The 20 BEST "UNKNOWN" FILMS from the LAST 20 YEARS

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1. A Scene at the Sea (1991)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara, Toshizo Fujiwara

Votes: 4,049

2. Man Bites Dog (1992)

NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A film crew follows a ruthless thief and heartless killer as he goes about his daily routine. But complications set in when the film crew lose their objectivity and begin lending a hand.

Directors: Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Nelly Pappaert, Hector Pappaert

Votes: 31,099 | Gross: $0.21M

3. Romper Stomper (1992)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

Director: Geoffrey Wright | Stars: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott

Votes: 33,872 | Gross: $0.18M

4. Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

R | 180 min | Crime, Drama

8.0
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Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on step-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members... See full summary »

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo

Votes: 25,085 | Gross: $4.50M

5. Profil bas (1993)

106 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.5
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A disillusioned police detective, used as a scapegoat by his corrupted superior, fights back by becoming a competent criminal.

Director: Claude Zidi | Stars: Patrick Bruel, Sandra Speichert, Didier Bezace, Jean Yanne

Votes: 227

6. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

Votes: 27,518 | Gross: $2.20M

7. Fresh (1994)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

Death and violence anger a 12-year-old drug courier, who sets his employers against each other.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson, N'Bushe Wright

Votes: 10,475 | Gross: $8.09M

8. Pusher (1996)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

7.4
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72 Metascore

A drug pusher grows increasingly desperate after a botched deal leaves him with a large debt to a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Zlatko Buric, Laura Drasbæk, Slavko Labovic

Votes: 29,239 | Gross: $0.00M

9. Dobermann (1997)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.6
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The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris... See full summary »

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Vincent Cassel, Tchéky Karyo, Monica Bellucci, Antoine Basler

Votes: 15,140

10. Open Your Eyes (1997)

R | 117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez

Votes: 56,740 | Gross: $0.37M

11. Tokyo Rampage (1998)

98 min | Crime

6.5
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A young man gets off the train in the morning and wanders the business districts aimlessly. He runs across some yakuza gangsters, whom he despises, and goes on a killing spree, but soon becomes involved with a subordinate gang.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Chihara Junia, Onimaru, Akaji Maro, Rin Ozawa

Votes: 784

12. I Stand Alone (1998)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.5
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A horse meat butcher's life and mind begins to breakdown as he lashes out against various factions of society while attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Philippe Nahon, Blandine Lenoir, Frankie Pain, Martine Audrain

Votes: 15,849 | Gross: $0.05M

13. In China They Eat Dogs (1999)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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Two brothers, one cold and ruthless, the other sensitive and reluctant, and their brutal misadventures.

Director: Lasse Spang Olsen | Stars: Kim Bodnia, Dejan Cukic, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Tomas Villum Jensen

Votes: 17,491

14. Swiri (1999)

R | 125 min | Action, Thriller

6.7
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50 Metascore

South Korean agents Ryu and Lee are tracking a female assassin from North Korea who has mysteriously disappeared. With new killings and the theft of a deadly bomb, time is running out to catch her.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Suk-kyu Han, Min-sik Choi, Yunjin Kim, Kang-ho Song

Votes: 7,283 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Monday (I) (2000)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.4
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A simple funeral turns a man's world topsy turvy.

Director: SABU | Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Ren Osugi, Masanobu Andô

Votes: 1,907

16. The Dreamers (2003)

NC-17 | 115 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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62 Metascore

A young American studying in Paris in 1968 strikes up a friendship with a French brother and sister. Set against the background of the '68 Paris student riots.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Michael Pitt, Louis Garrel, Eva Green, Anna Chancellor

Votes: 91,828 | Gross: $2.53M

17. Tonî Takitani (2004)

105 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic.

Director: Jun Ichikawa | Stars: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Votes: 3,799

18. The Football Factory (2004)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

6.9
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An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan, Roland Manookian

Votes: 25,609

19. Adam's Apples (2005)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.8
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51 Metascore

A neo-nazi sentenced to community service at a church clashes with the blindly devotional priest.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Paprika Steen

Votes: 39,219 | Gross: $0.00M

20. Kidulthood (2006)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.8
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A day in the life of a group of troubled 15-year-olds growing up in west London.

Director: Menhaj Huda | Stars: Aml Ameen, Red Madrell, Noel Clarke, Adam Deacon

Votes: 16,130