some of the most underrated films on IMDB

by pinturicchio_juve | created - 19 Aug 2012 | updated - 01 Oct 2012 | Public

Just can't fathom why these movies don't have a higher rating on IMDB... maybe there are only a few people who really like these .. not an exhaustive list.. will keep updating as and when i realize that i've left out a few..

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1. The Odd Couple (1968)

G | 105 min | Comedy

Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.

Director: Gene Saks | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, John Fiedler, Herb Edelman

Votes: 27,749 | Gross: $44.53M

one of my favourite films... the absolute masterclass when it comes to comedy.... 10/10 for me!!!

2. Quiz Show (1994)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Paul Scofield

Votes: 58,674 | Gross: $24.82M

has a higher metacritic rating than on imdb!! surprising!

3. The Social Network (2010)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

95 Metascore

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

Votes: 542,601 | Gross: $96.96M

should be higher up simply because of the dialogues... aaron sorkin surpasses himself...

4. Dead Poets Society (1989)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

English teacher John Keating inspires his students to look at poetry with a different perspective of authentic knowledge and feelings.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard, Ethan Hawke, Josh Charles

Votes: 335,224 | Gross: $95.86M

a heart warming film from peter weir... the starring role beautifully underplayed by robin williams

5. A Perfect World (1993)

PG-13 | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A kidnapped boy strikes up a friendship with his captor: an escaped convict on the run from the law, headed by an honorable U.S. Marshal.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Laura Dern, T.J. Lowther

Votes: 64,276 | Gross: $31.16M

kevin costner is brilliant in the role of butch haynes... fantastic film!

6. The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chi McBride, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 345,701 | Gross: $77.87M

what can i say... tom hanks learns english all over again with a heavy european accent.. with spielberg directing... simply wonderful!

7. The Color of Money (1986)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sport

77 Metascore

Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Helen Shaver

Votes: 64,758 | Gross: $52.29M

surely not one of martin scorsese's critically acclaimed films.. but not for me!

8. Turner & Hooch (1989)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mare Winningham, Craig T. Nelson, Reginald VelJohnson

Votes: 54,860 | Gross: $71.08M

maybe not as good as some of the others on this list... but i liked it just as well!

9. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 242,567 | Gross: $76.27M

what a film! brian de palma, kevin costner, robert de niro... and sean connery is brilliant as malone! 10/10 !!

10. 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: 660,404 | Gross: $164.62M

surely should have a rating above 8.... never a boring moment throughout.

11. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 220,294 | Gross: $104.45M

splendid direction... wonderful cinematography... and excellent music... 10/10!!

12. Ocean's Twelve (2004)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

58 Metascore

Daniel Ocean recruits one more team member so he can pull off three major European heists in this sequel to Ocean's 11.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones

Votes: 316,635 | Gross: $125.54M

a really good effort... maybe not as good as eleven.. but surely at least a rating of 7..

13. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

R | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

68 Metascore

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam, Hector Elizondo

Votes: 22,358

classic movie... walter matthau is not usually associated with serious roles... but pulls this one off superbly..

14. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 209,733 | Gross: $184.21M

kevin costner does wonderfully, considering this is his first feature film as director.

15. The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington

Votes: 159,792 | Gross: $17.61M

nice adaptation of the troubles faced in uganda in the 70s.. and forest whitaker!!! oh my god! i cannot imagine anyone else as idi amin..

16. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 56,177 | Gross: $42.04M

superb comedy about a pair of cons who try to outwit a woman... steve martin is immensely likeable.. while michael caine is slick and suave..

17. A Few Good Men (1992)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 203,683 | Gross: $141.34M

the sheer strength of the dialogues make it a classic that can be watched over and over again... i think its "entitled" to a better rating

18. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 326,356 | Gross: $39.87M

maybe not many people will agree with me about this one... but i really enjoyed this one... in fact i'd put it on par with "the prestige".. a bold effort from both neil burger and edward norton... not to mention paul giamatti.. who fitted his role perfectly

19. Following (1998)

R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

60 Metascore

A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Jeremy Theobald, Alex Haw, Lucy Russell, John Nolan

Votes: 74,984 | Gross: $0.05M

christopher nolan's less talked about work...a brilliant movie, considering that it was made when he was a student.. with almost all the cast and crew working part time... with his trademark non linear style of storytelling

20. 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: 177,274 | Gross: $115.65M

easily one of the best sport films i've watched... denzel washington in a power packed performance, with able support from will patton..

21. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror

64 Metascore

A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Mary McCormack, Paul Birchard

Votes: 233,099 | Gross: $71.99M

this really gripped me from start to finish.. a superb adaptation of stephen king's short story of the same name..

22. Michael Clayton (2007)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

82 Metascore

A law firm brings in its "fixer" to remedy the situation after a lawyer has a breakdown while representing a chemical company that he knows is guilty in a multibillion-dollar class action suit.

Director: Tony Gilroy | Stars: George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 144,852 | Gross: $49.03M

i liked this one... george clooney stars in a really deserving oscar nominated performance..

23. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 95,551 | Gross: $64.43M

a feel good film about a farmer who sets out to build a baseball field in his backyard... can watch this one over and over again..kevin costner is wonderful as ray kinsella, while james earl jones as terrence mann and ray liotta as shoeless joe just add to the charm..

24. Body of Lies (2008)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani

Votes: 191,507 | Gross: $39.39M

really appreciated di caprio's performance in this film.. and with ridley scott directing... it was always going to be a good movie..

25. Face/Off (1997)

R | 138 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

Director: John Woo | Stars: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola

Votes: 311,821 | Gross: $112.23M

the story may be incredulous and commercial... but this one is such a riveting thriller... the scene where travolta says "its like looking into a mirror, isnt it?" never fails to run a chill down my spine.. mindblowing!

26. Home Alone (1990)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family

63 Metascore

An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard

Votes: 373,850 | Gross: $285.76M

simply because it can be watched again and again... no other reason needs to be specified i think

27. Analyze This (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime

61 Metascore

A comedy about a psychiatrist whose number one patient is an insecure mob boss.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Chazz Palminteri

Votes: 133,650 | Gross: $106.89M

superb comedy.... de niro is brilliant as paul vitti... while billy crystal supports him well as his psychiatrist... really nice!

28. The Fortune Cookie (1966)

Approved | 125 min | Comedy, Romance

A crooked lawyer persuades his brother-in-law to feign a serious injury.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Judi West

Votes: 10,578

walter matthau, jack lemmon, billy wilder... need i say more?

29. Liar Liar (1997)

PG-13 | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Jim Carrey, Maura Tierney, Amanda Donohoe, Jennifer Tilly

Votes: 246,926 | Gross: $181.41M

just one reason.... jim carrey!!!

30. Madagascar (2005)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

Spoiled by their upbringing and unaware of what wildlife really is, four animals from the New York Central Zoo escape, unwittingly assisted by four absconding penguins, and find themselves in Madagascar.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 308,041 | Gross: $193.60M

one animation film which i'll never get bored of watching... sacha baron cohen is amazing as julien!

31. The Mask (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy

56 Metascore

Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene

Votes: 297,915 | Gross: $119.94M

i don't think there's anybody who could have pulled off the role of stanley ipkiss as jim carrey has..... that's it. his performance alone should suffice.

32. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama

64 Metascore

A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

Director: Gabriele Muccino | Stars: Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith, Brian Howe

Votes: 385,166 | Gross: $163.57M

such a heartwarming tale about the relationship between a father and his son... 10/10!!

33. The American President (1995)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Comedy-drama about a widowed U.S. President and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all above-board, but "politics is perception", and sparks fly anyway.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox

Votes: 46,494 | Gross: $65.00M

again... it's aaron sorkin's dialogues that stand out in this masterclass of a film... michael douglas is so convincing as President andrew shepherd... so hard to not like this one!

34. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

PG | 120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 242,165 | Gross: $173.59M

the perfect sequel to home alone.. with the same traits as the first film... probably even better..

35. The Ladykillers (2004)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a classical ensemble in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting but sharp old landlady.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Tom Hanks, Marlon Wayans, Irma P. Hall, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 90,821 | Gross: $39.80M

Enjoyed this film for Tom Hanks' performance... not as bad as most people believe it to be..

36. Hollywood Ending (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Téa Leoni, Bob Dorian, Ivan Martin

Votes: 23,735 | Gross: $4.84M

a brilliant performance by woody allen... pity it wasn't appreciated that well..

37. Scoop (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

48 Metascore

An American journalism student in London scoops a big story, and begins an affair with an aristocrat as the incident unfurls.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Jim Dunk, Robert Bathurst

Votes: 73,813 | Gross: $10.53M

another woody allen film which isn't as popular as his classics... still highly entertaining and enjoyable..