Top 10 Lesser-Known Good Movies

C'mon, theres no way any of us could possibly watch all the movies, from all the genres, that are available for us to watch. I am hoping not only to have someone watch a movie I list here, but to myself watch alot of movies that others add. Lets share. I will attempt to keep my original 10 to movies that were at least somewhat popular, at some point, but any film, however obscure, is wecome.

The Top Ten

Body Heat Body Heat Product Image

Although highly critically acclaimed, it somehow falls through the cracks on most lists of great films of the 1980's, both here and elsewhere online. Its twisted, and racy, so I would recommend it for more mature viewers. A great movie I feel many my age have at least seen, but even I let it drift for a number of years. I'm glad I re-watched it.

We the Animals We the Animals Product Image

A poetic masterpiece

Ran Ran Product Image

Among the many visually brilliant films by legendary director Akira Kirosawa, this one somehow either rates lower, or is sometimes even forgotten. I believe it to be on a par visually with not only Kirosawa's best work, but with the best in the history of cinematography. Of course, if you have not seen Kirosawa's brilliant "Seven Samurai", I suggest you start there, but that film is often rated the best film of all time by both critics and Hollywood insiders alike, so chances are many here have seen it.

My Father, My Lord My Father, My Lord Product Image

Lovingly crafted and heartbreaking

The Witches of Eastwick (1987) The Witches of Eastwick (1987) Product Image

Nicholson shines in this wicked, funny and well produced gem. The cast as a whole is very good. Among my film buff friends, no one brings it up, but when I did, it was lauded on many fronts.

Eyes Without a Face Eyes Without a Face Product Image

I've seen a few folks here mention this film, but not too many, so I'll add it on the chance many have not seen it. Groundbreaking horror. brilliant adaption to the big screen.

Great list! Informative and interesting.
Added to favourites :D

Attack the Block Attack the Block Product Image

Saw some of this one online. It was very well done, and I can't wait to get back to it. Thank you for adding

Dark City Dark City Product Image

Great homage to the German classic "Metropolis", with its own unique twist. This is fairly recent (1998) comparatively, so I suspect even more will have seen it, but even if you have, there's a Roger Ebert commentary included (on select copies) that really explains a lot of how the film was shot, and gives insight into filmmaking as a whole. Good cast, with Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland and the stunning Jennifer Connelly.

Lean on Pete Lean on Pete Product Image

Surprisingly raw, sad, and beautiful for a boy and his horse movie. Excellent depiction of one face of poverty in America.

Luce Luce Product Image

2019 film with some of the sharpest writing out there, exploring race and the model minority stereotype

The Newcomers

? The Theory of Everything The Theory of Everything Product Image
? The Maddening The Maddening Product Image

This didn't get great reviews, but I loved it. Dark and twisted. The book was better, though ;)

The Contenders

The Hot Spot The Hot Spot Product Image

Very racy, mature audience drama. Well acted. Sneaky good story.

Two words: Jennifer Connelly.

Boy Boy Product Image

An incredibly moving, authentic movie.

Taika Waititi's best movie is only well-known in New Zealand

Red Rock West Red Rock West Product Image

One of Nicolas Cage's best performances, which in itself is worth the time. Lara Flynn Boyle and Dennis Hopper shine! Very good HBO movie.

Better Watch Out Better Watch Out Product Image
Matchstick Men Matchstick Men Product Image

Another Nicolas Cage vehicle, but it's the supporting cast and story that really carry this film for me.

High Fidelity High Fidelity Product Image

Another somewhat popular, fairly recent film, that seemingly gets little attention here. Ironic, humorous story on relationships, and our universal confusion concerning them. Great soundtrack, with a underground record store as a backdrop. A young Jack Black is hilarious. Great performances throughout.

Shoot 'Em Up Shoot 'Em Up Product Image

Action-comedy that really pushes boundaries. Clive Own is awesome

Captain Fantastic Captain Fantastic Product Image
The Family Man The Family Man Product Image
To Live and Die in L.A.

Brilliant really. It met with limited success on it's theatrical release, but has since gained a large cult following, so I guess it qualifies as somewhat well known.
Still, I don't hear much about it on this site, so if you've got the time and means, check this out.
Suspenseful, artsy, gritty. I wouldn't want to ruin this for anyone with too many spoilers, but at a minimum, it has a great car chase sequence reminiscent of some of the greatest in cinematic history (The French Connection, Bullitt, etc.) shot on the streets and highways of LA.

Sleeping Giant Sleeping Giant Product Image
House of Games House of Games Product Image

Excellent. Intense and twisted con man drama.

Open Range Open Range Product Image

Although he takes a lot of flack in the media, Kevin Costner sure knows that authenticity plays well. His films have such a convincing look and feel for the period in which they are set. This is a fine example of that, for my taste. Great performances in this gritty, absorbing western. Thank you for adding

Night Moves Night Moves Product Image

I've spent the last couple of my daily allotment of votes trying to get all these wonderful Gene Hackman films moved ahead on the list, and for my tastes, this one is just about perfect. Thank you for this great recommendation.

Broken Trail Broken Trail Product Image
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