Underrated and little-known

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1.
Senseless (2008)
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Based on Stona Fitch's novel, this is the story of a wealthy US businessman (Behr) whose brutal kidnapping and torture are streamed online as part of an ultra-violent reality TV show. (87 mins.)
Director: Simon Hynd
 
2.
Earthlings (2005 Documentary)
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. (95 mins.)
Director: Shaun Monson
 
3.
Two Days (2003)
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Paul Miller, a self-described "failed actor," sets out for his final act and his ultimate role: the... (87 mins.)
Director: Sean McGinly
 
4.
Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi (2007 Documentary)
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Documentary filmmaker Alexandria Pelosi tours red state America examining the practices, politics and beliefs of fundamentalist evangelical Christians... (57 mins.)
 
5.
11:14 (2003)
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The events leading up to an 11:14 PM car crash, from five very different perspectives. (86 mins.)
Director: Greg Marcks
 
6.
Sex Drive (2008)
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A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online. (109 mins.)
Director: Sean Anders
 
7.
Gunless (2010)
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A hardened American gunslinger is repeatedly thwarted in his attempts to mount a showdown in a friendly town in Canada where no one seems to understand or appreciate the brutal code of the American Wild West. (89 mins.)
 
8.
The Dying Gaul (2005)
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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
 
9.
Iron Sky (2012)
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The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018. (93 mins.)
Director: Timo Vuorensola
 
10.
TiMER (2009)
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If a clock could count down to the moment you meet your soul mate, would you want to know? (99 mins.)
Director: Jac Schaeffer
 
11.
A Boy and His Dog (1975)
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A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex... (91 mins.)
Director: L.Q. Jones
 
12.
The Last Train (2006)
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A group of people are imprisoned in a rail car bound from Berlin to a concentration camp in 1945. (123 mins.)
 
13.
Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
 
14.
Fish Tank (2009)
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Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
 
15.
The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007)
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A romantic drama centered around a young shepherd and shepherdess and the ramifications of their forbidden affair. (109 mins.)
Director: Éric Rohmer
 
16.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)
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Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter. (110 mins.)
Director: Sijie Dai
 
17.
CJ7 (2008)
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A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy. (86 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
18.
Manufactured Landscapes (2006 Documentary)
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Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing. (86 mins.)
 
19.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
20.
Unmistaken Child (2008 Documentary)
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In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa... (102 mins.)
Director: Nati Baratz
 
21.
The Beast of War (1988)
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During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost... (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
22.
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
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During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town... (139 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
 
23.
Bullets Over Summer (1999)
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Plainclothes policemen Brian and Mike use an elderly woman's apartment for surveillance, hoping to catch a fugitive gangster... (92 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
 
24.
Rendez-vous (1985)
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A provocative erotic drama, stylishly rendered by Andre Techine, who won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this compelling investigation into the intersection of sexual and artistic passion. (82 mins.)
 
25.
Nobody's Baby (2001)
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An outlaw, a waitress and her misfit neighbor come upon a baby in the midst of car wreckage. With his former partner in crime out to get him, the outlaw and his new friends put their lives on the line to protect the infant from danger. (110 mins.)
Director: David Seltzer
 
26.
Speaking Parts (1989)
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A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor... (93 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
27.
Love Object (2003)
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The twisted tale of Kenneth, socially insecure technical writer who forms an obsessive relationship with "Nikki"... (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Parigi
 
28.
Puncture (2011)
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A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons. (100 mins.)
 
29.
The Soul Keeper (2002)
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Seduced by Jung, killed by hate, redeemed by history. In 1905 a 19-year-old Russian girl suffering from... (90 mins.)
Director: Roberto Faenza
 
30.
Land of the Blind (2006)
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A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government. (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Edwards
 
31.
Up the Yangtze (2007 Documentary)
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At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China. (93 mins.)
Director: Yung Chang
 
32.
Quo Vadis (2001)
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Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia in Rome and falls in love. But she is Christian and doesn't want anything to do with him... (165 mins.)
 
33.
Mountains of the Moon (1990)
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The story of Captain Richard Francis Burton and Lt. John Hanning Speke's expedition to find the source... (136 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
 
34.
Chill Out (2000 TV Movie)
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In post-Cold War Berlin, a lonely security guard meets an pretty insurance clerk and they begin an affair...
Director: Andreas Struck
 
35.
Nobody Knows (2004)
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In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. (141 mins.)
 
36.
Rampo (1994)
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Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and... (100 mins.)
 
37.
Rites of Passage (1999)
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An attorney decides to take a trip with his father to their isolated family cabin to talk things out but their ensuing family argument is suddenly interrupted by two escaped convicts. (95 mins.)
Director: Victor Salva
 
38.
Speaking Parts (1989)
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A struggling actor's job as a hotel custodian is a front for his real job: being rented out as a gigolo by his supervisor... (93 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
 
39.
The Thief (1997)
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A woman meets a man who isn't the right man for her - but she hasn't realised it yet... (96 mins.)
Director: Pavel Chukhray
 
40.
Children of Heaven (1997)
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After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. (89 mins.)
Director: Majid Majidi
 
41.
Cat Run (2011)
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When a sexy, high-end escort holds the key evidence to a scandalous government cover-up, two bumbling young detectives become her unlikely protectors from a ruthless assassin hired to silence her. (106 mins.)
Director: John Stockwell
 
42.
Running Scared (2006)
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A low-ranking thug is entrusted by his crime boss to dispose of a gun that killed corrupt cops, but things get out of control when the gun ends up in wrong hands. (122 mins.)
Director: Wayne Kramer
 
43.
China Blue (2005 Documentary)
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China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends are trying to survive a harsh working environment... (86 mins.)
Director: Micha X. Peled
“ Americans don't want to see this... Corporate America won't allow it. ” - NetflixZZZZ
 
44.
Shadow of the Sword (2005)
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Director Simon Aeby's epic film chronicles the time-tested loyalty of two friends during Europe's 16th-century Inquisition... (115 mins.)
Director: Simon Aeby
 
45.
Painted Skin (2008)
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An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers. (103 mins.)
 
46.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)
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An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and... (131 mins.)
Director: Wuershan
 
47.
Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
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The epic story of the Chinese girl-warrior, Mulan, who fights to defend her father. (114 mins.)
Director: Jingle Ma, Wei Dong
 
48.
Caterpillar (2010)
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During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... (85 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
49.
Photographing Fairies (1997)
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Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war... (106 mins.)
Director: Nick Willing
 
50.
The Holy Child (2001 TV Movie)
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Marc is a 39-year-old Catholic priest, a model for his entire parish. He is one of the few enthusiastic advocates of priestly celibacy. But trouble comes knocking at his door one day. (90 mins.)
 
51.
Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)
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Mankind is dying. Only one man can do anything about it, Space Captain Harlock, but the Gaia Coalition will stop at nothing to end him. (115 mins.)
Director: Shinji Aramaki
 
52.
The Signal (2014)
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On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare. (97 mins.)
Director: William Eubank
 
53.
L!fe Happens (2011)
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A comedy centered on two best friends, Kim and Deena, who fight to maintain normalcy in their lives after Kim gets pregnant and has a baby. (100 mins.)
Director: Kat Coiro
 
54.
Broken Kingdom (2012)
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Four narratives weave their way through the tragic slums of Bogota to the lofty hills of Hollywood. A 14-year-old prostitute girl and an ill-fated...
Director: Daniel Gillies
 
55.
Kingdom Come (2011 Documentary)
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Chronicling first-time filmmaker Daniel Gillies' struggle to finance his independent feature film, Broken Kingdom, and featuring other filmmakers' stories of their own adventures in indie cinema. (87 mins.)
 
56.
Siddharth (2013)
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A chain-wallah from Delhi travels across India in search of his missing son, in the hopes that whoever took him, returns him unharmed. (96 mins.)
Director: Richie Mehta
 
57.
Space Station 76 (2014)
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A 1970s version of the future, where personalities and asteroids collide. (93 mins.)
Director: Jack Plotnick
 
58.
Uncross the Stars (2008)
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Troy, a young man grieving from the loss of his young wife, is asked by his Aunt Hilda to build her a porch. He goes to her house in a desert community, interacts with the colorful locals, and tries to reconcile with himself. (95 mins.)
Director: Kenny Golde
 
59.
The Scapegoat (2012)
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Set in 1952, as England prepares for the coronation, The Scapegoat tells the story of two very different men who have one thing in common - a face. (108 mins.)
 
60.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
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A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
61.
The Game (2014 Mini-Series)
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A Cold War spy thriller that tells the story of invisible wars fought by MI5. (60 mins.)
 
62.
A Heavenly Vintage (2009)
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In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage. (120 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
 
63.
The Voices (2014)
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A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date. (103 mins.)
Director: Marjane Satrapi
 
64.
Metro Manila (2013)
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Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines... (115 mins.)
Director: Sean Ellis
 
65.
Witching and Bitching (2013)
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A gang of escaping jewellery thieves get trapped by a coven of witches. (112 mins.)
 
66.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
 
67.
Journey to the West (2013)
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Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King. (110 mins.)