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.

  • Palo Alto
  • Birth
  • Trash Humpers
  • Waking Life
  • Leviathan
  • Downfall
  • White Tiger
  • Bug
  • Pixote
  • The Parallax View
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Walkabout
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • The City of Lost Children
  • Delicatessen
  • Dark City
  • eXistenZ
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Children of Men
  • City of God
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • Love Object
  • Trouble Every Day
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Seconds
  • The Reader
  • Closer
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Rover
  • On the Silver Globe
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Watership Down
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Dreams
  • Bio-Dome
  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
  • Save the Green Planet!
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction
  • Castle in the Sky
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Interstellar
  • Nightcrawler
  • Casino
  • Scarface
  • GoodFellas
  • PlayTime
  • The White Ribbon
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?