Underrated Works

by a_falsetto | created - 28 Sep 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

Fantastic films that were silly, emotional, philosophical and visually captivating. Some were praised but not on the scale they should have been, and others were dismissed and they should be reexamined.

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1. Cover Me Babe (1970)

R | 89 min | Drama

Student filmmaker lets nothing stand in the way of his getting a studio contract.

Director: Noel Black | Stars: Robert Forster, Sondra Locke, Susanne Benton, Robert Fields

Votes: 63

2. Last Summer (1969)

R | 95 min | Drama

During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people--a girl and two guys--become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, Bruce Davison, Catherine Burns

Votes: 1,393

3. Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

A housewife with an abusive husband has an affair with a writer.

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella, Carrie Snodgress, Lorraine Cullen

Votes: 1,116

4. Goin' Down the Road (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama

Two friends leave the picturesque yet rural province of Nova Scotia for the nightlife and culture of Toronto. They soon end up wistful and nostalgic about Nova Scotia though after finding out that Toronto isn't as fun as they'd hoped.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Doug McGrath, Paul Bradley, Jayne Eastwood, Cayle Chernin

Votes: 787

5. The Swinger (1966)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy

An authoress writes a steaming sex-novel and proceeds to live out her heroine's adventures.

Director: George Sidney | Stars: Ann-Margret, Anthony Franciosa, Robert Coote, Yvonne Romain

Votes: 352

6. Stardust Memories (1980)

PG | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

While attending a retrospective of his work, a filmmaker recalls his life and his loves: the inspirations for his films.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Woody Allen, Charlotte Rampling, Jessica Harper, Marie-Christine Barrault

Votes: 18,961 | Gross: $10.39M

7. Carnal Knowledge (1971)

R | 98 min | Drama

Chronicling the lifelong sexual development of two men who meet and befriend one another in college.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Ann-Margret, Art Garfunkel

Votes: 9,690 | Gross: $28.62M

8. Last Tango in Paris (1972)

NC-17 | 129 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Parisian woman meets a middle-aged American businessman who demands their clandestine relationship be based only on sex.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Marlon Brando, Maria Schneider, Maria Michi, Giovanna Galletti

Votes: 42,991 | Gross: $36.14M

9. Hells Angels on Wheels (1967)

Approved | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

At first, gas station attendant Poet is happy when the Hell's Angels gang finally accepts him. But he's shocked when he learns just how brutal they are.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Adam Roarke, Jack Nicholson, Sabrina Scharf, Jana Taylor

Votes: 1,865

10. Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

NC-17 | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

Director: Russ Meyer | Stars: Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, John Lazar

Votes: 8,768 | Gross: $9.00M

11. The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

M | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Wendell Burton, Tim McIntire, Anita Alberts

Votes: 1,630 | Gross: $13.98M

12. Chastity (1969)

R | 83 min | Drama, Romance

Go on a cross country adventure with Cher in her first dramatic film, Chastity. Chastity ('Cher') is a lonely young girl who is hitchhiking across the country in hopes of finding someone to... See full summary »

Director: Alessio de Paola | Stars: Cher, Barbara London, Steve Whittaker, Tom Nolan

Votes: 414

13. I Call First (1967)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A young man struggles with the fact that his girlfriend was once raped.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Zina Bethune, Anne Collette, Lennard Kuras

Votes: 6,774

14. Less Than Zero (1987)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

A college freshman returns to L.A. for the holidays at his ex-girlfriend's request, but discovers that his former best friend has an out-of-control drug habit.

Director: Marek Kanievska | Stars: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Votes: 16,383 | Gross: $12.40M

15. Drive, He Said (1971)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: William Tepper, Karen Black, Michael Margotta, Bruce Dern

Votes: 1,179

16. Jackie Brown (1997)

R | 154 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

64 Metascore

A middle-aged woman finds herself in the middle of a huge conflict that will either make her a profit or cost her life.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda

Votes: 271,824 | Gross: $39.67M

17. Bike Boy (1967)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

Joe Spencer, a member of a motorcycle gang, is taking a shower. After his bout with personal hygiene, Joe encounters Andy Warhol's "superstars," who engage him in conversation. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Warhol | Stars: Joseph Spencer, Ed Wiener, Vera Cruz, George Ann

Votes: 84

18. The Rain People (1969)

R | 101 min | Drama

When a housewife finds out she is pregnant, she runs out of town looking for freedom to reevaluate her life decisions.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: James Caan, Shirley Knight, Robert Duvall, Marya Zimmet

Votes: 2,428

19. The Trip (II) (1967)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

After his wife leaves him, a disillusioned director dives into the drug scene, trying anything his friend suggests.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Peter Fonda, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 3,817

20. Wanda (1970)

GP | 102 min | Crime, Drama

Wanda, a lonely housewife, drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.

Director: Barbara Loden | Stars: Barbara Loden, Michael Higgins, Dorothy Shupenes, Peter Shupenes

Votes: 1,947 | Gross: $0.05M

21. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)

PG | 110 min | Drama

Follows the lives of heroin addicts who frequent "Needle Park" in New York City.

Director: Jerry Schatzberg | Stars: Al Pacino, Kitty Winn, Alan Vint, Richard Bright

Votes: 13,889

22. The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970)

R | 117 min | Drama

Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Robert T. Westbrook, the movie is about 23 year old Columbia University dropout (Stanley Sweetheart) who seeks his identity during the sexual ... See full summary »

Director: Leonard J. Horn | Stars: Linda Gillen, Michael Greer, Dianne Hull, Holly Near

Votes: 117

23. American Gigolo (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

57 Metascore

A Los Angeles male escort, who mostly caters to an older female clientèle, is accused of a murder which he did not commit.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo, Nina van Pallandt

Votes: 18,552 | Gross: $23.00M

24. Risky Business (1983)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

75 Metascore

A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

Director: Paul Brickman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur

Votes: 71,193 | Gross: $63.50M

25. The Only Game in Town (1970)

M | 113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Fran walks into a piano bar for pizza. She comes back home with Joe, the piano player. Joe plans on winning $5,000 and leave Las Vegas. Fran waits for something else. Meanwhile, he moves in with her.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty, Charles Braswell, Hank Henry

Votes: 723 | Gross: $1.50M

26. Interiors (1978)

PG | 92 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Three sisters find their lives spinning out of control in the wake of their parents' sudden, unexpected divorce.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Diane Keaton, Geraldine Page, Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt

Votes: 16,201

27. I Never Sang for My Father (1970)

GP | 92 min | Drama

A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.

Director: Gilbert Cates | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Stickney, Estelle Parsons

Votes: 2,022

28. The Swimmer (1968)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A man spends a summer day swimming as many pools as he can all over a quiet suburban town.

Directors: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Tony Bickley

Votes: 7,799

29. 9½ Weeks (1986)

R | 117 min | Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A woman gets involved in an impersonal affair with a man. She barely knows about his life, only about the sex games they play, so the relationship begins to get complicated.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Kim Basinger, Margaret Whitton, David Margulies

Votes: 33,470 | Gross: $6.73M

30. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)

M/PG | 129 min | Drama

The lives of a disparate group of contestants intertwine in an inhumanely grueling dance marathon.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Susannah York, Gig Young

Votes: 14,092

31. The Projectionist (1970)

GP | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A projectionist bored with his everyday life begins fantasizing about his being one of the superheroes he sees in the movies he shows.

Director: Harry Hurwitz | Stars: Chuck McCann, Ina Balin, Rodney Dangerfield, Jára Kohout

Votes: 327

32. Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director: Ralph Bakshi | Stars: Skip Hinnant, Rosetta LeNoire, John McCurry, Judy Engles

Votes: 9,672 | Gross: $25.00M

33. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)

R | 136 min | Drama, Romance

A dedicated schoolteacher spends her nights cruising bars, looking for abusive men with whom she can engage in progressively violent sexual encounters.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Diane Keaton, Richard Gere, Tuesday Weld, William Atherton

Votes: 5,972 | Gross: $16.90M

34. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

105 min | Drama

The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshimi Jô, Koichi Nakamura

Votes: 3,248

35. At Close Range (1986)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1978 Pennsylvania, an absentee father is reacquainted with his estranged teenage sons who become intrigued with his romanticized life of crime.

Director: James Foley | Stars: Sean Penn, Christopher Walken, Mary Stuart Masterson, Chris Penn

Votes: 12,365 | Gross: $2.35M



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