The Forgotten Ones - Great movies no one actually saw

by Mattes74 | created - 28 Jan 2011 | updated - 28 Jan 2011 | Public
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1. At Close Range (1986)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

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67 Metascore

In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn

Votes: 11,712 | Gross: $2.35M

James Foley's white trash crime drama starring Christoper Walken in one of his finest perfomances, Sean Penn, Crispin Glover and many many more. An intense unrecognized masterpiece.

2. The Sugarland Express (1974)

PG | 110 min | Crime, Drama

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65 Metascore

A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Ben Johnson, Michael Sacks, William Atherton

Votes: 12,480 | Gross: $7.50M

Spielberg's first big screen attempt is probably one of his best. A roadmovie in new american cinema tradition starring a great William Atherton and a late Ben Johnson.

3. Carlito's Way (1993)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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A Puerto Rican former convict, just released from prison, pledges to stay away from drugs and violence despite the pressure around him and lead on to a better life outside of N.Y.C.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller, John Leguizamo

Votes: 174,760 | Gross: $36.95M

Probably Brian De Palma's best film. Al Pacino, Sean Penn and John Leguziamo give a 100% in this visual masterpiece. It became a decent cult film but should be a modern classic.

4. State of Grace (1990)

R | 134 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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A New York cop is recruited to return to his hometown and infiltrate the mob ran by his best friend's brother.

Directors: Phil Joanou, Michael Lee Baron | Stars: Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright

Votes: 17,960 | Gross: $1.91M

Sean Penn, Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Robin Wright and Burges Meredith what else could I say. Undercover crime drama, dark and beautiful.

5. Felicia's Journey (1999)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

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72 Metascore

A young woman leaves Ireland to find her boyfriend in England, and while there is helped by a man hiding unsettling secrets.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Arsinée Khanjian, Elaine Cassidy, Sheila Reid

Votes: 7,051 | Gross: $0.82M

What a strange way to tell a serial-molester story. Bob Hoskins and Elaine Cassidy with great perfomances.

6. The Favour, the Watch and the Very Big Fish (1991)

R | 89 min | Comedy

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A farce, Hoskins plays a photographer who specializes in religious pictures who searches for a model for Jesus. He does a favor for a friend and finds himself doing a voice track for a ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Jeff Goldblum, Natasha Richardson, Michel Blanc

Votes: 911 | Gross: $0.16M

Monthy Python meets the nouvelle vague.

7. Titus (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Thriller

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57 Metascore

Titus returns victorious from war, only to plant the seeds of future turmoil for himself and his family.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Osheen Jones, Dario D'Ambrosi

Votes: 18,151 | Gross: $1.92M

Julie Taymor is probably the most visual and visionary director of our time. Her first movie attempt after beeing a stage icon comes with a bullet cast, great set design and smart script. Schakespeare would have been proud of it.

8. The Holy Mountain (1973)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Horacio Salinas, Zamira Saunders, Juan Ferrara

Votes: 27,287 | Gross: $0.06M

Sorry about that but if you realy want to get an idea of your parents perception during the 70's you have to watch this. The new testament on acid! Strange, sometimes gross but visualy a masterpiece.

9. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 95,835 | Gross: $2.28M

O.K. Tarsem Singh is not a storyteller type of director but what he puts on film is worth of a master painter. The Fall has all the good stuff from The Cell but with a nice PG-rated Story.

10. Gerry (2002)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

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54 Metascore

A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Casey Affleck, Matt Damon

Votes: 16,033 | Gross: $0.24M

Gus van Sant's story about Gerry and Gerry who went to the desert to have a look at "it". The little trip ends up in a catastrophe. Have a look at the camera movements - Harris Savides dolly shots are the most spectacular you can see in movie business at the moment.

11. Never Cry Wolf (1983)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Drama

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A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Director: Carroll Ballard | Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, Zachary Ittimangnaq, Samson Jorah

Votes: 6,655 | Gross: $29.60M

Besides "Tron" one of the greatest movies from the "we're sooo serious" period of the Disney Studios. Charles Martin Smith's one man show, or better to say one man and a wolf show is both entertaining and reflective.

12. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

PG | 101 min | Family, Adventure

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In the 1930s, a tomboyish girl runs away from her guardian to join her single father who is 2,000 miles away, because there was work there.

Director: Jeremy Kagan | Stars: Meredith Salenger, John Cusack, Ray Wise, Lainie Kazan

Votes: 4,161 | Gross: $2.14M

Have you seen that movie? A very young John Cusack and a gorgeous Meredith Salanger. A movie which never fit to the "Sixteen Candles" 80's and would have been a hit in the 70's.

13. Léolo (1992)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his severely dysfunctional (and largely insane) family, and the imaginative world that he ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Lauzon | Stars: Maxime Collin, Ginette Reno, Gilbert Sicotte, Julien Guiomar

Votes: 5,988 | Gross: $0.61M

A strange but often lovely story about italian immigrants in Canada. Great scenes, great ideas sad sad ending...

14. Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

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Martin works at the local radio station, which just hired a new scriptwriter with a reputation for great drama, Pedro Carmichael. Martin's aunt Julia, not related by blood, returns home ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk, Bill McCutcheon

Votes: 1,526 | Gross: $1.79M

Keanu Reeves seems a little bit lost between a great Barbara Hershey and probably the best Peter Falk ever! But the "incest-comedy", set in the world of 30's/40's radio shows is woth looking.

15. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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53 Metascore

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning

Votes: 69,047 | Gross: $2.87M

The Coen Brothers are more successfull than ever before in their career, winning 4 Oscars (so far) and having a new hit with "True Grit". But that was not always like this. After winning a Golden Palm with "Bartin Fink" they had larger budgets and wanted to do a comedy, set in New York City in the late 20's. With a top-list cast, great set design and Oscar worthy camera work this movie was meant to be a hot - but it failed at the box office and went forgotten. When you have the chance watch it. It is one of the best comedies I have ever seen in my whole life.