Postmodern movies are rarer these days, as few films churned out by Hollywood break the conventions of storytelling that are tried and true for a blockbuster. Most just deliver a basic product to an audience. However, there are a few postmodern films out there that you probably didn't even know were postmodern, and they are worth watching and thinking about. Check out the top five postmodern movies that you probably didn't know were postmodern.
While "The Graduate" doesn't seem like it is a post modern film due now to the fact that it is considered a modern classic, it is actually a brilliant take on someone trying to make sense of suburbia. It has a clever script and excellent cinematography to drive this satire home, making it a film worth watching and talking about for years to come, even though it was made over 40 years ago.
"A Clockwork Orange".
Kubrick's gritty science fiction film made from the Anthony Burgess novel is a statement on violence in our society and how the government can't find an acceptable way to stop it. Despite the dark and brutal scenes throughout the movie, there is a ton of post modern philosophy buried in the subtext, especially in the fact that you feel for a murderer and rapist and aren't upset when he gets away with it in the end.
"Synecdoche, New York".
From the brilliant mind of Charlie Kaufman comes the involved, layered, complex and fascinating film "Synecdoche, New York", which is discernible on first viewing, but so much more so on subsequent viewings. It is about the obsession of the artist's mind and, in turn, the obsession that all creators have trying to replicate the human experience.
"American History X".
A dark, violent yet beautiful film that is seemingly about race relations was overlooked due to filmmaker Tony Kaye's issues with the studio who made the film. But on concurrent viewings, "American History X" may be one of the most post modern films made in the past two decades, touching on just about every aspect of America and playing with time through flashbacks.
"The Big Lebowski".
Discussion over what "The Big Lebowski" is really about could go on for weeks, which was kind of the brilliant point to this rambling, incredible comedy from the Coen Brothers. It seems to be partly a metaphor for politics, for California and for America as a whole. Despite not necessarily having an answer, it's still one of the best films made in decades, and that is a postmodern feat in and of itself.