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The BEST Movies Nobody Has Heard Of?

post #1 of 601
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What movies have you seen that were so good you couldn't believe that they were so unknown? They don't have to be Oscar worthy, just enjoyable and well made. Please no cheese that was so bad it was good, I am looking for quality relatively unknown films.

I'll start with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. Although this was released in theaters I never heard of it until I (fortunately) rented it. Great story, great acting, completely unconventional.
post #2 of 601
I've mentioned this before, the 2004 Japanese movie 'Be With You' (Ima, ai ni yukimasu). Check it out before the American remake destroys it. Also 'Il Mar' (Siworae ) which Hollywood remade into 'The Lake House'.
post #3 of 601
I adored Yi Yi. (2000)

I think Criterion just released a redone version. (Or is it still coming?)

EDIT:

Yup, it's out.


http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=22650
post #4 of 601
Bellman and True (1987) is one of the best bank heist movies I've seen.
A Pure Formality (1994) is one of the best crime thrillers I've seen.
post #5 of 601
the lathe of heaven

original version.
post #6 of 601
Every time I see a thread like this one I am always compelled to mention William Peter Blatty's brilliant The Ninth Configuration (1980)

"In order for life to have appeared spontaneously on Earth, there first had to be hundreds of millions of protein molecules of the Ninth Configuration. But, given the size of the planet Earth, do you know how long it would take for just one of these protein molecules to appear by chance? Roughly 10 to the 243rd power, billions of years; and I find that far, far more fantastic than simply believing in a god."
post #7 of 601
This is probably more known than movies mentioned above but everyone I ever ask hasn't seen it so I'll mention it.

True Romance
post #8 of 601
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Originally Posted by dpd146 View Post

This is probably more known than movies mentioned above but everyone I ever ask hasn't seen it so I'll mention it.

True Romance

Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse.
post #9 of 601
This thread has been done before but I'll add to it.

Once Were Warriors.
post #10 of 601
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Originally Posted by mrhan View Post

This thread has been done before but I'll add to it.

Once Were Warriors.

Yes, and not all that long ago.
post #11 of 601
Revolver (2005, guy richie)
So far its only in region 2
post #12 of 601
Alien 3000-Best worst movie ever made.I laughed so much during this mess that I guess I cant help but recommend this as a good time at the film makers expense.
post #13 of 601
I really liked 'Frequency' With Dennis Quaid......Great movie that no one went to see.
post #14 of 601
I know it is somewhat known in these forums, but very few have seen or heard of Memento and it got very little play if any at the theaters. A very unique movie with a great performance by Guy Pearce. Definitely one to watch twice.
post #15 of 601
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Originally Posted by jandawil View Post

I know it is somewhat known in these forums, but very few have seen or heard of Memento and it got very little play if any at the theaters.



Memento wasn't a $100 million blockbuster, but it made $25 mil domestically (based on a $5 mil budget) and played in theaters from March to November of 2001. It was also nominated for 2 Oscars and a Golden Globe, and has been extremely popular on DVD (released in 2 different editions).

Memento is a very famous movie.
post #16 of 601
My pick is Happy Accidents. Excellent movie.
post #17 of 601
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post



Memento wasn't a $100 million blockbuster, but it made $25 mil domestically (based on a $5 mil budget) and played in theaters from March to November of 2001. It was also nominated for 2 Oscars and a Golden Globe, and has been extremely popular on DVD (released in 2 different editions).

Memento is a very famous movie.

Very famous?? Not too sure about that. Not that I'm arguing with anything you said here, it's just that I am pretty good at keeping up with movies and I stumbled across this one on IMDB looking for ideas of what to rent and had to call 3 BB's to find one that carried it. Than when I liked it and told all my friends about it they had never heard of it either. So for the the average movie renter, it's relatively unknown, but maybe it has grown in popularity since I saw it 3 years ago.
post #18 of 601
Oh wow, Josh..thank you. I'm ashamed to admit I'd never heard of this film. Ashamed because after Session 9 I resolved to see every film Brad Anderson makes. A "sci-fi comedy, huh? Now I have to find it..
Session 9 would be a pick from me. One of the creepiest, perfectly constructed horror/suspense films I've ever seen. Another-Clay Pigeons-totally changed how I viewed Vince Vaughn as an actor. Fraility would be another. Not perfect, but thought provoking in its portrayal of good and evil. Devil in a Blue Dress and One False Move-Carl Franklin is a whale of a B movie director who shoulda been doing film noir in the 40's but was born too late.
post #19 of 601
Living in Oblivion-- Steve Buschemi as an independant filmmaker trying to make his magnum opus. It gives a very real, funny picture of what it's like to make an independant film, and has a hilarious send up of Brad Pitt.
post #20 of 601
No matter how many times these posts appear, I always enjoy them. Here is my list. In fact some of them may have come from similar posts like this from the past

New York Doll
In the Bedroom
Gram Parsons: Fallen Angel
2 Days in the Valley
Dear Frankie
Downfall
post #21 of 601
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Originally Posted by Kilgore View Post

Every time I see a thread like this one I am always compelled to mention William Peter Blatty's brilliant The Ninth Configuration (1980)

"In order for life to have appeared spontaneously on Earth, there first had to be hundreds of millions of protein molecules of the Ninth Configuration. But, given the size of the planet Earth, do you know how long it would take for just one of these protein molecules to appear by chance? Roughly 10 to the 243rd power, billions of years; and I find that far, far more fantastic than simply believing in a god."

I second this, I LOVE this movie.
post #22 of 601
In July -- great German road trip/romantic comedy movie.
post #23 of 601
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Originally Posted by mflanagan View Post

I really liked 'Frequency' With Dennis Quaid......Great movie that no one went to see.

I really did as well. One of the few movies where I actually got 'the chills' during a couple of scenes...

htomei
post #24 of 601
Hundreds of them, but I'll never remember them all. From my own collection:

1. The Anniversary Party
2. Gattaca
3. The Vertical Ray of the Sun
4. Before Sunrise and Before Sunset (see them back to back)
5. Eulogy
6. Foxfire
7. Chungking Express
8. Mystery Men
9. Living in Oblivion
10. At Close Range
11. Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould
12. Ulee's Gold
13. Floundering
14. Grace of my Heart (wonderful film)
15. She's the One
16. The Spanish Prisoner
17. Permanent Midnight
18. Dazed and Confused
19. Mystery Train
20. Hurlyburly
21. The Apostle
22. Shopgirl

Obviously someone has heard of these, me at least, but they are all movies that are not well known, and very under-appreciated in my opinion.
post #25 of 601
I always liked "My Boyfriend's Back" - - your basic zombie puppy love story.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107626/

Probably closer to a guilty pleasure than a "best movie"
post #26 of 601
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Originally Posted by lonwolf615 View Post

Oh wow, Josh..thank you. I'm ashamed to admit I'd never heard of this film. Ashamed because after Session 9 I resolved to see every film Brad Anderson makes. A "sci-fi comedy, huh? Now I have to find it..
Session 9 would be a pick from me. One of the creepiest, perfectly constructed horror/suspense films I've ever seen.

They're very different movies. The thing that's so great about Happy Accidents is that it plays perfectly to both men and women. It's got the sci-fi time travel and mental illness parts for the guys, and the Marissa Tomei romantic comedy for the girls, and it never insults either audience. Everyone I've ever recommended the movie to has liked it, and yet no one at all went to see it when it came out in theaters.
post #27 of 601
"Chasing Amy". Perhaps the wittiest dialogue ever put to film. Certainly Ben Afflek's finest work!!! Perhaps not a completely obscure movie, but none of my friends have ever heard it....
post #28 of 601
Secretary-- a light romantic comedy about bondage and domination-- and one of my wife's favorite films.
post #29 of 601
I like an english film called 'Last Orders' A simple but realistic look at freindship.

Cheers
Ray
post #30 of 601
I had never heard of this movie "Falling Down" with Michael Douglas. I thought it was great. He played the character very well.
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