Great Forgotten/Under-rated Moviesby Kanadiz | created - 19 Feb 2011 | updated - 22 Aug 2016 | Public
There are quite a few more movies I'd want to add, however they have been re-discovered by the criterion collection or eureka!
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1. After Dark, My Sweet (1990)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An ex-boxer is drifting around after escaping from the mental hospital. He meets a widow who convinces him to help fix up the neglected estate her ex-husband left. Her Uncle talks them both... See full summary »
Votes: 2,724 | Gross: $2.68M
2. After Hours (1985)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.
Votes: 44,762 | Gross: $10.60M
3. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.
Votes: 17,087 | Gross: $17.60M
4. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An American bartender and his prostitute girlfriend go on a road trip through the Mexican underworld to collect a $1 million bounty on the head of a dead gigolo.
6. Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.
Votes: 5,836 | Gross: $0.12M
9. Day of Anger (1967)
M | 95 min | Action, Western
A scruffy garbage boy becomes the pupil of a famed gunfighter, and the stage for confrontation is set when the gunman becomes unhinged and overruns the boy's town through violence and corruption.
aka 'Day of Anger'
13. Diva (1981)
R | 117 min | Thriller
Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.
Votes: 10,050 | Gross: $0.11M
15. Escape from Sobibor (1987 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama, History, War
During WWII, the death camp at Treblinka had an escape, causing the Commandant at a similar camp in Sobibor to vow that his camp would never experience the same thing. But those who were ... See full summary »
18. Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Approved | 96 min | Thriller, War
During World War II, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in five excavations across Egypt.
20. Gallipoli (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Votes: 31,948 | Gross: $5.73M
21. Goin' Down the Road (1970)
R | 90 min | Drama
Two friends leave the picturesque yet rural province of Nova Scotia for the nightlife and culture of Toronto. They soon end up wistful and nostalgic about Nova Scotia though after finding out that Toronto isn't as fun as they'd hoped.
22. Gun Crazy (1950)
Passed | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.
aka 'Deadly Is the Female'
23. Hangmen Also Die! (1943)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.
25. Holiday (1938)
Approved | 95 min | Comedy, Romance
A young man falls in love with a girl from a rich family. His unorthodox plan to go on holiday for the early years of his life is met with skepticism by everyone except for his fiancée's eccentric sister and long-suffering brother.
27. Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.
28. Kid Glove Killer (1942)
Passed | 74 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Crime lab expert Gordon McKay uses the latest forensic techniques to solve murders in a city plagued by political corruption and mob rackets.
29. Killer's Kiss (1955)
Not Rated | 67 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Ready to catch a train to his hometown, a washed up boxer tells us about the strange and twisty events that happened to him the past couple of days.
30. Lenny (1974)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama
The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public.
32. Limelight (1952)
G | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A fading comedian and a suicidally despondent ballet dancer must look to each other to find meaning and hope in their lives.
Votes: 14,668 | Gross: $1.00M
33. Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Approved | 107 min | Drama, Western
A fiercely independent cowboy arranges to have himself locked up in jail in order to then escape with an old friend who has been sentenced to the penitentiary.
37. Curse of the Demon (1957)
Approved | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.
38. Night Moves (1975)
R | 100 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Los Angeles private detective Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter and he stumbles upon a case of murder and artifact smuggling.
42. Pursued (1947)
Approved | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.
43. Quiz Show (1994)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.
Votes: 57,543 | Gross: $24.82M
44. Rabid (1977)
R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.
also 'Shivers' from 1975
45. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Sport
Mountain Rivera, a punchy has-been managed by the unprincipled Maish, is mauled in a fight and forced to quit boxing. Can his devoted cutman and a sympathetic social worker help him find a ... See full summary »
46. Ride Lonesome (1959)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Western
A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder.
49. Sahara (I) (1943)
Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War
After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.
50. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, Romance
A rebellious, hard-living factory worker juggles relationships with two women, one of whom is married to another man but pregnant with his child.
52. Splinter (I) (2008)
R | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still-living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror.
53. Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, War
During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.
55. The Big Easy (1986)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A corrupt lieutenant in the homicide division is threatened by the righteous DA while trying to solve a string of mysterious murders.
Votes: 10,096 | Gross: $17.69M
56. The Dam Busters (1955)
Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War
The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.
57. The Hill (1965)
Approved | 123 min | Drama, War
In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.
59. The Black Cat (1934)
65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror
American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
Votes: 7,291 | Gross: $0.24M
60. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
R | 131 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union.
Votes: 8,989 | Gross: $17.10M
63. The Mack (1973)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama
Goldie returns from five years at the state pen and winds up king of the pimping game. Trouble comes in the form of two corrupt white cops and a crime lord who wants him to return to the ... See full summary »
64. The Missouri Breaks (1976)
PG | 126 min | Drama, Western
Tom Logan is a horse thief. Rancher David Braxton has horses, and a daughter, worth stealing. But Braxton has just hired Lee Clayton, an infamous "regulator", to hunt down the horse thieves; one at a time.
Votes: 7,725 | Gross: $14.00M
65. The Old Dark House (1932)
TV-G | 72 min | Comedy, Horror
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.
Votes: 6,267 | Gross: $0.03M
67. Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Approved | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
In the sixteenth century, Francis Barnard travels to Spain to clarify the strange circumstances of his sister's death after she had married the son of a cruel Spanish Inquisitor.
Votes: 10,122 | Gross: $2.00M
68. The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
When a bored Holmes eagerly takes the case of Gabrielle Valladon after an attempt on her life, the search for her missing husband leads to Loch Ness and the legendary monster.
Votes: 8,451 | Gross: $3.30M
69. The Professionals (1966)
Approved | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Western
An arrogant Texas millionaire hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious Mexican bandit.
Votes: 11,095 | Gross: $19.54M
71. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
Approved | 84 min | Action, Adventure, Family
Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes ... See full summary »
Votes: 895 | Gross: $4.58M
72. This Gun for Hire (1942)
Passed | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.
73. Three Days of the Condor (1975)
R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller
A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Votes: 38,852 | Gross: $41.51M
74. Thunder Road (1958)
Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who are trying to take over the business and the police who are trying to put him in prison.
75. Time After Time (1979)
PG | 112 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.
76. To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.
Votes: 23,520 | Gross: $17.31M
77. Wichita (1955)
Approved | 81 min | Romance, Western
In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers.
78. Will Penny (1967)
Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western
Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son.
81. Walking Tall (1973)
R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Based on the life of Tennessee sheriff Buford Pusser whom almost single-handily cleaned up his small town of crime and corruption, but at a personal cost of his family life and nearly his own life.
82. British Intelligence (1940)
Approved | 61 min | Romance, Thriller, War
Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler.
84. The Grey Fox (1982)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
When an aging, but gentlemanly stagecoach robber is released from prison, he decides to go to Canada to become a train robber.
85. The Silent Partner (1978)
R | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller
A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.
86. Straight Time (1978)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama
Fresh off his most recent prison term, an ex con assaults his former probation officer and goes on the run.
Votes: 6,070 | Gross: $9.90M
87. The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
G | 112 min | Comedy, Romance
When acerbic critic Sheridan Whiteside slips on the front steps of a provincial Ohio businessman's home and breaks his hip, he and his entourage take over the house indefinitely.
89. Attack (1956)
Approved | 107 min | Drama, War, Action
In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.
90. Kalifornia (1993)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.
Votes: 44,958 | Gross: $2.40M
91. At Close Range (1986)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama
In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.
Votes: 11,731 | Gross: $2.35M
92. The Seven-Ups (1973)
PG | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.
94. Battleground (1949)
Approved | 118 min | Action, War, Drama
A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.
Votes: 5,620 | Gross: $10.29M
98. Nightfall (1956)
78 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Through a series of bizarre coincidences artist finds himself falsely accused of bank robbery and murder and is pursued by the authorities and the real killers.