LESSER-KNOWN MOVIES (all genres) WORTH WATCHING

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1.
Quiz Show (1994)
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A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
2.
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
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A frustrated composer finds fulfillment as a high school music teacher. (143 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
 
3.
The Cure (1995)
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Erik, a loner, finds a friend in Dexter, an eleven-year-old boy with AIDS. They vow to find a cure for AIDS together and save Dexter's life in an eventful summer. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Horton
 
4.
Citizen X (1995 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the 1980s, Soviet authorities hunt for a serial killer who picks his victims in railway stations and commuter trains and lures them into the woods. (105 mins.)
Director: Chris Gerolmo
 
5.
Sling Blade (1996)
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Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town. (135 mins.)
 
6.
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
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When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. (91 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
 
7.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
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A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
8.
My First Mister (2001)
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A 17-year-old girl has a troubled relationship with a 49-year-old man. (109 mins.)
Director: Christine Lahti
 
9.
Antitrust (2001)
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A computer programmer's dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Howitt
 
10.
Ghost World (2001)
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With only the plan of moving in together after high school, two unusually devious friends seek direction in life. As a mere gag, they respond to a man's newspaper ad for a date, only to find it will greatly complicate their lives. (111 mins.)
Director: Terry Zwigoff
 
11.
White Oleander (2002)
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A teenager journeys through a series of foster homes after her mother goes to prison for committing a crime of passion. (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Kosminsky
 
12.
Blue Car (2002)
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A troubled young woman is encouraged by a teacher to enter a poetry contest. (96 mins.)
Director: Karen Moncrieff
 
13.
Hysterical Blindness (2002 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Two friends lament their unhappy single lives while searching for Mr. Right in 1980s New Jersey. (99 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
14.
Pieces of April (2003)
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A wayward daughter invites her dying mother and the rest of her estranged family to her apartment for Thanksgiving dinner. (80 mins.)
Director: Peter Hedges
 
15.
Suspect Zero (2004)
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A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine. (99 mins.)
 
16.
Bee Season (2005)
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A wife and mother begins a downward emotional spiral, as her husband avoids their collapsing marriage by immersing himself in his 11 year-old daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champion. (104 mins.)
 
17.
The Ultimate Gift (2006)
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A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be. (114 mins.)
 
18.
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
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A young girl from South Los Angeles tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. (112 mins.)
Director: Doug Atchison
 
19.
Driving Lessons (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress. (98 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Brock
 
20.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs