Movies I Love, Even If Nobody Else Does

by marc_brazeau | created - 28 Mar 2015 | updated - 19 Mar 2016 | Public

Not necessarily my favorite movies, but movies that are personal favorites that haven't garnered much love from anyone else.

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1. Havana (I) (1990)

R | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

In 1950s Cuba, a professional gambler falls for a woman heavily involved in the revolution movement.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Lena Olin, Alan Arkin, Tomas Milian

Votes: 6,364 | Gross: $9.24M

A remake of Casablanca, the costumes, sets, and atmosphere are worth the price of admission. Redford and Olin are excellent with great support from Alan Arkin, Tony Plano and Raul Julia.

2. Unstrung Heroes (1995)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Steven Lidz, unhappy with his home life since his mother got sick, goes and lives with his two crazy Uncles. There he changes and gets closer to his Uncles, but his parents want him home ... See full summary »

Director: Diane Keaton | Stars: Andie MacDowell, John Turturro, Michael Richards, Maury Chaykin

Votes: 2,848 | Gross: $7.93M

Diane Keaton directs a wonderful cast with John Turturro, Andie MacDowell, Michael Richards and Josh Mostel. The family story is deeply affecting and I love the crazy uncles even though they were seen as a weak spot by most critics.

3. Cold Feet (1989)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime

A psycho-killer with mommy issues, a charming crooked cowboy and their girl steal some jewels. The cowboy decides not to share and goes on the run with the loot. A crazy chase across the country between former partners in crime begins.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Keith Carradine, Sally Kirkland, Tom Waits, Bill Pullman

Votes: 324 | Gross: $0.29M

A deeply flawed movie, but the sense of humor is my kind of quirky. Probably the best Tom Waits vehicle this side of Big Time. Bill Pullman makes an early career appearance, stealing a number of scenes.

4. Bamboozled (2000)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

50 Metascore

A frustrated African-American TV writer proposes a blackface minstrel show in protest, but to his chagrin it becomes a hit.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Damon Wayans, Savion Glover, Jada Pinkett Smith, Michael Rapaport

Votes: 9,350 | Gross: $2.19M

An under-appreciated gem from Spike Lee.

5. Tin Cup (1996)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin

Votes: 41,963 | Gross: $53.85M

Lots of people like this movie, but I hold an affection towards it completely out of proportion to it's actual quality. Kevin Costner at his best. Great soundtrack.

6. Heaven (1987)

PG-13 | 80 min | Documentary

A series of interviews are conducted concerning people's beliefs towards the possibility of an afterlife. The interviews are filmed against a set of strange backdrops, and are intercut with... See full summary »

Director: Diane Keaton | Stars: Michael Agbabian, James Allport, Lazaro Arvizu, Stephen Augustine

Votes: 240

An another Diane Keaton project. A mostly forgotten, highly stylized documentary about people's views of the afterlife. Bolstered with wonderful vintage movie archival footage.

7. Walker (1987)

R | 94 min | Biography, Drama, History

An unconventional retelling of the life of William Walker, a 19th century American mercenary leader who became the president of Nicaragua.

Director: Alex Cox | Stars: Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Keith Szarabajka

Votes: 2,887 | Gross: $0.26M

Alex Cox directs a surreal history of American Imperialism in Central America. Among Ed Harris' finest work. Joe Strummer's soundtrack is unmatched.

8. Barbary Coast (1935)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She... See full summary »

Directors: Howard Hawks, William Wyler | Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Joel McCrea, Walter Brennan

Votes: 1,298

What a world.

9. Angelo My Love (1983)

R | 115 min | Drama

Step into the world of gypsy life. Come meet Angelo and his family. See the gypsy court system. A gypsy wedding where a boy's family pays for his wife. Come see the gypsy lifestyle, how they live, how they love family.

Director: Robert Duvall | Stars: Angelo Evans, Michael Evans, Ruthie Evans, Tony Evans

Votes: 187

Robert Duvall's story of a precocious and charismatic gypsy kid in New York. Cast nearly entirely with amateurs from the community it sprung from. It was kind of a big deal at the time. It seems to have been largely forgotten.

10. My Life as a Dog (1985)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama, Comedy

A boy and his brother don't get along well. In order to let their ill mother rest, they're separated and sent each one with their relatives.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Anton Glanzelius, Tomas von Brömssen, Anki Lidén, Melinda Kinnaman

Votes: 16,552 | Gross: $8.35M

This a pretty highly rated movie for this list. A minor classic to the rest of the world, it's a major classic in mine.

11. So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

A San Francisco poet who fears commitment suspects his girlfriend may have a knack for killing off her significant others.

Director: Thomas Schlamme | Stars: Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer

Votes: 30,541 | Gross: $11.59M

Sadly, the failure of this movie scared Mike Meyers away from making more personal movies. (The upside of that was the first two Austin Powers.) I love the chemistry between Meyers and Travis. Great wacky cameos by Phil Hartman, Alan Arkin, Steve Wright and Charles Grodin. Meyers is brilliant as his own father.

12. The Razor's Edge (1984)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama, Romance, War

He had everything and wanted nothing. He learned that he had nothing and wanted everything. He saved the world and then it shattered. The path to enlightenment is as sharp and narrow as a razor's edge.

Director: John Byrum | Stars: Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Denholm Elliott, Catherine Hicks

Votes: 4,502 | Gross: $6.55M

This film's poor showing probably delayed Bill Murray's appearance in any more ambitious films by another decade. I love the way they captured the period and Murray does a fine job as a spiritual seeker without any undue sentimentality.

13. Home for the Holidays (1995)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

After losing her job, making out with her soon-to-be former boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson faces spending the holiday with her family.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Robert Downey Jr., Charles Durning

Votes: 10,353 | Gross: $17.52M

Jodie Foster directs a mindbendingly talented cast in a smart, touching family drama.

14. Two Girls and a Guy (1997)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »

Director: James Toback | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Angel David

Votes: 6,420 | Gross: $1.95M

Before Tony Stark, this was the ultimate vehicle for Robert Downey Jr's oversize ego. People seem to love it or hate. I loved it.

15. The New Age (1994)

R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Episodic movie about a rich yuppie couple who, going broke, can't decide if they want to stay together and openly sleep around and experiment with different lifestyles.

Director: Michael Tolkin | Stars: Peter Weller, Judy Davis, Patrick Bauchau, Rachel Rosenthal

Votes: 943 | Gross: $0.25M

Peter Weller and Judy Davis are by turns ferociously viscous and heartbreakingly vulnerable. A fantastic portrait of a relationship between two big egos on it's last legs.

16. The Anniversary Party (2001)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Love is complex and relationships deteriorate.

Directors: Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh | Stars: Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Kevin Kline

Votes: 7,741 | Gross: $4.01M

Altmanesque quality ensemble cast. Not any great shakes as a story, but you'd be hard pressed to find a group of actors that you'd rather spend some time with.

17. Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

59 Metascore

A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan

Votes: 15,283 | Gross: $8.09M

The opening fight scene alone is worth the price of admission. Walter Hill imagines a highly stylized alternative 50s world. Dynamite soundtrack that includes a live bar room Blasters performance. Highlights include a devilish looking Willem Defoe who prefers to settle scores in latex overalls with sledgehammers.

18. Sweet and Lowdown (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

70 Metascore

In the 1930s, jazz guitarist Emmet Ray idolizes Django Reinhardt, faces gangsters and falls in love with a mute woman.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Sean Penn, Samantha Morton, Woody Allen, Ben Duncan

Votes: 30,074 | Gross: $4.20M

My favorite non-cannonical Woody Allen movie. Also my favorite non-canonical Sean Penn movie.

19. Limbo (1999)

R | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez, Michael Laskin

Votes: 5,419 | Gross: $2.00M

Under appreciated work from John Sayles. Has the social tapestry he is known for but with a more personal story and more heart then he often achieves.

20. Texasville (1990)

R | 123 min | Drama

The summer of 1984: 32 years after Duane Jackson captained the high school football team and Jacy Farrow was homecoming queen, the small town of Anarene, Texas prepares for its centennial ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Harvey Christiansen

Votes: 2,211 | Gross: $2.27M

Peter Bodanovich's sequal to The Last Picture Show. Jeff Bridges hang dog midlife crisis is brilliantly rendered as is Annie Potts' switchblade wit as the wife who is happy to give him all the rope he needs.

21. Mystery, Alaska (1999)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

49 Metascore

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack

Votes: 23,940 | Gross: $8.89M

It's not that great, but I like it.

22. Nobody's Fool (1994)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

86 Metascore

A stubborn man past his prime reflects on his life of strict independence and seeks more out of himself.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Jessica Tandy, Melanie Griffith

Votes: 16,500 | Gross: $39.49M

Paul Newman is having a tough couple days somewhere cold and snowy.

23. Chinese Box (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui

Votes: 2,912 | Gross: $2.20M

Very smart, very personal, very poignant tale of a British journal working in Hong Kong as it returns to Chinese rule. Highly under-rated. Maggie Cheung's performance alone elevates it to another level.

24. Ready to Wear (1994)

R | 133 min | Comedy, Drama

48 Metascore

A chronicle of the interconnected lives of a group of people in the lead up to Paris Fashion Week.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 13,463 | Gross: $11.30M

Altman, old and on the ropes, delivers a series of sharp jabs and deft feints.

25. Creator (1985)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

An eccentric scientist teaches a student in his own manner while he looks for a way to clone his deceased wife.

Director: Ivan Passer | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mariel Hemingway, Vincent Spano, Virginia Madsen

Votes: 2,743 | Gross: $5.35M

This could have been a great film if it weren't for the straight to video shmaltz of the period. Wonderful story and O'Toole is his usual brilliant, gigantic self.

26. Pootie Tang (2001)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

31 Metascore

"The Man" is baffled by a chill black's invincible weapon: gibberish.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, J.B. Smoove, Jennifer Coolidge

Votes: 12,610 | Gross: $3.29M

I just about coughed up a lung ever five minutes the first time I saw this. Who knows how good it could have been if Louis CK had been allowed to make it as weird as he wanted.

27. Henry & June (1990)

NC-17 | 136 min | Biography, Drama

In 1931 Paris, Anais Nin meets Henry Miller and his wife June. Intrigued by them both, she begins expanding her sexual horizons with her husband Hugo as well as with Henry and others. June ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

Votes: 11,331 | Gross: $11.57M

I'm a sucker for early twentieth century period pieces. This one of the best.

28. The Leading Man (1996)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Successful playwright Felix Webb has a new play, 'The Hit Man', in rehearsal. Directed by his old friend Humphrey, it is already being hailed as a masterpiece; but Felix can't enjoy his ... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Jon Bon Jovi, Anna Galiena, Lambert Wilson, Thandie Newton

Votes: 1,325

Jon Bon Jovi will surprise the *beep* out of you. Surprising, that after his excellent performances in this and Homegrown, we have seen more of his acting chops since.

29. Homegrown (1998)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Kelly Lynch, John Lithgow

Votes: 4,248 | Gross: $0.22M

Dark, smart, funny. Well grounded in the details. Superb performances from Billy Bob Thorton, John Lithgow, Jon Bon Jovi, Hank Azaria and the Princess Bride.

30. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

36 Metascore

A nerdy outcast secretly pays the most popular girl in school one thousand dollars to be his girlfriend.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Amanda Peterson, Courtney Gains, Tina Caspary

Votes: 28,374 | Gross: $31.62M

Patrick Dempsey's smart, charismatic, emotional performance in this put him on the map. The astronomy and the use of Tucson as a setting really set this apart from the run of the mill high school romance, nerd gets girl genre.

31. Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack

Votes: 6,161 | Gross: $3.56M



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