The 35 most underrated films

by Paranaut | created - 03 Jan 2013 | updated - 05 Jan 2013 | Public

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1. Talk Radio (1988)

R | 110 min | Drama

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley

Votes: 11,116 | Gross: $3.47M

Brilliant Oliver Stone fick, forgotten today

2. The Woman Chaser (1999)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

46 Metascore

Set in 1950s Los Angeles, Richard Hudson (Warburton) is a shrewd car dealer who moves from San Francisco and sets up a used-car dealership. Tiring of this job, he turns the lot over to an ... See full summary »

Director: Robinson Devor | Stars: Patrick Warburton, Eugene Roche, Ron Morgan, Emily Newman

Votes: 554 | Gross: $0.11M

Hillarious Patrick Warburton comedy, never even transfered to DVD

3. Fright Night (1985)

R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller

A horror obsessed teenager discovers that his next door neighbour is a murderous vampire. He tries to convince the police, his family and friends but to no avail. He decides to take matters into his own hands.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall

Votes: 50,282 | Gross: $24.92M

I cringe to think that future generations might only remember the pointless remake.

4. Hard Eight (1996)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Baker Hall, John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson

Votes: 33,609 | Gross: $0.22M

Understated, subtle masterpiece

5. Short Cuts (1993)

R | 188 min | Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins, Bruce Davison

Votes: 38,437 | Gross: $6.11M

One of the best films ever, ignored today

6. Buster and Billie (1974)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

In a rural 1940s southern town, a socially awkward high school girl is taken advantage of by the boys, because it's the only way she knows to relate to boys. But one, Buster, falls in love ... See full summary »

Directors: Daniel Petrie, Sidney Sheldon | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Joan Goodfellow, Pamela Sue Martin, Clifton James

Votes: 546

Tragic, funny, and unheard of

7. The King of Comedy (1982)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

Aspiring comic Rupert Pupkin attempts to achieve success in show business by stalking his idol, a late night talk-show host who craves his own privacy.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

Votes: 63,636 | Gross: $2.50M

This, like all Scorcese is genious. However unlike most scorcese, hillarious.

8. The Ice Storm (1997)

R | 112 min | Drama

72 Metascore

In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny

Votes: 49,743 | Gross: $7.84M

I watch this about once a year. Do you? thought not.

9. Dracula (1979)

R | 109 min | Horror, Romance

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 7,774 | Gross: $20.16M

One of my favorite vampire movies, utterly ignored, even by Dracula fans. Langella is far better than Lugosi, and Olivier far better than Edward Van Sloan.

10. A Simple Plan (1998)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

82 Metascore

When three blue collar acquaintances come across millions of dollars in lost cash they make a plan to keep their find from the authorities but find complications and mistrust weaving its way into their plan.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Brent Briscoe

Votes: 56,132 | Gross: $16.31M

This is a tragic one. This is easily a masterpiece. The story, the feel, the dialog, the charactes, everything. Ever heard of it?

11. Three O'Clock High (1987)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy

36 Metascore

A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson, Stacey Glick

Votes: 9,407 | Gross: $3.69M

Probably the best of the 80s high school comedies.

12. The Hidden (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Horror

Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder

Votes: 14,763 | Gross: $9.75M

Excellent little horror/ sci-fi/ cop flick

13. 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: 33,794 | Gross: $0.23M

One of a kind character, chopper. See this masterpiece if you can...

14. Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

Martin works at the local radio station, which just hired a new scriptwriter with a reputation for great drama, Pedro Carmichael. Martin's aunt Julia, not related by blood, returns home ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Amiel | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Keanu Reeves, Peter Falk, Bill McCutcheon

Votes: 1,564 | Gross: $1.79M

Peter Falk gives maybe one of the funniest performance of all time in this completely unheard of little gem.

15. Multiplicity (1996)

PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

A man who never has enough time for the things he wants to do is offered the opportunity to have himself duplicated.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Michael Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Zack Duhame, Katie Schlossberg

Votes: 27,188 | Gross: $20.10M

Not as forgotten as some of these, but it was horribly panned universally, by critics. There are many laugh out loud moments.

16. 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: 33,157 | Gross: $2.06M

One of my favorite horror films for sure.

17. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 149,434 | Gross: $18.66M

Another one of my favorite horror films. Slow (in a good way), brilliant, and not loved by many.

18. The Road to Wellville (1994)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

A story about the ins and outs of one unusual health facility in the early twentieth century, run by the eccentric Dr. Kellogg.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Bridget Fonda, Matthew Broderick, John Cusack

Votes: 10,491 | Gross: $6.51M

Universally panned by critics and the public. I watch it all the time. It is hillarious.

19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

PG | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

51 Metascore

Two Jedi Knights escape a hostile blockade to find allies and come across a young boy who may bring balance to the Force, but the long dormant Sith resurface to claim their old glory.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Liam Neeson, Natalie Portman, Jake Lloyd

Votes: 624,721 | Gross: $474.54M

Not enough space here to list everything about this one. Let's just say that I'm not sure what people expected from it. Sure, Jar Jar is annoying, but he's supposed to be. I believe in 20 years or so a new batch of Star Wars fans will love it, because they won't wear the burdon of impossible to reach expectations.

20. Kalifornia (1993)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

49 Metascore

A journalist duo go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions, unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Director: Dominic Sena | Stars: Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, Kathy Larson, David Milford

Votes: 46,173 | Gross: $2.40M

Brilliant perfomance by Brad Pitt as a white trash serial killer.

21. Runaway Train (1985)

R | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Two escaped convicts and a female railway worker find themselves trapped on a train with no brakes and nobody driving.

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay, Kyle T. Heffner

Votes: 23,332 | Gross: $7.94M

Brilliant perfomance by Jon Voight. Movie has excellent feel.

22. The Survivors (1983)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Having both lost their jobs, two strangers become unlikely friends after a run in with a would be robber, who is actually a hitman with a grudge against the two.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Robin Williams, Jerry Reed, James Wainwright

Votes: 3,916 | Gross: $14.00M

Not a great movie, but hillarious and forgotten.

23. The Godfather: Part III (1990)

R | 162 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York City and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia Don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins, while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Andy Garcia, Talia Shire

Votes: 313,612 | Gross: $66.67M

Unjustly compared to the first two, which is stupid. The First two could possibly be the best films ever made, that's not a fair comparison. If this were called anything else it would be considered a great gangster flick.

24. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

48 Metascore

When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk resumes command of the overhauled USS Enterprise in order to intercept it.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Votes: 71,779 | Gross: $82.26M

Some say this is boring. I say it's got a an excellent 70s sci-fi feel. This is in fact the only time a real director helmed a Star Trek, and it shows.

25. The Proposition (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western

73 Metascore

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Richard Wilson

Votes: 46,120 | Gross: $1.90M

Excellent western, dark, bloody, etc... with a great soundtrack by Nick Cave.

26. Sexy Beast (2000)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.

Director: Jonathan Glazer | Stars: Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman

Votes: 48,343 | Gross: $6.95M

Possibly the most suprising perfomance ever? Gandhi as a raging prick.

27. Quick Change (1990)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime

56 Metascore

Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.

Directors: Howard Franklin, Bill Murray | Stars: Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, Dale Grand

Votes: 17,446 | Gross: $15.26M

Very funny bank robbery comedy. Many memorable scenes and lines.

28. After Hours (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho who he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong

Votes: 46,954 | Gross: $10.60M

Very funny and uncomforable comedy by king Scorcese.

29. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)

PG | 112 min | Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Kris Kristofferson, Mia Bendixsen, Alfred Lutter III

Votes: 17,772 | Gross: $17.60M

Very underrated classic

30. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

Director: Nicolas Gessner | Stars: Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen, Alexis Smith, Mort Shuman

Votes: 10,921

Ever heard of this wonderfull film?

31. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A psychologically troubled novelty supplier is nudged towards a romance with an English woman, all the while being extorted by a phone-sex line run by a crooked mattress salesman, and purchasing stunning amounts of pudding.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews

Votes: 125,886 | Gross: $17.84M

Viewed by many expecting Happy Gilmore, getting a briliant, subtle, and understated PT Anderson film.

32. Honkytonk Man (1982)

PG | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Kyle Eastwood, John McIntire, Alexa Kenin

Votes: 6,907 | Gross: $4.48M

Tragic, sometimes funny, Clint film. Need I say more?

33. Extract (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

61 Metascore

Joel, the owner of an extract plant, tries to contend with myriad personal and professional problems, such as his potentially unfaithful wife and employees who want to take advantage of him.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, Mila Kunis

Votes: 41,669 | Gross: $10.81M

I believe this is too subtle for average movie goers to get on the first viewing. Multiple viewings are definetely required to fully enjoy this masterpiece. Everytime I watch it I find a new reason to laugh.

34. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 13,342

Brilliant Clint film.

35. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

53 Metascore

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning

Votes: 70,552 | Gross: $2.87M

Ok, this is not one of their best, true, but one of their mediocre films is still better than average. This is a highly original, funny, quirky, often hillarious Coen Brothers film.



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