Movies That Are Unfairly Underseen

This is a collection of movies I like which either most people haven't heard of or are very underrated and better than people think they are.
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1.
Counsellor at Law (1933)
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Successful attorney has his Jewish heritage and poverty-stricken background brought home to him when he learns his wife has been unfaithful. (82 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ John Barrymore's performance in this dramatic tale of a lawyer's emotional breakdown is just superb. ” - j1977
 
2.
The Petrified Forest (1936)
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A waitress, a hobo and a bank robber get mixed up at a lonely diner in the desert. (82 mins.)
Director: Archie L. Mayo
“ Great performances by Bette Davis, Leslie Howard & Humphrey Bogart in this filmed play about love at first sight and violence in America. ” - j1977
 
3.
Song of the South (1946)
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The kindly story-teller Uncle Remus tells a young boy stories about trickster Br'er Rabbit, who outwits Br'er Fox and slow-witted Br'er Bear. (94 mins.)
“ Most people have heard of this but haven't seen it because Disney hasn't ever officially released it to video/DVD in the USA. Largely because they were afraid its depiction of african-americans was too politically incorrect for today's audiences. That's a shame because there's real movie magic here. ” - j1977
 
4.
I Was a Male War Bride (1949)
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Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures... (105 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ One of Cary Grant's most lighthearted films features a rare cross-dressing appearance by Grant. ” - j1977
 
5.
Niagara (1953)
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As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder. (92 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ Marilyn Monroe plays a convincing villain in this Hitchcock-like thriller. Makes wonderful use of its Niagara Falls locations. ” - j1977
 
6.
Brigadoon (1954)
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Two Americans on a hunting trip in Scotland become lost. They encounter a small village, not on the map, called Brigadoon, in which people harbor a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past. (108 mins.)
“ Gene Kelly & Cyd Charisse dance on air in this magical musical from the golden-era of Hollywood. ” - j1977
 
7.
The Fugitive Kind (1960)
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Val Xavier, a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence... (119 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Brando is quite stoic here, but the real marvels are Anna Magnani and Joanne Woodward who tear through the film like emotional tornadoes. ” - j1977
 
8.
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
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Ella Peterson is a Brooklyn telephone answering service operator who tries to improve the lives of her... (126 mins.)
“ Judy Holliday was a joy to watch onscreen. It's just a shame that she died so young. This was her last film and it's a very funny one at that. It also has a pre-All in the Family Jean Stapleton! ” - j1977
 
9.
The Time Machine (1960)
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A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. (103 mins.)
Director: George Pal
“ One of my all-time favorite films is a pretty faithful adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel of scientific discovery and human evolution. Has some great stop-motion animation effects. ” - j1977
 
10.
The Children's Hour (1961)
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A troublemaking student at a girls' school accuses two teachers of being lesbians. (108 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
“ This seems more timely now then it probably did back then as it touches on lesbianism and social mores. Shirley MacLaine gives the best performance of her career. ” - j1977
 
11.
The War Game (1965)
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The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
“ This faux-documentary claims to chronicle a nuclear war/fall-out. It's scarily realistic, so much so that at first I really didn't know it wasn't real until someone told me and I was dumbfounded. ” - j1977
 
12.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1967 TV Movie)
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A retelling of the popular fairy tale that mixes live action and animation. (51 mins.)
Director: Gene Kelly
“ I used to watch this all the time when I was a kid (I guess it was taped off of TV because I can't find it on video or DVD anywhere). Gene Kelly starred in and directed it and it's half live action and half animation. I still hum the Woggle Bird song. ” - j1977
 
13.
Hang 'Em High (1968)
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When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice. (114 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
“ One of the few westerns that actually had something to say. It's an interesting movie to watch back to back with the Henry Fonda classic "The Ox-Bow Incident". Both films concern the moral implications of a posse hanging a suspect without a trial. This film has a great as always Clint, as well as the terrific Pat Hingle and a young Bruce Dern. ” - j1977
 
14.
Joe (1970)
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Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument... (107 mins.)
“ The underrated Peter Boyle gives a towering performance as a conservative blue-collar worker whose daughter runs around with hippies and he gets in way over his head. From the director of Rocky. ” - j1977
 
15.
The Twelve Chairs (1970)
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In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution. (94 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ Mel Brooks' second feature is hilarious and has some wonderful camerawork. It also features three of my all-time favorite actors: Ron Moody (just as amusing here as he was in Oliver!), Frank Langella (young and very commanding), and Dom DeLuise (absolutely hilarious as a devious priest). ” - j1977
 
16.
Kotch (1971)
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Avoiding to settle in a nursing home, Joseph Kotcher, a retired salesman, is obliged to leave his son's family... (113 mins.)
Director: Jack Lemmon
“ My favorite performance from one of my favorite actors, Walter Matthau. Here he gives a very serious and touching performance as a senior citizen who just doesn't want to be forgotten. ” - j1977
 
17.
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
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2 quirky Manhattanites crash into each other cute at an ophthalmologist's office. Peter is a grouchy cartoonist/author whose vision is failing... (110 mins.)
“ Not sure why no one remembers this movie, but Jack Lemmon is just great here, as is Barbara Harris & Jason Robards. It even has a neat animated sequence towards the end. ” - j1977
 
18.
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
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A group of kids in Brooklyn form a gang. From this moment on they do everything together. This makes... (86 mins.)
“ Considering this small film gave us the careers of Sylvester Stallone & Henry Winkler, it's a wonder why not enough people have seen it. It's a somewhat silly, but always endearing slice of life set around gangland youth. ” - j1977
 
19.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975)
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A suddenly unemployed ex-executive suffers a nervous breakdown. (98 mins.)
Director: Melvin Frank
“ Anne Bancroft should have won an Oscar for this Neil Simon comedy-drama, also starring the masterful Jack Lemmon as a couple dealing with emotional turmoil and mid-life crises. ” - j1977
 
20.
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)
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The portrayal of pretentiously bohemian youth. (111 mins.)
Director: Paul Mazursky
“ Paul Mazursky's debut film seems mostly autobiographical about life in NYC for young bohemians. Watch out for a young Ellen Greene & Christopher Walken. Shelley Winters gives another over the top performance as the mother. ” - j1977
 
21.
Silent Movie (1976)
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A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years. (87 mins.)
Director: Mel Brooks
“ This fun outing from Mel Brooks predates 'The Artist' by several decades. It's also fun spotting all the celebrity cameos such as Paul Newman, James Caan, Anne Bancroft & Marcel Marceau. ” - j1977
 
22.
Roseland (1977)
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"Roseland" is made up of three stories, sometimes connecting, all set in the famed New York dance palace, and all having the same theme: finding the right dance partner. (104 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ This Merchant-Ivory film is the least-like any Merchant-Ivory film that came later. It's more like serious Woody Allen than anything else. It also features a young Christopher Walken as well as old pros like Teresa Wright, Lou Jacobi & Lilia Skala. Not to mention a personal favorite Geraldine Chaplin (the daughter of Charlie). The movie is basically a collection of short stories centered around a dance hall in NYC and the people who frequent it. ” - j1977
 
23.
Goin' South (1978)
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Henry Moon is captured for a capital offense by a posse when his horse quits while trying to escape to Mexico... (105 mins.)
Director: Jack Nicholson
“ Jack Nicholson directed and starred in this comedy western that no one remembers. Mary Steenburgen is luminous as the leading lady and Christopher Lloyd, John Belushi & Danny DeVito have scene stealing roles. It's just ripe for rediscovering. ” - j1977
 
24.
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. (110 mins.)
“ Michael Crichton adapted & directed from his own novel in this fun caper starring the always wonderful Sean Connery & Donald Sutherland. ” - j1977
 
25.
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
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Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from the most infamous prisons in the world. (112 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
“ Years before "The Shawshank Redemption", Clint Eastwood goes through a similar battle of wits with a stern warden and plans a great escape. It's a wonderfully crafted movie. ” - j1977
 
26.
Fatso (1980)
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Dominick DiNapoli has always been a big kid who loved eating. It was his favorite thing. Then his cousin... (93 mins.)
Director: Anne Bancroft
“ Dom DeLuise usually got comic relief supporting roles, but his lead role here as a sweet guy dealing with a low-fat diet and a close-knit family is one of the most unsung performances of all time. He's funny and sad and a real hero to root for. Anne Bancroft is great as his sister and directed the film as well (her only directorial effort). ” - j1977
 
27.
A Small Circle of Friends (1980)
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Harvard in the 1960's: a time of social upheaval and student unrest. Three students bond together, challenge... (113 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
“ Critics hated this and I never knew why. It has some pertinent things to say about the anti-Vietnam war movement and features the lovely Karen Allen in one of her best roles. It also has a young Daniel Stern. ” - j1977
 
28.
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
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Two old friends meet for dinner; as one tells anecdotes detailing his experiences, the other notices their differing worldviews. (110 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
“ Two men sit in a restaurant and talk for 2 hours. That doesn't sound like an entertaining movie, but when the two men are Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn, they have a lot to talk about and do so in an extremely engaging way. ” - j1977
 
29.
Ticket to Heaven (1981)
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David is a young man seduced by a religious cult that uses starvation, exhaustion, and brainwashing... (108 mins.)
Director: Ralph L. Thomas
“ I saw this years ago in Hebrew school and have never gotten it out of my head since. It's a powerful film about the magnetic pull of a religious cult. It has a wonderful performance by Nick Mancuso (who kind of vanished into obscurity) as well as some great support by Kim Cattrall & Saul Rubinek. ” - j1977
 
30.
The Last American Virgin (1982)
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The friendship of a group of young friends struggling with teen sex, drugs, and work is jeopardized... (92 mins.)
Director: Boaz Davidson
“ Aside from the fact that the lead character looks a hell of a lot like my father, I've always appreciated this horny-teenager movie that came out around the same time as Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The ending is heartbreaking, but some of the earlier scenes especially with an oversexed blonde played by Louisa Moritz are very funny. ” - j1977
 
31.
Bad Boys (1983)
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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing Paco Moreno's kid brother. (123 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
“ No not the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action turd, but instead this is a thoughtful youth-prison drama featuring Sean Penn in a very early leading role and the always watchable Esai Morales & Clancy Brown. ” - j1977
 
32.
Going Berserk (1983)
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A drummer/chauffeur engaged to a congressman's daughter encounters a sleazy film director, the leader of an aerobics cult, and other crazed characters during the days leading up to his wedding. (84 mins.)
Director: David Steinberg
“ Yes it's extremely silly, but this SCTV cash-in always makes me laugh. Much of that goes to the likability of John Candy who can make anyone smile. Oh and that's Ernie Hudson playing the dead guy. ” - j1977
 
33.
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
“ Lonely loser Robert De Niro kidnaps talk show host Jerry Lewis in an attempt to become famous. This is the movie that should have gotten Oscars for De Niro, Lewis & Scorsese, but it kind of missed everyone's radar. ” - j1977
 
34.
Never Cry Wolf (1983)
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A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species. (105 mins.)
Director: Carroll Ballard
“ Charles Martin Smith (Toad from American Graffiti) gets the role of his career as Farley Mowat, a scientist who choses to live with wolves. It's an amazing performance and a real shame that it never got the attention it deserved. ” - j1977
 
35.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
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A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson
“ Mel Brooks produces and stars in this remake of the Preston Sturges film of a husband and wife theatre troupe who fool the Nazis. It's one of the few good remakes out there and has a bunch of great supporting performances including Charles Durning & Christopher Lloyd. ” - j1977
 
36.
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
“ Matthew Modine gives the best performance of his career as a man whose mind is so far gone he thinks he's a bird. Nicolas Cage is his friend who tries to (ahem) crack his shell. ” - j1977
 
37.
The Phantom Treehouse (1984 TV Movie)
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Two Australian children chase a cat and a dog into a swamp near thier homes. Here they find a treehouse which they never noticed before... (76 mins.)
Director: Paul Williams
“ No one I've ever spoken to has ever seen this obscure Australian cartoon. I had a VHS copy of it taped from HBO but sadly I don't have it anymore. Anyways, it's a fantastical tale of Scottish pirates and a green bunyip and volcanos and a flying machine. Good fun, too bad nobody remembers it. ” - j1977
 
38.
Racing with the Moon (1984)
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In 1942 California, two young men await induction into the U.S. Marines and say goodbye to their girlfriends. (108 mins.)
“ Sean Penn & Elizabeth McGovern give convincing performances as a young couple coming of age at the start of WWII. Nicolas Cage also stands out as the best friend who can't help staying out of trouble. ” - j1977
 
39.
Dreamchild (1985)
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Exploring the somewhat darker and more mysterious side of the Lewis Carroll's classic book, the movie... (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Millar
“ Unusual film about the woman whom Lewis Carroll based his Alice books upon. It combines reality with dream sequences (which are produced with puppets by the Jim Henson company) and flashes back and forth in time. It also features a wonderful performance by Ian Holm as the controversial author. ” - j1977
 
40.
At Close Range (1986)
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In 1978 rural Pennsylvania an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons and they become intrigued with romanticized life of crime. (111 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ Christopher Walken is extremely scary as the hoodlum father of Sean Penn in this gripping, tense tale of sins of the fathers. Other standouts include Mary Stuart Masterson as Penn's girlfriend and the wonderfully underrated Crispin Glover as his strange friend. Sean's late brother Chris appears in this as well. ” - j1977
 
41.
Salvador (1986)
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An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980. (122 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ James Woods and James Belushi give powerful performances as Americans who get involved in political upheaval in El Salvador. One of Oliver Stone's best films. ” - j1977
 
42.
Angel Heart (1987)
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Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. (113 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
“ Scariest De Niro performance ever in this strange and twisty tale. Mickey Rourke is at his peak and Lisa Bonet gives an unexpectedly powerful (and naked) performance. ” - j1977
 
43.
Barfly (1987)
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Based on the life of successful poet Charles Bukowski and his exploits in Hollywood during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. (100 mins.)
“ This is the film that should have scored an oscar nomination for Mickey Rourke as the alter-ego of writer Charles Bukowski. He's funny and sad as the drunk writer and Faye Dunaway is his equal. Even Frank Stallone shows up as a macho bartender. ” - j1977
 
44.
Making Mr. Right (1987)
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A reclusive scientist builds a robot that looks exactly like him to go on a long-term space mission... (98 mins.)
Director: Susan Seidelman
“ Strange comedy about a woman who forms a relationship with a robot. Malkovich is such a weird actor, that nobody else could have pulled this off as successfully. ” - j1977
 
45.
Another Woman (1988)
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Facing a mid-life crisis, a woman rents an apartment next to a psychiatrist's office to write a new book, only to become drawn to the plight of a pregnant woman seeking that doctor's help. (81 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ One of Woody Allen's forgotten dramas focuses on a older woman (Gena Rowlands) whose marriage is falling apart who lives vicariously through the life of a younger woman (Mia Farrow) whose story she overhears through the wall. ” - j1977
 
46.
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
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Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together... (111 mins.)
Director: Robert M. Young
“ An interesting movie to watch back-to-back with "Rain Man" follows the relationship between two brothers, one of whom is mentally handicapped. Tom Hulce gives a magnificent performance. ” - j1977
 
47.
Memories of Me (1988)
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On his girlfriend's insistence, a disgruntled man tries to make peace with his high-spirited, street-smart and often irritatingly careless father, a failed actor who never quit his dream to be a success. (105 mins.)
Director: Henry Winkler
“ Billy Crystal tries to reconnect with his estranged actor father Alan King. It's funny and sentimental and totally winning. King should have been nominated for an oscar for this. ” - j1977
 
48.
Talk Radio (1988)
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A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national. (110 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Tense adaptation of Eric Bogosian's play starring himself about a radio DJ whose on-air meltdown causes repercussions. Bogosian is phenomenal and the play is opened up in interesting ways to make it more cinematic. It also has a very different and more powerful ending than the play. ” - j1977
 
49.
Jacknife (1989)
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A conflict develops between a troubled Vietnam veteran and the sister he lives with when she becomes... (102 mins.)
Director: David Jones
“ De Niro plays a Vietnam vet who comes back into the life of his old friend Ed Harris and starts a relationship with his sister Kathy Baker. Baker is wonderful and it's a very well-written character piece. ” - j1977
 
50.
Meet the Feebles (1989)
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Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ Before "Lord of the Rings", Peter Jackson made this foul-mouthed, insane spoof of "The Muppet Show" featuring a bunny with HIV, a frog with acid flashbacks, a philandering walrus and a hippo who goes on a shooting spree. Oh yeah and there's a musical number called "Sodomy." ” - j1977
 
51.
Parenthood (1989)
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The Buckmans are a midwestern family all dealing with their lives: estranged relatives, raising children, pressures of the job, and learning to be a good parent and spouse. (124 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ The best movie about parenting period. Ron Howard's wonderful film is very funny and very accurate about the trials and tribulations of raising children. It looks at several different members of the large Buckman family with a microscope and we see the laughs, the pain and the hard decisions they must make. Among the wonderful performances in this film, the standouts are Jason Robards as the grandfather, Dianne Wiest as a single mother and Martha Plimpton as her pregnant teenager. Has some of the most quotable lines of all time. "I was at Woodstock." "Oh yeah, I thought you looked familiar!" ” - j1977
 
52.
Pump Up the Volume (1990)
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Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens. (102 mins.)
Director: Allan Moyle
“ Christian Slater gives his most charismatic performance (which is almost a double role) as hard-talking pirate radio DJ Harry and his alter ego, shy brainiac Mark. Samantha Mathis is equally compelling as his muse. ” - j1977
 
53.
Trust (1990)
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After being thrown away from home, Maria encounters a lady who complains of not having children. Almost getting raped, she ends up in an abandoned house, where she meets Matthew. When a baby is kidnapped Maria sets out to find the lady. (107 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
“ The best of Hal Hartley's quirky independent films features two great performances by the underrated Martin Donovan and the late Adrienne Shelley. Also, Edie Falco has a smallish role. A small strange film. ” - j1977
 
54.
Defending Your Life (1991)
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In an afterlife way station resembling a block of hotels, the lives of the recently-deceased are examined in a court-like setting. (112 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
“ Albert Brooks' hilarious comedy about the afterlife has some wonderful ideas and a great performance by Rip Torn. Meryl Streep has fun too as Albert's soul mate. ” - j1977
 
55.
Night on Earth (1991)
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An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night. (129 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ One of Jarmusch's multi-character mosiacs takes place on one night in a taxi cab in 5 different cities. Some stories are very sad, some are very funny. My favorite is Roberto Benigni's segment with the priest. ” - j1977
 
56.
Shadows and Fog (1991)
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With a serial strangler on the loose, a bookkeeper wanders around town searching for the vigilante group intent on catching the killer. (85 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen's most overlooked film is a highly stylized tribute to German cinema. It has beautiful shadowy camerawork and a funny story about the search for a serial killer and Woody's character's hapless involvement. It also has a truckload of star supporting performances including Mia Farrow, John Malkovich, Madonna, Jodie Foster, Kathy Bates, Lily Tomlin, Julie Kavner, Kenneth Mars & John Cusack. ” - j1977
 
57.
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (1992)
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A girl fed up with her quirky, disfunctional family runs away from home, casusing all of them to spend time with eachother. (96 mins.)
“ Silly but funny and sometimes touching story about a girl who can't stand her dysfunctional family and runs away. They spend the movie trying to find her and sort out their various problems. Lead actress Wolf is great and so is Griffin Dunne & Adrienne Shelley. ” - j1977
 
58.
The Waterdance (1992)
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and... (106 mins.)
“ Eric Stoltz, Wesley Snipes & William Forsythe give great performances as paraplegics dealing with life at a rehabilitation center. Also has strong roles from Helen Hunt & Elizabeth Pena. ” - j1977
 
59.
Where the Day Takes You (1991)
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A group of teen-age runaways try to survive in the streets of Los Angeles. Drugs, prostitution, violence... (105 mins.)
Director: Marc Rocco
“ Gripping story of homeless youths in Los Angeles. Sean Astin is the standout as a junkie. Also features Will Smith in one of his first roles as a wheelchair-bound young man. ” - j1977
 
60.
Zebrahead (1992)
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A white, hip-hop loving teen falls in love with a black girl. (100 mins.)
Director: Anthony Drazan
 
61.
Fire in the Sky (1993)
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An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975. (109 mins.)
 
62.
Heaven & Earth (1993)
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The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl... (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
63.
Lost in Yonkers (1993)
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In the summer of 1942, two young boys are sent to stay with their stern grandmother and their childlike aunt in Yonkers, New York. (114 mins.)
Director: Martha Coolidge
 
64.
Matinee (1993)
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A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis. (99 mins.)
Director: Joe Dante
 
65.
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
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Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building... (103 mins.)
Director: Tim Hunter
 
66.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland... (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
67.
Drunks (1995)
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At the beginning of a nightly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Jim seems particularly troubled. His sponsor encourages him to talk that night... (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Cohn
 
68.
Heavy (1995)
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The life of an overweight, unhappy cook is changed after a kind, beautiful college drop-out comes to work as a waitress at he and his mother's road-side restaurant. (105 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
69.
Smoke (1995)
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A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers. (112 mins.)
Director: Wayne Wang
 
70.
Beautiful Girls (1996)
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A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love. (112 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
71.
Curdled (1996)
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Gabriella, a Colombian immigrant, is obsessed with understanding violent crime. The current string of... (88 mins.)
Director: Reb Braddock
 
72.
Moll Flanders (1996)
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The daughter of a thief, young Moll is placed in the care of a nunnery after the execution of her mother... (123 mins.)
Director: Pen Densham
 
73.
Commandments (1997)
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Seth Warner has reached the end of his rope. Ever since his wife died two years earlier, his world has been in turmoil... (88 mins.)
Director: Daniel Taplitz
 
74.
The Butcher Boy (1997)
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Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent... (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
75.
The Book of Life (1998)
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The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens... (63 mins.)
Director: Hal Hartley
 
76.
The Big Kahuna (1999)
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Two veteran salesmen dissect a sales pitch to a particular client, through their young protégé. (90 mins.)
Director: John Swanbeck
 
77.
Catfish in Black Bean Sauce (1999)
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Dwayne and his older sister Mai are adults: Mai is married to Vinh, Dwayne is about to propose to Nina... (119 mins.)
Director: Chi Muoi Lo
 
78.
Jesus' Son (1999)
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A young man turns from drug addiction and petty crime to a life redeemed by a discovery of compassion. (107 mins.)
Director: Alison Maclean
 
79.
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2000)
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Five loosely intertwined stories of the emotional issues facing individual middle-aged Angelenas are presented... (109 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
 
80.
200 Cigarettes (1999)
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A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses. (101 mins.)
 
81.
Amores Perros (2000)
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A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life's harsh realities, all in the name of love. (154 mins.)
 
82.
Chinese Coffee (2000)
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Harry and Jake, two unsuccessful writers, spend a cathartic evening arguing about money, aesthetics, their friendship, and Harry's new manuscript. (99 mins.)
Director: Al Pacino
 
83.
Chuck & Buck (2000)
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An oddly naive man-child stalks his childhood best friend and tries to reconnect with their past. (96 mins.)
Director: Miguel Arteta
 
84.
Diamond Men (2000)
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A thirty-years traveling diamond salesman must mentor a brash young replacement when his company downsizes him. (100 mins.)
Director: Daniel M. Cohen
 
85.
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
 
86.
Happy Accidents (2000)
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Ruby Weaver has man trouble: she tries to fix them, so she's stuck herself with a string of losers. Her current lover... (110 mins.)
Director: Brad Anderson
 
87.
Naked States (2000 Documentary)
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Photographer Spencer Tunick travels the U.S. in search of volunteers to pose nude for his outlaw photo-shoots... (80 mins.)
Director: Arlene Donnelly
 
88.
Panic (2000)
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Alex, a hit man, tries to get out of the family business, but his father won't let him do so. While seeking the help of a therapist, he meets a sexually charged 23-year-old woman with whom he falls in love. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Bromell
 
89.
Steal This Movie (2000)
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Five years after Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman goes underground to avoid a drug-related prison sentence... (107 mins.)
 
90.
Tadpole (2000)
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Coming-of-age story about a 15-year-old boy, Oscar, who falls in love with his stepmother, Eve. (78 mins.)
Director: Gary Winick
 
91.
The Tao of Steve (2000)
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Underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher Dex finds a woman who forces him to reexamine his Zen-like system of seduction. (87 mins.)
 
92.
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
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In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace. (118 mins.)
Director: Charles Shyer
 
93.
Bartleby (2001)
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A clueless boss has no idea what to do with his mundane office worker whose refusal of duties only gets worse each passing minute. (83 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Parker
 
94.
The Believer (2001)
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A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter. (98 mins.)
Director: Henry Bean
 
95.
Charlotte Gray (2001)
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A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France. (121 mins.)
 
96.
Green Dragon (2001)
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The story of some Vietnamese refugees as they first arrive at Camp Pendleton in the United States as the Vietnam war ends in 1975. (115 mins.)
 
97.
Haiku Tunnel (2001)
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Josh has an offer to "go perm" at his employer and the first task is to mail 17 high priority letters....something that seems a little difficult to do. (88 mins.)
 
98.
High Heels and Low Lifes (2001)
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A nurse eavesdrops with a friend on a cell phone conversation that describes a bank heist. She and the friend then conspire to blackmail the robbers for $2 million. (86 mins.)
Director: Mel Smith
 
99.
Lantana (2001)
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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney. (121 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
 
100.
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
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Self-esteem and insecurity are at the heart of this comedy about the relationship between a mother and her three confused daughters. (91 mins.)