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Top 5 Weirdest Movies

Updated on August 31, 2012
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I have always liked weird movies. It’s remarkable how creative some filmmakers can be. Here are five of the weirdest movies I have seen, in no particular order.

Movie: Teeth

Released: 2007

Director: Mitchell Lichtenstein

Plot: A girl discovers she has teeth in an unusual part of her body when she becomes the victim of rape attempts. She uses her teeth to give her abusers the comeuppance they deserve.

Commentary: A feminist horror film? There aren’t many of those out there. “Teeth” is the least acclaimed film on this list, but it has to receive at least some credit for creativity. Jess Weixler gives a solid performance in the lead role.

Movie: Mulholland Dr

Released: 2000

Director: David Lynch

Plot: A naïve and optimistic actress named Betty (Naomi Watts) moves into her aunt’s empty apartment in Hollywood to pursue her dreams of stardom. She encounters a strange woman named Camilla (Lauren Harring) hiding in the apartment. Camilla is suffering from amnesia and Betty tries to help her discover her identity. Together, they uncover a sinister plot that involves (or seems to involve) mobsters, a dwarf, an inept hit man, and a strange nightclub.

Commentary: It is any surprise that a David Lynch film made this list? “Mulholland Drive” is an eerie, bizarre movie that has been interpreted in myriad ways. While the plot is virtually impossible to fully comprehend, it does explore several interesting themes. The influence of dreams, the loss of personal identity, and the artificiality of Hollywood are all studied in the film. “Mulholland Drive” has earned tremendous critical acclaim, receiving four star reviews from many critics, including Roger Ebert. The lesson to draw from this film is that movies don’t necessarily have to be comprehensible to be good. If one tries to understand it, one will just become confused and frustrated. It’s better to just sit back, relax, and experience it on its own terms.

Movie: Donnie Darko

Released: 2001

Director: Richard Kelly

Plot: Set in Virginia in 1988, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an intelligent but mentally disturbed teenager who begins having visions of a man in a giant bunny suit who tells him that the world is going to end in 28 days. Frank gives Donnie several tasks he must perform in order to save the world and grants him supernatural abilities to help him complete the tasks.

Commentary: This film is available in two versions, the original cut and the extended director’s cut. I prefer the original version because it is more mysterious. This is a fun movie to watch around Halloween. It has a nice ‘80s soundtrack and some solid performances. Like “Mulholland Drive”, it can be interpreted in many different ways, especially the ending.

Movie: Pi

Released: 1998

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Plot: A genius mathematician discovers a 216 digit number that explains the universe. A religious sect and a corporation both try to persuade him to give them his secret.

Commentary: This was Aronofsky’s first film. It was made with a very low budget and shot in black and white. It explores the concept of how information can be interpreted and exploited by groups to serve their own agendas. This is probably the least mainstream film on this list, which is saying a great deal.

Movie: Being John Malkovich

Released: 1999

Director: Spike Jonze

Plot: Depressed puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) discovers a portal on floor seven and a half of an office building that leads directly into the mind of actor John Malkovich (playing a fictionalized version of himself). Craig reveals his discovery to others and charges them $200 for the experience.

Commentary: This movie was written by Charlie Kaufman, who also wrote “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaption”. The idea of being transported into the head of a famous person and experiencing life through their eyes (if only for fifteen minutes at a time, which is how long Craig is able to do it before being ejected) is an intriguing concept.

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      jklahlou 4 years ago

      The weirdist film I have seen, by a long shot, is Eraserhead. Brilliant film too.

      I also like the film Andy suggested, Paprika.

      Would probably be the top 2 for me in terms of weird.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Andy - Yeah David Lynch movies are always so strange! He must be an eccentric guy.

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      Andy McGuire 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article. I can tell we are going to be internet hubpage buds given our eclectic appreciation of movies. That said, anything by David Lynch is weird, that just goes without saying. I can't watch a David Lynch film without wanting to pry my own brain out with a screwdriver because it keeps incessantly trying to find logic in Lynch's stories.

      My vote for weirdest movie: Scott Pilgrim, Paprika, or Shaolin Soccer.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Nah it shouldn't take that long.

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      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks nanderson500, I figured that I would have to be on for at least a certain period time. I wasn't sure at first, but thanks. Do you have to wait 6 months to be approved?

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      You have to approved by google adsense to get into the hubpages earning program. The longer you are on here, and the more hubs you have, the better chance adsense will approve you. You can always reapply, I got rejected by them like three times before I was approved.

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      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey nanderson500, can I still earn money without the Google AdSense? I tried to register for it, but wasn't approved because I don't meet the program criteria.

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      nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Miller2232 - I like both of those as well. They are very creative! I really need to watch Being John Malkovich again sometime.

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      Sinclair Miller III 4 years ago from Florida

      "Being John Malkovich" and "Donnie Darko" were good movies.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah, I saw 12 Monkeys a long time ago. It was definitely weird!

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      KevinC9998 5 years ago

      One of my favorite weird movies is, "Twelve Monkeys". It makes you wonder if the crazy people are really crazy or just know something that we do not!

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thefilmguy - The scenes between Howard and Lea Thompson are bizarrely disturbing yet entertaining.

      Unknown spy - Yeah they are really strange, thanks for commenting!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow..i have never heard of these movies nor seen them before. definitely weird!

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      Howard the Duck...that is a sure weird movie that maybe should've not have been made. But to be honest, it could be considered a cult classic due to it's weirdness and it's silly premise. Good choice though.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah, that is definitely a weird movie!

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      gardengirlwest 5 years ago

      Great list, but I would add "Howard the Duck."

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Ehealer, MundaneMondays, MadAndrew, and Shusanik, thanks for your comments! Lots of good examples of weird movies here. There must be lots of fans of strange movies on hubpages!

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      Shushanik 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      I like "Pi". Much better movie by Darren Aronofsky than his later works like "Black Swan", "Wrestler" and "Fountain". Actually, I'm a big fan of independent movies with the "hidden sense" :) Unfortunately they are very rare in American film industry...

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      MadAndrew007 5 years ago

      I would have to add Naked Lunch with Peter Weir and directed by Cronenburg. By far the weirdest movie I ever saw. It features a talking typewriter that's in the shape of a sort of vagina. I wish I was kidding! Based loosely on William S Buroughs book of short stories.

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      i forgot to say Scott Pilgram and Run Lola, weird but good movies, oh and the fifth element creator was on "Moke" ..It's a mix of Meth and Coke..heard it's good

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      Deborah 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Nanderson, you actually mentioned one of my all time favs, Pi. You did it! No one knows that movie (well almost no one), My favorite part is when he states "the computer was given an equation that forced it to realize it's own consciousness. Very cool and great writing. You should be a critic, I'll tell you. Voted Up!

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Jools - Yeah Kaufman is a great writer, I like his movies.

      Sunshine - Saw reached part seven before they mercifully ended it, it's demise was caused by the success of the Paranormal Activity films. Saw wasn't getting the box office it used to with those movies to compete with.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I've never seen any of these weird movies! I heard about a couple of them, if that helps at all. I think the weirdest movie I ever saw was any "Saw" movie. I saw the first two. I only watched #2 because I thought just maybe it could help explain #1, it didn't. I remained surprised when they kept making more...I think they are up to Saw 99 now? haha!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Interesting hub - The only one of these I have seen is 'Being John Malkovich' and I loved it - I enjoyed all of the tangents it went off on and all of the actors were very good in it, especially Cameron Diaz, practically unrecognisable as John Cusack's girlfriend. I rather like Charlie Kaufman's writing - you have to expect the unexpected.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Benisan - Yeah Cloverfield is pretty weird, at least in terms of the style in which it was made. I haven't seen any of the other ones on your list, but I definitely agree about Teeth!

      Patty - Thanks again for commenting and voting up!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awesome List Nick!!! I definitely agree with the movies that I have seen on this list. Well Done!!!

      Voted Up, Awesome, and Interesting!!!

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      Ka'imi'loa 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      for me my list would be:

      1. In Bruges

      2. Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist

      3. Jumper

      4. The Happening

      5. Cloverfield

      and last, but not least...

      the movie "Teeth" if you ever watch this flick, be prepared to trip.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Yeah I think person who created The Fifth Element must have been on acid or something, haha. I like The Virgin Suicides, cool and weird movie. Haven't seen the other three. Thanks for commenting!

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      MundaneMondays 5 years ago

      My top 5 you say ?? lol

      The 5th Element very nuts and crazy lol, what was that movie even about ? lol

      what else..... Like water for chocolate ...

      Stigmata

      The Virgin Suicides and The Royal Tentanbaums

      those were five movies i found really weird

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks! Yeah I considered Requiem for a Dream, that is pretty weird too. There are lots of strange movies out there.

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      Thefilmguy24 5 years ago

      I've every film on this list except for "Mulholland Dr." I've heard of the film but just never had the chance to check it out. Now that it made your list of strange films, I now have to check it out. "Teeth" was a strange film due to the fact that a girl has some teeth in her nether-regions and uses them to her advantage on people that try to take advantage of her. Like you said, it's a pretty feminist horror flick which we don't really get a lot of, but it's still a great movie. "Being John Malkovich" is probably my favorite on your list since that it is written by Charlie Kaufman and directed buy Spike Jonze. The cast is great and the acting was pretty spot on. The film was actually a weird concept and it was pretty damn funny. I don't know if this movie is considered weird, but it's a really F-ed up movie, "Requiem for a Dream", written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. That movie was a trip for me due to the fact on how Aronofsky portrayed on how drugs can affect people differently but at the same time destroying their lives. Great list. Love reading your articles. Keep it up.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I haven't seen that one, it certainly looks weird though.

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      panderson53 5 years ago

      I see you spared everyone by leaving The Human Centipede off this list.

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      nanderson500 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Domenick, carol, and billy thanks for commenting! And yes nearly everything Lynch has done could probably be on here. I've only seen two of his movies though, the other was Blue Velvet, which wasn't as weird as Mulholland Drive.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I never saw "Teeth"...guess I'll have to now. Great list!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I have never seen any of these, but enjoyed the information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Domenick Dicce 5 years ago

      Great list of weird movies.

      I have never seen teeth and almost anything by David Lynch could make this list.