Top 25 Most Underrated Movies

by brady-vallbacka | created - 27 May 2012 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

In this list I have in my opinion the top 25 most underrated movies. They're listed in order in my opinion of the best overall film. The ratings are included at the end of every paragraph.

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1. Donnie Brasco (1997)

R | 127 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

An FBI undercover agent infiltrates the mob and finds himself identifying more with the mafia life, at the expense of his regular one.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 256,141 | Gross: $41.91M

An amazing, exciting mob drama with great all-around acting by Johnny Depp, Al Pacino and other secondary characters, Micheal Madsen and Bruno Kirby. Great story and perhaps one of the greatest gangster films that isn't recognized that well. And based on a true story! 9/10

2. American Hustle (2013)

R | 138 min | Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence

Votes: 419,730 | Gross: $150.12M

The acting is spectacular. The plot and story is spectacular. The cinematography is spectacular. The music is spectacular. The movie is spectacular. 9/10

3. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

72 Metascore

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris, Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan

Votes: 235,022 | Gross: $20.30M

Excellent Movie with superb acting and a great story from writer Dennis Lehane. Ben Affleck's directing debut was a great success. Great acting from all characters and had a twisted plot ending like most of Lehane's stuff (Shutter Island, Mystic River). This should definetly be in IMDB's Top 250 as well. 9/10

4. Frequency (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle, Elizabeth Mitchell

Votes: 94,939 | Gross: $45.01M

Dennis Quaid's best movie has an amazing storyline followed by an intense twist that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. A great movie that I never wanted to end. Should also be in IMDB`s Top 250. 9/10

5. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 446,546 | Gross: $228.78M

Great Science Fiction film that is probably in the top 5 of the last 20 years. Action-packed with a great storyline and character development. Better than any of the latest Star Wars projects. 9/10

6. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)

PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, Caesar, the son of the late simians Cornelius and Zira, surfaces after almost twenty years of hiding out from the authorities, and prepares for a slave revolt against humanity.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Natalie Trundy

Votes: 28,104 | Gross: $9.00M

I loved this movie and thought it was the second best in the series. Very deep interconnected messages with society. Roddy McDowell plays an excellent role as Caesar. One of my top 20 Sci-fi films and should possibly be close to The Planet of the Apes in IMDB's Top 250 list. 8/10

7. Knowing (2009)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

41 Metascore

M.I.T. professor John Koestler links a mysterious list of numbers from a time capsule to past and future disasters and sets out to prevent the ultimate catastrophe.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Chandler Canterbury, Rose Byrne, Lara Robinson

Votes: 209,375 | Gross: $79.96M

A great psychological thriller that had my attention throughout the entire film. Nicholas Cage actually played his role very well and the storyline was well thoughtout. A great movie!!! 8/10

8. Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Thriller

62 Metascore

Danny Ocean rounds up the boys for a third heist, after casino owner Willy Bank double-crosses one of the original eleven, Reuben Tishkoff.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Michael Mantell

Votes: 298,506 | Gross: $117.15M

Not on par with the first one but still great and entertaining. Also has Al Pacino joining the all-star cast. Great acting of course and a great twist to the heist like always. I was so happy this one wasn't like the 2nd one which was a huge disappointment. 8/10

9. Devil (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 122,451 | Gross: $33.58M

The most intense thriler of all-time!!! How is this not in IMDB's Top 250? M. Night Shaylaman's best film since the Sixth Sense has intensity thorughout the entire film by placing the setting in an elevator shaft with 6 people. And it is revealed that one is the devil!!! 8/10

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: 238,575 | Gross: $113.33M

One of my favorite War films has Mel Gibson playing in his top-notch performance as usual. Great storyline with some great War scenes and great lesson on honour. 8/10

11. The River Wild (1994)

PG-13 | 111 min | Adventure, Crime, Thriller

Rafting expert Gail takes on a pair of armed killers while navigating a spectacularly violent river.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Joseph Mazzello

Votes: 38,434 | Gross: $46.82M

Intense and very entertaining should be recognized more with sucessful acting and a great plot probably one of the best hostages movie ever. 8/10

12. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R | 162 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire

Votes: 327,093 | Gross: $66.67M

Some critics say it's a disappointment and that it never should've been made. That's ridiculous! This is an epic climax to the best trilogy of all-time possibly. Although this film is not on par with the first two I still believe it is a great film well-acted and definetly should be in IMDB's Top 250. 8/10

13. Night at the Museum (2006)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

48 Metascore

A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Ben Stiller, Carla Gugino, Ricky Gervais, Dick Van Dyke

Votes: 288,637 | Gross: $250.86M

The sequel was a huge disappointment but this one was a movie that was unlike no other. The perfect movie for all ages has some memorable villains a.k.a Dick Van Dyke, Bill Cobbs and Mickey Rooney and some humour with other fun characters such as Theodore Rosevelt, Sakagweea, Christopher Cloumbus and the dinosaur. I know it's not an academy award winner or anything but I can't stop loving this movie. 8/10

14. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family

51 Metascore

Back in middle school after summer vacation, Greg Heffley and his older brother Rodrick must deal with their parents' misguided attempts to have them bond.

Director: David Bowers | Stars: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris

Votes: 23,285 | Gross: $52.70M

When I saw it in theatres I laughed my ass off the whole time. I thought it was humourous the whole time and I viewed it once again at home to see if it had the same effect on me twice. And yet it did. Perhaps the best family movie series of its time. Good fun! 8/10

15. Poseidon (2006)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

50 Metascore

On New Year's Eve, the luxury ocean liner Poseidon capsizes after being swamped by a rogue wave. The survivors are left to fight for their lives as they attempt to escape the sinking ship.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, Josh Lucas

Votes: 92,468 | Gross: $60.67M

Intense remake of "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) has acting as good as the original in my opinion. The special effects are great in this film. Like Ebert says all the actors are professionals and there is nothing wrong with their performances. I believe there is nothing wrong with this whole movie. Totally underappreciated and underated. 8/10

16. Cemetery Junction (2010)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A 1970s-set comedy centered on three young working class friends in a dreary suburb of Reading.

Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant | Stars: Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan

Votes: 19,137

WOW! Wasn't expecting much from this film directed by Ricky Gervais. But it is simply a great movie. It has the perfect balance of comedy, sadness and character development. I felt emotions for the characters which means when that happens the director is doing a phenomenal job. Check this out you won't be disappointed! 8/10

17. 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: 28,215 | Gross: $0.14M

This film was very entertaining and had an interesting plot and several twists but not too many to keep me interested. Also had many good character actors shining in their roles, (Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, etc.) 8/10

18. The Iceman (2012)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

Director: Ariel Vromen | Stars: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder

Votes: 65,842 | Gross: $1.94M

The acting, the cinematography, the story and the flow were all very well done. Michael Shannon deserves at least a nonimation for best actor as he is superb as the stone cold killer. Ray Liotta also puts on a good show something he hasn't done in a while. 8/10

19. Barney's Version (2010)

R | 134 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Director: Richard J. Lewis | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Jake Hoffman, Macha Grenon

Votes: 23,109 | Gross: $7.50M

Although I have not read the novel, as a stand alone film it was great. Paul Giamatti was snubbed without an Oscar nomination Rosamund Pike and Dustin Hoffman both have could have gotten a nomination as well. All around great acting and very sad ending make for a great film. 8/10

20. Kill the Messenger (2014)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

Journalist Gary Webb, California 1996, started investigating CIA's role in the 1980s in getting crack cocaine to the black part of LA to get money and weapons to the Contras/freedom fighters in Nicaragua.

Director: Michael Cuesta | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims, Robert Pralgo

Votes: 41,439 | Gross: $2.45M

Suffered by lack of release. This film was one of the best of the year. Jeremy Renner had an explosive performance and I learned a great true story that made me curse the old CIA after this one. Great informative movie with stellar supporting performances along the way as well. 8/10

21. Kill the Irishman (2011)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer

Votes: 41,675 | Gross: $1.19M

B-movie star Ray Stevenson steals the show demonstrating his acting cops while the likes of Vincent D'Onofrio, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer are along for the ride. Definitely the best mobster film in recent memory since The Departed. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. 8/10

22. Owning Mahowny (2003)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A bank manager with: (a) a gambling problem and (b) access to a multimillion dollar account gets into a messy situation. Based on the story of the largest one-man bank fraud in Canadian history.

Director: Richard Kwietniowski | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, John Hurt, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 11,938 | Gross: $1.01M

Philip Seymour Hoffman is in top form as an addicted gambler. His performance is perfect and the film as a whole portrays gambling as it really is. Not glorious and that one can get deeper and deeper until they are at rock bottom. John Hurt also plays a casino owner with expertise. 8/10

23. Chappie (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

41 Metascore

In the near future, crime is patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 214,546 | Gross: $31.57M

Neil Blomkamp does it again! Emotionally driven with great acting from two new unknown actors. Co-driven by strong performances by Hugh, Sigourney, Dev and Sharlto. Great Science Fiction film and one of the best of the year in my opinion.

24. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 35,360 | Gross: $24.36M

All of the actor and actress performances are stellar, how none of them were nominated for this film blows my mind. A depressing film with themes that still resonate today.

25. Cop Car (2015)

R | 88 min | Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

A small-town sheriff sets out to find the two kids who have taken his car on a joy ride.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham

Votes: 27,566 | Gross: $0.13M

Simple film with a simple plot but it is driven by superb acting and intensity! 7/10

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