The 20 most underrated movies of the last 20 yearsby Kharpal | last updated - 25 Nov 2011 | Public
In this list, i want to promote fiction movies produced in the last 20 years (from 1991 to 2011) that i think deserves more attention than what they actually have. I do consider three characteristics: First, the number of votes from IMDB users reflects how many people have seen the movie. Secundo, the film budget, because it greatly affects the film visibility around the world. Finally, the production country will also make a huge difference. Conclusion: don't expect to see any blockbuster here...
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1. Monsieur Lazhar (2011)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama
At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.
Votes: 17,144 | Gross: $2.01M
This touching film about death, education and immigration is still on screen at the moment of making this list. It has received numerous praise around the world, however, since it's been produced in Quebec with a very low budget, it deserves to be in the list as now.
2. Fish Tank (2009)
Not Rated | 123 min | Drama
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.
Votes: 51,937 | Gross: $0.37M
I was really impressed with this Ken Loach like film. The main character was played by a non-professionnal actress, discovered by accident when she was having a heated argument with her boyfriend across the platforms at Tilbury Town railway station. She had dropped out of school and was unemployed when she was cast in her first film.
3. Waking Life (2001)
R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.
Votes: 53,576 | Gross: $2.89M
A great film about life and dream. Shot entirely on video cameras, then rotoscope-animated on Mac G4. Brilliant.
4. Mysterious Skin (2004)
Unrated | 105 min | Drama, Mystery
A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Votes: 60,062 | Gross: $0.70M
This surprising movie about the effect of sexual abuse on youth people is just mesmerizing. Gregg Araki cut the movie himself on his Macintosh computer, using Final Cut Pro 4.
5. The Man Without a Past (2002)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The second part of Aki Kaurismäki's "Finland" trilogy, the film follows a man who arrives in Helsinki and gets beaten up so severely he develops amnesia. Unable to remember his name or ... See full summary »
Votes: 18,919 | Gross: $0.92M
6. Salmer fra kjøkkenet (2003)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
A scientific observer's job of observing an old cantankerous single man's kitchen habits is complicated by his growing friendship with him.
Votes: 7,392 | Gross: $0.35M
7. Tulpan (2008)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
On the steppes of Kazakhstan, Asa lives in a yurt with his sister Samal, her husband Ondas, and their three children. Ondas is a herdsman, tough and strong. It's dry, dusty, and windy; too ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,770 | Gross: $0.16M
8. Nói albinói (2003)
PG-13 | 93 min | Drama
Is he the village idiot or a genius in disguise? 17 year old Noi drifts through life on a remote fjord in the north of Iceland. In winter, the fjord is cut off from the outside world, ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,293 | Gross: $0.06M
10. Eagle vs Shark (2007)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance
Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.
Votes: 18,501 | Gross: $0.22M
A funny movie about weird characters. Definitely worth a look.
11. Direktøren for det hele (2006)
Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy
An IT company hires an actor to serve as the company's president in order to help the business get sold to a cranky Icelander.
Votes: 9,588 | Gross: $0.05M
The less "Von Trier" movie from Von Trier. Nonetheless one of of his best. A fine comedy about power, work relationships and manipulation.
12. La Cérémonie (1995)
Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers.
Votes: 7,740 | Gross: $0.08M
13. Where the Truth Lies (2005)
Unrated | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Karen O'Connor, a young journalist known for her celebrity profiles, is consumed with discovering the truth behind a long-buried incident that affected the lives and careers of showbiz team Vince Collins and Lanny Morris.
Votes: 15,708 | Gross: $0.87M
14. De helaasheid der dingen (2009)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
This one is the first film i saw from Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen. Ruthless, direct, in your face type of movie that you won't forget soon.
15. Der Tunnel (2001)
150 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,547 | Gross: $0.01M
16. The Secret of the Grain (2007)
Not Rated | 151 min | Drama
At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,873 | Gross: $0.09M
17. Congorama (2006)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
An eccentric Belgian inventor travels to Québec to search for his family, which uncovers a secret history between two seemingly unrelated people.
18. A Self-Made Hero (1996)
107 min | Drama, Comedy
Set in France at the end of World War II Albert Dehousse finds out his father wasn't a war hero and his mother is a collaborator. He leaves his wife and goes to Paris. Gradually he ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,263 | Gross: $0.07M