46 Underrated Movies

Underrated Movies: Hidden gems not enough people have heard of. Some of these movies are more popular than others, but many have either flown under the radar, were unfairly slammed by the critics or are forgotten about today.
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1.
The Final Cut (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Set in a world with memory recording implants, Alan Hakman is a cutter, someone with the power of final edit over people's recorded histories. His latest assignment is one that puts him in danger. (95 mins.)
Director: Omar Naïm
“ Cool concept--not many people saw it. ” - katenelligan12
 
2.
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a fascist future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ One of the best dystopia movies. ” - katenelligan12
 
3.
The Game (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality. (129 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ One of my favorite twist movies. ” - katenelligan12
 
4.
Night of the Comet (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists. (95 mins.)
Director: Thom Eberhardt
“ Great "zombie" movie--one of the best B-rate horror movies around. ” - katenelligan12
 
5.
Unbreakable (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident. (106 mins.)
“ Favorite movie ever. Arguably best twist movie ever. ” - katenelligan12
 
6.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Received decent acclaim, and it made money, but not many people saw it. ” - katenelligan12
 
7.
Tank (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Sergeant Major Zak Carey is serving what is his final tour of duty at an Army base in Clemens, Georgia... (113 mins.)
“ Great 80's movie that few people talk about today. ” - katenelligan12
 
8.
Toy Soldiers (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
When terrorists seize control of a boarding school, a group of troublemaking boys decide to resist them. (111 mins.)
“ Like Red Dawn in a school. ” - katenelligan12
 
9.
Iron Eagle (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Heroic young pilot Doug Masters launches a rescue mission when his father, an Air Force veteran, is shot down over enemy territory and captured. (117 mins.)
Director: Sidney J. Furie
“ Like Red Dawn in the Middle East. ” - katenelligan12
 
10.
3 Ninjas (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Each year, three brothers, Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visit their grandfather, Mori Tanaka... (84 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
“ Home alone... with kid-ninjas. ” - katenelligan12
 
11.
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul McGuigan
“ Awesome twist--awesome dialogue. Great movie. ” - katenelligan12
 
12.
Morning Glory (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An upstart television producer accepts the challenge of reviving a struggling morning show program with warring co-hosts. (107 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ Wonderful, uplifting romantic comedy. Reminds me of working girl but the protagonist is more likable. ” - katenelligan12
 
13.
Sinister (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s. (110 mins.)
“ Great horror movie with a twist. One of the scariest movies out there. ” - katenelligan12
 
14.
Before Sunrise (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together. (101 mins.)
“ Great chemistry, writing and characters. ” - katenelligan12
 
15.
Insidious (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. (103 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ One of the more popular movies on the list, but not enough people have seen this. It's better than the conjuring and maybe even scarier than Paranormal Activity. ” - katenelligan12
 
16.
Dead Silence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist. (89 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ James Wan is amazing! Everyone knows puppets are scary! Great concept; genuinely scary movie. ” - katenelligan12
 
17.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them. (88 mins.)
Director: Fred Dekker
“ Zombie movie from the 80's. Campy and fun! ” - katenelligan12
 
18.
The Island (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Entertaining Science-Fiction movie. Decent twist, underrated by critics. ” - katenelligan12
 
19.
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Forgotten Science-Fiction dystopian movie. Interesting concept. ” - katenelligan12
 
20.
Big Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life. (125 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Nice family film--very creative. ” - katenelligan12
 
21.
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Great twist--forgotten about movie. ” - katenelligan12
 
22.
All About Steve (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together. (99 mins.)
Director: Phil Traill
“ This movie was actually funny. Unfairly slammed by the critics. It's not as good as the proposal, but I'm convinced if it didn't come out right after the Blindside, it wouldn't have been critiqued so harshly. ” - katenelligan12
 
23.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past. (88 mins.)
Director: Tommy Wirkola
“ Another movie that was unfairly panned by critics. This was a fun action-horror movie. ” - katenelligan12
 
24.
Nobody's Fool (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee... (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
“ No one talks about this movie, but it's a great drama. ” - katenelligan12
 
25.
The Last Stand (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff. (107 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ Fun action movie. This deserved to do better at the box office. ” - katenelligan12
 
26.
Bullet to the Head (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington, D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. (92 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Another fun popcorn movie. Great action; feels like it was pulled right out of the 80's. Deserved to be seen by more people. ” - katenelligan12
 
27.
Dead & Breakfast (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A night at a local bed and breakfast turns into a bloody supernatural fight to the death. (88 mins.)
“ Fun/weird zombie movie. Worth seeing if you're running out of ideas around Halloween. ” - katenelligan12
 
28.
The Mad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A horror-thriller in which a doctor and his teenage daughter are terrorized by flesh-eating zombies at a truck stop. (83 mins.)
Director: John Kalangis
“ Another weird/good zombie movie no one has heard of. ” - katenelligan12
 
29.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ This received acclaim from critics, but deserved to do better at the box office. It's way better than inception. ” - katenelligan12
 
30.
Running Scared (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Maybe the most underrated movie on this list--great thriller with a twist. ” - katenelligan12
 
31.
Arlington Road (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be and their secrets could be deadly. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Pellington
“ Awesome thriller--keeps you guessing until the end. ” - katenelligan12
 
32.
Homicidal (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California. (87 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ Really great horror/slasher/mystery. No one I know has ever heard of it. ” - katenelligan12
 
33.
Suspect Zero (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A mysterious serial killer is hunting other serial killers - and one FBI agent suspects there may be more to the vigilante than they imagine. (99 mins.)
“ Really cool and creepy horror/thriller. Interesting concept--very unique. ” - katenelligan12
 
34.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Fun movie--great writing. Deserved better sales at the box office. ” - katenelligan12
 
35.
Night of the Demons (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin S. Tenney
“ Fun B-movie. Great for Halloween. Spawned several sequels. ” - katenelligan12
 
36.
Drop Dead Fred (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A young woman finds her already unstable life rocked by the presence of a rambunctious imaginary friend from childhood. (103 mins.)
Director: Ate De Jong
“ One of my favorite movies as a kid. Silly and fun and totally forgotten about. ” - katenelligan12
 
37.
Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Five siblings are left alone all summer when their mom leaves town and the evil babysitter bites the dust. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Herek
“ One of my all-time favorites. They don't make movies like this anymore. Fun and uplifting. ” - katenelligan12
 
38.
Mystery Men (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city. (121 mins.)
Director: Kinka Usher
“ Surprisingly funny action/comedy. ” - katenelligan12
 
39.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
The adventures of supernatural private investigator, Dylan Dog, who seeks out the monsters of the Louisiana bayou in his signature red shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans. (107 mins.)
Director: Kevin Munroe
“ No one has seen this--fun paranormal P.I. movie. ” - katenelligan12
 
40.
John Dies at the End (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion? (99 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Great movie--weird, but fun. ” - katenelligan12
 
41.
Daybreakers (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind. (98 mins.)
“ This deserved to be a big hit. Cool concept and finally a vampire movie where vampires are scary again. ” - katenelligan12
 
42.
Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy. (92 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Weird and funny. I don't know many people who have seen this. ” - katenelligan12
 
43.
Fright Night (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After a new neighbor moved into the house next door, Charley discovers that he is an ancient vampire and goes in search for the help of Peter Vincent, a famous "vampire killer" to save his neighborhood from the creature. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ Maybe one of the best remakes ever. Absolutely fantastic horror movie, maybe even better than the original. This is one of the best movies I have ever seen in 3D ” - katenelligan12
 
44.
Legion (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope. (100 mins.)
Director: Scott Stewart
“ Decent movie--deserved better at the box office. ” - katenelligan12
 
45.
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A babysitter must battle her way through the big city after being stranded there with the kids she's looking after. (102 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ One of my favorite family movies. ” - katenelligan12
 
46.
Dead Again (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection. (107 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ No one has seen this mystery/thriller! Great twist! ” - katenelligan12