25 Odd Little Films Worth Seeing

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1.
Box of Moon Light (1996)
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Al Fountain, a middle-aged electrical engineer, is on the verge of a mid-life crisis, when he decides... (112 mins.)
Director: Tom DiCillo
“ John Turturro is awesome, but Sam Rockwell steals this quirky show... ” - Eskimo101
 
2.
Birdy (1984)
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After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird. (120 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Nicolas Cage is young and plays vulnerable tough as well as can be, and Matthew Modine is scary-good as his weirdo buddy in this touching story of friendship and nightmares... ” - Eskimo101
 
3.
Rumble Fish (1983)
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Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on. (94 mins.)
“ S.E. Hinton simple story of a wannabe gang leader with no gang. Matt Dillon is the clueless thug, Mickey Rourke is his real deal but aloof brother, and a cool cast including Vince Spano, Lawrence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Dennis Hooper, and Tom Waits round out the people who confuse and frustrate Dillon's character. ” - Eskimo101
 
4.
Heaven Help Us (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Dinner
“ Andrew McCarthy is the new kid at St. Basil's school for boys. As he struggles to find his way, he befriends a handful of colorful students and a girl who runs their hangout. Worth seeing, especially if you went to a Catholic school... ” - Eskimo101
 
5.
Walking to the Waterline (1998)
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Matt Mulhern stars as an out of work sit-com actor visiting his empty childhood home on the Jersey shore while struggling to make sense of the loss of his father, his past, and, for one funny and heartbreaking week, himself. (100 mins.)
Director: Matt Mulhern
“ A poignant look at a failing actor who returns to his recently deceased father's New Jersey Shore house to settle some affairs. He meets a woman who gives tours at a hotel shaped like an elephant and thinks get more confused. ” - Eskimo101
 
6.
Touched (1983)
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Two mental patients in an institution fall in love and plan to escape in the search of a normal life. (93 mins.)
Director: John Flynn
“ Robert Hays, of Airplane fame, plays a patient at a mental facility who heads out of his own, finding work as a heckling clown in dunk tank on the Wildwood boardwalk. The acting is subpar, the story moves slowly, but this odd little flick has its charm. ” - Eskimo101
 
7.
Little Voice (1998)
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A shy reclusive lady is convinced by an invisible entity to sing. Subsequently, she finds herself noticed by a sleazy talent agent and her talent being showcased on-stage. She also meets a kind but nervous man who becomes her best friend. (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ Jane Horrocks plays a strange, painfully shy young lady who lives for the records that remind her of her deceased father. When her mother realizes that her daughter has talent emulating the sings on those records, she wants her payday. Horrocks does all of the singing, and that alone makes this film amazing. ” - Eskimo101
 
8.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)
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A college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home. (93 mins.)
“ Seems cheesy enough; Richard Geer in a made for TV movie about a dog. But, when you consider that the story is based in truth, and is compelling and fairly emotional, you may just get past that and enjoy a sweet, touching film that will stay with you. ” - Eskimo101
 
9.
Orphans (1987)
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The two brothers Treat and Philip lived alone since they were kids. Interdependent they dwell in a loft house and live on little thefts, until an aging minor criminal moves in with them and takes over the role of a father. (115 mins.)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
 
10.
The Straight Story (1999)
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An old man makes a long journey by lawn-mover tractor to mend his relationship with an ill brother. (112 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
11.
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season. (96 mins.)
Director: John Hancock
“ A tragic story of a mediocre baseball catcher dying of Hodgkin's disease, and the star pitcher who wants him to go out with dignity in spite of his rural, innocent nature. ” - Eskimo101
 
12.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ David Bowie excels as prison of war Jack Celliers, a defiant captive who intimidates camp command Yonoi. Ryuichi Sakamoto plays the disciplinarian Yonoi, oddly androgynous and conflicted by his fear, respect, and possible love for Celliers. Takeshi Kitano is absolutely superb as the hardlined Sgt. Hara, who has no compassion for the cowardly prisoners who would rather surrender than die with honor. ” - Eskimo101
 
13.
Swing Kids (1993)
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A close-knit group of young kids in Nazi Germany listen to banned swing music from the US. Soon dancing... (112 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
“ Considered to be one of Christian Bale's worst films, this story about young men in Nazi Germany trying to hang on to their music and their identities isn't really bad at all, once you can get past the tagline "In a world on the brink of war, you either march to one tune or dance to another," you'll find that the story is strong and the dancing (which is based on truth) is a metaphor. Worth watching with an open mind. ” - Eskimo101
 
14.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
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A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. (126 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Panned by nearly every critic, this simple story borrows its message from the Hindu epic Bhagavad-Gita, exchanging the battlefield for a golf course. There is genuine emotion to be found, as well as some fine performances from the smaller characters. ” - Eskimo101
 
15.
Crazy People (1990)
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A bitter ad executive who has reached his breaking point, finds himself in a mental institution where his career actually begins to thrive with the help of the hospital's patients. (90 mins.)
“ Dudley Moore, Darryl Hanna, and a cast of kooks that actually makes this film warm and funny. A lot of folks passed on this film, but some of the one liners are classic. ” - Eskimo101
 
16.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
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In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted...and forms a unique relationship with the ghost. (104 mins.)
“ I don't know if this is a "little" movie, as it spawned TV series, but it is odd and charming and remains one of the coolest "ghost" movies ever made. ” - Eskimo101
 
17.
Big Night (1996)
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A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business. (109 mins.)
 
18.
The Exorcist III (1990)
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A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased 'Gemini' serial killer, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. (110 mins.)
 
19.
Scarecrow (1973)
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Max, an ex-con drifter with a penchant for brawling is amused by Lion, a homeless ex-sailor, and they partner up as they head east together. (112 mins.)
 
20.
The Mist (2007)
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A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
21.
Into the Wild (2007)
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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
 
22.
Gardens of Stone (1987)
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A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy. (111 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
23.
Twist (2003)
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A queer "Oliver Twist" update set in the hustler district of modern-day Toronto. (97 mins.)
Director: Jacob Tierney
 
24.
Life as a House (2001)
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When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
25.
Dogville (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A woman on the run from the mob is reluctantly accepted in a small Colorado town. In exchange, she agrees to work for them. As a search visits town, she finds out that their support has a price. Yet her dangerous secret is never far away... (178 mins.)
Director: Lars Von Trier