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…

  • The Fountain
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Thief
  • Stranger by the Lake
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Pickpocket
  • Il Sorpasso
  • Mafioso
  • Jigoku
  • Santa Sangre
  • Paprika
  • The Conversation
  • M
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Alice
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Dreams
  • Tears of the Black Tiger
  • Until the End of the World
  • El Topo
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Wind Journeys
  • Embrace of the Serpent
  • Orlando
  • The Last Wave
  • The Man Who Wasn't There
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion
  • Metropolis
  • Kagero-za
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Good Manners
  • Suspiria
  • Blood and Black Lace
  • Kagemusha
  • The Children of the Dead
  • Fast Color
  • Advantageous
  • The World of Kanako
  • Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
  • The Nightingale
  • Jackie Brown
  • McCabe & Mrs. Miller
  • Point Blank
  • Wild at Heart
  • Fantastic Planet
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Sexy Beast
  • Silent Trigger
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • The Limey
  • City of Pirates
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Cure
  • The Devil
  • The Big Heat
  • Diabolique
  • Gothic
  • Images
  • Johnny Guitar
  • La Cérémonie
  • Le Doulos
  • Let the Corpses Tan
  • November
  • Open Your Eyes
  • Pale Flower
  • The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
  • Richard III
  • The Saragossa Manuscript
  • The Hourglass Sanatorium
  • Time of the Gypsies
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
  • The Wailing
  • Youth Without Youth
  • A Prophet
  • The Beat That My Heart Skipped
  • Last and First Men
  • Belly
  • Black Swan
  • Peeping Tom
  • The City of Lost Children
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • The Vanishing
  • Made in U.S.A
  • The Wild Blue Yonder
  • Sunshine
  • Moon
  • Primer
  • Unforgiven
  • Symptoms
  • Anti-Clock
  • Fascination
  • The Night of the Hunted
  • Lips of Blood
  • Starfish