They aren't films; they're experiences

Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres and worlds that they build. Often, these worlds are able to get under the viewer's skin and stay with them for quite some time, for better or worse.

Recommendations that go into this category are welcome.

  • Natural Born Killers
  • Melancholia
  • Antichrist
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Altered States
  • The Devils
  • El Topo
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Drive
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Take Shelter
  • La Jetée
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Jaws
  • The Lord of the Rings Collection
  • Amer
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Sorcerer
  • The Fall
  • The Last Wave
  • Suspiria
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Barton Fink
  • Amélie
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Hellraiser
  • Brazil
  • The Thing
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • The House of the Devil
  • Possession
  • The Cremator
  • Climates
  • Marketa Lazarová
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Se7en
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Heart of Glass
  • Blast of Silence
  • The Turin Horse
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • 3 Women
  • Vanishing Waves
  • Begotten
  • Aftermath
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • The Apple
  • Babel
  • Come and See
  • Naked Lunch
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Pi
  • Beetlejuice
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Under the Skin
  • The Fly
  • Troll 2
  • Gravity
  • Fight Club
  • Dogtooth
  • Vertigo
  • Pink Floyd: The Wall
  • Confessions
  • Persona
  • Andrei Rublev
  • Baraka
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • All Is Lost
  • The Impossible
  • Days of Heaven
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Lost in Translation
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • Kids
  • The Act of Killing
  • Enemy
  • Her
  • Cemetery Man
  • Adaptation.
  • Mr. Nobody
  • Calvary
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Point Blank
  • The Element of Crime
  • Europa
  • Boyhood
  • Akira
  • Coherence
  • Lucy
  • Repulsion
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Somewhere