Peaceful Anarchy's favourite lesser known movies.

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1. I for India (2005)

70 min | Documentary

The myth of return. In 1966, Yash and Sheel Suri leave India for a temporary stay in England while he burnishes his resume as a doctor. He buys projectors, tape recorders, and movie cameras... See full summary »

Director: Sandhya Suri | Star: Yash Pal Suri

Votes: 171

2. Be with Me (2005)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

"Be with me" consists of three stories of love vs. solitude : 1)An aging, lonesome shopkeeper doesn't believe in life any more since his wife died. But he is saved from desperation by ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Theresa Poh Lin Chan, Chiew Sung Ching, Lawrence Yong, Leong Kooi Eng

Votes: 1,572

3. Ceddo (1977)

120 min | Drama

The Ceddo try to preserve their traditional African culture against the onslaught of Islam, Christianity, and the slave trade. When King Demba War sides with the Muslims, the Ceddo kidnap ... See full summary »

Director: Ousmane Sembene | Stars: Tabata Ndiaye, Moustapha Yade, Ismaila Diagne, Matoura Dia

Votes: 614

4. ...No Lies (1973)

R | 16 min | Short, Drama

A young filmmaking student turns his camera on a female friend as she gets ready to go out for the night. His questions strip away the young woman's defenses, and soon she reveals her ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Block | Stars: Shelby Leverington, Alec Hirschfeld

Votes: 343

5. The Joyless Street (1925)

125 min | Drama

Vienna in the biggest depression, directly after WW1. In a slum, Lila Leid, the wife of lawyer Leid is murdered, Egon, secretary of one of Leid's clients is arrested. He was with her, and ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Asta Nielsen, Greta Garbo, Ágnes Eszterházy, Werner Krauss

Votes: 1,279

6. Manila in the Claws of Light (1975)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, Mystery

Júlio Madiaga, a 'provinciano', arrives in Manila to search for Ligaya, his loved one.

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Hilda Koronel, Bembol Roco, Lou Salvador Jr., Joonee Gamboa

Votes: 1,099

7. The Decisive Moment (1973)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Cornell Capa | Star: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Votes: 45

8. Welcome Mr. Marshall! (1953)

78 min | Comedy

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga | Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea

Votes: 3,332

9. Seventeen (1983)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary

In their final year at Muncie's Southside High School, a group of seniors hurtles toward maturity with a combination of joy, despair, and an aggravated sense of urgency. They are also ... See full summary »

Directors: Joel DeMott, Jeff Kreines

Votes: 152

10. Dying at Grace (2003)

148 min | Documentary

Director Allan King documents the final months of five terminally ill cancer patients at the Toronto Grace Health Centre.

Director: Allan King | Stars: Phyllis Bobbitt, Joyce Bone, Norman Collins, Lloyd Greenway

Votes: 323

11. Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Music

Set at the Newport jazz festival in 1958, this documentary mixes images of water and the town with performers and audience. The film progresses from day to night and from improvisational ... See full summary »

Directors: Aram Avakian, Bert Stern | Stars: Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson, Chuck Berry, Chico Hamilton

Votes: 863

12. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer, Hilde Adolphi

Votes: 1,805

13. What Happened Was... (1994)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

This darkly humorous film explores the personal psychic landscape of two lonely New Yorkers. Jackie and Michael are coworkers at a large law firm, who decide to meet at Jackie's for dinner ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Noonan | Stars: Tom Noonan, Karen Sillas

Votes: 1,105 | Gross: $0.33M

14. No Way Out (1950)

Passed | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A black doctor is assigned to treat two white racist suspects who are brothers, and when one dies, it causes tension that could start a race riot.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Sidney Poitier

Votes: 3,852

15. Subarnarekha (1965)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

A man (Abhi Bhattacharya) opposes the love between his sister and the orphan (Satindra Bhattacharya) they adopted years earlier.

Director: Ritwik Ghatak | Stars: Madhabi Mukherjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Abhi Bhattacharya, Indrani Chakrabarty

Votes: 733

16. Night and Day (2008)

Not Rated | 144 min | Drama

73 Metascore

"Night and Day" is centered around the mixed emotions found in traveling. Characters in the film are Sung-nam Kim, an artist selected by the Korean government that escaped from Seoul and ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Yeong-ho Kim, Su-jeong Hwang, Eun-hye Park, Boris Baum

Votes: 863

17. Angano... Angano... Tales from Madagascar (1989)

64 min | Documentary

Venerable storytellers recount for the camera and their listeners the founding myths of Malagasy culture.

Directors: Marie Clémence Andriamonta-Paes, Cesar Paes | Stars: Ambarazafy, Avimare, Arthur Besy, Fototselo

Votes: 44

18. S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003)

Unrated | 101 min | Documentary, History, War

75 Metascore

A unique documentary on the notorious S-21 prison, today the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with testimony by the only surviving prisoners and former Khmer Rouge guards.

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Khieu 'Poev' Ches, Yeay Cheu, Nhem En, Houy Him

Votes: 944 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Woman on the Run (1950)

Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and - the murderer.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith, John Qualen

Votes: 2,404

20. The Story of the Fox (1937)

63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When Renard the Fox's mischievous pranks go too far, King Lion is forced to attempt to bring the trickster to justice.

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 1,048

21. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Abigail's Party (1977)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Alison Steadman, Tim Stern, Janine Duvitski, John Salthouse

Votes: 1,680

22. CBS Reports (1959– )
Episode: Harvest of Shame (1960)

60 min | Documentary, News

In this CBS News production broadcast on Thanksgiving 1960, Edward R. Murrow points out the plight of migrant farm workers in America. Topics range from the harsh living conditions, endless... See full summary »

Director: Fred W. Friendly | Stars: Edward R. Murrow, Harriet Beeman, Michael Cassidy, Louis Cramp

Votes: 155

23. Main Street (1956)

99 min | Drama

A couple of friends decide to have a good time and play a trick on an unmarried woman. Therefore one of them has to pretend to fall in love with her.

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Betsy Blair, José Suárez, Yves Massard, Luis Peña

Votes: 1,096

24. Cornered (1945)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

Canadian flyer Laurence Gerard finds that his wife has been murdered by a French collaborator. His quest for justice leads him to Switzerland and Argentina.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Dick Powell, Walter Slezak, Micheline Cheirel, Nina Vale

Votes: 1,730

25. Sambizanga (1972)

102 min | Drama

Domingos is a member of an African liberation movement, arrested by the Portuguese secret police, after bloody events in Angola. He does not betray his companions, but is beaten to death in... See full summary »

Director: Sarah Maldoror | Stars: Domingos de Oliveira, Elisa Andrade, Jean M'Vondo, Dino Abelino

Votes: 139

26. Ingeborg Holm (1913)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

Single mother is separated from her children due to financial struggles.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Hilda Borgström, Aron Lindgren, Erik Lindholm, Georg Grönroos

Votes: 873

27. Somewhere in the Night (1946)

Passed | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

George Taylor returns from WWII with amnesia. Back home in Los Angeles, while trying to track down his old identity, he stumbles onto a 3-year old murder case and a hunt for a missing $2 million.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: John Hodiak, Nancy Guild, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte

Votes: 2,189

28. Blues in the Night (1941)

Passed | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

"Jigger' Lane forms a band that includes singer Ginger 'Character' Powell, wife of the trumpeter Leo Powell, and Nickie Haroyen and Peppi. All of them dedicate themselves to work as a unit ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Richard Whorf, Lloyd Nolan

Votes: 867

29. The Day He Arrives (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A professor in the film department at a provincial university goes to Seoul to meet his senior, who works as a film critic, and stays in a northern Seoul village for three days.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Joon-Sang Yoo, Sang-Jung Kim, Seon-mi Song, Bo-kyeong Kim

Votes: 1,847 | Gross: $0.01M

30. By the Law (1926)

80 min | Drama

A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps, and suddenly kills two of the others. The two survivors, a husband ... See full summary »

Director: Lev Kuleshov | Stars: Aleksandra Khokhlova, Sergey Komarov, Vladimir Fogel, Pyotr Galadzhev

Votes: 833

31. Hospital (1970 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary

Daily activities of the Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, with emphasis on the emergency ward and outpatient clinics. The cases depicted illustrate how medical expertise, availability... See full summary »

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Stars: Eugene Friedman, Stanley Friedman, Robert Schwartz

Votes: 326

32. Sicily! (1999)

Not Rated | 66 min | Drama

A man returns to visit his native Sicily after living in New York for a long time. He learns about the Sicilian way of life from stylized conversations with an orange picker, his fellow ... See full summary »

Directors: Danièle Huillet, Jean-Marie Straub | Stars: Gianni Buscarino, Vittorio Vigneri, Angela Nugara, Carmelo Maddio

Votes: 595

33. Man's Castle (1933)

75 min | Drama, Romance

Bill takes Trina into his depression camp cabin. Later, just as he finds showgirl LaRue who will support him, Trina becomes pregnant.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Loretta Young, Marjorie Rambeau, Glenda Farrell

Votes: 1,209

34. Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy (1990)

19 min | Short, Drama

A middle aged Aboriginal woman nurses her dying old white mother till the mother dies.

Director: Tracey Moffatt | Stars: Marcia Langton, Agnes Hardwick, Jimmy Little, Alkira Fitzgerald

Votes: 235

35. Anything Can Happen (1995)

39 min | Documentary, Short

An energetic six-year-old boy talks to elderly strangers relaxing in the park. He confronts his childish knowledge of the world with their life-long experience.

Director: Marcel Lozinski | Star: Tomasz Lozinski

Votes: 311

36. One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train (1988)

55 min | Documentary

"Tells the story of a group of Chilean children who discover a larger reality and a different world through the cinema. Each Saturday, Alicia Vega transforms the chapel of Lo Hermida into a... See full summary »

Director: Ignacio Agüero | Star: Alicia Vega

Votes: 167

37. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (1963)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary

Governor George Wallace will not let two black students into an Alabama school, against the wishes of President Kennedy. Loud shouts come from both sides of the issue as JFK stands by his decisions.

Director: Robert Drew | Stars: John F. Kennedy, George Wallace, Robert F. Kennedy, Vivian Malone

Votes: 508

38. Barres (1984)

14 min | Short, Comedy

A humorous short in which passengers subvert toll checkpoints in order to avoid paying.

Director: Luc Moullet | Stars: Jean Abeillé, Jean-Pierre Bonneau, André Chauchat, Odette Duval

Votes: 257

39. State of Siege (1972)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Using the interrogation of a US counterinsurgency agent as a backdrop, the film explores the consequences of the struggle between Uruguay's government and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Renato Salvatori, O.E. Hasse, Jacques Weber

Votes: 3,836

40. The Reunion (2013)

90 min | Drama

A famous artist isn't invited to her class reunion. She makes a film about what could've happened if she had gone there and confronted her bullies, and later shows that film to her former classmates.

Director: Anna Odell | Stars: Anna Odell, Anders Berg, David Nordström, Erik Ehn

Votes: 4,452

41. Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In Paris outskirts Blanche, a young clerk, befriends Lea, a girl livelier than she is. Lea is going steady with Fabien who is a friend to Alexandre who is going steady with Adrienne but is ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, Anne-Laure Meury, Eric Viellard

Votes: 3,065 | Gross: $0.82M

42. Time Without Pity (1957)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The day before a young man is to be executed for killing his girlfriend, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern, Paul Daneman

Votes: 963

43. Sandra (1965)

105 min | Drama, Mystery, War

Sandra returns to her childhood village to take care of family business, but her childhood memories and secrets soon overcome her.

Director: Luchino Visconti | Stars: Claudia Cardinale, Jean Sorel, Michael Craig, Renzo Ricci

Votes: 1,503

44. Alone in the Wilderness (2004 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. ... See full summary »

Stars: Dick Proenneke, Bob Swerer Jr., Wendy Ishii, Pamela Guest

Votes: 3,253

45. The Long Night (1947)

Approved | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Police surround the apartment of apparent murderer Joe Adams, who refuses to surrender although escape appears impossible. During the siege, Joe reflects on the circumstances that led him to this situation.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Henry Fonda, Barbara Bel Geddes, Vincent Price, Ann Dvorak

Votes: 1,282

46. Girl Walk: All Day (2011 Video)

75 min | Music

Follows a day in the life of the Girl as she dances her way through New York to Girl Talk's "All Day".

Director: Jacob Krupnick | Stars: Anne Marsen, Dai Omiya, John Doyle

Votes: 316

47. Brink of Life (1958)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Three women in a maternity ward reveal their lives and intimate thoughts to each other while in a maternity ward together, where they face the choice of keeping their babies or offering them for adoption.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Eva Dahlbeck, Ingrid Thulin, Bibi Andersson, Barbro Hiort af Ornäs

Votes: 2,125

48. Johnny O'Clock (1947)

Passed | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

6.9