High Art Genre Movies

Movies made by auteur directors with a very arthouse sensibility, that happen to be genre movies (e.g. horror films, heist films, martial arts films etc).

This is not an attempt to sneer at genre movies (which is an attitude I hate and would never be my intention), but just to highlight a particular, distinct subset of film.

Films do not have to be good to make this list. I myself do not like some of the films here.

Suggestions welcome.


I'm just going to clarify a little what sort of films belong on this list, as I originally envisioned it. Here are some great arthouse / high art films that aren't genre films: Moonlight, The Tree of Life, In the…

  • Death Watch
  • Benny's Video
  • The Man from London
  • Midnight Special
  • Code 46
  • Lone Star
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Tenant
  • Hidden Agenda
  • Spirits of the Dead
  • Black Moon
  • Bérénice
  • The Creatures
  • Ex Machina
  • Angel's Egg
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Love Is Colder Than Death
  • Son of the White Mare
  • Foam Bath
  • The Pillow Book
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Ad Astra
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • The Virgin Spring
  • Kwaidan
  • Miami Vice
  • Gomorrah
  • Upstream Color
  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Bangkok Dangerous
  • Uncut Gems
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Mandy
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Oldboy
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Birds of Passage
  • The Love Witch
  • Fallen Angels
  • Boiling Point
  • Fireworks
  • Tampopo
  • Hero
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Her
  • Pietà
  • Killing Them Softly
  • The Devils
  • Caché
  • Marketa Lazarová
  • Nosferatu
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
  • Perfect Blue
  • THX 1138
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Seconds
  • Repulsion
  • La Jetée
  • Deadlock
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Humanité
  • Li'l Quinquin
  • Antiporno
  • Hereditary
  • Snowpiercer
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Thelma
  • The Conformist
  • Irreversible
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Revanche
  • The Last Battle
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
  • Lady Snowblood
  • The Night of the Hunter
  • Blow-Up
  • PlayTime
  • Rififi
  • A Touch of Zen
  • Sleep Has Her House
  • Le Trou
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • A Little Princess
  • Eraserhead
  • Deep End
  • Daughters of Darkness
  • Personal Shopper
  • Sisters
  • Army of Shadows
  • Blood Simple
  • The Cremator
  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black
  • Resolution
  • Spring
  • The Endless
  • Climax
  • Throne of Blood
  • Ran
  • Shadow