Best Mystic Movies list

Mystic movies are set of movies in the fantasy theme, which is usually exotic, folklore, mythology, supernatural events and magical. It is a kind of speculative fiction mixed with science fiction and a touch of horror. It is not surprising also that the three genres do overlap most times. In this write-up, we will show you some of the best mystic movies of all time. Continue reading to learn more about them.


Mystic Movies List

El Topo

The movie was released in 1970 and has remained one of the best all-time mystic movies. The movie was produced by Alejandro Jodorowsky. It was actually the first movie ever produced by this Chilean movie producer. He produced this movie while he was living in Mexico City. The movie is both haunting and exciting. It is even considered as being scatological and divine at the same time. The movie is divided into two parts, with the first part following a mystical cowboy acted by the producer, Jodorowsky. In this first part, the mystical cowboy went on a quest in the desert in search of the four masters of the revolver with the intention of killing them.

In the second part, on the other hand, the producer also acted as a deity highly adored by the people having congenital deformities expelled from a town nearby consequent of their ugliness.


The Holy Mountain

Mountain of the Holy Cross

This movie can also be called La Montana Sagrada and was also produced Alejandro Jodorowsky in 1973. The producer was encouraged to produce this movie shortly after the successful El Topo by the $1 million he received from John Lennon, who was overtly fascinated by the success of El Topo. The movie is both visually baroque and hermetic. It is equally a highly interesting movie. Jodorowsky’s role in this movie was that of an alchemist bent on turning mundane and infected things in the world into pure and divine things. The movie was shot by Rafael Corkidi, a popular and eminent cinematographer. His expertise adds a cruel and stunning effect to the movie with several features of occult symbologies that require a good knowledge of poetic imagery and spiritual studies to understand. However, the movie ended in an anticlimactic and inelegant manner. Be that as it may, the movie compels the viewers to ponder and contemplate deeply on each scene.


The Sacrifice

The movie was produced in 1986 by Andrei Tarkovsky. He is a well –respected director and one of the greatest poets to take interest in cinematography. The viewers will meet with enormous beauty transcending the ordinary appearance of the image and percolating right into the life of the viewer. The Sacrifice is also the last work ever filmed by Tarkovsky and it was viewed in Sweden while he was in exile in that country; Tarkovsky was a Russian. The movie has Erland Josephson as its lead actor and Sven Kykvist as the cinematographer. The movie is about Alexander, a former actor, and philosopher, who on his birthday found himself faced with the end of the world.

The movie goes contrary to the long-held belief that the end of the world will be accompanied by crumbling civilization and great chaos. He described the end of the world coming with a great manifestation of a descent into madness and despair, as well as, a metaphysical sense of dread.

One other fact that makes this movie eerie in nature is the fact that it was edited by Tarkovsky while he laid on his deathbed.


The Decalogue

The movie was produced between 1989 and 1990 by Krzysztof Kieslowski. This work cannot be called a movie per se; it is more or less a mini-series consisting of 10 episodes produced for Polish television. It is a Decalogue consisting of 10 stories portraying the human condition and several experiences that humans come across on a daily basis revolving around faith, compassion, friendship, grief, loss, love and so on. Each of the episodes is also based on the 10 commandments with the question of God coming to the fore on several occasions in the course of the Decalogue.

This movie is more or less a mirror into the human life and mind. In summary, this work divinizes the human individuality. It has God being portrayed as a quiet observer observing the conflicts and dramas on display among humans, without interfering in the life and affairs of his creatures, condemning or saving them. It also portrays God as someone that is not bothered about any decision made by humans.


The Turin Horse

The movie was shot in 2011 by Bela Tarr. The movie depicts the producer’s viewpoint about the apocalypse and his viewpoint turned out to be more pessimistic and darker than what was earlier depicted by Tarkovsky. The movie as based on a legend with Friedrich Nietzsche, the philosopher, playing an outstanding role in it. The movie is the last film ever produced by Tarr and it was shot in black and white. The music specially composed for the movie is also outstanding. The movie depicted God and Men as conspiring to cause the destruction of the world.



The movie was shot in 2011 by Lar von Trier. It is a poetic study of disappointment, hopelessness, and depression. The story began on the day Justine (played by Kirsten Dunst) got wedded and followed by the approach of Melancholia, a rogue planet on collision course with the Earth. Justine went into depression, a severe paralyzing one, just after her wedding, but she recovers slowly as the rogue planet drew closer to earth.

The movie is simply discomforting and pessimistic in nature, which earns the movie the label of being von Trier’s depression trilogy. The movie depicts human attraction to the dangerous and obscure as part of its lyrical imagery and its innumerable references to the history of art. In Justine’s depression and Claire’s anxiety, one could see the hearts behavior and its reaction to itself when it is faced with inevitable death and its        



The movie was shot in 2002 and produced by Carlos Reygadas, who is among the most renowned filmmakers in Mexico the trend marked by this movie still remains palpable in the auteur cinema in Mexico to date. The movie revolves around an unnamed painter, who took a journey to the remote village from the city to commit suicide. He, however, recovered his desire to live with the help of Ascen, the elderly woman with whom he took a room while in the village.