We here at The Cinemaholic are often mocked for loving this film more than your average movie website, but we can’t help it! Speaking for myself, I wasn’t initially a fan on my first viewing. I don’t know why it didn’t work for me then, but my second viewing of it (something that happened thanks to due pressure from fellow cinephiles) blew me away, to put it short. ‘Mulholland Drive’ (2001) is like a cold, white, slender hand wrapping itself around my neck, getting tighter and tighter with every passing second. I felt as though I had seen the edge of cinema.
David Lynch is a genius and one of my favorite filmmakers of all time, and in order to celebrate what is often called his best work as well as a strong contender for the greatest film of all time, I’ll list out films similar to ‘Mulholland Drive’ (taking into consideration style, tone, subject, etc.) that is my recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Mulholland Drive’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Daisies (1966)
I like what this film is trying to do: bring philosophy and high-mindedness into a system of dimwits to see how they’d react. The film, to me, was so completely absurd that I did chuckle a couple of times due to the sheer madness I saw unravel on screen. Unfortunately, after a while, this trick loses its spark, and it becomes uninteresting, something also brought on by the nonsensical nature of the events that take place, not aiding the film to have a structure. I can’t say I hated it, but I didn’t “like it” like it either. I laughed, and I thought it was plain bonkers.
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9. Sugar Cookies (1973)