Great Under the Radar Movies

A list of movies that you may not hear about getting awards or making money or having nick cage in them, but nonetheless are great.
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1.
Monsters (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border. (94 mins.)
Director: Gareth Edwards
“ A subtle, character-driven low budget movie about aliens. Really unique blend of themes in this movie ” - nkrehbi2
 
2.
Valhalla Rising (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
1000 AD, for years, One Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, has been held prisoner by the Norse chieftain Barde... (93 mins.)
“ Don't know what to say about this movie other than it is nuts. Really unlike anything I have ever seen ” - nkrehbi2
 
3.
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
“ it's noir, it's about kids in high school, it's got Joe Gordon levvit. See it goddammit! ” - nkrehbi2
 
4.
Holy Rollers (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In Brooklyn, a youth from an Orthodox Jewish community is lured into becoming an Ecstasy dealer by his pal who has ties to an Israeli drug cartel. (89 mins.)
Director: Kevin Asch
“ It's just like American Gangster except with more jews. Eisenberg is doing his nervous jewish Eisenbergey thing. Sweet movie ” - nkrehbi2
 
5.
Flame and Citron (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group. (130 mins.)
“ An interesting, fast, well-acted movie about the Danish resistance in WWII. Mads mikkelsen needs to be in as many movies as possible ” - nkrehbi2
 
6.
Hard Eight (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. (102 mins.)
“ Paul Thomas Anderson's first movie and a great start to his career. Kind of a simple plot, but the characters take it deep and it sets the stage for his more successful films ” - nkrehbi2
 
7.
This Is England (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
“ Very raw, emotional movie. this movie sticks with you. A bit like england's version of American History x ” - nkrehbi2
 
8.
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
“ Best Western I have ever seen. the magnificent seven can suck it.
In any other year Casey affleck would have won best supporting actor, with Bardem in No Country owning it that year. ” - nkrehbi2
 
9.
Idiocracy (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive. (84 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ Absolutely hillarious. It's comedy central all the time, but you need to see the real full un-edited version. ” - nkrehbi2
 
10.
The Road (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea. (111 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
“ Adapted from a book by the same author Cormac Mccarthy that wrote No Country for Old Men.
A movie without a real genre. Too dark to be a drama. Not a real horror movie, but it had scenes that scared me more than any other movie has. ” - nkrehbi2
 
11.
The Informant! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre. (108 mins.)
“ It's hard to believe a Matt Damon movie didn't get more pub, especially one as good as this. Really funny in a dry, non-punch liney way ” - nkrehbi2
 
12.
The Foot Fist Way (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An inept tae kwon do instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow tae kwon do enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Wallace. (85 mins.)
Director: Jody Hill
“ the film that started Danny McBride's career. A must-see for Eastbound and Down fans.
Eastbound and Down is a must-see for people with a sense of humour ” - nkrehbi2
 
13.
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
“ Did the matrix before there was the matrix. Doesn't have all the fun action sequences, but very celebral and very cool. And you don't have to deal with Keanu acting confused for 2 hours ” - nkrehbi2
 
14.
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
“ the quintessential action movie. Daniel Craig rocks it in his james bond way, great fight scenes, a cool crime plot, sienna miller takes her top off, and no bad dialogue. What more do you want? ” - nkrehbi2
 
15.
Hot Rod (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Self-proclaimed stuntman Rod Kimble is preparing for the jump of his life - to clear fifteen buses to raise money for his abusive stepfather Frank's life-saving heart operation. (88 mins.)
Director: Akiva Schaffer
“ the lonly island guys made a movie! And it was awesome! ” - nkrehbi2
 
16.
Breaking Away (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl. (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
“ a great coming of age story. A little kooky and revolves around someone obsessed with becoming a professional bicyclist. but it's actually a great story about a group of friends growing up ” - nkrehbi2
 
17.
Shotgun Stories (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father... (92 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ Saw this at Ebertfest, and really enjoyed it. Kind of an understated indie - Winter's bone type movie.
Michael Shannon really delivers in the lead role ” - nkrehbi2
 
18.
Escape from New York (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Maybe it's just under the rader for me because it came out years before i was born. But I love this movie. It has some really funny in retrospec cgi. Kurt Russell as Snake Pliskin is just badass and hillarious at the same time ” - nkrehbi2
 
19.
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
“ an Austrailian Western starring Guy Pearce. It's as awesome as it sounds ” - nkrehbi2
 
20.
Bottle Rocket (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run. (91 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
“ Wes Anderson's first. It's hard not to like this movie. I love the rest of his stuff, but this is my second favorite behind Rushmore, ” - nkrehbi2
 
21.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
“ Australian crime drama. A family based movie with some really *beep* in the head family members ” - nkrehbi2
 
22.
The Damned United (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ I love soccer, but I think this film holds up even if you don't care for english football ” - nkrehbi2
 
23.
The Winning Season (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team. (104 mins.)
“ Like Hoosiers with girls. If Shooter had been the head coach for the whole season.
Really funny, Sam Rockwell is one of my favorite actors and he kills it in this. ” - nkrehbi2
 
24.
Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Caught cheating and banned for ten years, Bobby Dukes, paintball's first superstar, returns to reclaim his title and erase the memory of his tainted past. (91 mins.)
Director: Brant Sersen
“ so damn funny. Stars a lot of guys from the alt comedy scene. People from human giant, earwolf podcasts, the show Children's Hospital. Great stuff ” - nkrehbi2
 
25.
Cold Weather (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance. (96 mins.)
Director: Aaron Katz