undervoted

It surprises me how few IMDb votes some famous movies get. While it's understandable a Golden Era of Hollywood film will not get watched as much as the latest Blu-ray release, I'm astounded that, as of this writing, something like 260x as many people voted on Shawshank Redemption as National Velvet.

So as an alternative to shelling out $16.50/person to see one-third of The Hobbit this December, here is a list of movies that, as of the time of this writing, I have:

- rated 10 but have less than 20,000 IMDb votes,
- rated 9 but have less than 10,000 IMDb votes, or
- rated 8 but have less than 5,000 IMDb votes.

For comparison, as of this writing, out of a total of 281,049 feature films listed on the Top Votes page, only:

- 13 feature films have gotten more than 500,000 votes,
- 174 more than 200,000, and
- 595 more than 100,000.
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1.
The Beautiful Country (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After reuniting with his mother in Ho Chi Minh City, a family tragedy causes Binh to flee from Viet Nam to America. Landing in New York, Binh begins a road trip to Texas, where his American father is said to live. (137 mins.)
 
2.
I Capture the Castle (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A love story set in 1930s England that follows 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, and the fortunes of her eccentric family, struggling to survive in a decaying English castle. (113 mins.)
Director: Tim Fywell
 
3.
Together (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A violin prodigy and his father travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son's success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him. (116 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
4.
Baran (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In a building site in present-day Tehran, Lateef, a 17-year-old Turkish worker is irresistibly drawn to Rahmat, a young Afghan worker. The revelation of Rahmat's secret changes both their lives. (94 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
5.
Aberdeen (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Kaisa is a Scot, a successful London lawyer, who snorts coke and has one-night stands with strangers... (113 mins.)
 
6.
You Can Count on Me (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely seen younger brother returns to town. (111 mins.)
 
7.
Yi Yi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (173 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
8.
The Vertical Ray of the Sun (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
With the brilliant Vietnamese summer as a setting Vertical Ray of the Sun is beautiful from beginning to end... (112 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
 
9.
Tully (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Tully Coates, Jr., with his good looks and chiseled body, is the local heartthrob, and while he has a new girlfriend virtually every night... (102 mins.)
 
10.
Secrets & Lies (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone's secrets are exposed. (136 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
 
11.
Temptress Moon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Not far from Shanghai, in a country twon stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang... (130 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
12.
The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A little girl, Mui, went to a house as a new servant. The mother still mourns the death of her daughter... (104 mins.)
Director: Tran Anh Hung
 
13.
Shadowlands (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
 
14.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
15.
My Mother's Castle (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Every holiday Marcel and his family go to their cottage in the Provence (France). He likes the hills in this region... (98 mins.)
Director: Yves Robert
 
16.
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
This is a life story of three girlfriends from youth to autumn ages. Their dreams and wishes, love, disillusions... (150 mins.)
 
17.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon. (129 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
18.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A headstrong young teacher in a private school in 1930s Edinburgh ignores the curriculum and influences her impressionable 12 year old charges with her over-romanticized world view. (116 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
19.
Georgy Girl (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A homely but vivacious young woman dodges the amorous attentions of her father's middle-aged employer... (99 mins.)
 
20.
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. (125 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
21.
Advise & Consent (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Senate investigation into the President's newly nominated Secretary of State, gives light to a secret from the past, which may not only ruin the candidate, but the President's character as well. (139 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
22.
The Grass Is Greener (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle... (104 mins.)
Director: Stanley Donen
 
23.
Good Morning (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
24.
Room at the Top (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An ambitious young accountant plots to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. (117 mins.)
Director: Jack Clayton
 
25.
The World of Apu (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
This final installment in Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy follows Apu's life as an orphaned adult aspiring to be a writer. (105 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
26.
Gigi (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long. (115 mins.)
 
27.
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners. (115 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
28.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war. (108 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
29.
Early Spring (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. (144 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
30.
Aparajito (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Following his father's death, a boy leaves home to study in Calcutta, while his mother must face a life alone. (110 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
31.
Pather Panchali (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work. (125 mins.)
Director: Satyajit Ray
 
32.
The Tender Trap (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe... (111 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
33.
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A letter is addressed to three wives from their "best friend" Addie Ross, announcing that she is running away with one of their husbands...but she does not say which one. (103 mins.)
 
34.
Late Spring (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
35.
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1862, a young Englishwoman becomes royal tutor in Siam and befriends the King. (128 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
 
36.
Cluny Brown (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A free-spirited parlor maid and a Czech refugee surprise an English village with their unconventional ways. (100 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
37.
National Velvet (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes. (123 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
38.
The More the Merrier (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During the World War II housing shortage in Washington, two men and a woman share a single apartment and the older man plays Cupid to the other two. (104 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
39.
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
40.
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand each other, without realizing that they are falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. (99 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
41.
Dark Victory (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity. (104 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
42.
Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This send-up of ragtime song and dance begins in 1915 San Francisco when society boy Roger Grant decides to pursue popular rather than serious music. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
43.
Dodsworth (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A retired auto manufacturer and his wife take a long-planned European vacation only to find that they want very different things from life. (101 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
44.
Fanny (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César... (140 mins.)
Director: Marc Allégret
 
45.
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A gentleman thief and a lady pickpocket join forces to con a beautiful perfume company owner. Romantic entanglements and jealousies confuse the scheme. (83 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch
 
46.
Lady Windermere's Fan (1925)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A society woman believes her husband is having an affair, a misconception which may have dire personal consequences for all involved. (120 mins.)
Director: Ernst Lubitsch