25 Weirdest Movies Of All Time
There are many other weirdly made films that have mind-boggling plots and strange characters. All the movies voted for this category have one thing in common; they will leave you confused and terribly disturbed. Some international film directors and producers have a bizarre sense of humor and even more terrible ways of displaying it on screen.
Total Film releases a list of “23 Weirdest Films Of All Time” and of course, we added our own picks. Here are the 25 weirdest movies produced so far in the history of the cinema.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma)
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Writers: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Citti (screenplay)
Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle
Four Fascists a Duke, a President, a Bishop and a Magistrate abduct nine boys and girls and subject them to perverted torture for 120 days. “We Fascists are the only true anarchists, naturally, once we’re masters of the state. In fact, the one real anarchy is that of power.” The Duke. A movie like Salo has no moral teaching whatsoever, and the story behind it is just gross. However, such evils of society perpetrated by high government officials do exist despite the world preferring to turn a blind eye.
Director: David Lynch
Writer: David Lynch
Stars: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph
Henry lives alone with a disfigured old lady living in a radiator as his neighbor. A short fling leaves Mary X pregnant, but she gives birth to a strange lizard-like baby that never stops crying.
The Wizard of Oz
Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor
Writers: Noel Langley (screenplay), Florence Ryerson (screenplay)
Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
Dorothy and her dog named Toto end up in the magical land of OZ when a tornado sweeps their house. She meets three friends a scarecrow, a cowardly lion, and a tin-man while on the yellow brick road leading to the Wizard in Emerald City. All of them want their wishes granted.
Being John Malkovich
Director: Spike Jonze
Writer: Charlie Kaufman
Stars: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener
Craig Schwartz is an unemployed puppeteer in New York. An offer by Dr. Lester presents the reluctant Craig with a mysterious business opportunity, a portal into the mind of John Horatio Malkovich.
Director: Richard Kelly
Writer: Richard Kelly
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
Donnie doesn’t get along with anyone at home or in school! He survives a freak accident and starts following the commands of a ghostly bunny that he sees in his visions commit crimes.
Director: Brian Yuzna
Writers: Rick Fry, Woody Keith
Stars: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards
Billy is a down to earth guy, but his family only interacts with the high and mighty of society. He also thinks his girlfriend is becoming weird, but things get even stranger when he changes onto a cult-ish party going on at his house.
Even Dwarfs Started Small
Director: Werner Herzog
Writer: Werner Herzog
Stars: Helmut Döring, Paul Glauer, Gisela Hertwig
A group of dwarfs locked up in an island facility revolt against the people keeping them there. They show their distaste for their confinement in a series of very horrific acts of defiance including crucifying a monkey!
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Itaru Era
Stars: Ken’ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe
The troubled Yamazaki family comprising of Kiyoshi, who is a sexual deviant father, Keiko the abused wife, Miki the prostitute daughter and Takuya the bullied son meet a strange visitor who helps them change their lives.
Director: Ken Russell
Writers: Paddy Chayefsky (screenplay), Paddy Chayefsky (novel)
Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban
Edward Jessup is a psychologist working on an experiment that he believes could open up different consciousness states. Things don’t go as planned and he starts experiencing several changes that might lead him to total insanity.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Darren Aronofsky (story)
Stars: Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman
Being a mathematics genius, Max builds a supercomputer that can help him find a number that represents nature patterns. Before the computer crashes, it gives out a number code that could be God’s real name and the key to uncovering mysteries of the universe.
Tetsuo (The Iron Man)
Director: Shin’ya Tsukamoto
Writer: Shin’ya Tsukamoto
Stars: Kei Fujiwara, Tomorowo Taguchi, Nobu Kanaoka
A man and his girlfriend are out on a drive when they hit a madman who has a fetish of sticking metal into his skin. However, the madman isn’t dead, and he curses the hit-and-run driver whose skin is slowly turning into scrap metal.
Director: Robert Downey Sr.
Writer: Robert Downey Sr.
Stars: Joe Madden, James Green, Mariclare Costello
18 people act as different dogs in a pound waiting to be adopted. It’s primarily set in the 60s.
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Steven Soderbergh, Scott Allen, Betsy Brantley
Fletcher Munson works for the Eventualism, a Scientology corporation as a speechwriter for the leader. His wife is having an affair with his dentist doppelganger and Elmo the exterminator runs around town taking photos of his private parts and seducing neglected women.
Director: Adrian Lyne
Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin
Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello
Jacob Singer returns from the war in Vietnam a very disturbed man. He experiences flashbacks and hallucinations that are driving him mad. His friend Louis, Sarah, his ex-wife and his current girlfriend Jezzie try to help him.
I Heart Huckabees
Director: David O. Russell
Writers: David O. Russell, Jeff Baena
Stars: Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts
Albert is an environmentalist who believes that seeing Brad three times in a day is a strange occurrence that could mean something. He hires the existential detective couple Bernard and Vivian to solve his anxious suspicions. Brad however also employs investigators with an agenda of his own.
Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Writers: Philippe Caland (story), Jennifer Chambers Lynch (screenplay)
Stars: Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton
Dr. Nick Cavanaugh is fatally obsessed and refuses to accept that his sexy ex-lover Helena has moved on. An accident that leaves her completely disfigured lands her in his house as a prisoner with all limbs cut off.
Director: Shane Carruth
Writer: Shane Carruth
Stars: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden
Two engineer friends and inventors Abe and Aaron build a time machine. However, they soon discover that it is not such a good discovery after all, and there are severe repercussions.
Director: Tod Browning
Writer: Clarence Aaron ‘Tod’ Robbins (adapted from the story “Spurs”)
Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova
Cleopatra and Hercules work in a circus of freaks. Hans is a love-sick dwarf who has just landed a big inheritance and Cleopatra intends to marry him then steal it and run off with Hercules. Things go terribly wrong for the scheming duo when other circus freaks and friends of Hans learn of the ploy.
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, José Legarreta
El Topo is a gunslinger clad in black traveling through a desert land on a horse facing numerous adversaries and avenging the weak that are oppressed.
Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist
Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Bob Flanagan, Sheree Rose, Kathe Burkhart
These are the documented Chronicles of Bob Flanagan who starts to torture and maim himself repeatedly to overcome acute pain from the cystic fibrosis he was diagnosed. He also falls deep into sadomasochism.
Un Chien Andalou
Director: Luis Buñuel (as Louis Bunuel)
Writers: Salvador Dalí (sceenplay), Luis Buñuel (sceenplay)
Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel
The 17 minutes film features scenes that will either stir deep emotions to one audience or mean absolutely nothing to another such as dragging a dead horse on a piano or a woman’s eye being slit open.
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Director: Peter Weir
Writers: Joan Lindsay (novel), Cliff Green (screenplay)
Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray
Miranda and her schoolmates are treated to a picnic by their otherwise strict headmistress. However, a group of students and one teacher disappears mysteriously.
Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: David Cronenberg
Stars: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits
Max Renn desperately looks for a program to boost his viewership ratings for his TV channel. He stumbles upon a gruesome show that may not be as be as fake as it seems especial after his girlfriend is never seen again after going to audition for the show.
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López
The young Ofelia enters into an old maze where she discovers her background as a lost princess. She must complete three dangerous tasks to become an immortal.
Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam (a.k.a. The Man Who Saved The World)
Director: Cetin Inanc
Writer: Cuneyt Arkin (screenplay)
Stars: Cuneyt Arkin, Aytekin Akkaya, Fusun Ucar
Two space cadets Ali and Murat end up on a desert planet after their spaceships crash during a space battle. The adventures on the alien planet pit them against an evil wizard who wants to take over the earth. Most of the scenes are pulled directly off Star Wars, but the plot is unique. You may be laughing at the absurdity while watching the film. But you need to see the irony and comedy behind it. The movie is considered one of the most cult movies ever made.