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.

2 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.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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 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.

6 Attack the Block

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

7 My Father, My Lord
8 We the Animals
9 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.

10 The Hot Spot

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

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.

12 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.

13 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.

14 Badlands
15 Matchstick Men

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

16 The Big Sleep
17 Night Moves

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.

18 House of Games

Excellent. Intense and twisted con man drama.

19 Pan's Labyrinth
20 A Touch of Zen
21 Prince of the City
22 The Last Detail
23 Boy

An incredibly moving, authentic movie.

24 Luce
25 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. Thanks for adding

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

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