The 25 Best Movies Nobody's Seen

Brilliant films, all with less than 9000 votes as of the end of 2013. Plus a handful of my favorites (else no one would ever see this!)
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1.
O Lucky Man! (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone. (178 mins.)
“ One of my 10 faves of all time, a satirical mock-epic (based on Malcolm McDowell's own story idea) with great songs by the late Alan Price. ” - emvan
 
2.
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
“ Without Lubitsch, no Billy Wilder. Everybody loves this. ” - emvan
 
3.
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An elderly couple are forced to separate when they lose their house and none of their five children will take both parents in. (91 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
“ Revered by fellow filmmakers in its day, and still a marvel of entertainment and emotional wallop. ” - emvan
 
4.
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
“ Gorgeous and haunting romance is ranked #17 at TheyShootPictures. ” - emvan
 
5.
Love Exposure (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ A future must-see cult classic; the four hours fly by with more plot than five ordinary films. ” - emvan
 
6.
Upstream Color (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives. (96 mins.)
Director: Shane Carruth
“ Not for all tastes, but if you love sf puzzle movies like Donnie Darko or The Prestige and/or art-house mesmerizers like The Tree of Life, See. This. Now. One of my top 5 faves. ” - emvan
 
7.
Close-Up (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The true story of Hussein Sabzian that impersonated the director Mohsen Makhmalbaf to convince a family they would star in his so-called new film. (98 mins.)
“ Amazing mash-up of documentary and fiction, increasingly revered by critics. ” - emvan
 
8.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
“ The director's even better Ugetsu just misses my cutoff; see that first and you're sure to want to see this as well. ” - emvan
 
9.
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An inventor needs cash to develop his big idea. His wife, who loves him, decides to raise it for him by divorcing him and marrying a millionaire. (88 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
“ The most radical and modern of the classic screwball romcoms (imagine if Christopher Nolan made one!). ” - emvan
 
10.
Poetry (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. (139 mins.)
Director: Chang-dong Lee
“ The second of five films released in the U.S. in 2011 on this list, featuring an astonishing performance from Korea's most legendary actress. ” - emvan
 
11.
Gimme Shelter (1970 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont. (91 mins.)
“ How does a combination Rolling Stones concert film and murder story garner just 6000+ votes? ” - emvan
 
12.
Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals. (272 mins.)
Director: Raúl Ruiz
“ The third 2011 neglected film is a rapturously beautiful epic of pure story. Read the review at dvdtalk.com for a sense of its utterly unique flavor. ” - emvan
 
13.
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? (126 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
“ Same screenwriter and director as On the Waterfront, and a prescient look at celebrity and power. ” - emvan
 
14.
Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people. (97 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ The most neglected of the last century's great sci-fi films, with a smartly-mixed in dose of horror. ” - emvan
 
15.
My Winnipeg (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. (80 mins.)
Director: Guy Maddin
“ It shouldn't even be possible to combine documentary with fantasy, should it? The most personal film from cult director Maddin is also his best. ” - emvan
 
16.
The Frisco Kid (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Polish rabbi wanders through the Old West on his way to lead a synagogue in San Francisco. On the way he is nearly burnt at the stake by Indians and almost killed by outlaws. (119 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ The most underrated film of all time; see my review. Perhaps Gene Wilder's best performance, too. ” - emvan
 
17.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
“ Powell and Pressburger's reputation continues to grow; after The Red Shoes, try this. ” - emvan
 
18.
Real Life (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pushy, narcissistic filmmaker persuades a Phoenix family to let him and his crew film their everyday lives... (99 mins.)
Director: Albert Brooks
“ Cringe comedy so severe it makes The Office look like Mary Poppins, and a brutal early take-down of reality TV. ” - emvan
 
19.
Pina (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations. (103 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
“ My fourth film from 2011 was so transfixing in 3D that it remains my principle motivation to someday own a TV that can play it properly. ” - emvan
 
20.
Brewster McCloud (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly. (105 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ I had the pleasure of talking to Atlman's widow Kathryn after a special screening of this in Boston, and she said it was "one of Bob's favorites." ” - emvan
 
21.
Margaret (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young woman witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives. (150 mins.)
“ My fifth film from 2011 is almost an empathy test, and clearly many viewers can't stomach Anna Paquin's character, but if you can ... this is brilliant and heartending. ” - emvan
 
22.
Insomnia (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a Norwegian city with a 24-hour daylight cycle a Swedish murder investigator has been brought in on a special case. Sleep deprived, he makes a horrible mistake which is discovered by the killer he has been hunting. (96 mins.)
“ The original is actually far more Christopher Nolan-esque than Nolan's own remake. ” - emvan
 
23.
The Stunt Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A fugitive stumbles on a movie set just when they need a new stunt man, takes the job as a way to hide out, and falls for the leading lady. (131 mins.)
Director: Richard Rush
“ The favorite all-time film of the greatest all-time science fiction book editor (David G. Hartwell) is not sci-fi, but toys with your brain like the best of the genre. ” - emvan
 
24.
A World Apart (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents... (112 mins.)
Director: Chris Menges
“ Stunning drama with a great Hans Zimmer score. ” - emvan
 
25.
The Stepfather (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After murdering his entire family, a man remarries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again. (89 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
“ One of the most believable psycho killers on film. ” - emvan
 
26.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. (201 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
“ My favorite films of all time; maybe this list will get some views from that page! ” - emvan
 
27.
Donnie Darko (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident. (113 mins.)
Director: Richard Kelly
“ My second favorite film; there are a lot of "If you like DD, you'll like ..." films on this list. ” - emvan
 
28.
Inception (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO. (148 mins.)
“ Which is to say, a lot of films that Nolan fans will enjoy. ” - emvan
 
29.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Folks who love this (i.e., everyone) are likely to love a bunch of these. ” - emvan
 
30.
Vertigo (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ A much-seen classic that presages Nolan and Richard Kelly, and the last of my craven attempts to get this list seen more widely! ” - emvan