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Top 5 Trippiest Movies of All Time

Updated on August 19, 2011

Everyone has their own preference for movies they love to watch but every once in a while, we all like to take a walk on the "wild side" and explore genre's of movies that not only blow our minds but send us through a strange land and story that we don't normally find in the usual run-of-the-mill blockbusters.

This hub is dedicated to the top five trippiest movies of all time.

Buy Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is the recount of Hunter S. Thompson's journey to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race but in true Gonzo-style, everything is out of wack and nothing is as it seems when you mix in a suitcase full of drugs.

This movie is one of my all time favorite because I love Hunter S. Thompson's style of writing. The movie stars Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro that pairs the two in perfect roles where as Depp plays HST (journalist) and Del Toro (lawyer) - a tag team that don't seem to balance themselves out as they intended and ends up fueling each others binge throughout the movie.

If you want a wild ride of a movie than you need to check out Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream is one of the biggest downer movies on the face of the planet but it's absolutely incredible and quite trippy to say the least. What draws so many people to the movie is its brutal portrayal of a drug fueled relationship and how it effects the lives of all those around them.

The story follows two lovers, a best friend and the main characters mother while they struggle with their own personal demons and struggle with trying to 'make it big' by running their own drug business but as you can expect - things go south.

The soundtrack is stunning; Clint Mansell is at his best in the music for this film that gives it a chilling atmosphere. What truly makes the movie trippy is the art direction and camera work that always has you spinning around, zooming in and out, cutting back and forth as if you were part of the drug riddled journey. This is a must-have movie for anyone that wants a gut wrenching tale of love and craziness.

Buy 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

What can I say about 2001 that hasn't been said a thousand times? This movie is absolutely amazing in every way and will keep you pondering the meaning of the film for years on end. In fact, you can't seem to get a straight answer as far as the meaning goes for the movie and there are still people debating it to this day.

The movie focuses around different points in humanity's existence and an omnipresent obelisk that seems to represent, in some ways, pure knowledge. The movie is mostly cinematic with long shots and spacey sounds that leaves the viewer wondering what's going to happen; it's incredibly slow but draws you in like no other movie.

Kubrick is a master of his art work and 2001: A Space Odyssey really shows the level of sophistication he has for film making. In terms of trippiness, you can't really get anything bigger than 2001 because nearly ever scene will send you down thousands of different thoughts and theories that will haunt you forever (in a good way).

Buy Mirrormask


Mirrormask, by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, is a difficult movie to put one's finger on because it's one of the weirdest, trippiest and downright oddest movies you'll probably see in a great while.

Mirrormask revolves around a young girl who is fed up with her family's career in circus acts and, after an unfortunate accident with her mother, enters a fantasy world much like Alice in Wonderland where she is escorted by a cast of characters and does battle with shadow people.

The visual style and cinematography of the film is truly epic in every way. Your mind won't make up what to look at with so many interesting visuals passing through the screen. The characters are very enjoyable and the overall story hooks you in for the ride. This is one of those movies that you kick back, dig into and enjoy every minute of it while it blows your mind.


Koyaanisqatsi is an experimental movie that takes the viewer through multiple scenes in fast and slow motion. The 'story' of the movie is non existent - it's more of an 'experience' above anything else because it gives you a slice of life in many different parts of our lives from the morning commute to the launching of a space craft.

This movie definitely goes onto my list of trippiest movies because it challenges the normal approach to film making. It's a little hard to sit through because nothing really happens but it's absolutely stunning. Think of what a movie would be like if you were watching a Discovery channel show about the world around us while utilizing slow motion cameras and fast paced sequencing.

Everyone loves a good trippy movie from time to time. There's something strange that we seem to love about trippy movies because they share a story that isn't unlike we've ever experienced before. There are plenty of indie directories coming out with movies like these so we'll be in for a treat when they hit the silver screen. Let's keep hoping we'll get our minds blown!

I'm a big fan of trippy movies because they aren't 'normal' in any sense so they're always a blast to watch in place of the usual blockbusters. I hope you enjoy them too :)

Which trippy movies do you love?

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      5 years ago

      OMG!!!! You're missing one that really should be up there, if you will count animated movies. You can watch it on youtube, it's called Neko Jiro (Cat Soup). They made it into a short movie in honor of the manga-ka who killed herself after writing it. This is the type of movie you need to watch alone and think about to feel the full effect. The ending.... The ending is something I'm never going to forget. If you think about it and about the author's suicide, it's probably one of the scariest things ever. But yeah, please watch it.

      Also, there was a movie called Sucker Punch that was pretty trippy, but nowhere near the list of movies you have here. It was also organized chaos, so you could expect the craziness and see that it made sense.

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What an interesting list. These suggestions sound a lot like Trainspotting. The main theme to Requiem for a Dream is one of the best songs I have ever heard. Very good hub!

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      6 years ago from Conway, AR

      "Waking life" was a trippy movie. I've only seen two movies on this list. Mirrormask sounds interesting. Thanks for the list.

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      6 years ago from My Imagination.

      I saw this title and instantly thought (before clicking the link) "Gee, I wonder if Requiem for a Dream is on this list..." Glad to see I was right! (It's one of my all-time favorites. Between how beautifully it is done, and the fact that Lux Aeterna plays throughout... it IS chilling!)

      Anywho. Great list! I was going to add a few more in my comment, but the titles escape me. For now.


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