Underrated Movies

by wunderdunder | created - 02 Apr 2011 | updated - 27 Jun 2011 | Public

IMO on IMDB these movies are underrated. (No particular order)

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1. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars' worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

Votes: 656,196 | Gross: $164.62M

2. Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul McGuigan | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, Lucy Liu

Votes: 281,406 | Gross: $22.49M

3. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 114,720 | Gross: $54.23M

4. A Knight's Tale (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

56 Metascore

After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon

Votes: 150,606 | Gross: $56.57M

5. Legends of the Fall (1994)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War

45 Metascore

In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond

Votes: 125,938 | Gross: $66.64M

6. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure

48 Metascore

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 139,301 | Gross: $56.97M

7. Major Payne (1995)

PG-13 | 95 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A recently discharged Major, finds himself commanding a group of mismatched Cadets.

Director: Nick Castle | Stars: Damon Wayans, Michael Ironside, Scott Bigelow, Joseph Blaire

Votes: 26,248 | Gross: $29.41M

A very funny and quotable movie I don't understand it's low rating.

8. Me, Myself & Irene (2000)

R | 116 min | Comedy

49 Metascore

A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates.

Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly | Stars: Jim Carrey, Renée Zellweger, Anthony Anderson, Mongo Brownlee

Votes: 201,798 | Gross: $90.57M

9. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

23 Metascore

A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker.

Director: Jan de Bont | Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 65,881 | Gross: $48.61M

It's not great, but it's not THAT bad.

10. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 227,639 | Gross: $113.33M

11. The Postman (1997)

R | 177 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

29 Metascore

A nameless drifter dons a postman's uniform and bag of mail as he begins a quest to inspire hope to the survivors living in post-apocalyptic America.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Larenz Tate, Olivia Williams

Votes: 61,665 | Gross: $17.63M

12. The Rocketeer (1991)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Family

62 Metascore

A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 46,698 | Gross: $46.70M

13. The Saint (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

50 Metascore

Simon Templar (The Saint), is a thief for hire, whose latest job to steal the secret process for cold fusion puts him at odds with a traitor bent on toppling the Russian government, as well as the woman who holds its secret.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Valeriy Nikolaev

Votes: 55,741 | Gross: $61.36M

14. Signs (2002)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 299,624 | Gross: $227.97M

15. Iron Will (1994)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Family

When Will Stoneman's father dies, he is left alone to take care of his mother and their land. Needing money to maintain it, he decides to join a cross country dogsled race. This race will ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Mackenzie Astin, Kevin Spacey, David Ogden Stiers, August Schellenberg

Votes: 6,311 | Gross: $21.01M

16. Tears of the Sun (2003)

R | 121 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

48 Metascore

A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Monica Bellucci, Eamonn Walker

Votes: 102,051 | Gross: $43.73M

17. Wild America (1997)

PG | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Three brothers who are obsessed with animals are given permission from their parents to travel around America with a camera documenting wildlife.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Devon Sawa, Scott Bairstow, Frances Fisher

Votes: 5,947 | Gross: $7.32M

18. The American (2010)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

An assassin hides out in Italy for one last assignment.

Director: Anton Corbijn | Stars: George Clooney, Paolo Bonacelli, Violante Placido, Irina Björklund

Votes: 84,592 | Gross: $35.61M

This movie isn't for most movie goers, but it deserves a higher rating for more opened minded movie watchers.

19. Armageddon (1998)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler

Votes: 354,460 | Gross: $201.57M

20. True Grit (1969)

G | 128 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: John Wayne, Kim Darby, Glen Campbell, Jeremy Slate

Votes: 36,873 | Gross: $31.13M

21. The Pink Panther (2006)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

38 Metascore

Bumbling Inspector Clouseau must solve the murder of a famous soccer coach and find out who stole the infamous Pink Panther diamond.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Steve Martin, Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 72,295 | Gross: $82.23M

Remakes seem to get a lower rating than they deserve and this one is no exception.

22. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Family

A man learns he has a thirteen-year-old son who was raised in the jungle and brings the boy to New York City, turning his life upside down in the process.

Director: John Pasquin | Stars: Tim Allen, Martin Short, JoBeth Williams, Lolita Davidovich

Votes: 20,072 | Gross: $59.93M

Haven't watched this in a while, but I loved it as a kid and don't see it deserving a 4.6 rating.

23. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

55 Metascore

A bored married couple is surprised to learn that they are both assassins hired by competing agencies to kill each other.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Adam Brody, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 393,499 | Gross: $186.34M

It's not too underrated, but I think it should be a few points closer to a 7. To me it's one of the best "date" movies to come out in a while.

24. The Cable Guy (1996)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, Jack Black

Votes: 134,866 | Gross: $60.24M

25. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 176,758 | Gross: $115.65M

26. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 150,804 | Gross: $3.90M

27. Collateral (2004)

R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo

Votes: 320,584 | Gross: $101.01M

28. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 353,190 | Gross: $77.81M

29. The Book of Eli (2010)

R | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

53 Metascore

A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Gary Oldman

Votes: 254,927 | Gross: $94.84M

30. I Am Legend (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.

Director: Francis Lawrence | Stars: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

Votes: 602,006 | Gross: $256.39M