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

1 Body Heat

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. - CyberRat

2 Ran

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 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. - CyberRat

3 The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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. - CyberRat

4 Eyes Without a Face

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. - CyberRat

Billy Idol - CedreticFomento

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

5 Dark City

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. - CyberRat

6 We the Animals

A poetic masterpiece - Y2K

7 The Hot Spot

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

Two words: Jennifer Connelly. - truckturner

8 My Father, My Lord

Lovingly crafted and heartbreaking - Y2K

9 Attack the Block
10 Red Rock West

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. - CyberRat

The Contenders

11 Lean on Pete

Surprisingly raw, sad, and beautiful for a boy and his horse movie. Excellent depiction of one face of poverty in America. - Y2K

12 Matchstick Men

Another Nicolas Cage vehicle, but it's the supporting cast and story that really carry this film for me. This is probably the most likely film here that many are familiar with, but if you haven't seen this, its great. - CyberRat

13 Luce

2019 film with some of the sharpest writing out there, exploring race and the model minority stereotype - Y2K

14 High Fidelity

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. - CyberRat

15 Boy

Taika Waititi's best movie is only well-known in New Zealand - Y2K

16 Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale

I love Tom and Jerry, but I haven't heard of this... It looks like the older ones, which are my favorite. Great time of year to break this out I'm thinking. - CyberRat

My personal favorite out of all of the Tom and Jerry movies, just saying. - PerfectImpulseX

17 Better Watch Out
18 Shoot 'Em Up

Action-comedy that really pushes boundaries. Clive Own is awesome - Y2K

19 Children of Men

Great movie. One of my favorites. Highly recommend. - THC13

20 The Decline of Western Civilization

Best Documentary I've seen. - CyberRat

21 After Hours

Great recommendation. One of Scorsese's finest hidden gems. I had totally forgotten it, and will definitely check this out this weekend. Thanks - CyberRat

22 Sleeping Giant
23 House of Games

Excellent. Intense and twisted con man drama. - CyberRat

24 Being John Malkovich
25 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Detonation

The Nanoha movies are so underrated (at least in most parts of the world outside of Japan anyways)...
I honestly can't wait for the (possible) StrikerS movie... - PerfectImpulseX

This sounds good. Thanks. I will run it by my daughter. Shes really into Anime as well, but I don't remember seeing any of these Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, but I'll bet she has. - CyberRat

26 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Reflection
27 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's
28 The Black Cauldron

Video game variant was way better - darthvadern

This movie is so good! I don't know why Disney doesn’t want anyone to remember it - Manlypants

29 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 1st
30 Backbeat
31 The Milagro Beanfield War
32 Brad's Status
33 Traveller
34 Krull

A fun little fantasy film made after the original Star Wars movie, one of those many films that tried to capture its magic. It failed the magic of Star Wars, but it has it's own feel to it, with overall not bad acting and a great score from James Horner I'd recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy/sci-fi. I'll warn you about some cheesy effects in it. - Stalin

Yeah, good one, thanks for reminding me... I haven't seen this in many years, it deserves a re-watch. - CyberRat

35 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

I like this movie. Thanks for adding it. It is somewhat forgotten, but my step son loves it, so I catch pieces of it occasionally. - CyberRat

36 Scarecrow
37 Miller's Crossing

Long-winded, but very gripping when it gets going. - PositronWildhawk

38 The Great Escape

Surprised to see this excellent film here. I wouldn't say it was lesser-known at all; especially around Christmastime. It also has some of the most iconic and memorable scenes in film.

39 The Day of the Locust
40 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert McNamara
41 Sorcerer
42 Sisters
43 Bang the Drum Slowly
44 Straight Time
45 The Anderson Tapes
46 The Landlord
47 Papillon

No! Not this re-make (Admittedly I haven't seen this one) I mean the original "Papillon" with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. I think its from like 1972. My bad for not checking it out better before submitting. - CyberRat

48 Down to the Bone
49 Thief
50 Electra Glide in Blue
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