20 Little-Known Gems of the Last 20 Years (1990-2010)

by Jaimie Kanwar | created - 15 Sep 2010 | updated - 21 Sep 2010 | Public
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1. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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76 Metascore

A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life.

Director: Miranda July | Stars: John Hawkes, Miranda July, Miles Thompson, Brandon Ratcliff

Votes: 32,613 | Gross: $3.89M

2. Junebug (2005)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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80 Metascore

A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home.

Director: Phil Morrison | Stars: Embeth Davidtz, Alessandro Nivola, David Kuhn, Alicia Van Couvering

Votes: 19,974 | Gross: $2.68M

3. Limbo (1999)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Hermínio Ramos

Votes: 5,322 | Gross: $2.00M

4. Smart People (2008)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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57 Metascore

Into the life of a widowed professor comes a new love and an unexpected visit from his adopted brother.

Director: Noam Murro | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ellen Page

Votes: 21,386 | Gross: $9.50M

5. Twin Falls Idaho (1999)

R | 111 min | Drama

7.3
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71 Metascore

Conjoined twins have their relationship tested when a woman takes interest in one of them.

Director: Michael Polish | Stars: Michael Polish, Mark Polish, Michele Hicks, Jon Gries

Votes: 3,547 | Gross: $0.99M

6. The Business of Strangers (2001)

R | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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67 Metascore

Two businesswomen bond and reveal their inner natures while getting carried away on a revenge attack against an accused rapist.

Director: Patrick Stettner | Stars: Stockard Channing, Julia Stiles, Frederick Weller, Mary Testa

Votes: 3,487 | Gross: $1.03M

7. Spanking the Monkey (1994)

Unrated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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66 Metascore

Raymond Aibelli is a promising medical student ready to begin a prestigious summer internship. But Susan, his mother, is immobilized by a broken leg, and his father Tom, a travelling ... See full summary »

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Jeremy Davies, Alberta Watson, Elizabeth Newett, Benjamin Hendrickson

Votes: 5,416 | Gross: $1.36M

8. Elegy (I) (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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66 Metascore

Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life -- which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood" -- thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 20,403 | Gross: $3.58M

9. Sherrybaby (2006)

R | 96 min | Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother.

Director: Laurie Collyer | Stars: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ryan Simpkins, Sam Bottoms, Michelle Hurst

Votes: 10,724 | Gross: $0.20M

10. Chasing Sleep (2000)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A college professor wakes up to find his wife has not returned home, then struggles to understand her disappearance.

Director: Michael Walker | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Molly Price, Ben Shenkman, Gil Bellows

Votes: 2,778

11. A Slight Case of Murder (1999 TV Movie)

94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.0
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A film critic accidentally kills his lover during a spat in which she falls and hits her head. In panic, he immediately covers up his involvement and leaves the apartment. A private ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: William H. Macy, Adam Arkin, Felicity Huffman, James Cromwell

Votes: 1,222

12. Dinner Rush (2000)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.3
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79 Metascore

Is it just another evening at the hugely popular Italian restaurant of proprietor and bookmaker Louis Cropa in New York? Anything but as tonight's guests include; a local police detective ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Giraldi | Stars: Danny Aiello, Edoardo Ballerini, John Rothman, Frank Bongiorno

Votes: 4,516 | Gross: $0.11M

13. Japanese Story (2003)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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73 Metascore

Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Lynette Curran, Matthew Dyktynski

Votes: 5,857 | Gross: $0.65M

14. Julia (2008)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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62 Metascore

A woman tries to extort money, using a young boy as bait.

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Saul Rubinek, Kate del Castillo, Aidan Gould

Votes: 5,290 | Gross: $0.00M

15. George Washington (2000)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee, Curtis Cotton III

Votes: 6,785 | Gross: $0.24M

16. Snow Cake (2006)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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54 Metascore

A drama focused on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman and a man who is traumatized after a fatal car accident.

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Hampshire

Votes: 11,402 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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66 Metascore

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 37,877 | Gross: $9.02M

18. Joshua (2007)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.9
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69 Metascore

The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.

Director: George Ratliff | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Kogan, Celia Weston

Votes: 10,690 | Gross: $0.48M

19. Kissed (1996)

R | 78 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Over the years, a child's romantic ideals about death blossom into necrophilia, the study of embalming and the most profound relationship of her life.

Director: Lynne Stopkewich | Stars: Molly Parker, Peter Outerbridge, Jay Brazeau, Natasha Morley

Votes: 3,245 | Gross: $0.47M

20. The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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After the death of his strictly religious parents, forlorn young Darkly gets lost in the woods. A truck driver, Jude, rescues the exhausted man, who has only a bible for comfort. He brings ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Ridley | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Ashley Judd, Viggo Mortensen, Loren Dean

Votes: 3,131