Underrated/Under Appreciated/Under-The-Radar Films

an ongoing list of some the best underrated films that have either missed commercial acclaim or slipped passed most, unnoticed, despite solid film making. (in no particular order) **note** though it may not need to be mentioned to most, this list is of course in my opinion.
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1.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor. (103 mins.)
Director: Shane Black
 
2.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ You can taste the testosterone in the air ” - fear-of-loathing
 
3.
State of Grace (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with... (134 mins.)
 
4.
The 'Burbs (1989)
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An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult. (101 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
5.
Bronson (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson. (92 mins.)
 
6.
Sour Grapes (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two cousins and friends, Richie and Evan, go to Atlantic City to gamble. Richie loses all he has at... (91 mins.)
Director: Larry David
 
7.
What Dreams May Come (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After he dies in a car crash, a man searches heaven and hell for his beloved wife. (113 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
8.
Dead Man (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world. (121 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
9.
The Man Who Copied (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her... (123 mins.)
Director: Jorge Furtado
 
10.
Delicatessen (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants. (99 mins.)
 
11.
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A laconic, chain-smoking barber blackmails his wife's boss and lover for money to invest in dry cleaning, but his plan goes terribly wrong. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
12.
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. (147 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
13.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
14.
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
15.
Office Space (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
 
16.
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A San Francisco poet who fears commitment has a girlfriend who he suspects may not be who she appears. (93 mins.)
Director: Thomas Schlamme
 
17.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. (160 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
18.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
19.
Layer Cake (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
20.
Bowfinger (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him. (97 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
21.
Breakdown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert. (93 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
22.
The Machinist (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity. (101 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
23.
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. (116 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
24.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
25.
C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
C.R.A.Z.Y. Extraordinary lives of ordinary people in search of love and happiness - that's the premise of "C.R.A.Z.Y", a family drama unlike any other. (127 mins.)
 
26.
In the Loop (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A political satire about a group of skeptical American and British operatives attempting to prevent a war between two countries. (106 mins.)
 
27.
Airheads (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Three band members hoping for a big break head to a radio station to play their demo tape and wind up holding everyone hostage with plastic guns when the head DJ refuses to play them. (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
“ ok.....while not a brilliant movie it still is a solid comedy ” - fear-of-loathing
 
28.
The Host (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. (120 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
29.
Sexy Beast (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them. (89 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
 
30.
Barton Fink (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. (116 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
31.
The Lookout (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Chris is a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank, where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist. (99 mins.)
Director: Scott Frank
 
32.
Stardust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
33.
Romper Stomper (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
 
34.
The Cell (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim. (107 mins.)
Director: Tarsem Singh
 
35.
Smoke (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers. (112 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
36.
Last Train to Freo (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two thugs from the Perth suburb of Midland catch the last train to Fremantle. When a young woman boards the train a few stops later, they begin talking and find out not everyone on the train is who they seem to be. (89 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Sims
 
37.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades. (118 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
38.
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
39.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
40.
Red Cliff (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). (146 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
41.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of blood-thirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
42.
City Island (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The Rizzos, a family who doesn't share their habits, aspirations, and careers with one another, find... (104 mins.)
 
43.
Waterworld (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
In a future where the polar ice-caps have melted and Earth is almost entirely submerged, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land. (135 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
44.
Broken Flowers (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers. (106 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
45.
The Frighteners (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After a tragic car accident that killed his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people but when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
46.
Happiness (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. (134 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
47.
Serendipity (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A couple reunite years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they'd end up together. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
 
48.
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves in particular. (104 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
 
49.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ This is the best sci-fi I've seen for years. It harks back to 70's sci-fi where it was about the big ideas not the special effects. Everything is masterfully executed and from a first time director in Duncan Jones. Sam Rockwell manages brilliantly to hold your attention and interest as virtually the only actor on screen for the entire movie.

How this missed any acknowledgement at the Oscars I'll never understand. ” - fear-of-loathing
 
50.
I'm Still Here (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Documenting Joaquin Phoenix's transition from the acting world to a career as an aspiring rapper. (108 mins.)
Director: Casey Affleck
 
51.
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness. (96 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
 
52.
The Fall (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
Director: Tarsem
“ One of the most beautifully shot films ever. It's like Salvador Dali's oil paintings and Stanley Kubrick's visual style had a love child then that love child exploded into a rainbow.

The story is part fantasy part period piece in the same vein as 'Pan's Labyrinth' but with a lighter mood. ” - fear-of-loathing
 
53.
Pi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature. (84 mins.)
 
54.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
55.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
 
56.
Beetlejuice (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
57.
The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Emperor Kuzco is turned into a llama by his ex-administrator Yzma, and must now regain his throne with the help of Pacha, the gentle llama herder. (78 mins.)
Director: Mark Dindal
 
58.
The Proposition (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
59.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
60.
Cast Away (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island. (143 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
 
61.
The Fountain (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
“ I think it's safe to say that many people didn't quite understand this movie. If you actually pay attention and follow the story this movie is brilliant through it's use of triple timeline story telling........if that last sentence made no sense to you, this is not the movie for you ” - fear-of-loathing
 
62.
Withnail & I (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp... (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Robinson
“ a classic amongst cult movie followers, although still under the radar for most people.

side note: try the drinking game where you attempt to follow Richard E. Grant drink by drink through the entire film (at own risk) ” - fear-of-loathing
 
63.
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
 
64.
Gettin' Square (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Gettin' Square is about starting over, keeping clean and going straight. Barry Wirth is fresh out of... (100 mins.)
 
65.
The Chumscrubber (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia. (108 mins.)
Director: Arie Posin
 
66.
Brick (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend. (110 mins.)
Director: Rian Johnson
 
67.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
 
68.
The Weather Man (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Chicago weather man, separated from his wife and children, debates whether professional and personal success are mutually exclusive. (102 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
69.
Mousehunt (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is. (98 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
 
70.
Mary and Max (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
71.
Heart and Souls (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A businessman is reunited with the four lost souls who were his guardian angels during childhood, all with a particular purpose to joining the afterlife. (104 mins.)
Director: Ron Underwood
 
72.
Harvie Krumpet (2003 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck. (23 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
73.
Following (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing. (69 mins.)
 
74.
The Cooler (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation. (101 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
 
75.
Seven Times Lucky (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An aging con-man and a beautiful, ambitious student cross paths in a scam that promises to make them both rich. (85 mins.)
Director: Gary Yates
 
76.
Castaway on the Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness. (116 mins.)
Director: Hae-jun Lee
 
77.
Hard Candy (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia. (104 mins.)
Director: David Slade