Lesser Known Films of Merit

This is a list of feature films that I've rated 6/10 or above, with fewer than 10,000 votes on IMDb.

This list is ordered by year, oldest to newest.
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1.
Becket (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's. (148 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
 
2.
Equus (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. (137 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
3.
The Trial (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
 
4.
The Apostle (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After his happy life spins out of control, a preacher from Texas changes his name, goes to Louisiana and starts preaching on the radio. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Duvall
 
5.
True Stories (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small but growing Texas town, filled with strange and musical characters, celebrates its sesquicentennial and converge on a local parade and talent show. (90 mins.)
Director: David Byrne
 
6.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
7.
Big Fan (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. (88 mins.)
 
8.
Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope... (122 mins.)
 
9.
The Front Page (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence. (105 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
10.
Fresh (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Michael (or Fresh as he's well known) is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded housing project with his cousins and aunt... (114 mins.)
Director: Boaz Yakin
 
11.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man tells his story of how he became unstuck in time and abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
12.
The Ugly American (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An intelligent, articulate scholar, Harrison MacWhite, survives a hostile Senate confirmation hearing... (120 mins.)
Director: George Englund
 
13.
Blue Collar (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working... (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
 
14.
The Hospital (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
15.
Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Newman
 
16.
Charley Varrick (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man, his wife, and their friend, stage a bloody bank robbery, unaware they are stealing money from the Mob. (111 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
17.
D.O.A. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
18.
Lenny (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of acerbic 1960s comic Lenny Bruce, whose groundbreaking, no-holds-barred style and social commentary was often deemed by the Establishment as too obscene for the public. (111 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
19.
Babette's Feast (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a remote 19th-century Danish village, two sisters lead a rigid life centered around their father... (102 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Axel
 
20.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man and his wife receive a clue to an imminent assassination attempt, only to learn that their daughter has been kidnapped to keep them quiet. (75 mins.)
 
21.
Black Robe (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter. (101 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
22.
Trees Lounge (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking". (95 mins.)
Director: Steve Buscemi
 
23.
The Castle (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion. (85 mins.)
Director: Rob Sitch
 
24.
Lord of the Flies (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Lost on an island, young survivors of a plane crash eventually revert to savagery despite the few rational boys' attempts to prevent that. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Brook
 
25.
Imitation of Life (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A struggling young actress with a six year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white. (125 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
26.
Places in the Heart (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In the Deep South in the 1930s, a widow and her family try to run their cotton farm with the help of a disparate group of friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
27.
Abandon Ship (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner. (100 mins.)
Director: Richard Sale
 
28.
The Quarrel (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Montreal 1948. On Rosh Hashanah, Chaim (a Yiddish writer) is forced to think of his religion when he's asked to be the tenth in a minyan... (85 mins.)
Director: Eli Cohen