 10 arthouse films of the last 10 years | Stark Insider
The Guardian The 25 best arthouse films of all time | Film | The Guardian
TV OVer Mind Hereditary’–Like: The 5 Best Recent Arthouse Horror Movies

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