Movies you think are great but are underrated
I’m looking for peoples favourite films that most people probably haven’t seen or are seriously underrated. Mainly because I’m constantly looking for things to watch and I’m sick of watching crappy movies, I don’t mind if they are so shit they make me laugh, but you know those one’s that are trying to be good be just suck balls but everyone goes on about, a personal example is Scarface.
Anyway I’ll get the ball rolling here:
Holy Mountain- This film is a tad long and insane but it is really worth a watch. It’s extremely abstract. Very good for an acid trip, actually it’s probably the best time to watch it.
Lost Highway- a personal favourite of mine by David Lynch. It’s pretty strange but it is very enthralling and really leaves you thinking.
Tideland & Brazil- Two films by Terry Gilliam(a Python), My favourite director after stanley kubrick. Brazil is a dystopian sci-fi. Tideland is about the daughter of junkies lost in her own imagination.
Boogie Nights- Not sure how popular this is, but it is brilliant and hilarious. It’s about the porn industry. the guy who made it Paul Thomas Anderson is probably one of if not the best director around now, he made There Will Be Blood, Punch-Drunk Love and Magnolia.
So what are yours?
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Se7en, the ending makes us question the weight of our actions. Like the old saying “you will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger,” the entire film sets up the idea that ultimately, our decisions themselves hold the consequences.
Plus it’s got Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and the very wonderful Kevin Spacey. Check it out if you haven’t seen it.
One of my all-time favourites is Into the Wild, don’t know how under/overrated it is, though. But there’s at least one film which I know, has definitely not got the attention it deserves. Just like any other Scandinavian films, Headhunters is very well-executed masterpiece. Give it a try! :-)
@beyond, Thank you Sasho, I thought I was the only one.
For the 3rd movie in the Evil Dead trilogy, it is actually Army of Darkness, not the Dead.
A few other movies: Monster Squad, Silver Bullet, Lost Boys, Animal House, White Men Can’t Jump, Passenger 57, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Fortress, Highlander, Malcolm X, Boyz n the Hood, Menace to Society, American History X, American Psycho, Snatch.
@donjaime23, Agreed. Superbad blew my mind when I saw it. I was expecting pretty much the same as you, but I was shocked at how down to earth it was, its like the reality of american pie. great call.
I can’t believe no one has mentioned my favorite:
Raising Arizona (1987) – with Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter
Heathers (1988) – with Winona Ryder and Christian Slater
Being John Malkovich (1999) – w John Cusack and Cameron Diaz
Lastly, Black Dynamite – very funny take on black-sploitation movies of the early 70′s
Loads of good ones mentioned. My fave has to be Oldboy. South Korean film about a guy imprisoned in a room with no explanation as to why. Finally after 15 years he is released and left to try and discover who locked him up and why. A dark, twisted vengeance film.
The Hunter – just saw it on Netflix, pretty good movie, not really a deep thinking one but it plays with your emotions a bit.
Boy Wonder – Very good movie, also on Netflix I believe, very good plot and nice twists.
Can’t think of many more but if I recall any I’ll come back to this.
I can rattle off a bunch of good movies, not that they are under-rated but most are older and people have not discovered them yet.
There are the new movies Red Dawn and Total Recall, the originals are great. I haven’t seen the new Red Dawn yet but The new Total Recall cannot be compared to the original.
One of my favourite movies is pretty much unheard of, it is not good enough to be good and it is not bad enough to be good, most people will never see it: Hard Rain with Morgan Freeman and Christian Slater.
I will just pump out a bunch of films I like:
Demons 1&2 Dario Argento
Evil Dead 1, 2 & Army of the Dead
Return of the Living Dead 1&2
Dawn of the Dead original is best but the remakes not bad.
Day of the Dead original is best but the remakes so-so.
The Resident Evil saga
There are a lot of great Stephen King adaptations, my fav is Stand By Me
Willow has Val Kilmer and some Potter fans may know Warwick Davis
Predator these movies are great and so are most of the Alien movies, the cross overs are don’t do justice but they are what they are. I enjoyed the Robert Rodriguez Predators.
Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York are great Kurt Russell films, another of his is called Soldier, I love that movie.
Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, a lot of people wont like this for Kevin Costner but the supporting cast is brilliant, especially Alan Rickman, a few will know from Potter, in a bad guy role that I believe tops Gruber in Die Hard.
The Fifth Element, I recently claimed this as my favourite movie of all time.
The Shogun Assasin, this is actually a compilation of scenes from a series, it takes some of the best things and puts them in one feature.
A fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly are actually a trillogy of spaghetti westerns starring Clint Eastwood, the last is one of the best westerns of all time. Another good western is Once Upon a Time in the West.
The BeastMaster, I grew up on this film, I love it but most people say it is so bad its good or it’s just plain bad.
The Toxic Avenger
Flight of the Navigator
Never Ending Story
Brain Dead (aka Dead Alive)
The REC films are good
The Running Man
The Crazies, the original was great, the remake has Timothy Olyphant and I always like him.
The Omen trillogy
The Grudge, the Hollywood remake is pretty crazy but I love the original Japanese films.
Smokey and the Bandit
Raw and Delirious Eddie Murphy, he has a few good ones like 48 Hours and its sequel, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America but I always liked the Golden Child for some reason.
I like Van Damme movies such as Cyborg, BloodSport, the Quest and Double Impact.
A really good international (foreign language) zombie film I love is La Hordé.
Some comedies: Young Frankenstein, CaddyShack, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Summer Rental.
If I think of more I will post.
anything by the coen brothers is fucking brilliant, amazing, and funny!
big lebowski and raising arizona were already mentioned.
burn after reading (brad pitt is hillarious! until he gets his dome popped by george clooney ;) )
fargo (eh margie)
blood simple (bloody brilliant)
oh brother where art thou?
no country for old men
and true grit (least favorite one… but still good )
Plus one of the greatest movies ever created was Twelve Angry Men!!