Films you haven't seen and should

Here are some films that I rated from 7 to 10 (The Red Violin and Confessions being the 10's) that have less than 20,000 imdb votes. Take a gander, they are all good, and are very different from each other. I hope you find something you like. If you can, just try and watch them without reading too much about them. In my opinion that's the best way to see a film.
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1.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
“ Has subtitles, but is a fantastic film. No doubt there will be a hollywood remake soon. ” - jacobmounter
 
2.
Koizora (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Mika is a fresh high school student who starts texting a mysterious boy. She is shocked when he reveals who he is - Hiro, a delinquent attending her school. What she doesn't know is that Hiro isn't as bad as he seems. (129 mins.)
Director: Natsuki Imai
 
3.
David and Lisa (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The emotional story of a young man in a mental institution for teens who begins to understand his psychosis... (95 mins.)
Director: Frank Perry
“ Love story between two mentally unstable people. ” - jacobmounter
 
4.
Melody (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two youngsters declare to their parents that they want to get married. Not sometime in the future but as soon as possible... (103 mins.)
Director: Waris Hussein
“ If you've seen "Oliver!" watch this. ” - jacobmounter
 
5.
Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
By "Fist of Fury", Kim Hyun-Soo (Sang-Woo Kwone) addicted to Bruce Lee. Year 1978. Hyun-Soo moved to KangNam... (116 mins.)
Director: Ha Yu
“ Awesome bully/revenge film. ” - jacobmounter
 
6.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era? (76 mins.)
Director: Jay Oliva
“ In some ways better than TDKR ” - jacobmounter
 
7.
Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer... (93 mins.)
Director: Liz Garbus
“ Genius chess player's life story. ” - jacobmounter
 
8.
Boy Wonder (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A traumatized boy grows into a shy, determined teenager who patrols the mean streets of New York City, helping those in need and dishing out severe punishment to remorseless thugs. (93 mins.)
“ Unpredictable revenge story. ” - jacobmounter
 
9.
Marley (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary on the life, music, and legacy of Bob Marley. (144 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
10.
The Vicious Kind (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man tries to warn his brother away from the new girlfriend he brings home during Thanksgiving, but ends up becoming infatuated with her in the process. (92 mins.)
 
11.
Special (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A lonely metermaid has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero. (81 mins.)
 
12.
Neverwas (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A well-educated psychiatrist leaves an academic career to work at an institution where his father, a novelist... (103 mins.)
 
13.
The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Daniel Johnston, manic-depressive genius singer/songwriter/artist is revealed in this portrait of madness, creativity and love. (110 mins.)
Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
“ If you aren't sure, watch the trailer, it'll make you want to see it. 9/10 ” - jacobmounter
 
14.
12 and Holding (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Cuesta
“ Watched this on a whim, pleasantly surprised. ” - jacobmounter
 
15.
That's What I Am (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A coming-of-age story set in 1965 that follows 12-year-old Andy Nichol (Chase Ellison), a bright student who... (101 mins.)
Director: Mike Pavone
 
16.
Fermat's Room (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma... (89 mins.)
“ Great if you love problem solving/maths. Intense. ” - jacobmounter
 
17.
Summer Wars (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. (114 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
“ Similar to the Digimon movie, with much better detail and animation. ” - jacobmounter
 
18.
Manic (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Lyle Jensen is subject to sudden and violent outbursts, and he is committed to the juvenile wing of the Northwood Mental Institution... (100 mins.)
Director: Jordan Melamed
 
19.
Terri (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of a large fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life. (105 mins.)
Director: Azazel Jacobs
 
20.
Happy Accidents (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
“ Keeps you guessing throughout ” - jacobmounter
 
21.
The Butcher Boy (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent... (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
22.
Batman: Year One (2011 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A wealthy playboy and a Chicago cop both return to Gotham City where their lives will intersect in unexpected ways. (64 mins.)
 
23.
Creation (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Torn between faith and science, and suffering hallucinations, English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to complete 'On the Origin of Species' and maintain his relationship with his wife. (108 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
“ Untrue but still an interesting story, somewhat similar to A Beautiful Mind but not as good. ” - jacobmounter
 
24.
Life in a Day (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A documentary shot by film-makers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the twenty-fourth of July, 2010. (95 mins.)
“ Pretty eye opening as to how much can happen in one day. ” - jacobmounter
 
25.
Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Trevor is a troubled high school student, thanks to the effects of bullying. This is the story of his fight to break free. (93 mins.)
Director: Guy Ferland
“ If you're planning on massacring your school watch this first. ” - jacobmounter
 
26.
Hallam Foe (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Hallam's talent for spying on people reveals his darkest fears-and his most peculiar desires. Driven to expose the true cause of his mother's death, he instead finds himself searching the rooftops of the city for love. (95 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
 
27.
Burke and Hare (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A black comedy about two 19th century grave robbers who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school. (91 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ Underrated, I really enjoyed it. ” - jacobmounter
 
28.
Flawless (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ultraconservative police officer suffers a debilitating stroke and is assigned to a rehabilitative program that includes singing lessons - with the drag queen next door. (112 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
29.
Henry's Crime (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Released from prison for a crime he didn't commit, an ex-con targets the same bank he was sent away for robbing. (108 mins.)
 
30.
The Night Listener (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan, a young boy, via the telephone. But when questions about the boy's identity come up, the host's life is thrown into chaos. (91 mins.)
“ Chilling, very good. ” - jacobmounter
 
31.
The Perfect Host (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character. (93 mins.)
Director: Nick Tomnay
“ Don't pass this one up. It's delicious ” - jacobmounter
 
32.
Speak (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak. (89 mins.)
Director: Jessica Sharzer
 
33.
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast. (120 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
“ This film would have got a much higher rating had the director not... watch the film before looking up the director please. ” - jacobmounter
 
34.
Willard (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will. (100 mins.)
Director: Glen Morgan
“ Only watch this if you like Crispin Glover or take a chance. ” - jacobmounter
 
35.
Detachment (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A substitute teacher who drifts from classroom to classroom finds a connection to the students and teachers during his latest assignment. (98 mins.)
Director: Tony Kaye
“ Depressing but very good, great "teacher" film ” - jacobmounter
 
36.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
“ If I recall this movie doesn't have a bad guy in it. It's just really good and leaves you feeling great. I'd recommend the English version because of the music in it. I haven't seen the Japanese one though. ” - jacobmounter
 
37.
The Chumscrubber (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A darkly satiric story about life crumbling in the midst of a seemingly idyllic suburbia. (108 mins.)
Director: Arie Posin
“ This has a similar vibe as American Beauty ” - jacobmounter
 
38.
The United States of Leland (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young man's experience in a juvenile detention center that touches on the tumultuous changes that befall his family and the community in which he lives. (108 mins.)
 
39.
Nowhere Boy (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
 
40.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
“ Very unique time travel story ” - jacobmounter
 
41.
An American Crime (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s. (98 mins.)
Director: Tommy O'Haver
“ Based on a true story, it's one of those films that leaves you feeling down but is incredibly well made. ” - jacobmounter
 
42.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back. (103 mins.)
 
43.
Death Note (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A battle between the world's 2 greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals. (126 mins.)
Director: Shûsuke Kaneko
“ Two Geniuses trying to outsmart each other. This isn't the anime. It's the movie. WATCH THE ANIME! ” - jacobmounter
 
44.
The Divide (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic. (112 mins.)
Director: Xavier Gens
“ Horrific film, but just goes to show that people can turn into trash when put in a desperate situation. Not for the faint of heart, fantastic though. ” - jacobmounter
 
45.
The Illusionist (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever. (80 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ little to no dialogue, slow at times. ” - jacobmounter
 
46.
He Was a Quiet Man (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life. (95 mins.)
“ Quirky story, superb acting from Christian Slater (he's a completely different man in this). ” - jacobmounter
 
47.
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan. (74 mins.)
“ One of the best overlooked Disney films. A spin on Sherlock Holmes ” - jacobmounter
 
48.
Cry_Wolf (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth. (90 mins.)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
“ Better than the rating it's given I think. I wouldn't go out of my way to see it, but it's not a bad film at all. Mind games :D ” - jacobmounter
 
49.
Loser (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A college student, branded a loser by his roommates and booted from the dorm, falls in love with a coed who has eyes for their condescending professor. (98 mins.)
Director: Amy Heckerling
“ I saw this because of the Wheatus song. ” - jacobmounter
 
50.
May (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
“ I like to think of this as a more grown up Tim Burton film without the swirls. ” - jacobmounter
 
51.
Catfish (2010 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young filmmakers document their colleague's budding online friendship with a young woman and her family which leads to an unexpected series of discoveries. (87 mins.)
“ Don't get too hyped from the trailer as it can lead to disappointment, but its a great film about online anonymity. ” - jacobmounter
 
52.
Freeway (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile. (102 mins.)
Director: Matthew Bright
 
53.
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When his son's body is found in a humiliating accident, a lonely high school teacher inadvertently attracts an overwhelming amount of community and media attention after covering up the truth with a phony suicide note. (99 mins.)
“ One of Robin Williams more serious roles. Juni, what are you doing man? ” - jacobmounter
 
54.
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult. (102 mins.)
Director: Sean Durkin
“ I really think this is related to the Charles Manson story, very strange. It's hard to explain what it's about because it doesn't really follow a conventional story line path. The film just sort of stops unexpectedly at the end. ” - jacobmounter
 
55.
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. (94 mins.)
“ The Borrowers! ” - jacobmounter
 
56.
Tsotsi (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader. (94 mins.)
Director: Gavin Hood
“ This film is in the 1000 movies to see before you die. ” - jacobmounter
 
57.
Trust (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
“ Parents, definitely watch this. Directed by Ross from Friends. Clive Owen is great in this and Liana Liberato looks exactly like Madeline Carroll so I was shocked when I saw her acting was good ” - jacobmounter
 
58.
Seeking Justice (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return. (105 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
59.
Man Bites Dog (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand. (95 mins.)
“ Some film makers follow the life of a serial killer as he teaches them his ways. If you like this or aren't into it's slow and gray scale nature try "how to be a serial killer" too. ” - jacobmounter
 
60.
The Rebound (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In New York City, a single mom captivates her new neighbor, a much younger man. (95 mins.)
Director: Bart Freundlich
“ One of the better Rom Com's. ” - jacobmounter
 
61.
The Messenger (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer. (113 mins.)
Director: Oren Moverman
“ A very unique subject. Obviously well acted. ” - jacobmounter
 
62.
The Red Violin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner. (130 mins.)
“ Definitely watch if you are into your music. One of my favorite films, it's very long so you have to be in the right mindset. Not at all boring though. ” - jacobmounter
 
63.
Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Dispatched from his basement room on an errand for his widowed mother, slacker Jeff might discover his destiny (finally) when he spends the day with his unhappily married brother as he tracks his possibly adulterous wife. (83 mins.)
“ A fairly recent and overlooked film about purpose. ” - jacobmounter
 
64.
This Boy's Life (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager and his abusive step-father, based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff. (115 mins.)
“ Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio... Need I say more? ” - jacobmounter
 
65.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate. (98 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
 
66.
Chaos Theory (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of an obsessively organized efficiency expert whose life unravels in unexpected ways when fate forces him to explore the serendipitous nature of love and forgiveness. (87 mins.)
Director: Marcos Siega
“ A man decides to make all his life choices through chance. ” - jacobmounter
 
67.
Exam (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The final eight candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test with one question. It seems simple yet confusing that soon, tensions begin to unravel. (101 mins.)
“ Similar to Fermat's Room, you'll be guessing til the end. Great if you like lateral thinking and problem solving. ” - jacobmounter
 
68.
Timecrimes (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (92 mins.)
Director: Nacho Vigalondo
 
69.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As an asteroid nears Earth, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan. (101 mins.)
Director: Lorene Scafaria
 
70.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
 
71.
Side by Side (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. (99 mins.)
Director: Chris Kenneally
 
72.
Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Five children go to the mountains; magically, one comes back a man. (130 mins.)
Director: Tae-hwa Eom