Transcendent Film Experiences (You’re not the same person once the film has finished)

This list focuses on hypnotic atmospheric films that inexplicably leave you in a transcendent state of shock, disbelief, and/or fear, and completely suck you in to the point where you could truly call it an "experience".

You can check out my addition to this list here, It's a Sci-Fi Horror Thriller Short I made during quarantine, and I think everyone who follows this list would surely like it as it's pretty shocking and super atmospheric. You can watch it by clicking HERE 


While the original list is great, it does feature numerous films because of their coming-of-age, romance, and/or innovative aspects, which deservedly qualify them as life-changing, but don't fit the central purpose of this new list.

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  • Under the Skin
  • It Has to Be Lived Once and Dreamed Twice
  • Enter the Void
  • Last and First Men
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Lighthouse
  • Dante: A Replication
  • The Tree of Life
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Victoria
  • Voyage of Time: Life's Journey
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Eraserhead
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Three Transitions
  • Lost Highway
  • Atman
  • Inland Empire
  • The Neon Demon
  • Climax
  • Paris, Texas
  • The Wanting Mare
  • mother!
  • Suspiria
  • Only God Forgives
  • Arrival
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • A Serbian Film
  • Melancholia
  • Hereditary
  • Solaris
  • Age Out
  • A Ghost Story
  • Columbus
  • Gummo
  • Irreversible
  • All These Sleepless Nights
  • Let the Corpses Tan
  • Upstream Color
  • Kill It and Leave This Town
  • As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty
  • Love
  • Yi Yi
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Days of Heaven
  • HyperNormalisation
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Nostalgia
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • White Film
  • A Florida Melancholy
  • First Reformed
  • Trash Humpers
  • Sleep Has Her House
  • The Fountain
  • Stalker
  • Syndromes and a Century
  • Tropical Malady
  • Julien Donkey-Boy
  • Antichrist
  • The New World
  • 3 Women
  • Antiporno
  • Burning
  • Cemetery of Splendor
  • La Haine
  • Ikiru
  • Beau Travail
  • Trouble Every Day
  • 35 Shots of Rum
  • The House That Jack Built
  • You Were Never Really Here
  • Field Niggas
  • Mommy
  • Third Kind
  • The Image Book
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Woodshock
  • 24 Frames
  • BPM (Beats per Minute)
  • Diaries, Notes, and Sketches
  • The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome
  • News from Home
  • good kid, m.A.A.d city
  • James White
  • It takes a muscle to fall in love.
  • Breathless
  • Daisies
  • Late Spring
  • The Brown Bunny
  • From the Notebook of...
  • Lucifer Rising
  • Donnie Darko
  • Niandra
  • Personal Shopper
  • Lost River
  • Kids
  • Caché