Underrated Films that should be seen

by TerryDaniel | created - 13 Feb 2011 | updated - 13 Feb 2011 | Public
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1. The Train (1964)

Not Rated | 133 min | Thriller, War

7.9
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In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

Directors: John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon

Votes: 11,318 | Gross: $7.41M

2. Watership Down (1978)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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A group of rabbits flee their doomed warren and face many dangers to find and protect their new home.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson, Michael Graham Cox

Votes: 27,747

3. Blood Alley (1955)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.

Directors: William A. Wellman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim

Votes: 2,327

4. Becket (1964)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.0
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68 Metascore

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.

Director: Peter Glenville | Stars: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi

Votes: 11,870

5. The Way Back (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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66 Metascore

Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Dragos Bucur

Votes: 95,354 | Gross: $2.70M

6. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 147,071 | Gross: $34.30M

7. Ryan's Daughter (1970)

GP | 206 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Christopher Jones

Votes: 7,108 | Gross: $30.85M

8. Django (1966)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Western

7.3
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A coffin-dragging gunslinger and a half-breed prostitute become embroiled in a bitter feud between a Klan of Southern racists and a band of Mexican Revolutionaries.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Franco Nero, José Canalejas, José Bódalo, Loredana Nusciak

Votes: 20,356 | Gross: $0.03M

9. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 19,673 | Gross: $26.10M

10. Four Lions (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.3
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68 Metascore

Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali

Votes: 61,883 | Gross: $0.30M

11. The Great Silence (1968)

Not Rated | 105 min | Western

7.8
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A mute gunfighter defends a young widow and a group of outlaws against a gang of bounty killers in the winter of 1898, and a grim, tense struggle unfolds.

Director: Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Klaus Kinski, Frank Wolff, Vonetta McGee

Votes: 10,686

12. Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. From there, things only get worse for her in this tragic, heart-wrenching, love story.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field

Votes: 7,486

13. 2010 (1984)

PG | 116 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A joint U.S.-Soviet expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren, Bob Balaban

Votes: 44,143 | Gross: $40.20M

14. Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.2
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A satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full-on invasion.

Directors: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry | Stars: Hugh Fraser, Alexander Armstrong, Rory McHenry, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 1,113

15. Quo Vadis (1951)

Approved | 171 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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A fierce Roman commander becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emperor Nero.

Directors: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 10,986 | Gross: $24.29M

16. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

8.2
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62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 877,465 | Gross: $70.51M

17. The Bravados (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Western

7.0
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A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd, Albert Salmi

Votes: 3,658

18. How the West Was Won (1962)

Approved | 164 min | Western

7.1
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A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century - including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 15,600 | Gross: $46.50M

19. Konets Sankt-Peterburga (1927)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

7.6
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A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »

Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Mikhail Doller | Stars: Aleksandr Chistyakov, Vera Baranovskaya, Ivan Chuvelyov, V. Obolensky

Votes: 1,173

20. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

Votes: 29,284 | Gross: $10.55M

21. The One That Got Away (1957)

Not Rated | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.2
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A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Colin Gordon, Michael Goodliffe, Terence Alexander

Votes: 1,507

22. The Plague Dogs (1982)

PG-13 | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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Two dogs escape from a laboratory and are hunted as possible carriers of the bubonic plague.

Director: Martin Rosen | Stars: John Hurt, Christopher Benjamin, James Bolam, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 5,228

23. The Damned United (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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81 Metascore

The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper, Jimmy Reddington

Votes: 35,324 | Gross: $0.45M

24. The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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A dramatization that traces former UK prime minister Tony Blair's relationships with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Michael Sheen, Demetri Goritsas, Adam Godley, Marc Rioufol

Votes: 3,817

25. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 234,984 | Gross: $47.40M

26. Eagles Over London (1969)

PG | 100 min | Drama, War

5.7
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In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Van Johnson, Francisco Rabal, Ida Galli

Votes: 364

27. Massacre in Rome (1973)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the ... See full summary »

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Richard Burton, Marcello Mastroianni, Leo McKern, John Steiner

Votes: 920

28. Drums (1938)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, War

6.5
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Set in the India of the British Raj. All the Indians are portrayed as untrustworthy, plotting to overthrow their British masters. The only 'loyal' Indian is Prince Azim who tries to warn ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Sabu, Raymond Massey, Roger Livesey, Valerie Hobson

Votes: 634

29. The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 335,061 | Gross: $77.87M