Great movies that are not well known.by galahad58-1 | created - 27 May 2012 | updated - 27 May 2012 | Public
Movies that have slipped through the cracks and have not gotten the attention that deserve.
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1. Stardust (2007)
PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 226,028 | Gross: $38.63M
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.
2. Excalibur (1981)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Merlin the magician helps Arthur Pendragon unite the Britons around the round table of Camelot even as forces conspire to tear it apart
Votes: 50,042 | Gross: $34.97M
The ultimate King Arthur movie. It is based a bit much in Le'Morte de Arthur, but it is still wonderful to watch.
3. Will Penny (1967)
Approved | 108 min | Romance, Western
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.
One of Heston's best and a very well written Western.
4. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
Votes: 103,075 | Gross: $11.10M
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.
5. Big Trouble (2002)
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
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.
Votes: 18,234 | Gross: $7.26M
One of Tim Allen's best.
6. Equilibrium (2002)
R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In an oppressive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state.
Votes: 280,075 | Gross: $1.20M
Everything that the Matrix sequels wanted to be, but could not be. The early phase of a brilliant Christian Bale career.
7. A Simple Plan (1998)
R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 54,498 | Gross: $16.31M
Wonderful. Excellent writing and acting.
8. Below (2002)
R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.
Votes: 18,950 | Gross: $0.61M
The kind of thriller you used to love as a kid.
9. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Votes: 40,957 | Gross: $2.00M
This is one funny movie. Bruce Campbell is wonderful as Elvis.
10. Dark Blue (2002)
R | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A robbery homicide investigation triggers a series of events that will cause a corrupt LAPD officer to question his tactics.
Votes: 18,314 | Gross: $9.06M
This is a very gritty police drama that should have been ranked a lot higher than it was.
11. Collateral (2004)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 314,841 | Gross: $101.01M
Amid a bunch of duds, Tom Cruise put out this wonderful movie.
12. Frequency (2000)
PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
Votes: 88,624 | Gross: $45.01M
A fabulous film with Dennis Quaid. One that I recommend to everyone.
13. Flushed Away (2006)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
Votes: 93,578 | Gross: $64.67M
A great animated film that seemed to get pushed aside by lesser Disney films.
14. Galaxy Quest (1999)
PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
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. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
Votes: 131,111 | Gross: $71.58M
A great spoof on Star Trek.
15. Overboard (1987)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Romance
A cruel and beautiful heiress mocks and cheats over a hired carpenter. When she gets amnesia, he decides to introduce her to working-class life by convincing her they're husband and wife.
Votes: 41,015 | Gross: $26.71M
Another film that when mentioned it brings a smile to everyone's face.
16. Henry V (1989)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Votes: 25,005 | Gross: $10.16M
The ultimate Shakepearian movie.
17. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 194,353 | Gross: $52.16M
A wonderful thriller with a great idea, writing, direction and cast.
18. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 662,376 | Gross: $30.33M
Funny Funny Funny.
19. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
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.
Votes: 455,344 | Gross: $3.65M
20. Murphy's Romance (1985)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,591 | Gross: $30.76M
The last of the real romantic movies. In the times when you built characters and showed the audience the reasons they fell in love.
21. The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Western
When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.
22. Near Dark (1987)
R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.
Votes: 27,834 | Gross: $3.37M
One of the best vampire movies ever made.
23. Paths of Glory (1957)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.
This is the film that Stanley Kubriak should have been praised for--this is a great movie.
24. Return to Me (2000)
PG | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 17,303 | Gross: $32.66M
A great romantic film that tugs at the heart.
25. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror
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.
Votes: 433,233 | Gross: $13.54M
The best zombie movie (even if it is a spoof) ever made.
26. Stir of Echoes (1999)
R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 66,111 | Gross: $21.13M
A wonderful supernatural film.
27. Murder in the First (1995)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
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.
Votes: 23,304 | Gross: $17.38M
Kevin Bacon has an Academy performance in this film that was completely ignored.
28. The Bounty (1984)
PG | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Fed up with their captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship crew decides to take action.
Votes: 19,840 | Gross: $8.60M
Mel Gibson before he went to the dark side.