Absurdist

A friend once described absurdism—citing Albert Camus—through the Greek myth of Sisyphus. Sisyphus was punished by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity. In other words, it is the very essence of eternal tragedy and hell. Camus, on the other hand, sees the tragic situation and can't help but laugh at the bizarre predicament. Absurdism is the ability to find strange and off-beat enjoyment out of something horrible or tragic.

This is a list of films that more or less deal with absurdism. All of them have a tendency toward dark comedy, and while very few compare to the others, they are joined by this weird vein of "fucked up"-ness that I just happen to dig.

Alphabetical order. Will be continuously updated.

  • 3 Women
  • 5 Films About Technology
  • Act of Being Polite
  • Adaptation.
  • All That Jazz
  • Alps
  • American Animals
  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • Annie Hall
  • Anomalisa
  • Asparagus
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Bambi Meets Godzilla
  • The Beach Bum
  • Bear
  • Behind the Curve
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Bellissima
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Big Sick
  • The Big Swallow
  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Blindspotting
  • The Bling Ring
  • Blood Simple
  • Booksmart
  • Border
  • Born in Flames
  • The Boss of It All
  • The Brand New Testament
  • Breathless
  • A Brief History of John Baldessari
  • The Burden
  • But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Casus Belli
  • Cats
  • Chinese Roulette
  • City Lights
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Comedy
  • The Cow
  • Dark Side of the Moon
  • David Holzman's Diary
  • The Dead Don't Die
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Death of Dick Long
  • The Death of Stalin
  • Deerskin
  • Diamantino
  • The Dirties
  • The Disaster Artist
  • Dogtooth
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Ears, Eyes and Throats: Restored Classic and Lost Punk Films 1976-1981
  • East Side Story
  • Eight Hours Don't Make a Day
  • Eighth Grade
  • Eraserhead
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • An Exercise in Discipline: Peel
  • The Exterminating Angel
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Favourite
  • The Firemen's Ball
  • The Fly
  • Four Lions
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Frank
  • Free Fire
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Game Night
  • The Graduate
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Harold and Maude
  • Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
  • Head
  • Heartbeats
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • Heathers
  • Hello Skinny
  • Hi Stranger
  • The Holy Mountain
  • House
  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things
  • The Idiots
  • In Bruges
  • Incident by a Bank
  • Ingrid Goes West
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • The Killing
  • Knives Out
  • The Kármán Line
  • La Chinoise
  • Lance Lizardi
  • The Lobster