High Art Genre Movies

Movies made by auteur directors with a very arthouse sensibility, that happen to be genre movies (e.g. horror films, heist films, martial arts films etc).

This is not an attempt to sneer at genre movies (which is an attitude I hate and would never be my intention), but just to highlight a particular, distinct subset of film.

Films do not have to be good to make this list. I myself do not like some of the films here.

Suggestions welcome.



I'm just going to clarify a little what sort of films belong on this list, as I originally envisioned it. Here are some great arthouse / high art films that aren't genre films: Moonlight, The Tree of Life, In the…

  • Stalker
  • Bacurau
  • Possession
  • Solaris
  • Blue Velvet
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Thirst
  • The Assassin
  • Mauvais Sang
  • The Shining
  • Burning
  • Under the Skin
  • The Handmaiden
  • Children of Men
  • The Lighthouse
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Arrival
  • Badlands
  • Drive
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • Sonatine
  • The Skin I Live In
  • 2046
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Shape of Water
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Hard to Be a God
  • Melancholia
  • Raw
  • Alphaville
  • The Addiction
  • Atlantics
  • Ashes of Time
  • Revenge
  • mother!
  • The Grandmaster
  • High Life
  • The House That Jack Built
  • The Wild Goose Lake
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Suspiria
  • Passion
  • Knife+Heart
  • Midsommar
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Vampyr
  • A Snake of June
  • The Whispering Star
  • Killing
  • Branded to Kill
  • Meek's Cutoff
  • The Serpent's Egg
  • Dead Man's Letters
  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears
  • Onibaba
  • Poison for the Fairies
  • Antichrist
  • A Field in England
  • Belladonna of Sadness
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Annihilation
  • World on a Wire
  • All That Jazz
  • Widows
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Whistlers
  • Miss Zombie
  • Singapore Sling
  • Ash Is Purest White
  • Electric Dragon 80.000 V
  • Noisy Requiem
  • Wedding Trough
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Brazil
  • Funny Games
  • Night Moves
  • Spring Breakers
  • It Comes at Night
  • Blade Runner
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Only God Forgives
  • Inherent Vice
  • Le Samouraï
  • Altered States
  • Jauja
  • The Witch
  • On the Silver Globe
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • Vertigo
  • Trouble Every Day
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • The Dead Don't Die
  • Dead Man
  • The Limits of Control
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
  • Videodrome
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre