Lesser known movies I enjoyed

by aubrey-vp | created - 29 Jul 2012 | updated - 29 Jul 2012 | Public

Just some underrated and/or of the wall movies I happened upon that turned out to be really good.

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1. The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama

5.8
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A curious and lost Eleonore looks for something everywhere, even in the bags of strangers who find themselves sadly smiling only well after she's left their lives. They owe her their thanks.

Director: Josh Safdie | Stars: Bat 'Batman' Baxter, Alex Billig, Wayne Chin, Jerry Damons

Votes: 806 | Gross: $0.01M

the main character was hard to pin down, but she was somehow very likeable. I really fell head over heals for this little indie flick.

2. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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80 Metascore

A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 947,848 | Gross: $25.54M

Okay, it's not exactly lesser known, but I feel like this movie deserved more credit, if not only for having such an original, albeit confusing, story progression.

3. Suspiria (1977)

92 min | Horror

7.5
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A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 53,653

4. Funny Ha Ha (2002)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.4
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78 Metascore

Marnie just graduated from college, drinks likes she's still in school, and is looking for a temporary job but a permanent boyfriend. She loves a guy who doesn't love her (?), ping-pongs ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bujalski | Stars: Kate Dollenmayer, Mark Herlehy, Christian Rudder, Jennifer L. Schaper

Votes: 2,044 | Gross: $0.08M

Said to be the first mumblecore film. Overall a great movie, despite the fact that the lean character, Marnie, left a lot to be desired.

5. Les yeux sans visage (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

7.8
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90 Metascore

A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face.

Director: Georges Franju | Stars: Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel, Alexandre Rignault

Votes: 19,759 | Gross: $0.05M

The french can always be trusted to come up with a movie this off the wall.

6. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 74,995

While it is hardly lesser-known, I feel like it's been forgotten over the years. The original vampire flick not only kicks the ass of movies like twilight, dare I even make such a comparison, it beats it over the hear with a wooden stake and drags in to it's painful death. this movie gives Bram Stroker's Dracula a run for it's money.

7. Soylent Green (1973)

PG | 97 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors

Votes: 48,880

A wonderfully terrible film.

8. Never Let Me Go (2010)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.2
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69 Metascore

The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking.

Director: Mark Romanek | Stars: Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Izzy Meikle-Small

Votes: 121,641 | Gross: $2.43M

Despite a star studded cast, this British drama never received it's due.

9. Into the Wild (2007)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.1
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73 Metascore

After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

Director: Sean Penn | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 481,858 | Gross: $18.35M

Not particularly indie, but it seemed to deserve a place on this list.

10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

6.0
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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 42,967

11. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | 89 min | Horror

6.0
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31 Metascore

Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

Director: Rob Zombie | Stars: Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie

Votes: 65,481 | Gross: $12.63M

12. Naboer (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 7,848

13. Il y a longtemps que je t'aime (2008)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama

7.6
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79 Metascore

A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.

Director: Philippe Claudel | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Elsa Zylberstein, Serge Hazanavicius, Laurent Grévill

Votes: 18,511 | Gross: $3.17M

14. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 38,615

15. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 39,325 | Gross: $14.57M

16. Isolation (2005)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.6
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On a remote Irish farm, five people become unwilling participants in an experiment that goes nightmarishly wrong.

Director: Billy O'Brien | Stars: Essie Davis, Sean Harris, Marcel Iures, Crispin Letts

Votes: 5,857

17. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

7.9
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A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 35,501

18. Gypo (2005)

98 min | Drama, Family

6.9
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It charts the breakdown of a working class family when the teenage daughter befriends a refugee girl. Helen has been married to Paul for 25 years. They live a monotonous and frozen ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Dunn | Stars: Pauline McLynn, Chloe Sirene, Paul McGann, Rula Lenska

Votes: 406

19. Wendy and Lucy (2008)

R | 80 min | Drama

7.1
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80 Metascore

Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.

Director: Kelly Reichardt | Stars: Michelle Williams, Lucy, David Koppell, Max Clement

Votes: 13,598 | Gross: $0.86M

20. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989– )

165 min | Drama

7.7
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Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the 'saved', to ... See full summary »

Stars: Cathryn Bradshaw, Emily Aston, Pam Ferris, Celia Imrie

Votes: 822

21. The Dreamlife of Angels (1998)

R | 113 min | Drama

7.5
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In Lille, two penniless young women with few prospects become friends. Isa moves in with Marie, who's flat-sitting for a mother and child in hospital in comas following a car crash. Isa is ... See full summary »

Director: Erick Zonca | Stars: Élodie Bouchez, Natacha Régnier, Grégoire Colin, Patrick Mercado

Votes: 6,821 | Gross: $1.73M

22. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina Testa, Aurélien Wiik, Patrick Ligardes, Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 22,007

23. La Cérémonie (1995)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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A new-hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk, who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 7,811 | Gross: $0.08M

24. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Syd Brisbane

Votes: 10,458

25. The Tenant (1976)

R | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet

Votes: 31,101 | Gross: $1.92M

26. Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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59 Metascore

In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle, Liam Neeson

Votes: 18,638 | Gross: $0.83M

27. To Be and to Have (2002)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Family

7.9
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87 Metascore

A documentary portrait of a one-room school in rural France, where the students (ranging in age from 4 to 11) are educated by a single dedicated teacher.

Director: Nicolas Philibert | Stars: Georges Lopez, Alizé, Axel Thouvenin, Guillaume

Votes: 6,983 | Gross: $0.78M

28. Flawless (1999)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.4
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50 Metascore

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.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Miller, Chris Bauer

Votes: 15,595 | Gross: $4.49M

29. Lilya 4-Ever (2002)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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82 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Estonia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Oksana Akinshina, Artyom Bogucharskiy, Pavel Ponomaryov, Lyubov Agapova

Votes: 37,980 | Gross: $0.18M