clearly underrated movies.

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1. Big Fan (2009)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.7
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70 Metascore

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director: Robert D. Siegel | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz

Votes: 8,332 | Gross: $0.23M

brilliant film about obsession, loneliness and fanship. one of the best films of the 00's in my opinion.

2. Southland Tales (2006)

R | 145 min | Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

5.5
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44 Metascore

During a three day heat wave just before a huge 4th of July celebration, an action star stricken with amnesia meets up with a porn star who is developing her own reality TV project, and a policeman who holds the key to a vast conspiracy.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Seann William Scott, Carlos Amezcua

Votes: 33,840 | Gross: $0.28M

very confusing yes, but also very dense, with various points of view. and it's very appealing visually. love it or hate it,but see it.

3. Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (2006)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

6.3
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Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

Directors: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno | Stars: David Beckham, Zinédine Zidane

Votes: 2,712

one and a half hour trying to figure out zidane's mind. but also an artistic point of view about the beautiful game. for those who like football ( not soccer: football!) it's highly recommended

4. Best Worst Movie (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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61 Metascore

A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.

Director: Michael Paul Stephenson | Stars: George Hardy, Lily Hardy, Pita Ray, Micki Knox

Votes: 6,674 | Gross: $0.10M

geat film about a terrible film. the best of it are the people who made it. kind of a little miss sunshine of the documentaries. loved it.

5. The Station Agent (2003)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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81 Metascore

When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Paul Benjamin

Votes: 61,357 | Gross: $5.74M

great tale about friendhsip with compelling characters. very well written also. just a perfect gem.

6. The Hole (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

5.7
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57 Metascore

A pair of brothers stumble upon a mysterious hole in their basement that leads to the darkest corridors of their fears and nightmares.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: Chris Massoglia, Haley Bennett, Nathan Gamble, Teri Polo

Votes: 20,481

not brilliant but quite entertaining.

7. Mallrats (1995)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

7.2
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41 Metascore

Both dumped by their girlfriends, two best friends seek refuge in the local mall.

Director: Kevin Smith | Stars: Shannen Doherty, Jeremy London, Jason Lee, Claire Forlani

Votes: 104,141 | Gross: $2.12M

8. Idiocracy (2006)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.6
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66 Metascore

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews

Votes: 119,587 | Gross: $0.44M

9. Observe and Report (2009)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.8
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54 Metascore

Bi-polar mall security guard Ronnie Barnhardt is called into action to stop a flasher from turning shopper's paradise into his personal peep show. But when Barnhardt can't bring the culprit to justice, a surly police detective is recruited to close the case.

Director: Jody Hill | Stars: Seth Rogen, Anna Faris, Ray Liotta, Michael Peña

Votes: 54,712 | Gross: $23.99M

seth rogen is really bad ass in this one. you should check it.

10. Windtalkers (2002)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

6.0
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51 Metascore

Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 59,322 | Gross: $40.91M

lots of action packed with suspense. much better than you think it is.

11. The Majestic (2001)

PG | 152 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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27 Metascore

Set in 1951, a blacklisted Hollywood writer gets into a car accident, loses his memory and settles down in a small town where he is mistaken for a long-lost son.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn

Votes: 47,456 | Gross: $27.81M

nive tale about a man trying to fit in somewhere and discover his purpose of life. the movie wants to be a classical drama and almost make it. i enjoyed a lot of it.

12. Nacho Libre (2006)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

5.7
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52 Metascore

Berated all his life by those around him, a monk follows his dream and dons a mask to moonlight as a Luchador (Mexican wrestler).

Director: Jared Hess | Stars: Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Héctor Jiménez, Darius Rose

Votes: 70,473 | Gross: $80.20M

strange but memorable characters in jared hess world. i liked it.

13. 10 Items or Less (2006)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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54 Metascore

An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds.

Director: Brad Silberling | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Paz Vega, Jonah Hill, Anne Dudek

Votes: 13,336 | Gross: $0.08M

small movie about a surprising friendship.

14. Bug (2006)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.1
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62 Metascore

An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, Harry Connick Jr., Lynn Collins

Votes: 29,600 | Gross: $7.01M

psychological terror at his best.

15. Scream 4 (2011)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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52 Metascore

Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Lucy Hale

Votes: 111,394 | Gross: $38.18M

a true hommage to the other screams. don't know why people didn't go and see it.

16. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.2
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68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 47,416 | Gross: $0.04M

small film with lots of heart.

17. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.3
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52 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 84,980 | Gross: $13.01M

tremenduous quotes, lots of action ad political message. truly underrated!

18. Funny People (2009)

R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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60 Metascore

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana

Votes: 104,801 | Gross: $51.86M

19. The Happening (2008)

R | 91 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.0
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34 Metascore

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez

Votes: 175,342 | Gross: $64.51M

i like shyamalan. i went truly scared in this one. try to feel it, not only see it.

20. The Savages (2007)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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85 Metascore

A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.

Director: Tamara Jenkins | Stars: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman

Votes: 33,260 | Gross: $6.61M

21. The Visitor (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

7.7
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79 Metascore

A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, Danai Gurira, Hiam Abbass

Votes: 38,879 | Gross: $9.42M

brilliant film about cultural differences, true people and the american immigration system. should be screened at schools.

22. The Girlfriend Experience (2009)

R | 77 min | Drama

5.5
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66 Metascore

A drama set in the days leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, and centered on a high-end Manhattan call girl meeting the challenges of her boyfriend, her clients, and her work.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Sasha Grey, Chris Santos, Philip Eytan, Colby Trane

Votes: 14,533 | Gross: $0.70M

23. The Village (2004)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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44 Metascore

A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 211,276 | Gross: $114.20M

truly scary with a great plot twist and good characters.

24. The Expendables (2010)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.5
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45 Metascore

A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren

Votes: 290,926 | Gross: $103.07M

tremendous fun.

25. The Faculty (1998)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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61 Metascore

Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Jordana Brewster, Clea DuVall, Laura Harris, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 97,824 | Gross: $40.06M

not a masterpiece but it's very entertaining.

26. The Box (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

5.6
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47 Metascore

A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.

Director: Richard Kelly | Stars: Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella, James Rebhorn

Votes: 81,016 | Gross: $15.05M

27. Braindead (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror

7.5
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54 Metascore

A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 82,523 | Gross: $0.24M

best peter jackson movie. ever.

28. Galaxy Quest (1999)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Dean Parisot | Stars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 131,104 | Gross: $71.58M

29. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 75,180 | Gross: $12.71M

30. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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69 Metascore

Terence McDonagh is a drug- and gambling-addled detective in post-Katrina New Orleans investigating the killing of five Senegalese immigrants.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser, Val Kilmer

Votes: 67,894 | Gross: $1.70M

not as good as the original but it values for himself

31. A History of Violence (2005)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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81 Metascore

A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Votes: 200,400 | Gross: $31.49M

32. Bowfinger (1999)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

6.4
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71 Metascore

When a desperate movie producer fails to get a major star for his bargain basement film, he decides to shoot the film secretly around him.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Heather Graham, Christine Baranski

Votes: 59,907 | Gross: $66.38M

33. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

7.3
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85 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 117,880 | Gross: $12.57M

34. Mad City (1997)

PG-13 | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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45 Metascore

A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Alda, Mia Kirshner

Votes: 17,388 | Gross: $10.56M

35. Inland Empire (2006)

R | 180 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

As an actress starts to adopt the persona of her character in a film, her world starts to become nightmarish and surreal.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Justin Theroux, Karolina Gruszka

Votes: 46,113 | Gross: $0.75M

36. Weekend at Bernie's (1989)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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32 Metascore

Two losers try to pretend that their murdered employer is really alive, leading the hitman to attempt to track him down to finish him off.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser

Votes: 41,274 | Gross: $30.22M

citizen kane of stupid comedies. period.

37. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

6.2
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34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 73,980 | Gross: $16.81M

much better than expected. a smart script with a good twist.

38. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.7
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67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 157,028 | Gross: $13.06M

one of my all time favourite movies. the plot, the characters and their motivations, the new york post 9/11 it's just a brilliant work. it's a shame this movie is not more recognizeable.

39. The Mist (2007)

R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Frank Darabont | Stars: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden, Andre Braugher

Votes: 242,527 | Gross: $25.59M

very intense film with a shocking ending.

40. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.3
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51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 205,354 | Gross: $10.14M

probably the best love story ever seen in a screen.

41. Matinee (1993)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz

Votes: 7,608 | Gross: $9.53M

funny, magical, kind, scary. it's a great film about the magic of movies, in a time where everyone were already scared by something, like the movies, it never happened. good acting, good screenplay, joe dante at his best. can't understand why only this score to this movie.