The Greatest Under-rated Movies Ever

Some of the greatest films misunderstood and under-appreciated.
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1.
3 Women (1977)
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Pinky is an awkward adolescent who starts work at a spa in the California desert. She becomes overly attached to fellow spa attendant... (124 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
2.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
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Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension. (103 mins.)
Director: W.D. Richter
 
3.
Buffet Froid (1979)
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Black comedy about solitude and dishumanization of the modern world, through the adventures of three men... (89 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
 
4.
Carnivàle (2003 TV Series)
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During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell. (55 mins.)
 
5.
Casshern (2004)
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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru. (142 mins.)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
 
6.
The City of Lost Children (1995)
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A scientist in a surrealist society kidnaps children to steal their dreams, hoping that they slow his aging process. (112 mins.)
 
7.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (136 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
8.
Down by Law (1986)
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The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey. (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
9.
Drowning by Numbers (1988)
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Tired of her husband's philanderous ways, the mother of two daughters drowns her husband. With the reluctant help of the local coroner... (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
10.
Everything Is Illuminated (2005)
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A young Jewish American man endeavors to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II in a Ukrainian village, that was ultimately razed by the Nazis, with the help of an eccentric local. (106 mins.)
Director: Liev Schreiber
 
11.
Femme Fatale (2002)
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A woman tries to straighten out her life, even as her past as a con-woman comes back to haunt her. (114 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
12.
Forbidden Zone (1980)
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The bizarre and musical tale of a girl who travels to another dimension through the gateway found in her family's basement. (74 mins.)
Director: Richard Elfman
 
13.
Frida (2002)
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A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. (123 mins.)
Director: Julie Taymor
 
14.
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
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Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus falls in love with Lionel Sweeney, an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century. (122 mins.)
 
15.
The Girl in the Café (2005 TV Movie)
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Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence's professional obligations. (94 mins.)
Director: David Yates
 
16.
Gummo (1997)
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Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives. (89 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
 
17.
Heaven (1987 Documentary)
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A series of interviews are conducted concerning people's beliefs towards the possibility of an afterlife... (80 mins.)
Director: Diane Keaton
 
18.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
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A transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs. (95 mins.)
 
19.
The Hospital (1971)
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Horror/mystery in which an over-burdened doctor struggles to find meaning in his life while a murderer stalks the halls of his hospital. (103 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
20.
I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto... (103 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
21.
In America (2002)
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A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
22.
The Isle (2000)
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A Carer becomes the mother to a secluded isle. (90 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
23.
Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)
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When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live. (102 mins.)
 
24.
Killing Zoe (1993)
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Zed has only just arrived in the beautiful Paris and already he's up to no good. Having just slept with a call girl... (96 mins.)
Director: Roger Avary
 
25.
Latcho Drom (1993 Documentary)
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The journey of the Romany people told through musicians and dancers of India, Egypt, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, France, and Spain. (103 mins.)
Director: Tony Gatlif
Stars: La Caita
 
26.
Léolo (1992)
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Young Leo Lauzon is torn between two worlds - the squalid Montreal tenement that he inhabits with his... (107 mins.)
 
27.
Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (1990 Documentary)
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A unique look at the legendary musician, arranger, composer and producer offers a collage of memories, sounds and intimate interviews with musical greats in a rousing showcase. (115 mins.)
Director: Ellen Weissbrod
 
28.
Masked and Anonymous (2003)
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A singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert. (112 mins.)
Director: Larry Charles
 
29.
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
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A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors. (148 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
 
30.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
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Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
31.
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
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The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world including Russia in 1206. (126 mins.)
Director: Sergey Bodrov
 
32.
Murderous Maids (2000)
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Based on the true story of two chambermaids (the Papin sisters) of 1930s France who murdered their employer and her daughter. (94 mins.)
 
33.
Nevada (1997)
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Chrysty walks through the desert carrying nothing and heading nowhere. She enters a very small town called Silver City... (108 mins.)
Director: Gary Tieche
 
34.
No Such Thing (2001)
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"No Such Thing" tells the story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancée only to encounter a mythical creature. She eventually forges a relationship with the being. (102 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
 
35.
On Guard (1997)
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The Comte de Gonzague schemes against his cousin, the Duc de Nevers, even though he is the Duke's heir and will inherit his estates... (128 mins.)
 
36.
On the Beach (1959)
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months. (134 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
37.
Perfect Strangers (2003)
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A woman goes home with the best-looking stranger, only to discover she's been kidnapped. (96 mins.)
Director: Gaylene Preston
 
38.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
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Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
39.
Photographing Fairies (1997)
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Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war... (106 mins.)
Director: Nick Willing
 
40.
Picture Claire (2001)
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A woman gets in way over her head when she's in the wrong place at the wrong time. (91 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
 
41.
The Pillow Book (1996)
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As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book"... (126 mins.)
Director: Peter Greenaway
 
42.
Pollock (2000)
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A film about the life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock. (122 mins.)
Director: Ed Harris
 
43.
Reds (1981)
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A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States. (195 mins.)
Director: Warren Beatty
 
44.
Rize (2005 Documentary)
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Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture. (86 mins.)
 
45.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
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An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. (110 mins.)
Director: Wes Anderson
 
46.
Samurai Fiction (1998)
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A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge. (111 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Nakano
 
47.
Serenity (2005)
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The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their numbers who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
 
48.
Simon (1980)
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A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment... (97 mins.)
 
49.
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997)
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In this dark take on the fairy tale, the growing hatred of a noblewoman, secretly a practitioner of the dark arts, for her stepdaughter, and the witch's horrifying attempts to kill her. (100 mins.)
Director: Michael Cohn
 
50.
Spider (2002)
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A mentally disturbed man takes residence in a halfway house. His mind gradually slips back into the realm created by his illness, where he replays a key part of his childhood. (98 mins.)
 
51.
The Station Agent (2003)
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When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss. (89 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
52.
Tideland (2005)
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Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination. (120 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
 
53.
Tomorrow (1972)
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A lonely farmer takes in a pregnant woman and looks after her. After she gives birth, tragedy strikes. (103 mins.)
Director: Joseph Anthony
 
54.
Until the End of the World (1991)
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In 1999, Claire's life is forever changed after she survives a car crash. She rescues Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. Writer Eugene follows them and writes their story, as a way of recording dreams is being invented. (158 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
55.
The Visitor (2007)
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A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
56.
Witch Hunt (1994 TV Movie)
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In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it. (100 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
57.
Teeth (2007)
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Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. (94 mins.)
 
58.
Big Time (1988 Documentary)
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Bringing his unique sense of humor to this bizarre and original piece of moviemaking, Tom Waits takes... (87 mins.)
Director: Chris Blum
 
59.
A Dirty Shame (2004)
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An uptight, middle-aged, repressed woman turns into a sex addict after getting hit on the head, and she then falls into an underground subculture of sex addicts in suburban Baltimore. (89 mins.)
Director: John Waters
 
60.
Beloved (1998)
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Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of her deceased daughter. (172 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
61.
Being There (1979)
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A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
62.
Black Cat, White Cat (1998)
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Matko is a small time hustler, living by the river Danube with his 17 year old son Zare. After a failed... (127 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
63.
Disco Pigs (2001)
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A twisted rite of passage. (93 mins.)
 
64.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
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Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the US from a young age... (95 mins.)
 
65.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
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A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
66.
The Lair of the White Worm (1988)
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Scottish archaeologist Angus Flint discovers an odd skull amid the ruins of a convent that he is excavating... (93 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
67.
Natural City (2003)
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In the year 2080, the world is connected by a massive computer network. Combiners have developed a process... (114 mins.)
Director: Byung-chun Min
 
68.
The Price of Milk (2000)
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New Zealand milk farmer Rob gives his lover Lucinda a ring. Trying to spark up her relationship with Rob... (87 mins.)
Director: Harry Sinclair
 
69.
Something Wild (1986)
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A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up. (114 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
70.
The Accidental Tourist (1988)
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An emotionally distant writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after his son is killed and his marriage crumbles. (121 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
 
71.
The Cockettes (2002 Documentary)
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Documentary about the gender-bending San Francisco performance group who became a pop culture phenomenon in the early 1970s. (100 mins.)
 
72.
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
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A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S... (118 mins.)
 
73.
The Pied Piper of Hützovina (2007 Documentary)
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In the summer of 2004, on a car journey in Eastern Europe, Pavla Fleischer met and fell in love with Eugene Hutz... (65 mins.)
Director: Pavla Fleischer
 
74.
Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)
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Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. (96 mins.)
Director: Art Linson
 
75.
Night on Earth (1991)
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An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night. (129 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch