The 35 most underrated filmsby 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.
Votes: 11,116 | Gross: $3.47M
Brilliant Oliver Stone fick, forgotten today
2. The Woman Chaser (1999)
Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy
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 »
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.
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
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine.
Votes: 33,609 | Gross: $0.22M
Understated, subtle masterpiece
5. Short Cuts (1993)
R | 188 min | Comedy, Drama
The day-to-day lives of several suburban Los Angeles residents.
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 »
Tragic, funny, and unheard of
7. The King of Comedy (1982)
PG | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
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
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives beyond their control.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Votes: 14,763 | Gross: $9.75M
Excellent little horror/ sci-fi/ cop flick
13. Chopper (2000)
Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
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 »
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.
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
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.
Votes: 33,157 | Gross: $2.06M
One of my favorite horror films for sure.
17. The Ninth Gate (1999)
R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller
A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
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
Brutal gangster Don Logan recruits "retired" safecracker Gal for one last job, but it goes badly for both of them.
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
Three thieves successfully rob a New York City bank, but making the escape from the city proves to be almost impossible.
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
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.
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
A recently widowed woman is on the road with her precocious young son, determined to make a new life for herself as a singer.
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.
Ever heard of this wonderfull film?
31. Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
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 »
Votes: 6,907 | Gross: $4.48M
Tragic, sometimes funny, Clint film. Need I say more?
33. Extract (2009)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
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.
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
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.
Brilliant Clint film.
35. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
PG | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
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.