Col Needham's Top 30 Hidden Gems From 1990 to 2019by BonaFideBOSS | created - 15 Oct 2020 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb, shared his favorite underrated and unpopular movies of each year from 1990 to 2019.
Which of his picks do you like the most or are most interested to see?
See also: Col Needham's Top 30 Movies From the Last 30 Years
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1. Love at Large (1990)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Vampish miss Dolan hires hardboiled P.I. Harry Dobbs to tail her shady boyfriend. Harry realizes that the man leads a double life but then his client disappears. Harry teams up with his own tail, P.I. Stella Wynkowski, to clear things up.
Votes: 1,274 | Gross: $1.44M
4. The Night We Never Met (1993)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Romance
Brian, painter Ellen and chef Sam timeshare an apartment on different days. A shift on Mon/Wednesdays causes mistaken identity as Ellen and Sam have never met but leave notes, food etc. behind for each other.
Votes: 2,842 | Gross: $1.88M
5. Jason's Lyric (1994)
R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Two brothers, survivors of family tragedy, take different life paths: one falls for a high-spirited waitress and dreams of success, the other follows a life of petty crime. Their lives reconnect in shattering fashion.
Votes: 4,023 | Gross: $20.85M
6. Restoration (1995)
R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History
The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.
Votes: 9,364 | Gross: $4.10M
7. Blood and Wine (1996)
R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.
Votes: 9,920 | Gross: $1.08M
8. Eve's Bayou (1997)
R | 109 min | Drama
What did little Eve see--and how will it haunt her? Husband, father and womanizer Louis Batiste is the head of an affluent family, but it's the women who rule this gothic world of secrets, lies and mystic forces.
Votes: 9,689 | Gross: $14.82M
10. Limbo (I) (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.
Votes: 6,007 | Gross: $2.00M
11. Whipped (2000)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Romance
Three egotistical swingers, who think they're God's gift to women, end up having their friendships tested when all three of them pick up and start dating the same woman.
Votes: 4,139 | Gross: $4.14M
12. The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance
A failed novelist's inability to pay the bills strains relations with his wife and leads him to work at an escort service where he becomes entwined with a wealthy woman whose husband is a successful writer.
Votes: 4,247 | Gross: $1.43M
13. The Good Thief (2002)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An aging gambler on a losing streak attempts to rob a casino in Monte Carlo. But someone's already tipped off the cops before he even makes a move.
Votes: 10,421 | Gross: $3.52M
14. I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003)
R | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A former gangster reenters the criminal underworld after his brother suspiciously commits suicide.
Votes: 8,598 | Gross: $0.36M
15. Enduring Love (2004)
R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Two strangers become connected by a tragedy, yet one dangerously feels that the connection goes much deeper than the other is willing to admit.
Votes: 10,419 | Gross: $0.36M
17. Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Sex and love. Some seek it, some need it, some spurn it, and some pay for it, but we're all involved in it. Set on one afternoon on Hampstead Heath, London, this movie investigates the minutiae of seven couples. What makes us tick?
18. Brick Lane (2007)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama
In 1980s London, Nazneem, a young Bangladeshi woman, feels her soul is quietly dying in her arranged marriage, until the day hot-headed Karim comes knocking at her door.
Votes: 3,133 | Gross: $1.09M
21. Waste Land (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro is Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill, where men and women sift through garbage for a living. Artist Vik Muniz produces portraits of the workers and learns about their lives.
Votes: 9,074 | Gross: $0.19M
22. Albatross (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
Beth, a bookish teenager, befriends Emilia, an aspiring novelist who has just arrived in town. Emilia soon begins an affair with Beth's father that threatens to have devastating consequences.
24. The Invisible Woman (2013)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.
Votes: 9,821 | Gross: $1.23M
25. Hyena (I) (2014)
Unrated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Good policing doesn't necessarily mean doing everything by the book. But as the business of crime in London turns to favour the Albanians and Turks, how does a "good" policeman survive?
27. Detour (I) (2016)
R | 97 min | Action, Thriller
A young law student blindly enters into a pact with a hoodlum who offers to kill his stepfather - a man he feels is responsible for the accident that sent his mother into a coma.
Votes: 5,835 | Gross: $0.00M
28. The Sense of an Ending (2017)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Mystery
A man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.
Votes: 6,531 | Gross: $1.24M
29. Banana Split (2018)
R | 88 min | Comedy
Over the course of a summer, two teenage girls develop the perfect kindred spirit friendship, with one big problem: one of them is dating the other's ex.