Underrated Masterpieces (Films and Movies)

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1.
The Addiction (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A New York philosophy grad student turns into a vampire after getting bitten by one, and then tries to come to terms with her new lifestyle and frequent craving for human blood. (82 mins.)
Director: Abel Ferrara
“ While King of New York and The Bad Lieutenant get only a small share of the credit they deserve, this gem by the same director is totally ignored. ” - imagineallthenames
 
2.
Dark City (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Perhaps one of the most intelligent, and best shot sci-fi movies ever, it is under-seen and insufficiently appreciated. ” - imagineallthenames
 
3.
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Recounted in flashback are the romantic perils of Mathieu, a middle-aged French sophisticate as he falls for his nineteen year-old former chambermaid Conchita. (102 mins.)
Director: Luis Bunuel
“ No Bunuel movie gets enough credit for my taste. This one though is more accessible, stunningly well acted and somehow timely. Bunuel at his best. ” - imagineallthenames
 
4.
The Silence (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two estranged sisters, Ester and Anna, and Anna's 10-year-old son travel to the Central European country on the verge of war. Ester becomes seriously ill and the three of them move into a hotel in a small town called Timoka. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ A movie that never was taken seriously when released. A Bergman movie, hence not easy viewing, but stunningly beautiful and psychologically intricate. ” - imagineallthenames
 
5.
The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A World War II widow seeks to adjust to life in postwar Germany. (120 mins.)
“ Hmmm, is there a better German post WWII movie? Probably, but I can't think of it. Disturbingly under-seen considering its power. ” - imagineallthenames
 
6.
Touch of Evil (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town. (95 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ The last classical film noir, the most discerning of Orson Welles' films. ” - imagineallthenames
 
7.
The King of Comedy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy. (109 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Pure genius. Together with Mean Streets it is Scorcese at his absolute unseen best. ” - imagineallthenames
 
8.
13 Tzameti (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him... (93 mins.)
Director: Géla Babluani
“ Shocking movie that was recently butchered by a Hollywood remake. A new Bicycle Thief of our times. ” - imagineallthenames
 
9.
Intacto (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An enigmatic tale of four incredibly lucky people whose lives are intertwined by destiny are subject to the laws of fate... (108 mins.)
“ An action thriller of high quality. ” - imagineallthenames
 
10.
The Return (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the Russian wilderness, two brothers face a range of new, conflicting emotions when their father - a man they know only through a single photograph - resurfaces. (105 mins.)
“ Even if you play it on mute, and ignore the brands of the cars they drive, this is still easily recognizable as a Russian movie, but its as good as they get. ” - imagineallthenames
 
11.
Lulu the Tool (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A conscientious factory worker gets his finger cut off by a machine. Although the physical handicap is not serious, the accident causes him to become more involved in political and revolutionary groups. (125 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ A stunning performance by Jean Maria volonte... ” - imagineallthenames
 
12.
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A chief of detectives, homicide section, kills his mistress and deliberately leaves clues to prove his own responsibility for the crime. (115 mins.)
Director: Elio Petri
“ elio Petri! Ring a bell? Didn't thinks so. Politically charged, master of power relations. Somehow he has been forgotten, possibly due to his politics. Nonetheless this movie is a must see! ” - imagineallthenames
 
13.
Thesis (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
While doing a thesis about violence, Ángela finds a snuff video where a girl is tortured until death. Soon she discovers that the girl was a former student in her faculty... (125 mins.)
“ Spanish low budget movie with an axe to grind with the business. Only for the true movie geek. ” - imagineallthenames
 
14.
I Hired a Contract Killer (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After fifteen years' service, Henri Boulanger is made redundant from his job. Shocked, he attempts suicide... (79 mins.)
Director: Aki Kaurismäki
“ Aki Kaurismaki's simple yet ingenious ploy to remind us to think of our mortality. Beautiful cinematography, and a typical, slow, dark comedy full of life and somehow warmth. ” - imagineallthenames
 
15.
L'Atalante (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy. (89 mins.)
Director: Jean Vigo
“ Ok it is not Metropolis, or M, or some other well known silent era movie, but it has struck me like no other silent movie I can think of. ” - imagineallthenames
 
16.
The Green Butchers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Svend and Bjarne work for a butcher in a small Danish town. Fed up with their boss' arrogance, they decide to start their own butcher shop... (100 mins.)
“ Dark comedy, beautifully acted and wickedly hilarious. ” - imagineallthenames
 
17.
Dead Ringers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. (116 mins.)
“ A movie worth watching for David Lynch fans, and anyone who enjoys great acting. ” - imagineallthenames
 
18.
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office. (100 mins.)
Director: James Foley
“ It's theatre, no it's film, no it's GGR! No idea how is it possible for a movie with such performances to be this lowly rated at 7.9. Amazing acting, great film. ” - imagineallthenames
 
19.
Soylent Green (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
“ Edward G Robinsons final movie, with a Bang. He died 9 days after from cancer, in the movie his death scene is, well something everyone must see, for it is not acting, it is being human. ” - imagineallthenames
 
20.
The Consequences of Love (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An introverted man's life changes completely when he finds himself attracted to a young bar-maid. (100 mins.)
“ Paolo Sorrentino recently won an Oscar for The Great Beauty, but this little gem, while less visually attractive, is a much more powerful and cohesive work of art. ” - imagineallthenames
 
21.
Swept Away (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A trip into the Mediterranean sea becomes a trip into the discovery of how society's frameworks of the rich and poor are delicate and temporary. (116 mins.)
“ "Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto" must be the one of the longest titles ever. The movie is quite excellent, and shockingly has only 3000 votes. Not to be confused with the new Madona version. ” - imagineallthenames
 
22.
The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The life of Jesus Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. Pasolini shows Christ as a marxist avant-la-lettre and therefore uses half of the text of Matthew. (137 mins.)
“ Passolini is not someone you would expect to put together a serious first rate cinematic version of any of the gospels. Yet, he does succeed to bring forth one of the most interesting versions put on reel. Black and White, Neo-realism, and Passolini. No wonder it is ignored, but at ones own loss. ” - imagineallthenames
 
23.
Nazarin (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A priest in a poor community lives a charitable life in accordance with his religious principles, but many others do not return the favor. (94 mins.)
Director: Luis Buñuel
“ Bunuel's modern Christ in Mexico. ” - imagineallthenames
 
24.
Suicide Kings (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of youngsters kidnap a respected Mafia figure. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter O'Fallon
“ 6.9 really! While imperfect, it is charming movie with a great performance by Christopher Walken. ” - imagineallthenames
 
25.
Damnation (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A lonely barfly falls in love with a married bar singer. (120 mins.)
Director: Béla Tarr
“ Bela Tarr's masterful 1988 movie is painfully slow for some, deeply evocative for others. A brilliant study of the death of communist societies under the weight of immorality. Have patience! ” - imagineallthenames
 
26.
Dreamcatcher (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Friends on a camping trip discover that the town they're vacationing in is being plagued in an unusual fashion by parasitic aliens from outer space. (136 mins.)
Director: Lawrence Kasdan
“ Cheeky, grotesque, ridiculous, a guilty pleasure sure to become a cult classic in the near future. Give it a shot if you like cult movies! ” - imagineallthenames
 
27.
Metropolitan (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A group of young upper-class Manhattanites are blithely passing through the gala debutante season, when an unusual outsider joins them and stirs them up. (98 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
“ Witty, evocative, perhaps best categorized as a period piece misplaced in Manhattan. Its topic is foreign to most, yet it holds a certain universal appeal. ” - imagineallthenames
 
28.
The House of Yes (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mentally unbalanced young woman - who is convinced she is Jackie Kennedy - flies into a murderous rage when her brother returns home to reveal he is engaged. (85 mins.)
Director: Mark Waters
“ Incest, insanity and Parker Posey! ” - imagineallthenames
 
29.
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious "great whatsit." (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Quintessential Film Noir! ” - imagineallthenames
 
30.
Prisoners (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 mins.)
“ A study in evil ” - imagineallthenames
 
31.
A Most Violent Year (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city's history. (125 mins.)
Director: J.C. Chandor
 
32.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ As ghostbusters taught us if you don't pay attention it will go away... ” - imagineallthenames