TV Tropes Films That Need More Love

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1. Adam (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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56 Metascore

Adam, a lonely man with Asperger's Syndrome, develops a relationship with his upstairs neighbor, Beth.

Director: Max Mayer | Stars: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne, Peter Gallagher, Amy Irving

Votes: 31,079 | Gross: $2.28M

Adam is one of the most honest love stories ever released. It shows the problems of a man with Asperger's syndrome, Adam (Hugh Dancy) who isn't socially involved in society. He falls in love with his neighbor Beth (Rose Byrne), who is the only person who helps Adam get out. Everyone involved in the project did their homework regarding how someone with Asperger's syndrome is supposed to act. Unfortunately, due to limited release, Adam bombed at the box office. That means many people have missed out of one of the most honest love stories released to theaters. For more persuasion, see what an internet reviewer with Asperger's syndrome himself has to think about it.

2. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

Approved | 68 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.1
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An animated adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows" followed by an adaptation of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

Directors: James Algar, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bing Crosby, Basil Rathbone, Eric Blore, John McLeish

Votes: 9,666

Everybody forgets about The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, despite it being the most memorable package movie, having high production values, featuring some brilliant animation, ingenious stories and possibly the scariest Disney scene, period.

3. Arthur Christmas (2011)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

Santa's clumsy son Arthur sets out on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours.

Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook | Stars: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 40,382 | Gross: $46.46M

Arthur Christmas: OK, the title isn't promising, but it's actually smart, funny, heartwarming-without-being-treacly, beautifully animated, and thoroughly entertaining, featuring wonderful voice work by James McAvoy, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, and Hugh Laurie. Perhaps it'll catch on in Christmases of the future.

4. The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

R | 95 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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63 Metascore

Based on real life events, Assassination is set in 1974 and centers on a businessman who decides to take extreme measures to achieve his American dream.

Director: Niels Mueller | Stars: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson

Votes: 24,033 | Gross: $0.70M

The Assassination of Richard Nixon is a clever and fair look at how a person can be broken down and driven to violence. The main character (who is based off a real person) is one of the greatest losers ever in a film, and even at the end of the film it's hard not to empathize with him. Great acting from Sean Penn as well.

5. Balto (1995)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

Director: Simon Wells | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings

Votes: 33,404 | Gross: $11.27M

Balto is a truly amazing animated film that needs MUCH more attention than it gets. Even Universal itself seems to be trying to forget the film ever existed, for some reason.

6. Barry Lyndon (1975)

PG | 185 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger

Votes: 114,627

Barry Lyndon: An underrated Stanley Kubrick masterpiece telling the tale of a wandering rogue finding many adventures in war and gambling into nobility. Much lush visuals like a picaresque painting and a charming story too.

7. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 17,128 | Gross: $0.00M

Ben X is a very believable and emotional look into autism and what a struggle it would be to live with on a daily basis. It also covers themes such as bullying and escapism, and makes an interesting statement towards the end.

8. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

7.4
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65 Metascore

Black Dynamite is the greatest African-American action star of the 1970s. When his only brother is killed by The Man it's up to him to find justice.

Director: Scott Sanders | Stars: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Phyllis Applegate

Votes: 38,903 | Gross: $0.23M

Black Dynamite: It's "the funniest movie you've never seen." It only played in theaters for two weeks and grossed just short of $300,000 on a $2.6 million budget.

It did eventually find its audience, and even has an Animated Adaptation airing on [adult swim].

9. Bolt (2008)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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67 Metascore

The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real.

Directors: Byron Howard, Chris Williams | Stars: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton

Votes: 160,380 | Gross: $114.05M

Bolt got a lot of (undeserved) flack when it first came out...because if it's CGI, and came out around Disney's Dork Age, then it MUST be bad!

10. Breakdown (I) (1997)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.9
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73 Metascore

A man searches for his missing wife after his car breaks down in the middle of the desert.

Director: Jonathan Mostow | Stars: Kurt Russell, J.T. Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan, M.C. Gainey

Votes: 41,270 | Gross: $50.13M

Breakdown is a thriller with Kurt Russell playing the lead, and it manages to be both intense and believable throughout.

11. Castaway on the Moon (2009)

116 min | Drama, Romance

8.1
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A failed suicide attempt leads a heartbroken man to live a life in the wilderness.

Director: Hae-jun Lee | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ryeowon Jung, Yeong-seo Park, Mi-kyeong Yang

Votes: 12,584 | Gross: $3.73M

Castaway on the Moon is a very under the radar Korean film about a suicidal man turned castaway and his communication with a hikikomori. It's an unusual premise, but it's much better than it sounds and despite appearances has little in common with Cast Away. Even though the story can seem a bit absurd it's a very touching and enjoyable film.

12. Cats Don't Dance (1997)

G | 75 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.9
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Danny, an ambitious singing and dancing cat, goes to Hollywood and overcomes several obstacles to fulfill his dream of becoming a movie star.

Director: Mark Dindal | Stars: Scott Bakula, Jasmine Guy, Natalie Cole, Ashley Peldon

Votes: 6,078 | Gross: $3.56M

Cats Don't Dance is a charming movie about a cat trying to get big in Hollywood. With sweet, lovable characters and catchy musical numbers, it's a great family film. Plus, the choreography was done by Gene Kelly, and Lauren Faust (the creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic) was one of the animators. Unfortunately, the movie flopped because Warner Brothers didn't really support it, and it has (mostly) fallen into obscurity.

13. Cemetery Man (1994)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi, Mickey Knox

Votes: 17,392 | Gross: $0.25M

The oddball Italian supernatural flick Cemetery Man premiered on only six screen in the US, got trashed by critics, made a pitiful box office gross, and came very late to the DVD market with a bland cover that gives no hint how surreal and unique it is. It's a comedic zombie movie with a romantic subplot, over ten years before Shaun of the Dead advertised itself as such, and it skillfully balances the three elements to create a dizzying and stunningly complex narrative that delivers both funny gags and gross-out moments as well as metaphorical analysis on the nature of life, death, love, friendship, happiness, and reality. It's considered one of the best horror films of the 1990s by the few people who have seen it, but it will likely never be as well-known as it deserves to be.

14. Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007 Video)

G | 74 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

6.0
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When Lady Tremaine steals the Fairy Godmother's wand and changes history, it's up to Cinderella to restore the timeline and reclaim her prince.

Director: Frank Nissen | Stars: Jennifer Hale, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Susanne Blakeslee, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 6,743

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. Not only is it good for a Disney sequel, it's a legitimately good movie. Everyone is given more personality, the jokes are funny, the animation is good, the story's intriguing, and need I even mention the carriage scene? Plus, Cindy jumps off of a moving carriage and then crashes her own wedding. Not bad, considering the coolest thing she did in the first movie was go to a party.

15. Klass (2007)

99 min | Drama

8.0
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An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.

Director: Ilmar Raag | Stars: Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Lauri Pedaja, Paula Solvak

Votes: 12,482

The Class (2007) is an Estonian film about extreme bullying and the very real effects it can have.

16. Clean, Shaven (1993)

Unrated | 79 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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After a man suffering from schizophrenia is released from a mental institution, he attempts to get his daughter back from her adoptive family.

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Peter Greene, Alice Levitt, Megan Owen, Jennifer MacDonald

Votes: 4,539

Clean, Shaven provides a realistic and objective look into schizophrenia by showing us the abstract images and sounds the protagonist is experiencing. This makes it quite a Mind Screw, and it's not a particularly uplifting experience either. But for the right tastes it's a perfect film.

17. C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005)

Not Rated | 127 min | Comedy, Drama

8.0
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81 Metascore

A young French-Canadian, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to reconcile his emerging homosexuality with his father's conservative values and his own Catholic beliefs.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Michel Côté, Marc-André Grondin, Danielle Proulx, Émile Vallée

Votes: 28,950

C.R.A.Z.Y. is a 2005 French-Canadian film that takes place from the 1960's-1980's. It's about Zac, a gay man who denies his sexuality his entire life because of his strict father and devout Catholic mother who believes him to be a miracle child due to being born on Christmas day. It has strong characterizations, great dialogue, incredible music, and amazing cinematography. Plus the actor who plays Zac is pure Mr. Fanservice and always seems to be in his underwear.

18. Demon Hunter (2005)

R | 78 min | Horror

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After resolving a situation of exorcism, the half-breed demon hunter Jake Greyman reports to Cardinal White and they realize that the demon Asmodeus is impregnating many mortals trying to ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Ziehl | Stars: Robert Alonzo, Harlan Baird, William Bassett, Terrence Beasor

Votes: 1,022

Demon Hunter is a halfway decent supernatural action flick, but no one knows it exists.

19. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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82 Metascore

A pharmacy-robbing dope fiend and his crew pop pills and evade the law.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Matt Dillon, Kelly Lynch, James Le Gros, Heather Graham

Votes: 27,222 | Gross: $4.73M

Drugstore Cowboy is one of Matt Dillon's most prized films and often considered one of the best films of 1989. It's also unfortunately one of the most forgotten. It's about four people that rob drugstores for narcotics and the fallout that happens after. It can be watched on Netflix's instant stream.

20. The Element of Crime (1984)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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A cop in a dystopian Europe investigates a serial killings suspect using controversial methods written by his now disgraced former mentor.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Me Me Lai, Jerold Wells

Votes: 7,770

Lars von Trier's debut movie, a dark, Deliberately Monochrome, psychological crime thriller which simultaneously Homages and deconstructs Film Noir, set in the post-apocalyptic Crapsack World of post-World War II, destroyed beyond recognition Germany, with elements of Diesel Punk and Mind Screw, shot in a style that is essentially German Expressionism turned up to eleven. The result is darker than Blade Runner. One of the most neglected films of The Eighties.

21. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 52,898 | Gross: $0.34M

Gasper Noe's Enter The Void is a uniquely visceral and ground breaking film. It's quite disturbing to watch (as expected from Gasper) due it's all it's strange and sexual imagery. But from it's POV scenes to the protagonists out-of-body experiences it's a film like no other. Enter The Void was Gasper Noe's dream film, but unfortunately it did very poorly financially.

22. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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64 Metascore

In a hospital on the outskirts of 1920s Los Angeles, an injured stuntman begins to tell a fellow patient, a little girl with a broken arm, a fantastic story of five mythical heroes. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lee Pace, Catinca Untaru, Justine Waddell, Kim Uylenbroek

Votes: 95,871 | Gross: $2.28M

I can't even fathom how the director pulled this movie off with no CGI whatsoever. Just about any scene in the film could be framed and put in an art museum. It's that beautiful. Then you take into account that shooting took 4 years, over 20 countries, and the film becomes a miracle.

23. Fisshu sutôrî (2009)

112 min | Action, Comedy, Music

7.6
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In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan, a single music store remains open, its proprietor insisting to his ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Atsushi Itô, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Noriko Eguchi, Hidekazu Mashima

Votes: 2,298

Fish Story is a Japanese film composed of vignettes beginning with the world waiting for an apocalyptic comet to strike, and then going back in time to some college guys out on a group date, a doomsday cult that's 13 years too early, a ship hijacking, and finally back to the recording of a song we've heard several times thus far, and how it saves the world. Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and enjoyable to watch the pieces come together, it's available for instant viewing on Netflix.

24. Fluke (1995)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

6.7
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After a man dies in a car crash, he is reincarnated as a dog and attempts to reconnect with his family.

Director: Carlo Carlei | Stars: Matthew Modine, Nancy Travis, Samuel L. Jackson, Eric Stoltz

Votes: 5,620 | Gross: $3.99M

Fluke is probably the most underrated dog movie of all time. It follows the story of a dog named Fluke who is actually a reincarnation of a human who died in a car accident. When he starts to remember, he decides to go look for his family. It might sound silly, but it's filled with so much Tear Jerker it's not even funny.

25. Funny People (2009)

R | 146 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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60 Metascore

When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship causes him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.

Director: Judd Apatow | Stars: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana

Votes: 104,804 | Gross: $51.86M

Funny People. A thoughtful, quirky comedy with two big name stars, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, directed by the king of comedy of the moment, Judd Apatow, about a dissatisfied comedian who finds out that he has a terminal illness and has very little time to live. Subtle, with some tearjerk moments and a very contained, nuanced performance by Sandler. Perhaps hurt by the season in which it was released and the fact that it's not Sandler's usual fare.

26. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

G | 74 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.2
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Basil, the rodent Sherlock Holmes, investigates the kidnapping of a toy-maker and uncovers its link to his arch-enemy, Professor Ratigan.

Directors: Ron Clements, Burny Mattinson, David Michener, John Musker | Stars: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin, Susanne Pollatschek

Votes: 37,006 | Gross: $38.60M

While we're talking about Disney, we've got The Great Mouse Detective, which is truly one of Disney's underrated classics. While Disney in the '80s was known for being outdone by Bluth(bar The Little Mermaid), it didn't mean the Disney movies were bad either. And The Great Mouse Detective combines a great hero and villain(voiced by Vincent Price!) with an exciting story. The characters are all endearing such as Olivia and Dawson. While the songs aren't as numerous as a full-fledged Disney musical, they are still quite memorable such as "The World's Greatest Criminal Mind".

27. Gummo (1997)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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19 Metascore

Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.

Director: Harmony Korine | Stars: Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh, Jacob Reynolds

Votes: 26,730 | Gross: $0.02M

Gummo is a very divisive film due to it's weirdness and disturbing nature, but it's managed to build up a cult following. It could be seen as a case of style over substance, but it's a highly original film and has some very memorable scenes.

28. Hercules (1997)

G | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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74 Metascore

The son of the Greek Gods Zeus and Hera is stripped of his immortality as an infant and must become a true hero in order to reclaim it.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker | Stars: Tate Donovan, Susan Egan, James Woods, Josh Keaton

Votes: 162,221 | Gross: $99.05M

Hercules gets a lot of flack for being extremely Sadly Mythtaken and perpetuating Everybody Hates Hades. That said, it's got a great soundtrack, the most unique character designs in any Disney movie (courtesy of Gerald Scarfe), a well-written and funny script, and the ever-hilarious Hades. It's proof that even an In Name Only adaptation can be genuinely well-done and able to stand on its own merits - I mean, they managed to make Danny DeVito a good singer for the film. Without Autotune.

29. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

G | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

6.9
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A deformed bell-ringer must assert his independence from a vicious government minister in order to help his friend, a gypsy dancer.

Directors: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise | Stars: Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman, Corey Burton

Votes: 115,380 | Gross: $100.14M

The Hunchback of Notre Dame gets flack on all sides, being too disneyfied, being too dark for little kids, and for Quasimodo not getting the girl. The film however has great characters, beautiful songs complete with Ominous Latin Chanting, and wonderful animation.

30. Jungledyret (1993)

68 min | Animation, Family, Musical

6.1
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The cute little jungle creature Hugo is one of his kind. Wanted by a millionaires wife as a pet, he travels to Copenhagen. Here he meets the street fox Rita. Together they try to avoid all ... See full summary »

Directors: Stefan Fjeldmark, Flemming Quist Møller | Stars: Jesper Klein, Kaya Brüel, Jytte Abildstrøm, Anne Marie Ottersen

Votes: 1,223

Jungledyret Hugo is a great, wonderful and beautiful piece of Danish animation. For the first two movies, the animation is of Don Bluth quality, the music is kick ass, the songs are both awesome and beautiful, the actors are great and they really puts their all into it, the plot is simple but good and it can be dark, gritty and intense but still keeps its optimism, the heroes are lovable and the villains vary from inefficent to extremly efficent, and the romantic relationship between the two main characters actually feels real and sincere for once. A must for any animation fan. And for the TV-series and the third movie; while the animation is cheaper and the plot is not as that mature, they too have their own charms that make them good to watch in their own rights.

31. De laatste zomer (2007)

95 min | Drama

6.9
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Four good friends, all seventeen-year old, lose their innocence during their last summer together.

Director: Joost Wijnant | Stars: Bram Van Outryve, Gilles De Schryver, Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Freek Pieters

Votes: 391

De Laatste Zomer (The Last Summer) is a very under the radar low-budget film about four teenagers spending their last summer together. The acting and writing is of a really high quality, and even parts or aspects that should feel predictable somehow don't.

32. Licence to Kill (1989)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.6
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58 Metascore

James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Robert Davi, Carey Lowell, Talisa Soto

Votes: 79,928 | Gross: $34.67M

Timothy Dalton's portrayal of James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. He gets ragged on too often, but he was just what the Bond franchise needed after 12 years of Roger Moore: tough, hard-edged, not too comical, all the things Daniel Craig is getting praised for today.

33. The Living Daylights (1987)

PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.7
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60 Metascore

James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.

Director: John Glen | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Jeroen Krabbé, Joe Don Baker

Votes: 75,036 | Gross: $51.19M

Timothy Dalton's portrayal of James Bond in The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill. He gets ragged on too often, but he was just what the Bond franchise needed after 12 years of Roger Moore: tough, hard-edged, not too comical, all the things Daniel Craig is getting praised for today.

34. LolliLove (2004)

Not Rated | 64 min | Comedy

6.4
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Mockumentary about a wealthy couple who set out to make a difference in the lives of homeless people by giving each of them a lollipop with a cheery slogan on the wrapper.

Director: Jenna Fischer | Stars: James Gunn, Jenna Fischer, Peter Alton, Sarah Sido

Votes: 1,255

The films of James Gunn. Though often a critically well-received writer and director, his films always seem to end up falling through the cracks or get screwed by the studio with no advertising or because his films aren't very mainstream.

35. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 30,884 | Gross: $0.21M

The dark satire Man Bites Dog definitely Needs More Love, but it's easy to see why it didn't catch on. A mockumentary about a Serial Killer and the violent crimes he commits? And it's funny? It simply must be seen to be believed.

36. Mary and Max (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

Director: Adam Elliot | Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries

Votes: 134,828

Mary and Max is a brilliant Claymation film that is a rather strange mix of drama and Black Comedy. The characters are deep, and the idea of "two people exchanging letters" in film has never been done quite so well.

37. Meet the Robinsons (2007)

G | 95 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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61 Metascore

Lewis is a brilliant inventor who meets mysterious stranger named Wilbur Robinson, whisking Lewis away in a time machine and together they team up to track down Bowler Hat Guy in a showdown that ends with an unexpected twist of fate.

Director: Stephen J. Anderson | Stars: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett, Jordan Fry

Votes: 74,016 | Gross: $97.82M

Same deal for Meet The Robinsons as Bolt. It provides an interesting idea of time travel and is very funny and adorable.

38. The Messenger (I) (2009)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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77 Metascore

An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.

Director: Oren Moverman | Stars: Ben Foster, Samantha Morton, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone

Votes: 31,073 | Gross: $0.07M

The Messenger is a war drama that shows the lives of two soldiers as the do Casualty Notification service. Because of this there's not really any combat, nor does it contain a strong political message. Instead it's more of a character study, and it has some brilliantly acted and heartbreaking moments.

39. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy

7.4
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A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 7,417 | Gross: $20.12M

My Favorite Year is a brilliant comedy that Needs More Love. Peter O'Toole plays a drunken former Swashbuckler movie star who absolutely destroys a young admirer's heroic illusions (and yet - somehow - also manages to justify them) and it's funny every single viewing.

40. Narc (2002)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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70 Metascore

When the trail goes cold on a murder investigation of a policeman an undercover narcotics officer is lured back to the force to help solve the case.

Director: Joe Carnahan | Stars: Ray Liotta, Jason Patric, Chi McBride, Dan Leis

Votes: 35,535 | Gross: $10.46M

Narc is a gritty crime film that was done on a modest budget. Some have said it's like a darker version of Training Day. The film has some amazing acting and a powerful ending.

41. Next (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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42 Metascore

A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 132,888 | Gross: $18.21M

A Nicolas Cage thriller, Next is a story with a unique idea: what if there was a man who could see two minutes into the future? And what if the only way he can see further is if it involves his destined love? Toss in a nuclear bomb, FBI agents convinced Cage can save America, and a pretty cool ending, and you have an entertaining story about the power of choice.

42. Nil by Mouth (1997)

R | 128 min | Drama

7.4
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A rough, short-tempered patriarch of a working class family has his life and the relationships around him slowly unravel.

Director: Gary Oldman | Stars: Ray Winstone, Kathy Burke, Charlie Creed-Miles, Laila Morse

Votes: 7,551

Whilst it is a film that will be too raw for some people, Nil By Mouth deserves to be seen by a few more people. It's one of the most believable/realistic in it's portrayal of domestic abuse and London street life.

43. Noise (I) (2007)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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The community reels after an incident on a suburban train. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, is pitched into the chaos that follows this tragic event. He struggles ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Saville | Stars: Maia Thomas, Carole Browne, Kent Clifton-Bligh, Aaron Murphy

Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.02M

The 2007 Australian film Noise'' has been seen by few, but it's a fantastic crime film with a great atmosphere and interesting characters.

44. North by Northwest (1959)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.4
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A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Jessie Royce Landis

Votes: 243,523 | Gross: $13.28M

Plenty of people know Psycho and The Birds, but since NbN wasn't so much a horror/suspense/thriller as an action/adventure/spy parody/comedy/suspense amalgam (put together seamlessly, I might add), and since most people aren't willing to hunt it down, it ends up quite neglected, except by film aficionados, and film students.

45. The Nutcracker Prince (1990)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.9
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An adaption of the classic tale of a girl's dreams turned reality when her new toy turns out to be a young man placed under a curse.

Director: Paul Schibli | Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Megan Follows, Peter O'Toole, Mike MacDonald

Votes: 1,736 | Gross: $1.78M

Likewise, The Nutcracker Prince also deserves to be this as it was one of the most well done adaptions of E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker and the Mouse King that was ever seen. It's also one of the most underrated films ever from the 1990s.

46. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.8
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61 Metascore

James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.

Director: Peter R. Hunt | Stars: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas, Gabriele Ferzetti

Votes: 65,774 | Gross: $22.80M

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is possibly the best Bond film that no one knows about. It's also the closest adaptation of the bunch, sticking to Ian Fleming's novel from the explosive beginning, to the absolutely heartwrenching ending. It's just as much a Shakespearean tragedy as it is an action film. Just watch it; Lazenby is actually pretty good as Bond.

47. The Prince of Egypt (1998)

PG | 99 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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64 Metascore

An Egyptian prince learns of his identity as a Hebrew and his destiny to become the chosen deliverer of his people.

Directors: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells | Stars: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sandra Bullock

Votes: 99,522 | Gross: $101.22M

Likewise, The Prince Of Egypt, while chastised for being an animated musical take on a story in the Book of Exodus, and often compared to The Ten Commandments in that regard, is a truly epic movie. The songs are gorgeous to listen to, the truly spectacular animation is to die for, and it even gives little explanations for things never really touched upon originally, such as the vitriol between Moses and Ramses, and the way the Priests mimic Moses's miracles. Really, the only reason for anyone to not see this movie is because it's so dang tough to find.

Actually, I've seen it air a couple times on HBO Family, and you can find the entire movie on YouTube if you look hard enough. Plus you can find the DVD online for a relatively low price, and I cannot agree with your statements about it any harder. Heck, even the Nostalgia Critic acknowledges how underrated it is! Good thing he's been giving it more attention. That's how I discovered the movie.

48. The Princess and the Goblin (1991)

G | 82 min | Animation, Fantasy

6.9
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The story is about the adventurous Princess Irene. The princess is off playing in the woods when she is attacked by goblins pets. She is saved by a mining young warrior boy named Curty. ... See full summary »

Director: József Gémes | Stars: Claire Bloom, Joss Ackland, Roy Kinnear, Sally Ann Marsh

Votes: 2,004 | Gross: $2.14M

The Princess And The Goblin, which had a pretty good story and got terrible reviews and flopped at the box office. The characters were very well designed and the main protagonists were adorable.

49. Reign of Fire (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.2
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39 Metascore

A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting everything ablaze, establishing dominance over the planet.

Director: Rob Bowman | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Christian Bale, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler

Votes: 114,014 | Gross: $43.06M

Come on, Christian Bale fights dragon alongside his best buddy, Leonidas of Sparta. The movie's only fault was that it was half an hour too short.

50. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

6.9
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The R.A.S. agents, Miss Bianca and Bernard, race to Australia to save a boy and a rare golden eagle from a murderous poacher.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Mike Gabriel | Stars: Bob Newhart, Eva Gabor, John Candy, Tristan Rogers

Votes: 30,628 | Gross: $27.93M

The Rescuers Down Under: Why the freak does nobody talk about this?! The animation is spectacular, the characters are great, and it totally diverts itself from everything else Disney has done! Heck, even the Nostalgia Critic acknowledges it's underrated status and says we need to see it! I echo his argument!

51. Resurrecting the Champ (2007)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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55 Metascore

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Kathryn Morris, Dakota Goyo

Votes: 19,089 | Gross: $3.17M

A boxing drama based on a true story about the relationship between a sportswriter trying to get promoted and his story, a homeless man who may have been a championship boxer many years earlier. Actually has a good performance from Josh Hartnett.

52. Return of Hanuman (2007)

Animation, Action, Adventure

6.9
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The film begins with a disclaimer, stating that RETURN OF HANUMAN is not a sequel to any film made before. But is it really possible to watch the new experience forgetting all about the ... See full summary »

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Star: Malak Shah

Votes: 383

The Return of Hanuman is quite different from other Indian films. The movie is also one of the few movies which doesn't revolve around a Hindu god (in this case, Hanuman) in the past, but also in the (Bollywood-esque?) present (and even makes the gods depicted as hilarious). It's also a fine quality 2 dimensional Indian animated movie (though with a bit of Conspicuous CG), which is pretty hard to find nowadays since most present Indian animated films are either 3D or a half-and-half mix of 2D and 3D . The movie overall is hilarious if you actually get it, with some heartwarming and awesome moments.

53. The Road to El Dorado (2000)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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51 Metascore

Two swindlers get their hands on a map to the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.

Directors: Bibo Bergeron, Don Paul, Jeffrey Katzenberg | Stars: Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante

Votes: 66,996 | Gross: $50.86M

The Road to El Dorado is a fun, truly unique film with no proper hero character (the writers themselves admitted to focusing the entire story on Those Two Guys on purpose), gut-busting humor and a creative premise that goes sorely glossed over for absolutely no reason.

54. The Rocketeer (1991)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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62 Metascore

A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 45,906 | Gross: $46.70M

Everybody thinks all superhero movies are either The Dark Knight or Batman & Robin in terms of quality. Well, The Rocketeer has the right balance between seriousness and good-natured fun.

55. Safe (1995)

R | 119 min | Drama

7.2
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76 Metascore

An affluent and unexceptional homemaker in the suburbs develops multiple chemical sensitivity.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Julianne Moore, Xander Berkeley, Dean Norris, Julie Burgess

Votes: 9,602 | Gross: $0.51M

The 1995 ''Safe' is about a housewife who developers multiple chemical sensitivity disorder and must seek treatment. It's an interesting look at mental illness, how it's treated in society and functioning in different sorts of social settings.

56. The Salton Sea (2002)

R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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41 Metascore

After a tragic incident, a man drifts into a world populated by thugs and speed junkies.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Luis Guzmán

Votes: 27,671 | Gross: $0.76M

The Salton Sea is a taratino-esque crime film that really showed off Val Kilmer as an actor. It's not talked about very much and is a bit divisive in it's reception, but it's a dark and very well made film.

57. Santa sangre (1989)

NC-17 | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes "her arms".

Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky | Stars: Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Thelma Tixou

Votes: 15,402

Santa Sangre is a surreal little slasher-thriller-romance from director Alejandro Jodorowsky that absolutely deserves your attention. It's so strange, so graceful, so over-the-top and yet so quiet — a whole lot of contradictions stuffed together to make a really captivating story about a circus magician named Fenix and his domineering mother. Fenix is an intensely charming protagonist who holds my heart throughout the entire movie, even when he reaches his darkest points, and woven amidst all the blood and vice is an incredibly sweet love story. Sort of David Lynch meets Guillermo del Toro. Stream it on Netflix!

58. Der siebente Kontinent (1989)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama

7.8
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89 Metascore

A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Birgit Doll, Dieter Berner, Leni Tanzer, Udo Samel

Votes: 9,702

The Seventh Continent is one of Michael Haneke's lesser known films, but it's also one of his best. There are lots of shots of the main family doing mundane activities to emphasize the emptiness and loneliness that they are going through. It's never melodramatic nor does it milk the audience for emotions, and their suicides at the end is incredibly tragic and powerful.

59. Slither (2006)

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

6.5
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69 Metascore

A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Don Thompson

Votes: 66,030 | Gross: $7.77M

The films of James Gunn. Though often a critically well-received writer and director, his films always seem to end up falling through the cracks or get screwed by the studio with no advertising or because his films aren't very mainstream.

60. The Spanish Prisoner (1997)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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70 Metascore

An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Steve Martin, Ben Gazzara, Campbell Scott, Rebecca Pidgeon

Votes: 19,568 | Gross: $10.20M

David Mamet's The Spanish Prisoner. It's a little slow for the first twenty minutes or so, but once things start to happen it pulls you right in and will keep you guessing at what's really happening up until the end!

61. Spartan (2004)

R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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60 Metascore

The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

Director: David Mamet | Stars: Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, Tia Texada

Votes: 27,483 | Gross: $4.43M

Another Val Kilmer flick, called Spartan. Labeled by many as the 'thinking man's thriller', it's both a moody and incredibly atmospheric film. Lot's of Spy Speak and Mamet Dialogue, and some really memorable moments.

62. The Specials (2000)

R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

6.0
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38 Metascore

The sixth or seventh best superhero team in the world pursue their rightful place in the harshly competitive world of toy tie-ins and fighting evil.

Director: Craig Mazin | Stars: Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Jordan Ladd

Votes: 2,015 | Gross: $0.01M

The films of James Gunn. Though often a critically well-received writer and director, his films always seem to end up falling through the cracks or get screwed by the studio with no advertising or because his films aren't very mainstream.

63. Speed Racer (2008)

PG | 135 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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37 Metascore

A young driver, Speed Racer, aspires to be champion of the racing world with the help of his family and his high-tech Mach 5 automobile.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Matthew Fox, Christina Ricci, Nicholas Elia

Votes: 61,503 | Gross: $43.95M

When it was released in 2008, it was a critical and commercial flop. Now, it is becoming a cult classic, with many now calling it underrated, one of the most faithful adaptations ever, and groundbreaking in terms of visuals.

64. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

G | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.1
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52 Metascore

A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.

Directors: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook | Stars: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet

Votes: 51,092 | Gross: $73.28M

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is a remarkably somber film, unlike most kid's movies, it's pretty quiet. It has no comic relief characters or crazy sidekicks. It's a very good movie, though with a somewhat more serious and dramatic tone, it's likely that a lot of parents never took their kids to see it for fear that it would not keep the attention of said kids.

65. Strange Days (1995)

R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 58,380 | Gross: $7.92M

Strange Days a fantastic cyberpunk film that failed to find an audience when it was released, and it sucessfully blends elements of drama, romance, action and science-fiction. The POV-cam SQUID scenes are all very well made and immersive, and despite the occasional corniness it provides a darker look into humanity. Ralph Fiennes does a great job acting as the sleazy Lenny Nero, and it also has a great soundtrack that fits perfectly with most of the scenes.

66. Subject Two (2006)

R | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

5.5
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A doctor invents a resurrection formula and tests it by killing his assistant over and over and over again.

Director: Philip Chidel | Stars: Christian Oliver, Dean Stapleton, Courtney Mace, Jürgen Jones

Votes: 1,374

Subject Two is a small, sci-horror movie about a Mad Scientist's new assistant being repeatedly killed and brought back to life in a remote cabin in the mountains.

67. Jisatsu sâkuru (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.6
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A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 16,188

Suicide Club might seem like little more than Gorn, but it also has some great black humor and a unique atmosphere. It's plot is rather confusing (and it's sort of successor didn't help much), but if you can handle the violence then there's an interesting experience to be had.

68. Super (I) (2010)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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50 Metascore

After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, but lacking in heroic skills.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 66,250 | Gross: $0.32M

The films of James Gunn. Though often a critically well-received writer and director, his films always seem to end up falling through the cracks or get screwed by the studio with no advertising or because his films aren't very mainstream.

69. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

Votes: 150,347 | Gross: $36.40M

The Thin Red Line. Specifically, the 1998 one, directed by Terrence Malick. Though it did make back nearly half it's budget, the reason it is on here is because it's main competitor, Saving Private Ryan, is more well known, and considered by some to be the better film. While it did get modest reviews, and was nominated for several Academy Awards, it won none, losing some to the aforementioned Saving Private Ryan. Some consider it to be Malick's Magnum Opus. The film takes the trope War Is Hell Up to Eleven, and often adds philosophical narrations based around said trope. It also features an All Star Cast, who all give outstanding performances. Though it could be a few minutes too long, if you want a war film that will have you moved, riveted, or both, this is for you.

70. Trick 'r Treat (2007)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

6.8
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Five interwoven stories that occur on Halloween: An everyday high school principal has a secret life as a serial killer; a college virgin might have just met the guy for her; a group of teenagers pull a mean prank; a woman who loathes the night has to contend with her holiday-obsessed husband; and a mean old man meets his match with a demonic, supernatural trick-or-treater.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Rochelle Aytes

Votes: 69,165

Trick 'R Treat is claimed by many critics to be the "best horror anthology in years". Produced by Bryan Singer, it was originally released at the Austin-Butt-Numb-A-Thon in 2007, before being officially released in 2009... on DVD. It has an interest story featuring a high principal moonlighting as a serial killer, a school bus massacre revisited, Anna Paquin as a supposed 'young virgin', and trick-or-treating demon attacking an old man. Everything connects back to each other at the end. Many have even called it the best Halloween themed movie ever. Unfortunately, it wasn't given it's well deserved official theatrical release.

71. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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Tromeo, a filmmaker, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of a former partner who tried to steal his business from him.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele, William Beckwith

Votes: 4,583

The films of James Gunn. Though often a critically well-received writer and director, his films always seem to end up falling through the cracks or get screwed by the studio with no advertising or because his films aren't very mainstream.

72. Valmont (1989)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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55 Metascore

Set in Baroque France, a scheming widow and her lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman. The lover, Valmont, bets that he can seduce her, even though she is an... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Meg Tilly, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 10,889 | Gross: $1.13M

Milos Forman's adaption of Dangerous Liaisons, Valmont, came out one year after Stephen Frears' and fell through with the audience. Both are excellent films, but the latter's darker approach had shaped the perception of the story so far that the former seemed tame and naive in comparison. Despite of being a completely legitimate interpretation of de Laclos' novel.

73. The Way of the Gun (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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49 Metascore

Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs

Votes: 28,616 | Gross: $6.06M

It has a great cast and a in a lots of ways is a modern Western, but many people often think that is a Tarantino Rip-off.

74. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 35,995 | Gross: $20.78M

Whale Rider is a fictional film about the spiritual lives of contemporary Maori trying to hold onto past traditions of gender and power. A girl, Pai, rises to the challenge of being the new chief for the village, but the current chief, her grandfather, refuses to allow a girl to be trained for the role. She trains behind his back with their family members while chaos occurs in the form of a massive whale beaching. The only way the whales find the will to live is when Pai reenacts the Maori creation legend of riding a whale. Can be watched on Netflix Instant or YouTube.

75. Wide Awake (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.1
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A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Joseph Cross, Timothy Reifsnyder, Dana Delany, Denis Leary

Votes: 3,458 | Gross: $0.26M

M. Night Shyamalan's Wide Awake is even more overlooked than Unbreakable' by The Sixth Sense. It had the same kind of heart The Sixth Sense has, Robert Loggia's performance was outstanding, and at the same time it had its little moments like the protagonist's friend faking a huge sneeze to skip class. It had all the depth and heart The Sixth Sense had, yet it was a Box Office Bomb.

76. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

PG-13 | 109 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.8
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When assorted people start having inexplicable delusions that lead to their deaths, a teenage Sherlock Holmes decides to investigate.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Nicholas Rowe, Alan Cox, Sophie Ward, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 16,087 | Gross: $19.74M

Young Sherlock Holmes. It got mixed reviews and moderate box office on release, but it could be a cult classic, especially now that Sherlock Holmes is so popular now.