Great Movies Most People Have Never Heard Of

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1. American Dreamz (2006)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Music

45 Metascore

The new season of "American Dreamz," the wildly popular television singing contest, has captured the country's attention, as the competition looks to be between a young Midwestern gal (Moore) and a showtunes-loving young man from Orange County (Golzari). Recently awakened President Staton (Quaid) even wants in on the craze, as he signs up for the potential explosive season finale.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid, Mandy Moore, Willem Dafoe

Votes: 23,381 | Gross: $7.19M

2. Away We Go (2009)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney, Carmen Ejogo

Votes: 48,426 | Gross: $9.45M

3. Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)

R | 98 min | Drama

75 Metascore

A mother and daughter find their lives adversely affected when a new man enters the picture. Will their family ever be what they expect?

Director: Anjelica Huston | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ron Eldard, Glenne Headly, Lyle Lovett

Votes: 3,717

4. Bingo (1991)

PG | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A runaway circus dog befriends a young boy who has trouble fitting in with his friends.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Cindy Williams, David Rasche, Robert J. Steinmiller Jr., David French

Votes: 2,424 | Gross: $8.67M

5. Chips, the War Dog (1990 TV Movie)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Misfits Danny Stauffer and Chips (a chicken-chasing German shepherd) are teamed up in the Army's "Dogs for Defense" program during WWII.

Director: Ed Kaplan | Stars: Brandon Douglas, Ned Vaughn, Paxton Whitehead, Robert Miranda

Votes: 215

6. The Education of Little Tree (1997)

PG | 112 min | Drama

Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Friedenberg | Stars: James Cromwell, Joseph Ashton, Tantoo Cardinal, Mika Boorem

Votes: 1,348 | Gross: $0.12M

7. Fingersmith (2005– )

Not Rated | 181 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton, Rupert Evans

Votes: 7,038

8. The First of May (1999)

G | 111 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Eleven-year-old Cory (Dan Byrd) is a foster child nobody wants. Carlotta (Academy Award-nominee Julie Harris) is an elderly woman the world has forgotten.

Director: Paul Sirmons | Stars: Julie Harris, Dan Byrd, Mickey Rooney, Charles Nelson Reilly

Votes: 364

9. The Four Diamonds (1995 TV Movie)

96 min | Fantasy, Drama, Family

Young Christopher Millard fantasizes about being a squire of the Round Table and studies the stars. But when his difficulty breathing turns out to be caused by a tumor, his fantasies turn ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner | Stars: Tom Guiry, Christine Lahti, Kevin Dunn, Jayne Brook

Votes: 164

10. Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A city girl teams up with a tomboy to solve the mystery of Bear Mountain, Molly Morgan, and the buried treasure as well as learn about true friendships.

Director: Kevin James Dobson | Stars: Christina Ricci, Anna Chlumsky, Polly Draper, Brian Kerwin

Votes: 3,638 | Gross: $6.03M

11. The Maiden Heist (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime

A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

Director: Peter Hewitt | Stars: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett, Patricia B. Till

Votes: 13,902

12. Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

Director: Joshua Marston | Stars: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Guilied Lopez, Orlando Tobón, Virgina Ariza

Votes: 32,080 | Gross: $6.52M

13. My House in Umbria (2003 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

An unlikely group of people find solace and friendship after being thrown together in the wake of a terrorist attack.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Maggie Smith, Ronnie Barker, Chris Cooper, Benno Fürmann

Votes: 3,020

14. Quinceañera (2006)

R | 90 min | Drama

72 Metascore

As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.

Directors: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | Stars: Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia, Chalo González, Jesus Castanos

Votes: 3,834 | Gross: $1.69M

15. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 25,114 | Gross: $6.17M

16. Saved! (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.

Director: Brian Dannelly | Stars: Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Fugit

Votes: 42,162 | Gross: $8.94M

17. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A lawyer makes an interesting discovery that could affect his chances of getting elected to office.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 2,129

18. Speak (2004)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama

After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

Director: Jessica Sharzer | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Elizabeth Perkins, Dick Hagerman, Allison Siko

Votes: 22,634

19. Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Thriller

35 Metascore

The story of a girl who is willing to do anything to become Valedictorian, even if it means murdering the teacher that stands in her way.

Director: Kevin Williamson | Stars: Helen Mirren, Marisa Coughlan, Katie Holmes, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 18,296 | Gross: $8.95M

20. Transamerica (2005)

R | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

A preoperative transgender woman takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan, Andrea James

Votes: 38,206 | Gross: $9.02M

21. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Family

Fran Garrison's all in a tizzy because her prize Dachshund, Danke, is having pups, and she has hopes of one of the pups becoming a champion. But at the vet's, her husband Mark is talked ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Tokar | Stars: Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Charles Ruggles, Kelly Thordsen

Votes: 2,742

22. The Whipping Boy (1994 TV Movie)

G | 96 min | Family, Fantasy

The king of tiny Bratenberg hopes in vain his lazy, unruly heir Horace will behave for the sake of his whipping boy, abandoned commoner Jemmy, whom he had absurdly arrested as later his kid... See full summary »

Director: Syd Macartney | Stars: Truan Munro, Nic Knight, Karen Salt, Andrew Bicknell

Votes: 294

23. Wide Awake (1998)

PG | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A 10-year-old boy goes on a search for God after his grandfather dies.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Joseph Cross, Timothy Reifsnyder, Dana Delany, Denis Leary

Votes: 3,504 | Gross: $0.26M