Favorite"SMALL" MOVIES OR "SLEEPERS"

by efcj | created - 22 Mar 2012 | updated - 01 Jan 2017 | Public

They went under the radar and have only been appreciated over time. Movies that I can watch over and over and find something new each time .Most were never mainstream or popular but have gathered loyal followers over the years Share your list for a different insight into what makes small films so immensly popular and satisfying.

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1. Things Change (1988)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.0
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71 Metascore

Shoe-shiner Gino is hired to take the rap for a mafia murder. Two-bit gangster Jerry watches over Gino and gives him a weekend to remember.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Don Ameche, Joe Mantegna, Robert Prosky, J.J. Johnston

Votes: 2,682 | Gross: $3.53M

2. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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80 Metascore

An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin

Votes: 83,582 | Gross: $10.73M

3. Body Heat (1981)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.4
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77 Metascore

In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

Director: Lawrence Kasdan | Stars: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Votes: 25,544 | Gross: $24.06M

4. Fargo (1996)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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85 Metascore

Jerry Lundegaard's inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmen's bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant Marge Gunderson.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

Votes: 511,509 | Gross: $24.61M

5. Diner (1982)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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86 Metascore

A group of college-age buddies struggle with their imminent passage into adulthood in 1959 Baltimore.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Daniel Stern

Votes: 16,140 | Gross: $14.10M

6. The Cooler (2003)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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69 Metascore

In an old school Las Vegas casino, its top gambling jinx breaks his curse when he falls in love, much to his boss' consternation.

Director: Wayne Kramer | Stars: William H. Macy, Maria Bello, Alec Baldwin, Shawn Hatosy

Votes: 29,752 | Gross: $8.24M

7. Against All Odds (1984)

R | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.9
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42 Metascore

A gangster hires an ex-football player to find his girlfriend. When he finds her, they fall in love, and the twists start to appear.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras

Votes: 8,788 | Gross: $25.10M

8. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin

Votes: 6,992 | Gross: $3.50M

9. Racing with the Moon (1984)

PG | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.8
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In 1942 California, two young men await induction into the U.S. Marines and say goodbye to their girlfriends.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage, John Karlen

Votes: 3,516 | Gross: $6.05M

10. The Flamingo Kid (1984)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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A recent high school graduate unsure of his future gets a summer job at the Flamingo beach club, and meets the charismatic Phil Brody.

Director: Garry Marshall | Stars: Matt Dillon, Hector Elizondo, Molly McCarthy, Martha Gehman

Votes: 4,245 | Gross: $23.86M