Obscure films

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1. Fantastic Planet (1973)

PG | 72 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

7.8
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On a faraway planet where blue giants rule, oppressed humanoids rebel against their machine-like leaders.

Director: René Laloux | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Jennifer Drake, Eric Baugin, Jean Topart

Votes: 16,780

2. The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005)

Unrated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.3
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75 Metascore

Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Romain Duris, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos, Niels Arestrup

Votes: 16,786 | Gross: $1.02M

3. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

8.1
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 44,993

4. Batalla en el cielo (2005)

Unrated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

5.7
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56 Metascore

A working-class man named Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. In another world is Ana, the daughter of the general for ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Reygadas | Stars: Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz, Bertha Ruiz, David Bornstein

Votes: 5,235 | Gross: $0.07M

5. Koktebel (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A widowed aeronautics engineer, who has lost his job, travels with his son hopping freight trains from Moscow to Koktebel, a town by the Black Sea, to start a new life with the father's ... See full summary »

Directors: Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksey Popogrebskiy | Stars: Gleb Puskepalis, Igor Chernevich, Evgeniy Sytyy, Vera Sandrykina

Votes: 1,544

6. Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

7.7
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84 Metascore

After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muzaffer Özdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal

Votes: 14,345 | Gross: $0.10M

7. Threads (1984 TV Movie)

112 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, War

8.1
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Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May

Votes: 8,202

8. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 20,554 | Gross: $4.19M

9. The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.1
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On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

Votes: 7,754

10. Mr. Nobody (2009)

R | 141 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.9
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63 Metascore

A boy stands on a station platform as a train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? Infinite possibilities arise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh Dan Pham

Votes: 178,303 | Gross: $0.00M

11. Synecdoche, New York (2008)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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67 Metascore

A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.

Director: Charlie Kaufman | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Catherine Keener

Votes: 64,967 | Gross: $3.08M

12. Take Shelter (2011)

R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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85 Metascore

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Tova Stewart

Votes: 77,457 | Gross: $1.73M

13. Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall, Joel Tobeck

Votes: 18,674 | Gross: $0.22M

14. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime

8.1
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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

Director: Robert Hamer | Stars: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood

Votes: 30,110

15. Throne of Blood (1957)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

8.1
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 35,864

16. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure

7.9
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 5,359

17. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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84 Metascore

When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei

Votes: 86,549 | Gross: $7.08M

18. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 16,301 | Gross: $0.01M

19. JCVD (2008)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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64 Metascore

Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne, Rock Chen

Votes: 34,987 | Gross: $0.47M

20. Tai ji yuan gong (1978)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action

7.2
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Two warlord chiefs, a ton-fa wielder who can destroy an opponents weapon and a Tai Chi expert that is impervious to weapons, send a pair of killers to track down and kill an old master ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kuo | Stars: Carter Wong, Lieh Lo, Kuan-Wu Lung, Jack Long

Votes: 348