Underrated Films

These films have either been overshadowed by other films, forgotten, failed at the box office, received bad reviews, rated too low on IMDB, have a small cult following, or are out-of-print.
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1.
It Follows (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter. (100 mins.)
“ It doesn't think. It doesn't feel. It doesn't give up. ” - rlhron
 
2.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
3.
Blow Out (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger. (107 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ One of Travolta's best films directed by Brian De Palma. ” - rlhron
 
4.
The Third Man (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. (104 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
“ Sure, many film buffs have seen The Third Man but it's on this list for those who have never seen it. ” - rlhron
 
5.
The King of Comedy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Martin's most underrated film. ” - rlhron
 
6.
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In an oppressive future, a fireman whose duty is to destroy all books begins to question his task. (112 mins.)
“ What if in the future you had no right to read books? Set in an isolated society where books are outlawed and it is the duty of firefighters to burn any books on sight, Fahrenheit 451 uses unique film techniques to bring to the screen a great adaptation of the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name. ” - rlhron
 
7.
Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Angie Rossini is an innocent (Italian Catholic) Macy's salesgirl, who discovers she's pregnant from a fling with Rocky... (102 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
“ Love with the Proper Stranger was a controversial film back in the early 60's. Dealing with the topic of abortion, it was released a decade before Roe v. Wade. Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood are at their very best in this gritty drama. So why is it still out-of-print (OOP)? ” - rlhron
 
8.
The Duellists (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A duel between two feuding Napoleonic officers eventually evolves into a decades-long series of duels, after each bout - for various reasons - ends unresolved. (100 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ OOP ” - rlhron
 
9.
Seven Up! (1964 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A group of seven-year-old British children from widely ranging backgrounds are interviewed about a range of subjects... (39 mins.)
Director: Paul Almond
“ Starting at the age of 7, a group of children are interviewed every 7 years to show how their lives change. The most recent addition to this series is "56 Up" which was released in 2012. The complete series is now available in a nice 7-disc set. ” - rlhron
 
10.
Harlan County U.S.A. (1976 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A filmed account of a bitterly violent miner strike. (103 mins.)
Director: Barbara Kopple
“ One of the ten best documentaries ever made. ” - rlhron
 
11.
The Sugarland Express (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A woman attempts to reunite her family by helping her husband escape prison and together kidnapping their son. But things don't go as planned when they are forced to take a police hostage on the road. (110 mins.)
“ Spielberg's first feature length film was a flop at the box office. ” - rlhron
 
12.
Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A story of two men drag-racing across the U.S. in a primer grey '55 Chevy. Dennis Wilson is the mechanic, James Taylor is the driver. (102 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
“ The best road movie ever! ” - rlhron
 
13.
Love (1919 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A farm boy must rescue his sweetheart from being married off to someone she does not love. (23 mins.)
“ Today, everyone knows of Charlie Chaplin, a lot have watched Buster Keaton's "The General", many others have heard of Harold Lloyd but very few have ever seen a Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle film. ” - rlhron
 
14.
Safety Last! (1923)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When a store clerk organizes a publicity stunt, in which a friend climbs the outside of a tall building, circumstances force him to make the perilous climb himself. (70 mins.)
“ Harold gets overshadowed by Charlie and Buster way too often. ” - rlhron
 
15.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions. (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
“ Sure, "Passion" received it's awards back in the day but it only has a small fan base today. ” - rlhron
 
16.
City Lights (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically. (87 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
“ City Lights has been overshadowed on many lists by Modern Times and other great Chaplin classics. ” - rlhron
 
17.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ Bride of Frankenstein seems to make it on more lists over Frankenstein. The original is the better film because he doesn't talk in Frankenstein and the scene at the pond with the girl is still very moving today. ” - rlhron
 
18.
It Happened One Night (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A spoiled heiress, running away from her family, is helped by a man who is actually a reporter in need of a story. (105 mins.)
Director: Frank Capra
“ If you asked 100 people on the street to name a film that Clark Gable was in, most of them would say "Gone With The Wind", some would say "Who is Clark Gable?" and a very few would say "It Happened One Night". ” - rlhron
 
19.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Most films today are not as touching as this gem. ” - rlhron
 
20.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Yes, Yankee Doodle Dandy is Cagney's best film but Angels with Dirty Faces is a superb film as well! ” - rlhron
 
21.
Of Human Hearts (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This is a story about family relationships, set in the time before and during the American Civil War... (103 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ With as many amazing films that James Stewart had, it is easy to see how Of Human Hearts has been overlooked. ” - rlhron
 
22.
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid-type reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. (112 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ Bringing Up Baby usually gets more love than The Philadelphia Story. ” - rlhron
 
23.
The Clock (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Soldier Joe Allen is on a two-day leave in New York, and there he meets Alice. She agrees to show him the sights and they spend the day together... (90 mins.)
“ You have seen The Wizard of Oz but have you heard of this other classic of Judy's? ” - rlhron
 
24.
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions. (113 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
“ If you love the remake with Jack, check out the original. ” - rlhron
 
25.
Caged (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards. (96 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ Caged is the best of all of the female prison movies. ” - rlhron
 
26.
D.O.A. (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
“ D.O.A is a film noir that is way underrated. ” - rlhron
 
27.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
“ Love Kurosawa ” - rlhron
 
28.
Winchester '73 (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive. (92 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ When talking about the best films of Jimmy Stewart, Winchester '73 doesn't seem to be mentioned nearly enough. ” - rlhron
 
29.
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous. (76 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
“ One of her best performances in a great film that is not well known. ” - rlhron
 
30.
La Strada (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A care-free girl is sold to a traveling entertainer, consequently enduring physical and emotional pain along the way. (108 mins.)
“ Talk about something that is underrated, I think the most underrated of them all has to be The Criterion Collection. Quoting from their website: "The Criterion Collection is dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions of the highest technical quality, with supplemental features that enhance the appreciation of the art of film." Criterion has released more than 700 films on dvd (including La Strada and about 20 other films on this list). ” - rlhron
 
31.
Suddenly (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, on the top of a hill nearby the railroad station, with the intention of killing the president of the USA. (75 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
“ Frank held up this film for years. I'm glad Suddenly is out there now for everyone to enjoy. ” - rlhron
 
32.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has. (98 mins.)
“ Even though Leslie Nielsen plays a straight man in Forbidden Planet, I can't help but laugh whenever I see him on the screen. ” - rlhron
 
33.
The Wrong Man (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
True story of an innocent man mistaken for a criminal. (105 mins.)
“ One of Hitchcocks brilliant films that has been overshadowed by his other masterpieces. ” - rlhron
 
34.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ The Incredible Shrinking Man is still a joy to watch today. ” - rlhron
 
35.
The Mark (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A man who served prison time for intent to molest a child tries to build a new life with the help of a sympathetic psychiatrist. (127 mins.)
Director: Guy Green
 
36.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ A low budget horror cult classic. ” - rlhron
 
37.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
“ Harakiri is a great film to watch in a double feature before Seven Samurai because it helps set up the importance of the "Top Knot" at the beginning of Samurai. ” - rlhron
 
38.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ These two hated each other in real life and they used that to make a really amazing film. ” - rlhron
 
39.
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. (104 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
“ Dazzling! ” - rlhron
 
40.
Fail-Safe (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted? (112 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Fail-Safe was held up in the courts so it could not premiere before Dr. Strangelove. Peter Seller's classic and Fail-Safe may both deal with the same subject matter but they are as different as night and day. Fail-Safe is a mesmerizing film. ” - rlhron
 
41.
The Collector (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man kidnaps a woman and holds her hostage just for the pleasure of having her there. (119 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
42.
The Fortune Cookie (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury. (125 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Wilder has so many great films that it is easy to see why this film gets overlooked. ” - rlhron
 
43.
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad. (175 mins.)
Director: Sergio Leone
“ Once Upon a Time in the West has been overshadowed by westerns like High Noon, The Searchers, Shane, Butch Cassidy and The Professionals. ” - rlhron
 
44.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (136 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ Rosemary's Baby is still as fresh and interesting today as it was when it was released. And now it is a Criterion film. ” - rlhron
 
45.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon. (129 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Sydney Pollack's compelling dance marathon movie. ” - rlhron
 
46.
The Landlord (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
At the age of twenty-nine, Elgar Enders "runs away" from home. This running away consists of buying... (112 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
47.
The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Can a bickering odd couple in Manhattan become friends and maybe more? Owlish Felix is an unpublished... (95 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Barbra Streisand's most underrated film. ” - rlhron
 
48.
Duel (1971 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
“ Steven's forgotten film. ” - rlhron
 
49.
Harold and Maude (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral. (91 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
“ One of the best cult films out there. ” - rlhron
 
50.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (110 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ Can you hear the dueling banjos playing? ” - rlhron
 
51.
What's Up, Doc? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The accidental mix-up of four identical plaid overnight bags leads to a series of increasingly wild and wacky situations. (94 mins.)
“ Another great film by Barbra. ” - rlhron
 
52.
X, Y and Zee (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
 
53.
Badlands (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An impressionable teenage girl from a dead-end town and her older greaser boyfriend embark on a killing spree in the South Dakota badlands. (94 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
54.
Paper Moon (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl who may or may not be his daughter, and the two forge an unlikely partnership. (102 mins.)
 
55.
Sisters (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ A little strange but really good. ” - rlhron
 
56.
The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A sensitive seven-year-old girl living in 1940 in a small Spanish village is traumatized after viewing the movie "Frankenstein" and drifts into her own fantasy world. (97 mins.)
Director: Víctor Erice
 
57.
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away? (104 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
 
58.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Rocky is a masterpiece and one of the 20 best films of all time. Today, many people don't realize how great of a film Rocky really is because it has been harmed by some bad Rocky sequels. ” - rlhron
 
59.
A Star Is Born (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A has-been rock star falls in love with a young, up-and-coming songstress. (139 mins.)
Director: Frank Pierson
“ ... and another great film with Barbra. ” - rlhron
 
60.
Pumping Iron (1977 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr... (85 mins.)
“ See first hand how Arnold became a household name. ” - rlhron
 
61.
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Brooklyn teenager feels his only chance to succeed is as the king of the disco floor. His carefree youth and weekend dancing help him to forget the reality of his bleak life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
62.
Capricorn One (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A NASA Mars mission won't work, and its funding is endangered, so they decide to fake it just this once. But then they have to keep the secret... (123 mins.)
Director: Peter Hyams
 
63.
All That Jazz (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director/choreographer Bob Fosse tells his own life story as he details the sordid life of Joe Gideon, a womanizing, drug-using dancer. (123 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
 
64.
Being There (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A simple, sheltered gardener becomes an unlikely trusted advisor to a powerful businessman and an insider in Washington politics. (130 mins.)
Director: Hal Ashby
 
65.
The Black Stallion (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who... (118 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
 
66.
The Champ (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Billy Flynn, a former boxing champion, is now horse trainer in Hialeah. He makes just enough money to raise his little boy T.J.... (121 mins.)
“ Why is this film still OOP? ” - rlhron
 
67.
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Ted Kramer's wife leaves her husband, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
68.
Moonraker (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (126 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Recently named the worst of all Bond films. Yes, it is campy but it made more money than any other Bond film before or after it up until Goldeneye was released 16 years later. Because of the success of Star Wars, Moonraker leap frogged "For Your Eyes Only" and became the follow up film to "The Spy Who Loved Me". ” - rlhron
 
69.
The Rose (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The tragic life of a self-destructive female rock star who struggles to deal with the constant pressures of her career and the demands of her ruthless business manager. (125 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
 
70.
The Big Red One (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
71.
Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. (124 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
72.
Nine to Five (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three female employees of a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot find a way to turn the tables on him. (109 mins.)
Director: Colin Higgins
 
73.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ More often Star Wars is on a best list and Empire Strikes Back is not. Empire is the better film and therefore has been overshadowed by Star Wars way to often. ” - rlhron
 
74.
Somewhere in Time (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. (103 mins.)
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
 
75.
Escape from New York (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him. (99 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
76.
Thief (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Becoming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the mafia, who have other plans for him. (122 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
77.
Burden of Dreams (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo, showing how the film... (95 mins.)
Director: Les Blank
“ Burden of Dreams is an incredible documentary about the making of the film Fitzcarraldo, which is not a very good movie, but more people have seen Fitzcarraldo than have seen Burden of Dreams. What is up with that? ” - rlhron
 
78.
First Blood (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ Don't let the sequels fool you. This film is amazing! Stallone really pulls off playing a war hero who is just trying to fit in a world that doesn't want him. ” - rlhron
 
79.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran. (98 mins.)
“ If this film would have only been named "Season of the Witch", it would have received much better reviews. No Michael Myers in this one and that's why the ratings are so low. A really good horror film if you can get past the title! ” - rlhron
 
80.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A collection of expertly photographed phenomena with no conventional plot. The footage focuses on nature, humanity and the relationship between them. (86 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
“ Life in a Day (2011) reminds me of Koyaanisqatsi. Have you even heard of this documentary? The trilogy is now a Criterion release. ” - rlhron
 
81.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
It's the first week of winter in 1982. An American Research Base is greeted by an alien force, that can assimilate anything it touches. It's up to the members to stay alive, and be sure of who is human, and who has become one of the Things. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
82.
Christine (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. (110 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
83.
The Dead Zone (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic detective ability. (103 mins.)
 
84.
Local Hero (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American oil company sends a man to Scotland to buy up an entire village where they want to build a refinery. But things don't go as expected. (111 mins.)
Director: Bill Forsyth
 
85.
Silkwood (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of Karen Silkwood, a metallurgy worker at a plutonium processing plant who was purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing blatant worker safety violations at the plant. (131 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
86.
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A human-looking indestructible cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Terminator has been overshadowed on most lists by Terminator 2, even though the second film is a popcorn film and is not as good as the original. Terminator's box office gross failed to come close to the box office sales of part 2. ” - rlhron
 
87.
Paris, Texas (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Travis Henderson, an aimless drifter who has been missing for four years, wanders out of the desert and must reconnect with society, himself, his life, and his family. (147 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
88.
Repo Man (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result. (92 mins.)
Director: Alex Cox
“ The limited edition tin is a great set! ” - rlhron
 
89.
Stop Making Sense (1984 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads. (88 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ This could also double as a great workout video. ” - rlhron
 
90.
The Mission (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
18th century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American Indian tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal. (125 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
91.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Many have said this film is way too long. I say to them, "What's your hurry?" ” - rlhron
 
92.
The Lost Boys (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. (97 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
93.
Raising Arizona (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
“ The Coen brothers made Raising Arizona before they became a household name. This film should not be forgotten. ” - rlhron
 
94.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. (93 mins.)
Director: John Hughes
“ Still holds up today. ” - rlhron
 
95.
The Great Outdoors (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in. (91 mins.)
Director: Howard Deutch
“ John Candy made two charming films in a row that both seem to be overlooked. ” - rlhron
 
96.
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (155 mins.)
 
97.
Midnight Run (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Brest
“ One of Bob's least known films. ” - rlhron
 
98.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (93 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
99.
Mystery Train (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three stories are connected by a Memphis hotel and the spirit of Elvis Presley. (110 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
100.
Roger & Me (1989 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director Michael Moore pursues GM CEO Roger Smith to confront him about the harm he did to Flint, Michigan with his massive downsizing. (91 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore