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…

  • Lips of Blood
  • Starfish
  • Pi
  • Repo Man
  • The Land of Cards
  • Strange Days
  • Evolution
  • The Hired Hand
  • The Homesman
  • Witchhammer
  • Winter's Bone
  • Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime
  • We Are the Flesh
  • Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Koko-di Koko-da
  • Perfect
  • Shin Godzilla
  • The Irishman
  • The Wild Boys
  • Japanese Summer: Double Suicide
  • Go, Go Second Time Virgin
  • Baby Blood
  • Ms .45
  • Lost Highway
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Salomé
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • Mind Game
  • L'Inhumaine
  • The Face of Another
  • The Falls
  • The Element of Crime
  • Tuvalu
  • Possible Worlds
  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization
  • Man Facing Southeast
  • Days of Eclipse
  • A Visitor to a Museum
  • It's All About Love
  • The Ugly Swans
  • The Golem
  • Häxan
  • Faust
  • A Page of Madness
  • The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Mother Joan of the Angels
  • Viy
  • Kuroneko
  • The Third Part of the Night
  • Successive Slidings of Pleasure
  • Io Island
  • Zigeunerweisen
  • The Beautiful Prisoner
  • Three Crowns of the Sailor
  • The Pied Piper
  • The Death King
  • Little Otik
  • The Blood of a Poet
  • Testament of Orpheus
  • Orpheus
  • Zvenigora
  • Ugetsu
  • Juliet of the Spirits
  • Fellini Satyricon
  • Heroic Purgatory
  • Céline and Julie Go Boating
  • Schalcken the Painter
  • The Magic Flute
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • Wings of Desire
  • Prospero's Books
  • Arizona Dream
  • Mad Love
  • The Untamed
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • Amer
  • Poison
  • Invasion
  • Hotel Fear
  • The Possessed
  • Little Joe
  • The Hole
  • Good Time
  • After Hours
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • The Tragedy of Man
  • Edvard Munch
  • Born of Fire
  • Casa de Lava
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Inland Empire
  • Pulse
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Sorry to Bother You