Where To Start: 50 Avant-Garde Films for the Curious

These are mostly canonical works, but it's also a fairly personal list and should be taken with a grain of salt.

These films will not be to everyone's taste, nor should they be. But they will give a pretty broad sense of the history of the field, offer some cultural literacy in a-g film, and should serve as a good jumping-off point for further exploration.

Organized chronologically. But feel free to dive in anywhere you like.

Many can be found on YouTube, Ubuweb, or other nefarious sources.

  • Return to Reason

    1

  • Ballet mĂ©canique

    2

  • Un Chien Andalou

    3

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    4

  • Rose Hobart

    5

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    6

  • The Lead Shoes

    7

  • Venom and Eternity

    8

  • Free Radicals

    9

  • Very Nice, Very Nice

    10

  • Kiss

    11

  • Little Stabs at Happiness

    12

  • Mothlight

    13

  • Scorpio Rising

    14

  • Go! Go! Go!

    15

  • Now!

    16

  • Peyote Queen

    17

  • Report

    18

  • Castro Street

    19

  • Hold Me While I'm Naked

    20

  • Our Trip to Africa

    21

  • Fuses

    22

  • Wavelength

    23

  • Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One

    24

  • My Name Is Oona

    25

  • T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G

    26

  • Berlin Horse

    27

  • (nostalgia)

    28

  • Dyn Amo

    29

  • Gulls and Buoys

    30

  • Can Dialectics Break Bricks?

    31

  • Film About a Woman Who…

    32

  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

    33

  • One Way Boogie Woogie

    34

  • Spacy

    35

  • Mutiny

    36

  • Standard Gauge

    37

  • Optic Nerve

    38

  • Fake Fruit Factory

    39

  • Sink or Swim

    40

  • Side/Walk/Shuttle

    41

  • Passage Ă  l'acte

    42

  • Variations

    43

  • Outer Space

    44

  • Time and Tide

    45

  • The Great Art of Knowing

    46

  • Light Is Waiting

    47

  • Oxhide II

    48

  • Something Between Us

    49

  • Ears, Nose and Throat

    50