Great movies that are not well known.

Movies that have slipped through the cracks and have not gotten the attention that deserve.
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1.
Stardust (2007)
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In a countryside town bordering on a magical land, a young man makes a promise to his beloved that he'll retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. (127 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ A very good movie. It is not as great as The Princess Bride, but it is in the same vein as Bride and very entertaining. ” - galahad58-1
 
2.
Excalibur (1981)
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Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart (140 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ The ultimate King Arthur movie. It is based a bit much in Le'Morte de Arthur, but it is still wonderful to watch. ” - galahad58-1
 
3.
Will Penny (1967)
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Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
“ One of Heston's best and a very well written Western. ” - galahad58-1
 
4.
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Every time I mention this film people smile and tell me how much they like it. This is one of those films that the corrupt and purchased reviewers give a bad review on, but audiences love it. ” - galahad58-1
 
5.
Big Trouble (2002)
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The lives of several Miami denizens, from ad agents to gunrunners to street thugs to law enforcement to school-children, intersect with humorous and dangerous results. (85 mins.)
“ One of Tim Allen's best. ” - galahad58-1
 
6.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a Fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ Everything that the Matrix sequels wanted to be, but could not be. The early phase of a brilliant Christian Bale career. ” - galahad58-1
 
7.
A Simple Plan (1998)
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When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan. (121 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ Wonderful. Excellent writing and acting. ” - galahad58-1
 
8.
Below (2002)
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Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine. (105 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
“ The kind of thriller you used to love as a kid. ” - galahad58-1
 
9.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
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Elvis and JFK, both alive and in nursing homes, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. (92 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ This is one funny movie. Bruce Campbell is wonderful as Elvis. ” - galahad58-1
 
10.
Dark Blue (2002)
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A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics. (118 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
“ This is a very gritty police drama that should have been ranked a lot higher than it was. ” - galahad58-1
 
11.
Collateral (2004)
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A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. (120 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Amid a bunch of duds, Tom Cruise put out this wonderful movie. ” - galahad58-1
 
12.
Frequency (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences. (118 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ A fabulous film with Dennis Quaid. One that I recommend to everyone. ” - galahad58-1
 
13.
Flushed Away (2006)
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The story of an uptown rat that gets flushed down the toilet from his penthouse apartment, ending in the sewers of London, where he has to learn a whole new and different way of life. (85 mins.)
“ A great animated film that seemed to get pushed aside by lesser Disney films. ” - galahad58-1
 
14.
Galaxy Quest (1999)
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The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ A great spoof on Star Trek. ” - galahad58-1
 
15.
Overboard (1987)
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A cruel but beautiful heiress screws over a hired carpenter, who later is the first one to find her when she gets amnesia. Looking for a little revenge he convinces her that she's his wife. (106 mins.)
Director: Garry Marshall
“ Another film that when mentioned it brings a smile to everyone's face. ” - galahad58-1
 
16.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ The ultimate Shakepearian movie. ” - galahad58-1
 
17.
Identity (2003)
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Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. (90 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
“ A wonderful thriller with a great idea, writing, direction and cast. ” - galahad58-1
 
18.
Snatch (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ Funny Funny Funny. ” - galahad58-1
 
19.
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns. (107 mins.)
Director: Guy Ritchie
 
20.
Murphy's Romance (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch... (107 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ The last of the real romantic movies. In the times when you built characters and showed the audience the reasons they fell in love. ” - galahad58-1
 
21.
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
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When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men. (75 mins.)
 
22.
Near Dark (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. (94 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
“ One of the best vampire movies ever made. ” - galahad58-1
 
23.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ This is the film that Stanley Kubriak should have been praised for--this is a great movie. ” - galahad58-1
 
24.
Return to Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man who falls in love with the woman who received his wife's heart must decide which woman it is who holds his heart. (115 mins.)
Director: Bonnie Hunt
“ A great romantic film that tugs at the heart. ” - galahad58-1
 
25.
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. (99 mins.)
Director: Edgar Wright
“ The best zombie movie (even if it is a spoof) ever made. ” - galahad58-1
 
26.
Stir of Echoes (1999)
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After being hypnotized by his sister in law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him. (99 mins.)
Director: David Koepp
“ A wonderful supernatural film. ” - galahad58-1
 
27.
Murder in the First (1995)
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An eager and idealistic young attorney defends an Alcatraz prisoner accused of murdering a fellow inmate. The extenuating circumstances: his client had just spent over three years in solitary confinement. (122 mins.)
Director: Marc Rocco
“ Kevin Bacon has an Academy performance in this film that was completely ignored. ” - galahad58-1
 
28.
The Bounty (1984)
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The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows... (132 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
“ Mel Gibson before he went to the dark side. ” - galahad58-1