Something Different

These are recent movies (2000-until) that weren't cut out of your typical hollywood cookie cutter. Movies that may or may not be good, but at the end you will most likely at least say, "Well that was different."
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1.
Contagion (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
“ Not your typical "virus" movie where it turns everyone into zombies or monsters. ” - wunderdunder
 
2.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ It has a little different characters than what we usually see in movies. ” - wunderdunder
 
3.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ Not your typical sports movie. ” - wunderdunder
 
4.
Apollo 18 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Decades-old found footage from NASA's abandoned Apollo 18 mission, where two American astronauts were sent on a secret expedition, reveals the reason the U.S. has never returned to the moon. (86 mins.)
“ It is presented as if it's true, which for me was a bad thing (camera angles), but I'm sure others may enjoy it. ” - wunderdunder
 
5.
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ It's Terrence Mallick. ” - wunderdunder
 
6.
Buried (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Paul is a U.S. truck driver working in Iraq. After an attack by a group of Iraqis he wakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it's a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. (95 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
“ Only movie I've seen with only one on screen character, other than a few seconds towards the end and definitely the smallest set ever. ” - wunderdunder
 
7.
Hereafter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A drama centered on three people -- a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy -- who are touched by death in different ways. (129 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Just different, can't really say that it's good or bad. ” - wunderdunder
 
8.
The Fighter (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
“ It just has a different feel than most movies in the way it's shot and the colors. Plus the story and characters are pretty unique. ” - wunderdunder
 
9.
The King's Speech (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. (118 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ This movie just has a very real feel to it that a lot of movies can't seem to create. ” - wunderdunder
 
10.
The American (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment. (105 mins.)
Director: Anton Corbijn
“ If anything this movie is good for scenery. It's shot in a very unique city and the story has some cliches, but it still unique. ” - wunderdunder
 
11.
Moon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems. (97 mins.)
Director: Duncan Jones
“ It just holds a special place for me for the whole way it was done. ” - wunderdunder
 
12.
District 9 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology. (112 mins.)
Director: Neill Blomkamp
“ From the mocumentary style to the way the aliens are "stuck" instead of predators this one stands out to me. ” - wunderdunder
 
13.
Up in the Air (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job traveling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest and a new hire. (109 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Not a typical movie at all to me. ” - wunderdunder
 
14.
He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Baltimore-set movie of interconnecting story arcs deals with the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior. (129 mins.)
Director: Ken Kwapis
“ A romantic comedy that doesn't follow the typical story line. ” - wunderdunder
 
15.
An Education (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ Very good acting along with a pretty unique story. ” - wunderdunder
 
16.
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn't believe true love exists, and the young man who falls for her. (95 mins.)
Director: Marc Webb
“ Again, not your typical romantic comedy. ” - wunderdunder
 
17.
Bella (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A chef with a mysterious past spends the day with a waitress who needs a friend. (91 mins.)
“ Probably because it wasn't made in hollywood, but I found it to be unique. ” - wunderdunder
 
18.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business. (158 mins.)
“ You won't see many movies like this. Could be good or bad. ” - wunderdunder
 
19.
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
“ Not your "typical" western. ” - wunderdunder
 
20.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
 
21.
Seraphim Falls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
At the end of the Civil War, a colonel hunts down a man with whom he has a grudge. (115 mins.)
“ Just different. ” - wunderdunder
 
22.
Apocalypto (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw, a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ Not much is known about these people, but this is a good story about them. ” - wunderdunder
 
23.
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An IRS auditor suddenly finds himself the subject of narration only he can hear: narration that begins to affect his entire life, from his work, to his love-interest, to his death. (113 mins.)
Director: Marc Forster
 
24.
The New World (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas. (135 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
25.
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. (127 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
26.
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young soprano becomes the obsession of a disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opéra House. He kidnaps the soprano and forces the owners of the play to keep her as the lead role of the play. (143 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
27.
Gangs of New York (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ It's set in a different time period than you would think for a gangster movie. ” - wunderdunder
 
28.
The Others (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted. (101 mins.)
“ It creeps you out without being horrific, not many movies can say that. ” - wunderdunder
 
29.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ The order is completely different than anything else. ” - wunderdunder
 
30.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ What other movie can make it bada$$ to wear a bunny suit? ” - wunderdunder