Great Under the Radar Moviesby nkrehbi2 | created - 14 May 2011 | updated - 07 Feb 2012 | Public
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)
R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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 U.S. border.
Votes: 81,512 | Gross: $0.24M
A subtle, character-driven low budget movie about aliens. Really unique blend of themes in this movie
2. Valhalla Rising (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Forced for some time to be a fighting slave, a pagan warrior escapes his captors with a boy and joins a group of Crusaders on their quest to the Holy Land.
Votes: 48,489 | Gross: $0.02M
Don't know what to say about this movie other than it is nuts. Really unlike anything I have ever seen
3. Brick (2005)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.
Votes: 91,068 | Gross: $2.06M
it's noir, it's about kids in high school, it's got Joe Gordon levvit. See it goddammit!
4. Holy Rollers (2010)
R | 89 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 4,533 | Gross: $0.30M
It's just like American Gangster except with more jews. Eisenberg is doing his nervous jewish Eisenbergey thing. Sweet movie
5. Flame & Citron (2008)
Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, History
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.
Votes: 15,625 | Gross: $0.15M
An interesting, fast, well-acted movie about the Danish resistance in WWII. Mads mikkelsen needs to be in as many movies as possible
6. Hard Eight (1996)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.
Votes: 32,339 | Gross: $0.22M
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
7. This Is England (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Crime, Drama
A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit.
Votes: 105,323 | Gross: $0.33M
Very raw, emotional movie. this movie sticks with you. A bit like england's version of American History x
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 149,150 | Gross: $3.90M
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.
9. Idiocracy (2006)
R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 121,158 | Gross: $0.44M
Absolutely hillarious. It's comedy central all the time, but you need to see the real full un-edited version.
10. The Road (I) (2009)
R | 111 min | Adventure, Drama
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.
Votes: 195,163 | Gross: $0.06M
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.
11. The Informant! (2009)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 56,367 | Gross: $33.31M
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
12. The Foot Fist Way (2006)
R | 85 min | Comedy
An inept tae kwon do instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow tae kwon do enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Wallace.
Votes: 10,024 | Gross: $0.23M
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
13. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
Votes: 169,658 | Gross: $14.38M
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
14. Layer Cake (2004)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.
Votes: 144,618 | Gross: $2.34M
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?
15. Hot Rod (2007)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy
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.
Votes: 65,720 | Gross: $13.92M
the lonly island guys made a movie! And it was awesome!
16. Breaking Away (1979)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.
Votes: 18,889 | Gross: $16.42M
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
17. Shotgun Stories (2007)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Thriller
Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,517 | Gross: $0.05M
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
18. Escape from New York (1981)
R | 99 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.
Votes: 103,089 | Gross: $25.24M
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
19. The Proposition (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
Votes: 45,487 | Gross: $1.90M
an Austrailian Western starring Guy Pearce. It's as awesome as it sounds
20. Bottle Rocket (1996)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Three friends plan to pull off a simple robbery and go on the run.
Votes: 59,743 | Gross: $0.56M
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,
21. Animal Kingdom (2010)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Votes: 49,257 | Gross: $1.04M
Australian crime drama. A family based movie with some really *beep* in the head family members
22. The Damned United (2009)
R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.
Votes: 35,697 | Gross: $0.45M
I love soccer, but I think this film holds up even if you don't care for english football
23. The Winning Season (2009)
PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
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.
24. Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004)
Unrated | 91 min | Comedy
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.
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
25. Cold Weather (2010)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
A guy who moves back to Portland, Oregon becomes involved in the mystery of his ex-girlfriend's disappearance.
Votes: 2,009 | Gross: $0.14M