My 10 most underrated films I've seen

by great_frew | created - 12 May 2011 | updated - 12 May 2011 | Public

From the few of the considerably endless 'Under the Radar' titles I've seen, these are my ten favorite.

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1. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.9
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67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 335,121 | Gross: $7.76M

Colin Ferral and Brendan Gleason in phenomenal performances, with an equally hilarious and heart-wrenching screenplay. Overshadowed by Slumdog Millionaire and Milk at the awards shows of 2008.

2. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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72 Metascore

A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan, Corbin Bernsen

Votes: 191,416 | Gross: $4.24M

My personal favorite Downey Jr. performance, alongside the greatest Val Kilmer role in his career. Shane Black written/directed. Anyone who liked Lethal Weapon is in for a treat with this hilarious suspense/mystery.

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

7.5
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69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill

Votes: 308,241 | Gross: $31.49M

One of my most memorable film-going experiences was when I saw this for the first time. My friend Dustin was with me and he had no clue what this movie was about. "Is it a romance? Is it comedy? Why is he fighting an Indian guy in mid-air?!?!?!" That about sums up this amazing piece of film history.

4. Snatch (2000)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

8.3
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55 Metascore

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Farina

Votes: 666,529 | Gross: $30.33M

Often overshadowed by Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But this film stands on its own. With a tremendous ensemble, including a rising star Jason Statham, a hysterical Steven Graham and possibly the most wonderful Brad Pitt performance caught on camera.

5. Animal Crackers (1930)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

7.7
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Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,548

Too few nowadays don't appreciate the classics. The Marx Bros. established comedy films at the birth of talkies. By putting their incredibly successful Broadway shows on screen, they set their names in stone in the annals of film history.

6. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 148,639 | Gross: $3.90M

The Academy basically turned a blind eye to this gem of a film. It received nominations for its beautiful cinematography and Casey Affleck's, I'm quoting here, 'haunting' performance.

7. That Thing You Do! (1996)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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71 Metascore

A local Pennsylvania band scores a one hit wonder in 1964 and rides the star-making machinery as long as they can, with lots of help from its manager.

Director: Tom Hanks | Stars: Tom Hanks, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Tom Everett Scott

Votes: 54,057 | Gross: $25.81M

Written and directed by first timer Tom Hanks. And man, why didn't he continue with it? Some young stars stud this film, Liv Tyler, Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi and a breakout role for the very funny Steve Zahn.

8. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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62 Metascore

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Director: Goran Dukic | Stars: Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 49,152 | Gross: $0.32M

A very independent, very original film. It's the details and little things about this movie that make it so enjoyable.

9. Fanboys (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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45 Metascore

Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

Director: Kyle Newman | Stars: Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell, Sam Huntington

Votes: 52,305 | Gross: $0.69M

I may only like this film because I indeed am a Fanboy, but it captures our plight so well! Filled with amazing cameos and early performances from actors that will be going far.

10. Go (1999)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime

7.3
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72 Metascore

Go! tells the story of the events after a drug deal, told from three different points of view.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Sarah Polley, Jay Mohr, Scott Wolf, Taye Diggs

Votes: 61,954 | Gross: $16.84M

Another brilliant ensemble film with yet another young cast of future stars. Jay Mohr, Katie Holmes and Timothy Olyphant. The film is very Tarantino-esque, yet has its own voice and is considerably funnier.

11. 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: 236,269 | Gross: $47.40M

(Honorable Mention) Ridley Scott's epic about a man in search of himself during the Crusades. The film grows on you and has a lot to say in its not-so-veiled dialogue.