Best Mainstream Magic Realism Films

My personal favourite popular magical realist films happily welcomed into the mainstream without being fantasy or sci fi. List will only contain those films that are fundamentally about reality, but an unbelievable elements is introduced, with no attempt made to address or reconcile how the fantastical element is possible. The lack of importance placed on discovering what the magical facts mean for the world lends itself to interpreting these films based on what happens and what it might mean, not how the events could ever happen in the world. Two parallel lines are made for the viewer, and they can interpret the coexisting narrative as they wish and take whatever meaning they choose.

Read notes
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Being John Malkovich
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Groundhog Day
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Pleasantville