Lesser known movies I've enjoyed

by Lilly_m | created - 18 May 2011 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

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1. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata

Votes: 11,349 | Gross: $2.29M

2. Dry Cleaning (1997)

Unrated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A bored couple takes in a young man who turns their lives inside out

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Miou-Miou, Charles Berling, Stanislas Merhar, Mathilde Seigner

Votes: 952 | Gross: $0.14M

3. Steam: The Turkish Bath (1997)

94 min | Drama, Romance

Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul, he travels there to look after the sale of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ferzan Ozpetek | Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Francesca d'Aloja, Carlo Cecchi, Halil Ergün

Votes: 5,559 | Gross: $0.66M

4. Live Flesh (1997)

R | 103 min | Drama

69 Metascore

After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem, Ángela Molina

Votes: 24,957 | Gross: $1.54M

5. L'assedio (1998)

R | 93 min | Drama, Romance

When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in ... See full summary »

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, John C. Ojwang

Votes: 4,169 | Gross: $2.03M

6. Buffalo '66 (1998)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

After being released from prison, Billy is set to visit his parents with his wife, whom he does not actually have. This provokes Billy to act out, as he kidnaps a girl and forces her to act as his wife for the visit.

Director: Vincent Gallo | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara, Mickey Rourke

Votes: 40,709 | Gross: $2.38M

7. Immortality (1998)

R | 98 min | Crime, Mystery, Romance

58 Metascore

Vampire in London is searching for the ideal woman to redeem him.

Director: Po-Chih Leong | Stars: Jude Law, Elina Löwensohn, Timothy Spall, Jack Davenport

Votes: 5,266 | Gross: $0.02M

8. Pecker (1998)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A talented young photographer, who enjoys snapping photos of his satirical, perverted Baltimore neighborhood and his wacky family, gets dragged into a world of pretentious artists from New York City and finds newfound fame.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Edward Furlong, Christina Ricci, Bess Armstrong, Mark Joy

Votes: 12,317 | Gross: $2.28M

9. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)

R | 102 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura | Stars: Michael Dobson, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Moneca Stori

Votes: 12,646 | Gross: $0.09M

10. Ratcatcher (1999)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An unabashed kid navigates the filthy world of 1973 Glasgow, preoccupying himself with the equally poor youth around him.

Director: Lynne Ramsay | Stars: Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie, Michelle Stewart

Votes: 7,212 | Gross: $0.22M

11. Animal Factory (2000)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

A young man goes to prison and a tough, older convict takes him under his wing as a mentor.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Danny Trejo, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 11,495 | Gross: $0.04M

12. Chasing Sleep (2000)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A college professor wakes up to find his wife has not returned home, then struggles to understand her disappearance.

Director: Michael Walker | Stars: Jeff Daniels, Molly Price, Ben Shenkman, Gil Bellows

Votes: 2,830

13. Session 9 (2001)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas

Votes: 47,909 | Gross: $0.38M

14. The Deep End (2001)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat

Votes: 10,288 | Gross: $8.82M

15. Intacto (2001)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

59 Metascore

An enigmatic tale of four incredibly lucky people whose lives are intertwined by destiny are subject to the laws of fate. They discover that they cannot afford to be without luck as they ... See full summary »

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Max von Sydow, Eusebio Poncela, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Mónica López

Votes: 11,998 | Gross: $0.30M

16. Deathwatch (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, War

In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: Jamie Bell, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Mike Downey, Laurence Fox

Votes: 9,617

17. Les diables (2002)

105 min | Drama

The siblings Joseph and Chloé are 12 and have just been placed on another children's home. For years they were on the same or separate homes or on the run together. Chloé is an autist. She ... See full summary »

Director: Christophe Ruggia | Stars: Adèle Haenel, Vincent Rottiers, Rochdy Labidi, Jacques Bonnaffé

Votes: 956

18. Le fils (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

Votes: 7,856 | Gross: $0.07M

19. American Splendor (2003)

R | 101 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Shari Springer Berman, Harvey Pekar, Chris Ambrose

Votes: 44,409 | Gross: $6.00M

20. Japanese Story (2003)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Lynette Curran, Matthew Dyktynski

Votes: 5,902 | Gross: $0.65M

21. I'm Not Scared (2003)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner.

Director: Gabriele Salvatores | Stars: Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Dino Abbrescia, Giorgio Careccia, Riccardo Zinna

Votes: 13,172 | Gross: $1.62M

22. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 22,506 | Gross: $0.40M

23. Dear Frankie (2004)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

After having responded to her son's numerous letters in the guise of his father, a woman hires a stranger to pose as his dad when meeting him.

Director: Shona Auerbach | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Jack McElhone, Gerard Butler, Mary Riggans

Votes: 19,915 | Gross: $1.34M

24. Mean Creek (2004)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek revenge.

Director: Jacob Estes | Stars: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan

Votes: 28,440 | Gross: $0.60M

25. Podium (2004)

95 min | Comedy, Music

Bernand Fréderic is a mediocre bank executive, married, with a son. He used to have another profession: look-a-like of French star Claude François. Now, with the Imitators Gala Night coming... See full summary »

Director: Yann Moix | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu, Marie Guillard

Votes: 3,364

26. 12 and Holding (2005)

R | 94 min | Drama

65 Metascore

After his twin brother is accidentally killed by vengeful bullies, a 12-year old boy and his friends face the harsh realities of death, teenage hormones, and family dysfunction.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Conor Donovan, Jesse Camacho, Zoe Weizenbaum, Annabella Sciorra

Votes: 6,376 | Gross: $0.10M

27. The Method (2005)

115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

During IMF & World Bank Summit and demonstrations which upset Madrid, like other capitals, major corporation Dekia holds interviews to recruit a top executive from seven applicants. Their ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Najwa Nimri, Eduard Fernández, Pablo Echarri

Votes: 9,023 | Gross: $0.01M

28. Entre ses mains (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In Lille, Claire Gauthier is an ordinary married woman with a young daughter that works in an insurance company analyzing losses of insured properties. When the single veterinary Laurent ... See full summary »

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Jonathan Zaccaï, Valérie Donzelli

Votes: 843

29. The Fall (2006)

R | 117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

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: 97,940 | Gross: $2.28M

30. Like Minds (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A forensic psychologist (Collette) is tasked with determining whether or not a minor should face murder charges for killing his schoolmate.

Director: Gregory Read | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 4,148

31. The History Boys (2006)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour, Clive Merrison, Samuel Anderson

Votes: 18,901 | Gross: $2.71M

32. Nos jours heureux (2006)

103 min | Comedy

A genuine and often funny depiction of the relationships between monitors and children in a summer vacation camp. From romance to friendship, dancing to fighting, this French movie bring back good souvenirs of childhood.

Directors: Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano | Stars: Jean-Paul Rouve, Marilou Berry, Omar Sy, Lannick Gautry

Votes: 2,656

33. The Backwoods (2006)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An English couple's holiday in Spain is interrupted when they discover a girl imprisoned in a cabin.

Director: Koldo Serra | Stars: Gary Oldman, Virginie Ledoyen, Paddy Considine, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón

Votes: 4,862

34. Starter for 10 (2006)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Set in 1985, working-class student Brian Jackson (McAvoy) navigates his first year at Bristol University.

Director: Tom Vaughan | Stars: James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, Joseph Friend

Votes: 19,629 | Gross: $0.21M

35. Shelter (II) (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

66 Metascore

When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend's brother.

Director: Jonah Markowitz | Stars: Trevor Wright, Brad Rowe, Tina Holmes, Jackson Wurth

Votes: 18,282 | Gross: $0.14M

36. El rey de la montaña (2007)

R | 90 min | Thriller

Two strangers run from unknown assailants that stalk them through the woods.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, María Valverde, Thomas Riordan, Andrés Juste

Votes: 2,976

37. La zona (2007)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out within the neighborhood's borders.

Director: Rodrigo Plá | Stars: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez, Carlos Bardem

Votes: 4,804

38. Hamlet 2 (2008)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Music

54 Metascore

In this irreverent comedy, a failed actor-turned-worse-high-school-drama-teacher rallies his Tucson, AZ students as he conceives and stages politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Steve Coogan, Elisabeth Shue, Catherine Keener, Joseph Julian Soria

Votes: 15,900 | Gross: $4.88M

39. Asbe du-pa (2008)

101 min | Drama

A wealthy boy hires a poor child to carry him around like a horse.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Ziya Mirza Mohamad, Haron Ahad, Gol-Ghotai, Khojeh Nader

Votes: 434

40. David's Birthday (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Two couples are enjoying their summer at the beach, but when the grown son of one couple arrives, it surprisingly stirs something in the husband of the other couple, will the forbidden feelings end badly?

Director: Marco Filiberti | Stars: Alessandro Gassman, Maria de Medeiros, Massimo Poggio, Michela Cescon

Votes: 2,036

41. Incognito (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy

This offbeat musical drama stars Lucas (Benabar), an up-and-coming singer ready to do anything to be on top of the French pop scene...

Director: Eric Lavaine | Stars: Bénabar, Franck Dubosc, Jocelyn Quivrin, Anne Marivin

Votes: 888

42. The War Boys (2009)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Three young vigilantes huddle on la linea ready to chase illegals back across the border into Mexico... but they soon learn that there are borderlines deep within each one of them that each of them has to cross.

Director: Ron Daniels | Stars: Victor Rasuk, Brian J. Smith, Benjamin Walker, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 1,405

43. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 50,419 | Gross: $2.28M

44. La princesse de Montpensier (2010)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

78 Metascore

Bertrand Tavernier is in top form with this gripping, superbly mounted drama set against the savage Catholic/Protestant wars that ripped France apart in the 16th century. Based on a novella... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Mélanie Thierry, Lambert Wilson, Gaspard Ulliel, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 3,130 | Gross: $0.34M

45. The Names of Love (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.

Director: Michel Leclerc | Stars: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem, Carole Franck

Votes: 6,873 | Gross: $0.51M

46. Kongen av Bastøy (2010)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

Director: Marius Holst | Stars: Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner

Votes: 15,545 | Gross: $0.01M

47. Noir océan (2010)

87 min | Drama

Three young boys aboard a French naval vessel in 1972 take part in nuclear tests in Mururoa, in the Pacific. Black Ocean explores about the relationships of the men on board who are ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Hänsel | Stars: Adrien Jolivet, Nicolas Robin, Romain David, Alexandre de Seze

Votes: 146

48. Tu seras mon fils (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A story that focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estate. ... See full summary »

Director: Gilles Legrand | Stars: Niels Arestrup, Lorànt Deutsch, Patrick Chesnais, Anne Marivin

Votes: 926 | Gross: $0.25M

49. Jig (I) (2011)

99 min | Documentary, Musical

53 Metascore

Documentary telling the compelling story of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

Director: Sue Bourne | Stars: Joe Bitter, John Carey, Suzanne Coyle, Claire Greaney

Votes: 314 | Gross: $0.16M

50. Samsara (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 102 min | Documentary, Music