Movies you have probably never heard of that are better than any movie you have seen. From a former movie reviewer

by isthisbetterb | created - 08 Mar 2011 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

This is a list of movies you have probably never heard of that are MUCH better than most of the trash that is in Hollywood now. Join the lucky few who dont just watch movies because they are bored, but because they are entertaining

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1. La Haine (1995)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

24 hours in the lives of three young men in the French suburbs the day after a violent riot.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, Saïd Taghmaoui, Abdel Ahmed Ghili

Votes: 124,680 | Gross: $0.31M

The subtitled versions of this movie I have seen dont do it any justice. The script was brilliant in its simplicity, the acting didnt feel like acting (yes, thats a good thing) the production and direction was amazing (kassovitz is top notch) and visual the movie was gorgeous! The way Paris is shot has only been done as well once before...and it was in my number 2 movie, 400 Blows

2. The 400 Blows (1959)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

A young boy, left without attention, delves into a life of petty crime.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble

Votes: 86,346

Visual encompassing. Being born many years after the movie came out, it gave me true insight about Parisian life before my time. The acting is superb, and the whole movie screams Truffaut. No other movie starts, and ends as meaningfully as this one

3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama, War

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Votes: 51,478 | Gross: $3.27M

The first real war epic, especially since it was shot from the German side

4. Man Bites Dog (1992)

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

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: 31,840 | Gross: $0.21M

This movie had no financial backing and was paid for piece by piece. When the writer, director and main actor are the same, it usually means find another movie to watch. This is definitely not the case with this one. There have been many copycats since this movie came out, with good reason. This is much darker, and better than American Psycho.

its 6 minutes long and its probably on youtube. stop playing farmville or whatever else you are wasting your time doing and watch this right now

6. Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 50,585

This is on the list simply because the comedy still hold strong today. Pretty impressive for an 80 year old movie

7. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 344,776 | Gross: $7.76M

Ive always been a Brendan Gleeson fan, and have enjoyed Colin Farrel. I felt a sense of calm watching this movie which I always enjoy...especially when the movie is about hitmen

8. Ed Wood (1994)

R | 127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Ambitious but troubled movie director Edward D. Wood Jr. tries his best to fulfill his dreams, despite his lack of support.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 152,867 | Gross: $5.89M

Johnny Depp, Martin Landeau, Bill Murray, Jeffrey Jones, Mike Starr and Max Casella in a movie about a cross-dressing movie maker. This movie epitomizes why people fell in love with Johnny Depp...before he got all fruity

9. Layer Cake (2004)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

A successful cocaine dealer gets two tough assignments from his boss on the eve of his planned early retirement.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Daniel Craig, Sienna Miller, Michael Gambon, Tom Hardy

Votes: 146,410 | Gross: $2.34M

10. Mean Streets (1973)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

A small-time hood aspires to work his way up the ranks of a local mob.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, David Proval, Amy Robinson

Votes: 78,976 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 46,500

12. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

73 Metascore

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 58,799 | Gross: $45.30M

13. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 47,213 | Gross: $39.10M

14. Umberto D. (1952)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

92 Metascore

An elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Carlo Battisti, Maria Pia Casilio, Lina Gennari, Ileana Simova

Votes: 19,009 | Gross: $0.07M

15. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 23,261

16. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror

64 Metascore

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Paul Birchard

Votes: 233,034 | Gross: $71.99M

17. Belly (1998)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A pair of violent Men have spiritual awakenings.

Director: Hype Williams | Stars: Nas, DMX, Taral Hicks, Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins

Votes: 7,965 | Gross: $9.63M

18. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

R | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover's operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Penelope Allen, Sully Boyar

Votes: 209,729 | Gross: $50.00M

19. City of Men (2002–2018)

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In this original variation on the Latin American telenovela (slow, emotional soap), life in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian big city jungle, is told in short, fast alternating scenes from the... See full summary »

Stars: Darlan Cunha, Douglas Silva, Pierre-Augustin Crenn, Camila Monteiro

Votes: 2,561

20. Four Lions (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Four incompetent British terrorists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Director: Christopher Morris | Stars: Will Adamsdale, Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar, Arsher Ali

Votes: 63,434 | Gross: $0.30M

21. Johnny Mad Dog (2008)

98 min | Drama, War

45 Metascore

A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country.

Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire | Stars: Christophe Minie, Daisy Victoria Vandy, Joseph Duo, Dagbeth Tweh

Votes: 2,971

22. The Red Violin (1998)

R | 130 min | Drama, Music, Mystery

57 Metascore

A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 28,940 | Gross: $9.47M

23. Small Time Crooks (2000)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant, Carolyn Saxon

Votes: 33,669 | Gross: $17.07M

24. The Bellboy (1960)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy

In Miami Beach, the mute bellboy Stanley works at the luxurious Fontainebleau Hotel. In spite of being a serviceable and friendly employee, the clumsy Stanley gets successively into trouble with his mistakes.

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Alex Gerry, Bob Clayton, Sonnie Sands

Votes: 3,252

25. The Business (2005)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Frankie decides he's had enough with his life as a street thug living on a South London estate, and jets off to spain where he meets big time businessman Charlie, who's currently running ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan, Geoff Bell, Georgina Chapman

Votes: 12,071

26. The Dark Hours (2005)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

63 Metascore

The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow. Felling totally stressed, she decides to spend the weekend ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fox | Stars: Kate Greenhouse, Bruce McFee, Jeff Seymour, David Calderisi

Votes: 5,017

27. The Errand Boy (1961)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Family

Paramutual Pictures wants to know where all the money is going, so they hire Morty to be their spy. Morty works for Mr. Sneak and gets a job in the mail room so that he can have access to ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Lewis | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Howard McNear, Dick Wesson

Votes: 1,554

28. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 22,350

29. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, a group of counselors try to complete their unfinished business before the day ends.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau

Votes: 47,341 | Gross: $0.29M

30. A Prophet (2009)

R | 155 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A young Arab man is sent to a French prison.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Niels Arestrup, Adel Bencherif, Reda Kateb

Votes: 85,451 | Gross: $2.08M

31. Unknown (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

44 Metascore

Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to figure out who is good and who is bad to stay alive.

Director: Simon Brand | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano

Votes: 27,546 | Gross: $0.14M

32. Breathless (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama

A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger, Henri-Jacques Huet

Votes: 60,597 | Gross: $0.34M

33. Detroit Rock City (1999)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Music

33 Metascore

In 1978, four rebellious teenagers try to scam their way into a KISS concert.

Director: Adam Rifkin | Stars: Edward Furlong, Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Sam Huntington

Votes: 32,394 | Gross: $4.22M

34. 13: Game of Death (2006)

R | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After losing his job, his car and his money, Phuchit, Krissada Sukosol, races against time to complete 13 tasks ordered by an anonymous caller who promised 100,000,000 Thai Baht upon completion.

Director: Chookiat Sakveerakul | Stars: Krissada Sukosol, Achita Sikamana, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nattapong Arunnate

Votes: 5,068

35. District B13 (2004)

R | 84 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

Director: Pierre Morel | Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario, Bibi Naceri

Votes: 60,650 | Gross: $1.20M

36. Black Dynamite (2009)

R | 84 min | Action, Comedy

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: 40,500 | Gross: $0.23M

37. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 40,170 | Gross: $0.63M

38. Cidade dos Homens (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.

Director: Paulo Morelli | Stars: Douglas Silva, Darlan Cunha, Jonathan Haagensen, Rodrigo dos Santos

Votes: 14,088 | Gross: $0.31M

39. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 59,043 | Gross: $0.04M

40. Ha-Ushpizin (2004)

PG | 90 min | Drama

70 Metascore

An Orthodox Jewish couple's faith is tested after praying to the Lord for a child on the Succoth holiday.

Director: Gidi Dar | Stars: Shuli Rand, Michal Bat-Sheva Rand, Shaul Mizrahi, Ilan Ganani

Votes: 1,827 | Gross: $1.40M

41. God Grew Tired of Us (2006)

PG | 89 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.

Directors: Christopher Dillon Quinn, Tommy Walker | Stars: Panther Bior, John Bul Dau, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Abol Pach

Votes: 2,614 | Gross: $0.28M

42. JCVD (2008)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

Jean-Claude Van Damme gets involved in a bank robbery with hostages situation and reflects about his life during it.

Director: Mabrouk El Mechri | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Valérie Bodson, Hervé Sogne, Rock Chen

Votes: 35,408 | Gross: $0.47M

43. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu

Votes: 39,041 | Gross: $6.57M

44. Troubles of a Grasswidower (1912)

TV-G | 10 min | Short, Comedy

An elegant dandy - he of suit, vest, tie, and top hat - ignores his wife at dinner in favor of his newspaper, so she tearfully leaves him and returns home to mother. He is ecstatic, dancing... See full summary »

Director: Max Linder | Stars: Max Linder, Delphine Renot, Jane Renouardt

Votes: 251

45. Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003)

R | 105 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Suchao Pongwilai

Votes: 65,385 | Gross: $4.56M

46. Mister Roberts (1955)

Not Rated | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, War

In the waning days of World War II, the United States Navy cargo ship Reluctant and her crew are stationed in the "backwater" areas of the Pacific Ocean. Trouble ensues when the crew members are granted liberty.

Directors: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan | Stars: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon

Votes: 13,864 | Gross: $21.20M

47. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Horror

A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 2,934

48. One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis

Votes: 16,796