Great movies you may have missed(in no particular order)by doomsday_55 | created - 11 Feb 2011 | updated - 06 Jun 2012 | Public
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1. Strange Days (1995)
R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.
Votes: 59,613 | Gross: $7.92M
Not a movie for everyone but one of my personal favorites.
2. The Lathe of Heaven (1980 TV Movie)
105 min | Sci-Fi
George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and ... See full summary »
Hard to find but worth checking out. Like Inception it plays with the notion of "dreams" but in a very surprising and ahead of its time fashion.
3. Ink (I) (2009)
Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
Much like "The Lathe of Heaven" also explores the notion of "Dreams" but in a more fantastical and otherworldly way.
4. Paprika (2006)
R | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.
Votes: 55,064 | Gross: $0.88M
As far as movies about "Dreams" this takes the cake. Visually it's very stunning, musically is gorgeous, and the story will suck you in. From the late director Satoshi Kon.
5. Nowhere (1997)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.
Votes: 7,291 | Gross: $0.03M
The third movie in Gregg Araki's "Doom Generation" trilogy. Unlike his previous movie Doom Generation, Nowhere is a bit more surreal and random but one of my personal favorites.
6. Dark City (1998)
R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun.
Votes: 170,869 | Gross: $14.38M
"The Matrix before The Matrix" as its been called. Any one who is a fan of Science Fiction this is a must.
7. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror
When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.
Votes: 44,888 | Gross: $14.24M
Lesser known zombie gems from the 80's. Its both a parody as well as a serious zombie movie.
8. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
An All-American trucker gets dragged into a centuries-old mystical battle in Chinatown.
Votes: 105,403 | Gross: $11.10M
One of John Carpenters lesser known works. Kurt Russel lives it up as wannabe hero Jack Burton. Not a "great" movie but guaranteed to be fun.
9. Jake Speed (1986)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In a world where, unbeknownst to the public, all famous pulp fiction heroes are real, one of them, Jake Speed, agrees to help desperate Margaret Winston save her sister from sadistic white slaver Sid, who's operating in Africa.
Votes: 655 | Gross: $1.94M
Much like Big Trouble, this isn't a "great" movie by any regards but definitely lots of fun. Has one of the best performances by John Hurt as Sid and catch Karen Kopins of Once Bitten fame as well.
10. Night of the Creeps (1986)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.
Votes: 16,773 | Gross: $0.59M
For horror fans, this movie is for you. Is a combination of 50's science fiction, college drama, 80's comedy and zombie movie all rolled into one.
11. Night of the Living Dorks (2004)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror
Three not-so-cool school friends decide to try a old voodoo ritual. Later, they die in a car accident, but live on as zombies. But being a zombie has advantages, too...
Take your typical zombie movie and throw it in a blender with your quirky teenage comedy and this is what you get.
12. Brutal Massacre: A Comedy (2007)
R | 94 min | Comedy
Harry Penderecki, a once heralded horror auteur, finds himself on the outside looking in at Hollywood. He hasn't had a hit film in years, and most in the industry, including his close ... See full summary »
Again for fans of horror movies this is a must. Catch various cameos from horror icons. Best mockumentary this side of Spinal Tap.
13. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 422,846 | Gross: $0.71M
If you haven't seen it, which you probably haven't otherwise it wouldn't be on this list, your missing out. This is generally a wonderful film that, as of this posting, has yet to be made state side and thank god for that. Part of the revenge trilogy this movie stands out as one of the top movies on this list.
14. Verses (1999)
81 min | Drama
A chain-smoking trouble-maker enters a poetry contest at a local café, where he faces off against some heavy hitters including a handsome easy-going favorite. In the café, he makes friends ... See full summary »
Another lesser known Asian flick. Part gangster drama, part zombie movie. The pacing starts and stops but is still very enjoyable.
15. Koroshiya 1 (2001)
R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Votes: 46,367 | Gross: $0.02M
One of Takashi Miike's better known films. Graphic and absurd at times but a fun movie if you don't mind gratuitous gore and awkward sexual dysfunctions
16. Nochnoy dozor (2004)
R | 114 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
A fantasy-thriller set in present-day Moscow where the respective forces that control daytime and nighttime do battle.
Votes: 49,502 | Gross: $1.49M
An interesting movie. A Russian version of Underworld only with a lot more story and less vampires.
17. Foxfire (1996)
R | 102 min | Drama
The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,606 | Gross: $0.26M
A bit of a dark romance, and not for everyone but catch a young Angelina Jolie in one of her grittier roles.
18. Hackers (1995)
PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
This movie is about hackers who are blamed for making a virus that will capsize 5 oil tankers.
Votes: 59,060 | Gross: $7.56M
Another early Angelina movie, the characters in this movie totally drive the story. Also one of Mathew Lillard more memorable, early performances.
19. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
R | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
An oddball journalist and his psychopathic lawyer travel to Las Vegas for a series of psychedelic escapades.
Votes: 231,685 | Gross: $10.68M
One of those "in between" movies for Johnny Depp. Directed by former Monty Python Terry Gilliam. His visual styling lends its self perfectly to the cautionary tale written by Hunter S. Thompson. Also keep your eyes peeled for a Cameo of Hunter himself.
20. Black Dynamite (2009)
R | 84 min | Action, Comedy
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.
Votes: 40,053 | Gross: $0.23M
The good/bad of blaxploitation all in one movie. And by bad I mean hysterically bad. A great comedy that both mocks and personify the films of an era.
21. Chocolate (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama
An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.
Votes: 16,045 | Gross: $0.01M
From the same people that brought you Ong-bak, this martial arts movie combines the hard hitting Muay Thai of the previously mentioned movie with a wonderfully added dose of comedy.
22. The Quest (1986)
PG | 93 min | Drama, Adventure, Family
Still grieving the loss of his parents, a young boy living in Australia finds himself caught up in the magic of an Aboriginal myth that might be more real than anyone knows.
For any kid that grew up in the 80's this should be a nostalgic trip. Staring Henry Thomas, of ET fame, and set in Australia. Both sophisticated and enjoyable it doesn't dumb its self down despite being a kids movie.
23. The Monster Squad (1987)
PG-13 | 79 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A young group of monster fanatics attempt to save their hometown from Count Dracula and his monsters.
Votes: 22,367 | Gross: $3.77M
Speaking of 80's nostalgia, another gem from director Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps). Cashing in on Goonies fame, its both kid and adult friendly.
24. House (1985)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A troubled writer moves into a haunted house after inheriting it from his aunt.
Votes: 19,323 | Gross: $19.44M
Dekker again combines his love of horror films with a innate sense of comedy in this classic.
25. Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
R | 121 min | Drama, Thriller
Haunted by the patients he failed to save, an extremely burned-out Manhattan ambulance paramedic fights to maintain his sanity over three fraught and turbulent nights.
Votes: 56,790 | Gross: $16.64M
Directed by Marin Scorsese, and staring Nic Cage (before he bottomed out) this movie isn't one of the greats but does have the typical Scorsese feel and will not disappoint.
26. 8MM (1999)
R | 123 min | Mystery, Thriller
A private investigator is hired to discover if a "snuff film" is authentic or not.
Votes: 111,621 | Gross: $36.66M
Another dark and gritty role for Nic Cage. This movie goes places that few dare to trend, both great and hollowing.
27. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 187,632 | Gross: $2.12M
A wonderful spin on the "coming of age" genre, also was recently remade state side as Let Me In starting Chloe Moretz of Kick Ass fame.
28. The 'Burbs (1989)
PG | 101 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
An overstressed suburbanite and his fellow neighbors are convinced that the new family on the block are part of a murderous Satanic cult.
Votes: 57,725 | Gross: $36.60M
A dark comedy about starting Tom Hanks that is both hysterical with out coming off as too over the top.
29. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 72,153 | Gross: $1.79M
A unique dark comedy about cannibalism. Its both ingenious with out being too serious.
30. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Votes: 505,715 | Gross: $10.06M
One of the best Miyazaki films in my opinion. Both entrancing and captivating even ten years later.
31. The Fall (2006)
R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 97,539 | Gross: $2.28M
From the same director of The Cell, the visuals alone in this movie will blow your mind. This movie is a definite must.
32. Freaked (1993)
PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A vain actor, his best friend, and an activist end up at a mutant freak farm run by a weirdo scientist.
Votes: 5,101 | Gross: $0.03M
A bit a dark comedy staring Alex Winter of Bill and Ted Fame, Randy Quaid in one of his best performances outside Independence Day. Between the slap stick and over the top story this movie is guaranteed to make you chuckle
33. Suspiria (1977)
R | 92 min | Horror
A newcomer to a prestigious german ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amidst a series of grisly murders.
As a movie it stumbles in some categories but it more than makes up for it in others. Directed by the legendary Dario Argento this classic is one of those movies that you have to see at least once if your a horror fan.
34. Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical
The sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition tells how his taste for gold was replaced by that of human flesh.
Written, Directed, and Staring Trey Parker of South Park fame. This movie is both a dark comedy as well as a parody of musicals in general. Look for the signature humor that put South Park on the map
35. Trick 'r Treat (2007)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
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.
One of those several stories in one movies, this one however blends all four stories together seamlessly. Watch for an (ironic in retrospect) performance by Anna Paquin.
36. Were the World Mine (2008)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream' to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.
Votes: 4,742 | Gross: $0.12M
A musical twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream. A great all around modern musical.
R | 104 min | Comedy, Music
Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.
Votes: 40,744 | Gross: $11.22M
The Australian Rocky Horror Picture Show, according to the Drew Carry show at least. Is a fun romp full of drag queens and a wonderful performance by Hugo Weaving (of The Matrix and LOTR fame)
38. Strangeland (1998)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
A detective pursues a sadist specializing in body modification rituals who lures teenagers through the internet.
Votes: 6,026 | Gross: $0.63M
Written, directed and staring Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame. This movie captures the horror of online predators and ramps it up to full voltage. Would love to see Capt. Howdy on to Catch a Predator, now that I would watch.
39. Jigureul jikyeora! (2003)
Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.
Votes: 6,874 | Gross: $0.01M
The most random amalgamation of movie genre's I have ever seen. If your a fan of dark comedies and/or Asian cinema this is a must.
40. Harold and Maude (1971)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Young, rich, and obsessed with death, Harold finds himself changed forever when he meets lively septuagenarian Maude at a funeral.
A dark comedy from the 70's that looks at the notion of life and death in a very interesting context.
41. Brainscan (1994)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.
Votes: 9,060 | Gross: $4.26M
Staring Edward Furlong of Terminator 2 fame. This movie explores the line between violent video games and real life violence. Definitely a head of its time.
42. Videodrome (1983)
R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.
Votes: 69,506 | Gross: $2.12M
Directed by legendary film maker David Cronenberg. This movie blurs the line between reality and fantasy in some of the the most visually eccentric ways.
43. Elephant (2003)
R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.
Votes: 76,912 | Gross: $1.23M
Very well shot, and terrifically directed. This film focus on a topic that at the time was still fresh in the American psyche. But don't let that deter you from seeing this captivating movie.
44. SLC Punk! (1998)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
In the early 1980s Stevo and Heroin Bob are the only two dedicated punks in conservative Salt Lake City.
Votes: 23,693 | Gross: $0.30M
Matthew Lillard stars in this coming of age movie. this two parts comedy to one part drama movie will suck you in and for those old enough to remember make you long for the past.
45. Robot Carnival (1987 Video)
90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An anthology of various tales told in various styles with robots being the one common element among them.
Directors: Atsuko Fukushima, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Kôji Morimoto, Takashi Nakamura, Yasuomi Umetsu, Manabu Ôhashi, Hidetoshi Ômori, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôji Moritsugu, Yayoi Maki, Keiko Hanagata, Kumiko Takizawa
A collection of short animated movies that is both breathtaking and stunning still 20 years later is a testament to this masterpiece.
47. Serial Rabbit 3: Splitting Hares (2009 Video)
Not Rated | 103 min | Horror
When the rabbit kills the wife of the city's most powerful crime lord, a trap is set to finish off the rabbit once and for all. The rabbit finds himself in hell, face to face with the mother of demons who grants him immortality.
50. Cemetery Man (1994)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Horror