Mr. Wolf's BIG List of Forgotten, Overlooked and Underappreciated Films.

by Mister_Wolf | created - 17 Jul 2011 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

With this list I try to shine light on lesser known films deserving of more recognition, whether they be long forgotten or simply under-voted (less than 10,000 votes). Quality ranges from minor gems to undiscovered masterpieces. Once a film surpasses 10,000 votes, I'll remove it and place it on the companion list, here: [link]http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027485758/[/link] which will also cover other lesser known and lower-voted films, in the 10,000-20,000 vote range.

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1. Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968)

91 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

After attempting suicide, Claude is recruited for a time travel experiment, but, when the machine goes haywire, he may be trapped hurtling through his memories.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Claude Rich, Olga Georges-Picot, Anouk Ferjac, Alain MacMoy

Votes: 1,976 | Gross: $0.06M

Said to have inspired Michel Gondry's 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', the story also has a lot in common with Chris Marker's 'La Jetée' and Terry Gilliam's 'Twelve Monkeys', obviously.

2. The Ogre of Athens (1956)

103 min | Crime, Drama

A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris, Thanasis Vengos

Votes: 1,322

Golden Lion nominee 1956 (no winner awarded). Routinely regarded as one of the greatest Greek films of all-time.

3. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

Sergio (Sergio Corrieri), through his life following the departure of his wife, parents and friends in the wake of the Bay of Pigs incident. Alone in a brave new world, Sergio observes the ... See full summary »

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés

Votes: 2,835 | Gross: $0.03M

Ranked as the 144th best film of all time in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll.

4. Man Facing Southeast (1986)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery

A patient in a mental hospital claims to be an extraterrestial. Could he be right?

Director: Eliseo Subiela | Stars: Lorenzo Quinteros, Hugo Soto, Inés Vernengo, Cristina Scaramuzza

Votes: 3,158 | Gross: $0.73M

The makers of this film actually sued several people connected to the 2001 science fiction film 'K-PAX' on the grounds of plagiarism, but that complaint was later withdrawn. Watch both films for yourself and see the similarities.

5. An Inspector Calls (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Alastair Sim, Arthur Young, Olga Lindo, Brian Worth

Votes: 2,416

6. The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)

124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska, Halina Kowalska

Votes: 2,490

Palme d'Or nominee 1973 ('Scarecrow' (1973) and 'The Hireling' (1973) shared the honor). Not exactly material for the casual filmgoer.

7. The House That Screamed (1970)

GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A strict headmistress runs a secluded school for wayward girls in 19th century France, whose students are disappearing under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Narciso Ibáñez Serrador | Stars: Lilli Palmer, Cristina Galbó, John Moulder-Brown, Maribel Martín

Votes: 2,110

Stylish and no doubt influential Spanish thriller from the writer/director of 'Who Can Kill a Child?' (1976). One thing you can say about Narciso Ibáñez Serrador, he knew how to end a horror film proper.

8. La Chienne (1931)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama

A woman and her pimp exploit a painter for money.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Michel Simon, Janie Marèse, Georges Flamant, Roger Gaillard

Votes: 2,867

'The Bitch'

It was remade by Fritz Lang in the United States as 'Scarlet Street' (1945).

Notes: From Wikipedia - In the film Michel Simon falls in love with Janie Marèze, and he did off-screen as well, while Marèze fell for Georges Flamant, who plays the pimp. Renoir and producer Pierre Braunberger had encouraged the relationship between Flamant and Marèze in order to get the fullest conviction into their performances - (Flamant was a professional criminal but an amateur actor). After the film had been completed Flamant, who could barely drive, took Marèze for a drive, crashed the car and she was killed. At the funeral Michel Simon fainted and had to be supported as he walked past the grave. He threatened Renoir with a gun, saying that the death of Marèze was all his fault. "Kill me if you like", responded Renoir, "but I have made the film"

9. The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the Belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police description. His name is Amedee Lange, and he murdered Batala in Paris. ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry, Marcel Lévesque

Votes: 2,334 | Gross: $0.04M

10. Summer Interlude (1951)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

A lonely woman recalls her first love thirteen years prior during a brief summer vacation.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Maj-Britt Nilsson, Birger Malmsten, Alf Kjellin, Annalisa Ericson

Votes: 3,905

Golden Lion nominee 1952 ('Forbidden Games' (1952) won). Considered Ingmar's first "important" film. Bergman established many of the themes he'd explore more thoroughly in future films here.

11. The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Rita Macedo, Ariadne Welter

Votes: 3,907

12. El Sur (1983)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A woman reflects on her childhood relationship with her father, attempting to understand the depths of his despair and the truth of his myths.

Director: Víctor Erice | Stars: Omero Antonutti, Sonsoles Aranguren, Icíar Bollaín, Lola Cardona

Votes: 3,246

Golden Hugo winner 1983. Palme d'Or nominee 1983 ('The Ballad of Narayama' (1983) won). Made 10 years after his first film, this is Víctor Erice's enigmatic follow-up to his brilliant masterpiece 'The Spirit of the Beehive', a neglected gem.

13. Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

A grim portrayal of the shift from Paganism to Christianity in medieval Czechoslovakia - as a young virgin promised to God is kidnapped and raped by a marauder who her religious father seeks to kill in return.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Josef Kemr, Magda Vásáryová, Nada Hejna, Jaroslav Moucka

Votes: 3,469

Voted the greatest Czech film of all-time.

14. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Unrated | 193 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier

Votes: 3,865 | Gross: $0.03M

Just see it. Many will be perplexed to the point of disliking it, others, like I, will be enthralled by its strange magic.

15. Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

At the end of the 15th century, two minstrels Gilles and Dominique come from nowhere into the castle of Baron Hugues. Gilles charms Anne, Hughes' daughter, while Dominique charms both ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Carné | Stars: Arletty, Marie Déa, Fernand Ledoux, Alain Cuny

Votes: 1,636

'The Devil's Envoys'

16. Unico (1981)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A story about how joy and happiness can be the most powerful weapon ever. A young unicorn is ordered to be taken from his home by the gods. They are envious of little Unico's power to bring... See full summary »

Directors: Toshio Hirata, Osamu Tezuka | Stars: Katsue Miwa, Ryouko Kitamiya, Kazuko Sugiyama, Junko Hori

Votes: 599

Starts out light, but soon gets very dark. Thus is the fate of "Unico". AKA - 'The Fantastic Adventures of Unico'.

17. The Woman Next Door (1981)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

Two ex-lovers wind up living next door to each other with their respective spouses. Forbidden passions ensue.

Director: François Truffaut | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Fanny Ardant, Henri Garcin, Michèle Baumgartner

Votes: 5,892

18. Twisted Nerve (1968)

M | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

Martin is a troubled young man. With a mother who insists on treating him like a child, a stepfather who can't wait to see the back of him, and a brother with Down's Syndrome shut away in ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, Billie Whitelaw, Phyllis Calvert

Votes: 1,515

Daryl Hannah's catchy whistling from 'Kill Bill' was borrowed this film and was composed by Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Hitchcock's frequent collaborator.

19. Stars (1959)

91 min | War, Drama

The tragic love of the Jewish girl and the Nazi officer is presented as a symbol of human purity defeated by fascism and racial prejudice.

Director: Konrad Wolf | Stars: Sasha Krusharska, Jürgen Frohriep, Erik S. Klein, Stefan Pejchev

Votes: 288