Best Underrated Movies

Great films with little recognition.
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1.
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
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Chronicles the rise and fall of a prominent, and particularly ruthless English gangster. (103 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
 
2.
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)
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A group of over-achieving Asian-American high school seniors enjoy a power trip when they dip into extra-curricular criminal activities. (101 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
 
3.
Oldboy (2003)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
4.
Layer Cake (2004)
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A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
 
5.
The Faculty (1998)
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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
 
6.
Mi vida loca (1993)
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Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood... (92 mins.)
Director: Allison Anders
 
7.
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey. (88 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
8.
Palindromes (2004)
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Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors. (100 mins.)
Director: Todd Solondz
 
9.
Trees Lounge (1996)
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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
 
10.
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
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A young boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has... (85 mins.)
 
11.
Digimon: The Movie (2000)
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Three different stories involving digital creatures collide together. (82 mins.)
 
12.
New Jersey Drive (1995)
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Jason and Midget are two young, black teenagers living in Newark,New Jersey, the unofficial car theft capital of the world... (98 mins.)
Director: Nick Gomez
 
13.
The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
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The Chipmunks compete with the Chipettes in a round the world race. (77 mins.)
Director: Janice Karman
 
14.
Hangin' with the Homeboys (1991)
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Two African-Americans and two Puerto-Ricans (though one pretends to be Italian) go out on the town on a Friday night... (88 mins.)
 
15.
Basquiat (1996)
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Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Starting out as a street artist... (108 mins.)
Director: Julian Schnabel
 
16.
Black & White (1999)
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A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd. (98 mins.)
Director: James Toback
 
17.
An American Werewolf in Paris (1997)
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An American man unwittingly gets involved with French werewolves who have developed a serum allowing them to transform at will. (105 mins.)
Director: Anthony Waller
 
18.
Akira (1988)
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only one kid and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
 
19.
Rock-A-Doodle (1991)
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Edmund is a boy whose favorite story of Chanticleer, a rooster whose singing makes the sun rise every morning until the Grand Duke of Owls... (77 mins.)
 
20.
Felix the Cat: The Movie (1988)
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In another dimension, the villainous scientist Duke of Zill, with the help of his mechanical, geometric army, takes over the Land of Oriana, prompting Felix the Cat to save its princess and restore order once again. (82 mins.)
Director: Tibor Hernádi
 
21.
Legend (1985)
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A young man must stop the Lord of Darkness from both destroying daylight and marrying the woman he loves. (94 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
22.
Fresh (1994)
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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
 
23.
Heathers (1988)
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In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. (103 mins.)
Director: Michael Lehmann
 
24.
Clockers (1995)
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Young drug pushers in the projects of Brooklyn live hard dangerous lives, trapped between their drug bosses and the detectives out to stop them. (128 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
25.
Labyrinth (1986)
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A selfish 16-year old girl is given 13 hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King. (101 mins.)
Director: Jim Henson
 
26.
Once Were Warriors (1994)
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A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. (102 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
27.
The Frighteners (1996)
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After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
28.
City of God (2002)
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Two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer. (130 mins.)
 
29.
Garden State (2004)
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A quietly troubled young man returns home for his mother's funeral after being estranged from his family for a decade. (102 mins.)
Director: Zach Braff
 
30.
Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee (2007)
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Bruce Lee's shocking death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes from his unfinished Game Of Death. Undeterred, studio executives launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is. (84 mins.)
Director: Justin Lin
 
31.
The Ewok Adventure (1984 TV Movie)
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Wicket the Ewok and his friends agree to help two shipwrecked human children on a quest to find their parents. (96 mins.)
Director: John Korty
 
32.
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985 TV Movie)
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The army of the Marauders, led by by King Terak and the witch Charal attack the Ewoks village. The parents... (94 mins.)
Director: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat
 
33.
American Me (1992)
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A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle. (125 mins.)
 
34.
Willow (1988)
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A reluctant dwarf must play a critical role in protecting a special baby from an evil queen. (126 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
35.
Snatch (2000)
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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
36.
Revolver (2005)
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Gambler Jake Green enters into a game with potentially deadly consequences. (111 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
37.
Running Scared (2006)
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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
 
38.
Mystery Train (1989)
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Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. (110 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
39.
This Is England (2006)
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A young boy becomes friends with a gang of skinheads. Friends soon become like family, and relationships will be pushed to the very limit. (101 mins.)
Director: Shane Meadows
 
40.
Higher Learning (1995)
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People from all different walks of life, encounter racial tension, rape, responsibility, and the meaning of an education on a university campus. (127 mins.)
Director: John Singleton
 
41.
Dead Presidents (1995)
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A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed. (119 mins.)
 
42.
Heavy Weights (1995)
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Plump kids are lured into joining a posh fat camp with the promise of quick weight loss and good times, only to find that the facility is a woodland hellhole run by a psycho ex-fitness instructor. (100 mins.)
Director: Steven Brill
 
43.
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
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An African American man is hired to find a woman and gets mixed up in a murderous political scandal. (102 mins.)
Director: Carl Franklin
 
44.
Kids (1995)
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A day in the life of a group of teens as they travel around New York City skating, drinking, smoking, and deflowering virgins. (91 mins.)
Director: Larry Clark
 
45.
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.)