Oedipus Complex is defined as, “a child’s desire to have sexual relations with the parent of the opposite sex”. The term is often used to refer to a boy’s sexual attraction to his mother. It’s a case of repressed emotion deeply ingrained in a child’s psyche that begins to develop at the age of 4. It’s a fascinating subject to explore and numerous films have managed to touch upon the theme with many of them dealing with it in a very nuanced, subtle manner. It’s dark, complex and can, oftentimes, be disturbing in its effect. So here’s a look at the list of top films based on Oedipus Complex ever. You can stream some of these best Oedipus Complex movies on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime.
15. Back to the Future (1985)
Seems like a very unlikely choice but think about it. The film deals with Oedipus complex a lot more explicitly than some of the others on the list, albeit in a very sweet and funny manner. Marty is sent back in time and is utterly bewildered as he sees his parents go to college and don’t seem to recognise him at all. Coincidence brings him to his mother, a much younger and attractive girl who seems infatuated with him. Marty realises the absurdity of it all but couldn’t possibly explain it all since they are all in the past. There’s not much of thematic depth provided in the film but it’s an absolute fun-ride guaranteed to give you laughs.
14. A Short Film About Love (1988)
The reason why I added this film is because we aren’t given a concrete explanation concerning Tomek’s actions in the film. He is seen spying on his neighbour, a beautiful older woman who is seen regularly having sex with men in her apartment. Tomek stays with his grandmother and we never really know anything about his parents. Perhaps it’s the absence of a maternal figure in his life that awakened his fascination for this older woman. Tomek is way too young to understand what love means which complicates his relationship with Magda. Perhaps he’s craving for that motherly warmth and affection but in the fleeting madness of adolescence, Tomek finds himself emotionally stranded in a complex web of love, desires, obsession and lust.
13. The Graduate (1967)