A List of The Most Underrated Movies You Should Not Miss

This is a list of movies that simply blew me away. Films that I feel is underrated by (or virtually unknown to) the average moviegoer, but should be seen by anyone who loves great movies.
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1.
Inside Moves (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After a failed suicide attempt leaves him partially crippled, Rory begins spending a lot of time at a neighborhood bar full of interesting misfits... (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ Richard Donner's underrated and heartfelt masterwork took me by great surprise. John Savage should have gotten an academy award nomination. Strong film. ” - Interlepos
 
2.
Without a Trace (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
This film, centering on a child's abduction, casts Kate Nelligan as the distraught mother who lashes... (120 mins.)
“ I love Judd Hirsch, but I did not expect this movie to touch me the way it did. A harrowing true story. As low key as they get, but deserves so much more praise. Check it out! ” - Interlepos
 
3.
The Jericho Mile (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rain Murphy is a man sentenced to life in prison, choosing to do his time in near-isolation, and engages... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
“ Michael Mann's debut picture is one of the great TV-movie experiences. Peter Strauss is extraordinary in the lead role. He brings the lead character to life beautifully. A character full of demons, locked inside himself, but underneath.. his humanity shines through. A great film about the human spirit. It has all the right beats. I wish this would come out on Blu. ” - Interlepos
 
4.
Star 80 (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A successful young model finds trouble when her obsessive manager-turned-husband becomes dangerously jealous. Based on the true story of 1980 Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten. (103 mins.)
Director: Bob Fosse
“ One of my favorite movies of all time. The aesthetic brilliance in this film is hard to explain, but it's beautifully done. A kinetic and energetic film that brings a brutal and sad true story to life on the big screen. Eric Roberts is just fantastic in this. The story might be hard for some to bear, but as a film.. it's brilliant. ” - Interlepos
 
5.
Threads (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (112 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ A movie that brought tears to my eyes. As with Star 80, a very hard movie for some to watch, but the filmmaking is stunning. A movie that will change you. ” - Interlepos
 
6.
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of... (182 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ A very fine motion picture. Saw it recently again on blu-ray and I have to admit, it is teriffic. Not normally mentioned in the same breath as Steve McQueen's or Robert Wise's other films. A thrilling underrated epic. ” - Interlepos
 
7.
61* (2001 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record. (129 mins.)
Director: Billy Crystal
“ The fact that Billy Crystal directed a film of this caliber, is maybe surprising. The fact that he has not received the acclaim he deserves for it, is just crazy. A fantastic sports movie. Billy Crystal directed a masterpiece? Yes, indeed. ” - Interlepos
 
8.
Runaway Train (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving. (111 mins.)
“ Maybe not as underrated and underappreciated as the other films on this list, but a perfect thriller that deserves more attention nonetheless. What makes this great is that the human story - and the acting - is miles above what you would normally expect from a film like this. One of the best action movies. ” - Interlepos
 
9.
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down... (119 mins.)
Director: John Badham
“ Touching and brilliant film. One of those films that when you watch it, you feel like you're watching something special. Richard Dreyfuss was ROBBED of an academy award nomination. Beautiful script and fine direction by John Badham. ” - Interlepos
 
10.
Nobody's Fool (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee... (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ Maybe not criminally underrated, but a film that I'm guessing not a lot of people have seen. Small town life in America captured beautifully on screen in this elegant, funny and heartfelt movie. A movie that feels real about real people. Also a dazzling character study. What other words to describe Paul Newman's performance in this movie than... just perfect. ” - Interlepos
 
11.
My Favorite Year (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show. (92 mins.)
“ Peter O'Toole - one of my favorite actors - is unforgettable in this hilariously funny and moving picture. Richard Benjamin is a talented director, and with this film I felt he gave us something special. It's a great character study disguised as a comedy. The themes of loss and sadness in the OToole character, is beautifully captured. Lovely film! ” - Interlepos
 
12.
The Lost Weekend (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four day drinking bout. (101 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ What is a classic doing on this list? It's on here because I have an intuition that not many of todays audience has seen it. Not only has it's power not diminished one iota since it's release in 1945, it's power was staggeringly evident to me when I saw it for the first time in 2012. Billy Wilder's best movie. One of the best movies I've ever seen, period. Have you seen it? ” - Interlepos
 
13.
The Fugitive Kind (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Val Xavier, a drifter of obscure origins arrives at a small town and gets a job in a store run by Lady Torrence... (119 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Anna Magnani gives one of the finest female performances I've ever seen in this film. Marlon Brando, as usual, gives his character great humanity. A movie that goes places you wouldn't expect. It's a real movie that captures love in all it's harsh reality. ” - Interlepos
 
14.
Wuthering Heights (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Doomed lovers Catherine and Heathcliff are torn apart by their own selfishness and hate. (104 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
“ I discovered this movie by accident, and it ended up almost becoming an obsession. And that's funny because the movie deals with obsession. A hauntingly beautiful film. ” - Interlepos
 
15.
The Hill (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards. (123 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Grown in stature over the years, but if you haven't seen it - you can do no better than this :) ” - Interlepos
 
16.
Blue Collar (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working... (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
“ I was amazed by how entertaining and good this was the first time I saw it. Along with Hardcore (1979) this is Paul Sharder's best film. ” - Interlepos
 
17.
Hardcore (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A conservative Midwest businessman ventures into the sordid underworld of pornography in California to look for his runaway teenage daughter who is making porno films in California's porno pits. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
“ "Oh my God, that's my daughter." What more needs to be said? The film is a depiction of a fathers desperate journey into a dark and sleazy underworld of porn in search of his daughter. A movie that captures the loss of innocence. ” - Interlepos
 
18.
Christiane F. (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F... (138 mins.)
Director: Ulrich Edel
“ A very powerful film that happens to be a true story of a girl not wanted by her parents, and ends up on the street. A depiction of teenage drug use and street hustling in the late 70's. A great german film that leaves an impression on you. The soundtrack by David Bowie is a major player in the films success. ” - Interlepos
 
19.
Breezy (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Breezy is a teen-aged hippy with a big heart. After taking a ride with a man who only wants her for sex... (106 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Not many people have heard of this little gem that Clint Eastwood directed. A touching film about a romance between a serious and stubborn older businessman and a younger quirky hippie girl. The story is very heartfelt and what transpires on screen feels very real. You care about the characters. You live this journey with them. Charming film. ” - Interlepos
 
20.
Straight Time (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules... (114 mins.)
Director: Ulu Grosbard
“ Dustin Hoffman is the greatest actor of all time. He has made 10 masterpieces - unequaled by any other actor - and this is one of them. Pretty much a hidden gem to most people. I've never seen Dustin Hoffman play a more dangerous character than he does here. He captures the criminal mind very well. A very tense - and at times electrifying movie. ” - Interlepos
 
21.
Save the Tiger (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A disillusioned aging decent man and once proud WWII veteran is dealing with midlife crisis as well as a tough moral dilemma. If he wants his small near-bankrupt clothing company to survive, he has two days to let go of his shaken morals. (100 mins.)
“ Jack Lemon won the oscar for his performance in this film, but have you seen it? A middle class american way over his head in debt tries a final solution to save his professional and domestic life. An ordinary man having to walk a tightrope between what's necessary and what's right. A thoughtful film with great acting. ” - Interlepos
 
22.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war. (150 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Ok, I'm being funny now - this is obviously a joke. Discard. ” - Interlepos
 
23.
Betrayal (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Pinter's semi-autobiographical play examining the surprise attraction, shy first steps, gradual flowering... (95 mins.)
“ If you can find this movie, I highly recommend it. A movie that played with the backwards story scenario long before Memento made it popular. An impressive film with great performances from Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley. It's puzzling to me that this film is not more avaliable. ” - Interlepos
 
24.
The Rocketeer (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ A great adventure movie that captures your imagination. Joe Johnston will have a lifetime pass with me because of this movie. Whatever film he makes, I will always think:

"This might be good because he directed The Rocketeer."

Timothy Dalton is excellent in this film and so is Billy Campbell. It's a wonderful movie. ” - Interlepos
 
25.
The Dying Gaul (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A grief-stricken screenwriter unknowingly enters a three-way relationship with a woman and her film executive husband - to chilling results. (101 mins.)
Director: Craig Lucas
“ A movie I saw at a film festival in Tromsø, Norway. Had it not been for that festival showing, I might never have discovered this hidden jewel. It impressed me greatly and I found it to be close to a masterpiece. Peter Sarsgaard is as always - fantastic. ” - Interlepos
 
26.
The Naked Spur (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers. (91 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ Overlooked western. Stunning in it's character complexity and beauty. It's also very entertaining. Succinctly said.. a western that has it all. ” - Interlepos
 
27.
Radio Days (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium. (88 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ I know that most people have a love/hate relationship with Woody Allen. Mostly hate. And often just at face value. That is why so many people are deprived of the satisfaction of watching and enjoying some of his great films. So if you are willing to give Woody a chance, this is one of his most underrated, brilliant films. ” - Interlepos
 
28.
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The true story of a disillusioned military contractor employee and his drug pusher childhood friend who became walk-in spies for the Soviet Union. (131 mins.)
“ Held in high regard by the people who know it exists. If you haven't seen this film, I can't recommend it highly enough. A movie that makes you wonder why some people do what they do. And it explores the magnitude and the consequences of people's choices in life. A film that contains explosive acting by the two leads. A very good film. ” - Interlepos
 
29.
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
After being dumped by her live-in boyfriend, an unemployed dancer and her 10-year-old daughter are reluctantly forced to live with a struggling off-Broadway actor. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
“ Such a charming film. When I saw it for the first time not long ago, I was struck by how modern and fresh it felt. Then I thought, why is this film almost forgotten today? If you want a good time watching a movie... watch this sweet and funny film. Richard Dreyfuss is so cool in this. ” - Interlepos
 
30.
Honkytonk Man (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit... (122 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ A very good Eastwood picture. It might not seem like it at first glance. What you'll be surprised by is that Eastwood has directed a low key film that holds a lot of resonance and power. About a struggling musician who has eluded success all his life, but is given one last opportunity to hit the big time and he goes on a life altering road trip with his son. As underrated as they get. ” - Interlepos
 
31.
Frantic (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In a hotel room in Paris, a doctor comes out of the shower and finds that his wife has disappeared. He soon finds himself caught up in a world of intrigue, espionage, gangsters, drugs and murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ A vastly underrated thriller film from Roman Polanski starring Harrison Ford. It's one of those mystery films where the main character knows as much as you do. A story about an american couple on vacation in Paris, and suddenly his wife disappears. Absorbing and sophisticated film that keeps you on the edge of your seat. ” - Interlepos
 
32.
Revenge (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Michael "Jay" Cochran has just left the Navy after 12 years. He's not quite sure what he's going to do... (124 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ A gripping film. Watch the director's cut. I enjoyed the original, but in my opinion the director's cut is far superior. My favorite Tony Scott film. ” - Interlepos
 
33.
Oscar (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A gangster attempts to keep the promise he made to his dying father: that he would give up his life of crime and "go straight". (109 mins.)
Director: John Landis
“ It must be the bad marketing (the poster being a prime example) because this underseen farce/comedy is hilariously funny. It's a movie that's not supposed to work -- but does anyway. I checked it out as a kid since I was a fan of Sylvester Stallone. I ended up wearing out the tape because I loved it so much. Then, as an adult, I decided to watch it again. Not only does it hold up, I found it to be even funnier than I did back then. A minor masterpiece from John Landis. You'll just have to take my word for it. ” - Interlepos
 
34.
Green Card (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A man wanting to stay in the US enters into a marriage of convenience, but it turns into more than that. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Severely underrated. Peter Weir's magic touch is all over this film. ” - Interlepos