The Greatest Movies You've "Maybe" Never Heard Of!

by stuffhotstuff | created - 06 Jul 2012 | updated - 16 Jun 2013 | Public

Every year there are a huge number of movies that fly right under the radar of the average movie fan. movies that are great but just not that well known.

There are plenty of movie gems out there and hopefully this list will help you find some.

This list contains /movies/documentaries/short films

Please feel free to suggest some to me, I am always on the lookout for new films

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1. Celda 211 (2009)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal.

Director: Daniel Monzón | Stars: Luis Tosar, Alberto Ammann, Antonio Resines, Manuel Morón

Votes: 56,315

2. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Syd Brisbane

Votes: 10,612

3. Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 8,873

4. Secuestrados (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

49 Metascore

Three hooded Eastern-European criminals burst into a home in a Madrid gated community, holding the family hostage in its own home, and forcing the father to empty his credit cards.

Director: Miguel Ángel Vivas | Stars: Fernando Cayo, Manuela Vellés, Ana Wagener, Guillermo Barrientos

Votes: 6,351

5. Point Blank (2010)

R | 81 min | Action, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

Samuel, a male nurse, saves the life of a thief whose henchmen take Samuel's wife hostage and force him to spring their boss.

Director: Fred Cavayé | Stars: Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin, Elena Anaya

Votes: 12,294 | Gross: $0.71M

6. Nuit blanche (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

75 Metascore

A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld finds his secret life exposed when he and his partner are caught stealing cocaine from a powerful drug dealer, a move that puts his son's life in jeopardy.

Director: Frédéric Jardin | Stars: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine, Julien Boisselier, Joey Starr

Votes: 4,025 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Hodejegerne (2011)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Ølgaard

Votes: 87,810 | Gross: $1.20M

8. Storage (I) (2009)

95 min | Crime, Thriller

Working at an underground city storage facility, a young man discovers evidence of a murder and vows to bring the killer to justice.

Director: Michael Craft | Stars: Matthew Scully, Robert Price, Elise Greig, Damien Garvey

Votes: 655

9. Klass (2007)

99 min | Drama

An average guy of an Estonian high-school decides to defend his bullied classmate. This starts war between him and the informal leader of the class. As teenagers' honour is a touchy thing, everything ends in bloodshed.

Director: Ilmar Raag | Stars: Vallo Kirs, Pärt Uusberg, Lauri Pedaja, Paula Solvak

Votes: 12,714

10. X (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A veteran call girl and a runaway prostitute witness a murder and must evade the killer as he chases them through Sydney.

Director: Jon Hewitt | Stars: Viva Bianca, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Peter Docker, Stephen Phillips

Votes: 6,377

11. Jumeogi unda (2005)

134 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Tae Sik, a troubled middle aged man and Sang Hwan, a troubled youth will meet in the ring with their respective mission. To change their life.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-bum Ryoo, Kil-kang Ahn, Jeong-ah Bae

Votes: 2,554

12. Boy Wonder (2010)

R | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A traumatized boy grows into a shy, determined teenager who patrols the mean streets of New York City, helping those in need and dishing out severe punishment to remorseless thugs.

Director: Michael Morrissey | Stars: Caleb Steinmeyer, Zulay Henao, Bill Sage, Daniel Stewart Sherman

Votes: 8,122

13. In Her Skin (2009)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

Tale of a 15-year-old Australian girl who goes missing.

Director: Simone North | Stars: Guy Pearce, Miranda Otto, Ruth Bradley, Sam Neill

Votes: 4,158

14. Repeaters (2010)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A gritty mind-bending thriller about three twenty-somethings who find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one.

Director: Carl Bessai | Stars: Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Richard de Klerk, Alexia Fast

Votes: 5,652

15. Kynodontas (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their over-protective parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Angeliki Papoulia, Hristos Passalis

Votes: 58,804 | Gross: $0.11M

16. Calvaire (2004)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

52 Metascore

Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans.

Director: Fabrice du Welz | Stars: Laurent Lucas, Brigitte Lahaie, Gigi Coursigny, Jean-Luc Couchard

Votes: 10,349 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Caché (2005)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A married couple is terrorized by a series of surveillance videotapes left on their front porch.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Maurice Bénichou, Annie Girardot

Votes: 62,614 | Gross: $3.63M

18. Naboer (2005)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

John has just been left by his girlfriend Ingrid. That day he allows himself to be seduced into a mystical and scary world, where it is impossible to separate truth from the lies

Director: Pål Sletaune | Stars: Kristoffer Joner, Cecilie A. Mosli, Julia Schacht, Anna Bache-Wiig

Votes: 7,918

19. 7 Days (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.

Director: Daniel Grou | Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil, Fanny Mallette

Votes: 6,436

20. 5150 rue des Ormes (2009)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5150 ELM'S WAY is located at the end of a quiet street in a small town. When Yannick fell off his bike, he knocked at the door of the Beaulieu residence so he could clean the blood off his ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Tessier | Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Normand D'Amour, Sonia Vachon, Mylène St-Sauveur

Votes: 2,844

21. Essential Killing (2010)

R | 83 min | Thriller, War

An Afghan POW attempts his escape.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Emmanuelle Seigner, Zach Cohen, Iftach Ophir

Votes: 6,823

22. El rey de la montaña (2007)

R | 90 min | Thriller

Two strangers run from unknown assailants that stalk them through the woods.

Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | Stars: Leonardo Sbaraglia, María Valverde, Thomas Riordan, Andrés Juste

Votes: 2,967

23. Hwanghae (2010)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

A taxi driver goes on the run after an attempt to carry out a hit on a professor goes terribly awry.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Yoon-Seok Kim, Sung-ha Jo, Man-sik Jeong

Votes: 14,631

24. The Last Circus (2010)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A young trapeze artist must decide between her lust for Sergio, the Happy Clown, or her affection for Javier, the Sad Clown, both of whom are deeply disturbed.

Director: Álex de la Iglesia | Stars: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang, Manuel Tallafé

Votes: 11,478 | Gross: $0.04M

25. Kongen av Bastøy (2010)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama

Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

Director: Marius Holst | Stars: Benjamin Helstad, Trond Nilssen, Stellan Skarsgård, Kristoffer Joner

Votes: 15,469 | Gross: $0.01M

26. The Escapist (2008)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

56 Metascore

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Wyatt | Stars: Brian Cox, Damian Lewis, Joseph Fiennes, Seu Jorge

Votes: 15,463 | Gross: $0.01M

27. Cactus (I) (2008)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is kidnapped from his city home in the quiet hours of the night and, the kidnapper, John Kelly, embarks on a journey into the Australian Outback towards the place where his hostage is... See full summary »

Director: Jasmine Yuen Carrucan | Stars: Travis McMahon, David Lyons, Bryan Brown, Shane Jacobson

Votes: 530

28. Razor Eaters (2003)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

RAZOR EATERS is your front-row ticket to an anarchistic rampage of violence, death and destruction. Based loosely on the exploits of the Hedge-Burners gang who plagued Melbourne and ... See full summary »

Director: Shannon Young | Stars: Paul Moder, Richard Cawthorne, Teague Rook, Fletcher Humphrys

Votes: 270

29. The Perfect Host (2010)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

48 Metascore

An on-the-run convict looking for temporary cover finds it at the house of a very colorful character.

Director: Nick Tomnay | Stars: David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford, Nathaniel Parker, Tyrees Allen

Votes: 22,428 | Gross: $0.05M

30. Trust (I) (2010)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.

Director: David Schwimmer | Stars: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke

Votes: 37,674 | Gross: $0.12M

31. The Woman (I) (2011)

R | 101 min | Horror

58 Metascore

When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.

Director: Lucky McKee | Stars: Pollyanna McIntosh, Brandon Gerald Fuller, Lauren Ashley Carter, Chris Krzykowski

Votes: 19,063

32. Alyce Kills (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart along with anyone else who gets in her way.

Director: Jay Lee | Stars: Jade Dornfeld, Amara Zaragoza, James Duval, Eddie Rouse

Votes: 2,583

33. A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Brandon Carroll

Votes: 2,953

34. The Horseman (2008)

R | 96 min | Crime, Thriller

Christian, a divorced father and white collar businessman grieves over the complicated death of his daughter. When a video arrives anonymously in the mail, featuring his daughter heavily ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Kastrissios | Stars: Peter Marshall, Caroline Marohasy, Brad McMurray, Jack Henry

Votes: 4,373

35. Joshua (2007)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

69 Metascore

The arrival of a newborn girl causes the gradual disintegration of the Cairn family; particularly for 9-year-old Joshua (Kogan), an eccentric boy whose proper upbringing and refined tastes both take a sinister turn.

Director: George Ratliff | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, Jacob Kogan, Celia Weston

Votes: 10,794 | Gross: $0.48M

36. May (2002)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin.

Director: Lucky McKee | Stars: Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval

Votes: 29,259 | Gross: $0.15M

37. The Loved Ones (2009)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

Director: Sean Byrne | Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee

Votes: 31,872

38. El páramo (2011)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

After losing contact with a military base, a high mountain unit is sent to investigate. Upon arrival, they find only a woman in chains. Isolation and the impossibility of escape serve to undermine the soldiers' judgment.

Director: Jaime Osorio Marquez | Stars: Juan Pablo Barragán, Alejandro Aguilar, Mauricio Navas, Juan David Restrepo

Votes: 1,316

39. Los cronocrímenes (2007)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.

Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga, Nacho Vigalondo

Votes: 48,781 | Gross: $0.04M

40. La habitación de Fermat (2007)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

Four mathematicians who do not know each other are invited by a mysterious host on the pretext of resolving a great enigma. The room in which they find themselves turns out to be a ... See full summary »

Directors: Luis Piedrahita, Rodrigo Sopeña | Stars: Alejo Sauras, Elena Ballesteros, Lluís Homar, Santi Millán

Votes: 16,258

41. Them (2006)

R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman

Votes: 26,513

42. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 65,694 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Touching the Void (2003)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron

Votes: 29,787 | Gross: $4.58M

44. Capturing the Friedmans (2003)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary, Biography

90 Metascore

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki | Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman, Elaine Friedman

Votes: 21,213 | Gross: $3.12M

45. Murder on a Sunday Morning (2001)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Crime

Oscar-winning documentary that documents a murder trial in which a 15-year-old African-American is wrongfully accused of a 2000 murder in Jacksonville, Florida.

Director: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade | Stars: Ann Finnell, Patrick McGuinness, James Williams, Michael Glover

Votes: 3,778

46. The Staircase (2004– )

TV-14 | 384 min | Documentary, Crime

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, presents a gripping courtroom thriller, offering a rare and revealing inside look at a high-profile murder trial. In ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Peterson, David Rudolf, Ron Guerette, Tom Maher

Votes: 3,916

47. Elephant (2003)

R | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

70 Metascore

Several ordinary high school students go through their daily routine as two others prepare for something more malevolent.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Elias McConnell, Alex Frost, Eric Deulen, John Robinson

Votes: 76,877 | Gross: $1.23M

48. Zero Day (2003)

Unrated | 92 min | Drama

69 Metascore

Two troubled adolescents chronicle the events that ultimately lead up to a terrifying assault on their school.

Director: Ben Coccio | Stars: Cal Robertson, Andre Keuck, Serataren Adragna, Melissa Banks

Votes: 3,653 | Gross: $0.01M

49. Cold Light of Day (1989)

81 min | Biography, Crime, Horror

Fictionalized account based on the actions of serial killer Dennis Nilsen.

Director: Fhiona-Louise | Stars: Bob Flag, Martin Byrne-Quinn, Geoffrey Greenhill, Mark Hawkins

Votes: 76

50. Red Road (2006)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

73 Metascore

Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press

Votes: 10,884 | Gross: $0.15M