The Most Underrated Films of All Time !

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1. Pandorum (2009)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

28 Metascore

A pair of crew members aboard a spaceship wake up with no knowledge of their mission or their identities.

Director: Christian Alvart | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue

Votes: 132,489 | Gross: $10.33M

This was one of my favorite alien/creature/action-thrillers in years! Off the top of my head, probably the best since The Descent.

2. RocknRolla (2008)

R | 114 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

53 Metascore

In London, a real-estate scam puts millions of pounds up for grabs, attracting some of the city's scrappiest tough guys and its more established underworld types, all of whom are looking to get rich quick. While the city's seasoned criminals vie for the cash, an unexpected player -- a drugged-out rock 'n' roller presumed to be dead but very much alive -- has a multi-million-dollar prize fall into... See full summary »

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Idris Elba, Thandie Newton

Votes: 212,753 | Gross: $5.69M

Guy Ritchie, back to doing what he does best!

3. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 63,941 | Gross: $3.07M

A thrilling masterpiece!! A dive into the true depravity of the human soul!! Absolutely amazing performances.

4. What Doesn't Kill You (2008)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship.

Director: Brian Goodman | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Brian Goodman, Amanda Peet

Votes: 10,540

Better than The Town in my opinion.

5. Death Proof (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Action, Thriller

Two separate sets of voluptuous women are stalked at different times by a scarred stuntman who uses his "death proof" cars to execute his murderous plans.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Kurt Russell, Zoë Bell, Rosario Dawson, Vanessa Ferlito

Votes: 232,692

Tarantino writes female characters better than some women, a truly under-appeciated horror-thriller.

6. Sunshine (2007)

R | 107 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

64 Metascore

A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 211,058 | Gross: $3.68M

A truly original, character driven sci-fi extravaganzda!!

7. 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: 281,788 | Gross: $22.49M

The Best Film of 2006.

8. The Fountain (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn

Votes: 209,595 | Gross: $10.14M

The greatest Romance story ever told! Aronofsky seamlessly transcends genres!!

9. Inside Man (2006)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

76 Metascore

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 299,838 | Gross: $88.51M

The Greatest Bank Robbery Movie of All Time!! And its directed by the most underrated director of all time, Spike Lee.

10. War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

73 Metascore

As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto

Votes: 370,081 | Gross: $234.28M

I dont know why this got such bad reviews, i loved it!!!

11. Match Point (2005)

R | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

72 Metascore

At a turning point in his life, a former tennis pro falls for an actress who happens to be dating his friend and soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode

Votes: 184,444 | Gross: $23.09M

2005 was an awesome year for movies, and this movie cracked the Top Ten, but is't very loved by many others.

12. Derailed (I) (2005)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

40 Metascore

When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel, Addison Timlin

Votes: 66,427 | Gross: $36.02M

One of My Favorites Twists of All Time.

13. She Hate Me (2004)

R | 138 min | Comedy, Drama

28 Metascore

Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Kerry Washington, Ellen Barkin, Monica Bellucci

Votes: 6,717 | Gross: $0.37M

Another excellently written Spike Lee Film that didn't get nearly enough attention.

14. Open Range (2003)

R | 139 min | Action, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

A former gunslinger is forced to take up arms again when he and his cattle crew are threatened by a corrupt lawman.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Diego Luna, Abraham Benrubi

Votes: 59,354 | Gross: $58.33M

The Best Western since Unforgiven.

15. 25th Hour (2002)

R | 135 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 159,043 | Gross: $13.06M

How did this not get any award recognition??? Oh and yeah, another Spike Lee Film.

16. Mission to Mars (2000)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting an unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle, Connie Nielsen

Votes: 65,158 | Gross: $60.88M

Incedibly underrated sci-fi thriller!

17. Tigerland (2000)

R | 101 min | Drama, War

55 Metascore

A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Matthew Davis, Clifton Collins Jr., Tom Guiry

Votes: 35,446 | Gross: $0.14M

This should definatelly be watched and loved by all Military Film Buffs.

18. 15 Minutes (2001)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

A homicide detective and a fire marshal must stop a pair of murderers who commit videotaped crimes to become media darlings.

Director: John Herzfeld | Stars: Robert De Niro, Edward Burns, Kelsey Grammer, Avery Brooks

Votes: 45,301 | Gross: $24.40M

Saw this in the theater in 2001, and just wish more peope loved it a much as i did.

19. The Way of the Gun (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs

Votes: 29,204 | Gross: $6.06M

One of the best Shootouts of all time!!! Oh, and one of the best opening scenes of all time!!!

20. Chopper (2000)

Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, Renée Brack

Votes: 33,655 | Gross: $0.23M

If you think your a fan of Eric Bana now, watch this!!

21. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 59,606 | Gross: $14.28M

One of the Best Mid-evil Epics of All Time!!!

22. Ravenous (1999)

R | 101 min | Horror

46 Metascore

In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies

Votes: 32,977 | Gross: $2.06M

One of my Favorite Horror Movies Of All Time! Andalmost noone's seen it!!!

23. Sphere (1998)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

35 Metascore

A spaceship is discovered under three hundred years' worth of coral growth at the bottom of the ocean.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Coyote

Votes: 90,001 | Gross: $37.02M

Loved the book, loved the movie!

24. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 39,422 | Gross: $21.55M

My Favorite Basketball Film of All Time.

25. The Game (1997)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

61 Metascore

After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn

Votes: 297,161 | Gross: $48.32M

It really is a great, suspensefull thriller!!!!

26. Rough Riders (1997– )

240 min | Action, Drama, History

Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War.

Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson

Votes: 1,603

Needs to be mentioned on everyone's Favorite War Movie's List.

27. Nightwatch (1997)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Anais Evans, Erich Anderson

Votes: 17,426 | Gross: $1.20M

Eerilly original thriller!!

28. Dead Man (1995)

R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western

62 Metascore

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Director: Jim Jarmusch | Stars: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 80,108 | Gross: $1.04M

One of my favorite westerns, and its nothing like any other on my favorites list.

29. The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | 115 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

56 Metascore

Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane

Votes: 28,508 | Gross: $14.05M

This may just be a guilty pleasure, but I've liked this movie since the day it first came out, it hasn't lost a step over the years.

30. Kiss of Death (1995)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A reformed convict goes undercover with the help of an angry detective to ensnare a psychotic mobster.

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: David Caruso, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicolas Cage, Helen Hunt

Votes: 15,360 | Gross: $14.94M

Nicholas Cage as a BADASS!!!

31. True Romance (1993)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer

Votes: 180,312 | Gross: $12.28M

And just imagine if Tarantino did direct this movie.

32. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

Votes: 25,585 | Gross: $4.50M

Ill take this over Boyz n The Hood, Juice, American Me, and any other street gang film you can throw at me!!

33. Alien³ (1992)

R | 114 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

59 Metascore

After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she brought along an unwelcome visitor.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann

Votes: 241,687 | Gross: $55.47M

I dont care what any critic says, this is an awesome movie!!

34. King of New York (1990)

R | 103 min | Crime, Thriller

A drug kingpin is released from prison and seeks to take total control of the criminal underworld in order to give back to the community.

Director: Abel Ferrara | Stars: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Victor Argo

Votes: 26,404 | Gross: $2.55M

#2 behind Blood in Blood Out!!

35. Miller's Crossing (1990)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 113,592 | Gross: $5.08M

In My Top Three Favorite Coen Brothers Movies!!

36. Violent Cop (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Shirô Sano

Votes: 8,894 | Gross: $0.00M

Better than Dirty Harry ever even thought about being.

37. Brazil (1985)

R | 132 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

88 Metascore

A bureaucrat, in a retro-future world, tries to correct an administrative error, and becomes an enemy of the state.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond

Votes: 168,285 | Gross: $9.93M

The Best Film of 1985!!!

38. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned on by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 28,474 | Gross: $3.37M

One of the Best Vampire movies of all time! From the director of The Hurt Locker!

39. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O'Bannon | Stars: Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Calfa, Thom Mathews

Votes: 45,241 | Gross: $14.24M

One of my favorite Zombie Flicks, and its just swallowed up in the mess of 80's horror movies.

40. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

R | 229 min | Crime, Drama

A former Prohibition-era Jewish gangster returns to the Lower East Side of Manhattan over thirty years later, where he once again must confront the ghosts and regrets of his old life.

Director: Sergio Leone | Stars: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Treat Williams

Votes: 259,756 | Gross: $5.32M

Check this out, please sit through it, its a MASTERPIECE!!

41. Thief (1981)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi

Votes: 19,760 | Gross: $11.49M

Hands down one of the most authentic heist movies of all time.

42. 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: 78,946 | Gross: $0.03M

One of Scorsese's Best!!!

43. Spartacus (1960)

Passed | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 108,625 | Gross: $30.00M

Although this was nominated for a bunch of awards, it is very much forgotten about today.

44. The Killing (1956)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Crooks plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards, Jay C. Flippen

Votes: 69,781

Without it, we'd have no Tarantino, or Ritchie! Set the groundwork for so many more heist movies to come.