55 Movies I Love That Nobody Has Seen....by Joel Hewett | created - 05 Nov 2010 | updated - 19 Feb 2014 | Public
A list of fifty five movies that everyone should try and find and buy if at all possible. It seems to be the case that nobody has seen them!
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1. Mutual Appreciation (2005)
R | 109 min | Comedy
Alan is a musician who leaves a busted-up band for New York, and a new musical voyage. He tries to stay focused and fends off all manner of distractions, including the attraction to his good friend's girlfriend.
Votes: 1,628 | Gross: $0.10M
A brilliant independent mumblecore film from Andrew Bujalski. Watch if you like Woody Allen or Jim Jarmusch films.
2. In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)
90 min | Comedy, Romance
Broke and alone on New Year's Eve, Wilson just wants to spend the rest of a very bad year in bed. But, when his best friend convinces him to post a personal ad, he meets a woman bent on finding the right guy to be with at midnight.
Votes: 7,550 | Gross: $0.17M
A more realistic take on romance than you'd see in any of the big budget hollywood blockbusters.
3. Alamar (2009)
G | 73 min | Documentary, Drama
Before their inevitable farewell, Jorge, a young man of Mayan roots, and Natan, his half-Italian son, spend time together living off the Banco Chinchorro coral reef.
Votes: 2,151 | Gross: $0.06M
A beautiful blend of fiction and non fiction. Slow paced with little dialogue but beautiful cinematography and a wonderful film.
4. The Puffy Chair (2005)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Josh Sagers drives cross-country on a mission to deliver his father's birthday gift - a giant purple LazyBoy.
Votes: 4,414 | Gross: $0.19M
Probably the best Duplass brothers film. Essentially a road trip movie with a difference. Comedy, romance, sadness - it's all there.
5. L'illusionniste (2010)
PG | 80 min | Animation, Drama
A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.
Votes: 30,344 | Gross: $2.23M
Based on a script written by Jacques Tati in 1956, the story of a platonic relationship between an old and failing magician and a young girl. Beautiful, wordless storytelling at it's best.
6. Quiet City (2007)
Unrated | 78 min | Drama
Jamie is 21. She's from Atlanta. She's come to Brooklyn to visit her friend Samantha, but she can't find her. Jamie meets a stranger named Charlie on the subway and spends 24 hours hanging out with him.
Votes: 1,328 | Gross: $0.02M
A great, realistic take on the one day together in a city story, that's become familiar over the years.
7. Waking Life (2001)
R | 99 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe.
Votes: 53,858 | Gross: $2.89M
Probably one of the strangest films you will ever watch in your lifetime, and also one of the best examinations of dreaming ever put on film. Worthwhile viewing if you like a film to make you think, (and also to give you incredibly strange and vivid dreams).
8. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.
Votes: 153,478 | Gross: $20.17M
This Oscar winning Argentinian crime film should have been seen by many more people in this country (UK) than it has been, and thus it makes the list.
9. Following (1998)
R | 69 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A young writer who follows strangers for material meets a thief who takes him under his wing.
Votes: 73,401 | Gross: $0.05M
Christopher Nolan's debut film has been missed by many but is brilliant and full of the twists and turns the director has become known for.
10. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet.
Votes: 124,455 | Gross: $5.97M
Okay, so a lot of people have heard of the film. Not many have actually seen it though. It's a brilliant look at a troubled soul without ever making fun or joking at his expense as you might expect given the premise.
11. In Memory of My Father (2005)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama
The youngest son of a legendary Hollywood producer, a Robert Evans type, accepts a bribe from his father to document his death.
Brilliant film, filled with dark humour and watch out for Jeremy Sisto's brilliant performance!
12. Mary and Max (2009)
Not Rated | 92 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.
Filled with just about every emotion known to man. A really moving story of a New Yorker with Asperger's syndrome and an Australian girl he befriends through letter writing.
13. Dance Party, USA (2006)
65 min | Drama
Jessica and Gus, two apathetic teenagers, drift aimlessly from one day to the next until they meet each other. They make a tenuous and fleeting connection when Gus confides in Jessica about his dark past.
Another brilliant mumblecore film from Aaron Katz. At just over an hour long, it's filled with great performances and doesn't need to last any longer.
14. Slacker (1991)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.
Votes: 16,677 | Gross: $1.23M
Richard Linklater's film Slacker basically kick started the whole independent movement and has been recognised by Kevin Smith as the inspiration behind 'Clerks'.
15. Man Bites Dog (1992)
NC-17 | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 31,054 | Gross: $0.21M
A brilliant dark film about a documentary film crew making a film about a mass murderer and following him around as he kills. Only watch if you are prepared for some extremely tough viewing.
16. Red Road (2006)
Unrated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Jackie works as a CCTV operator. Each day she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day a man appears on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she never wanted to see again. Now she has no choice, she is compelled to confront him.
Votes: 10,752 | Gross: $0.15M
A brilliant film, set in Glasgow. Again, it is very dark and tough viewing, but worth watching, and a great look at the modern day CCTV society.
17. Special (2006)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A lonely metermaid has a reaction to medication and becomes convinced he's a superhero.
Votes: 5,014 | Gross: $0.01M
A man takes a new drug, and becomes convinced he has super powers. Made on a micro budget, and this occasionally shows, however the performances and heart of the film more than make up for this.
18. The Visitor (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment.
Votes: 38,977 | Gross: $9.42M
One of the more well known films on the list, but as I don't know anyone who has seen it, it gets included. Watch out for an astounding performance by Six Feet Under's Richard Jenkins.
19. LOL (2006)
81 min | Comedy, Drama
The relationships of three men are examined through their use of technology.
A great film by Joe Swanberg, it's a great look at modern technology and the online obsessions of modern day young people.
20. Tell Them Who You Are (2004)
R | 95 min | Documentary, Biography
The son of acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler confronts his complex father by turning the camera on him. What results is a portrait of a difficult genius and a son's path out of the shadow of a famous father.
Votes: 473 | Gross: $0.04M
One of the best documentaries ever made in my opinion. Not only does it tell the story of famous cinematographer Haskell Wexler, but it also a brilliant study of the relationship between a father and son, especially through difficult times.
21. Funny Ha Ha (2002)
89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Marnie just graduated from college, drinks likes she's still in school, and is looking for a temporary job but a permanent boyfriend. She loves a guy who doesn't love her (?), ping-pongs ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,044 | Gross: $0.08M
Another Andrew Bujalski film, although not as good as Mutual Appreciation, it's still a great watch.
22. Once (2007)
R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story.
Votes: 100,134 | Gross: $9.44M
Okay so quite a lot of people might have seen this, but not enough. Everyone should watch it at least once. Brilliant, brilliant film.
23. The Believer (2001)
R | 98 min | Drama
A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.
Votes: 32,872 | Gross: $0.41M
Again, barely anyone seems to have seen this film, it is such a powerful film and deserves to be watched.
24. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama
A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play.
Votes: 64,949 | Gross: $3.08M
A weird and wonderful film, by the writer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich.
25. Mic Macs à Tire-Larigot (2009)
R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.
Votes: 26,329 | Gross: $1.26M
Lovely film, for lovers of French cinema and quirky humour.,
26. Best Worst Movie (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama
A look at the making of the film Troll 2 (1990) and its journey from being crowned the "worst film of all time" to a cherished cult classic.
Votes: 6,717 | Gross: $0.10M
A great documentary about the 'so bad it's good' film that is Troll 2 - really great documentary about a really interesting subject. Full of humour and also quite moving in it's own way.
27. Humpday (2009)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project.
Votes: 4,969 | Gross: $0.41M
A new take on the 'bromance' formula. One step further really. A great, little film though.
28. No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary
Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.
Votes: 1,390 | Gross: $0.10M
For anyone interested in the environment or even those who aren't, check it out.
29. Certified Copy (2010)
Not Rated | 106 min | Drama
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.
Votes: 16,611 | Gross: $1.34M
Juliette Binoche gives a brilliant performance in this strange, but great film.
30. Paper Heart (2009)
PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love.
Votes: 7,578 | Gross: $1.27M
Michael Cera and Charlene Yi are terrific in this film about a girl (Yi) who doesn't believe in love.
31. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Votes: 83,119 | Gross: $0.42M
A brilliantly smart time travel film.
32. The Nines (2007)
R | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A troubled actor, a television show runner, and an acclaimed videogame designer find their lives intertwining in mysterious and unsettling ways.
Votes: 30,244 | Gross: $0.06M
Okay, so it's weird, but it's also very good, if mainly for Ryan Reynolds great performance playing three roles.
33. Venus (I) (2006)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager.
Votes: 11,596 | Gross: $3.34M
Peter O'Toole's performance is simply stunning.
34. Lonesome Jim (2005)
R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama
Failing to make it on his own, twenty-seven-year-old Jim moves back in with his parents and deals with crippling family obligations.
Votes: 7,188 | Gross: $0.15M
Fuelled by a great performance by Casey Affleck, what could have been a hugely depressing film, is a surprisingly enjoyable watch.
35. Gerry (2002)
R | 103 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery
A friendship between two young men is tested when they go for a hike in a desert and forget to bring any water or food with them.
Votes: 16,097 | Gross: $0.24M
Do not watch this if you can't handle your films incredibly slow moving. It is mainly a character piece, and is thus driven by the conversations between the two leads.(Matt Damon and Casey Affleck)
36. La antena (2007)
99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
This near-silent black and white film from Argentina tells the story of a city that has lost its voice, stolen by Mr. TV, and the attempts of a small family to win the voice back. Similar in design to early German expressionist films.
If you are a fan of Burton or Gilliam, I would recommend this film, a brilliant, dark fantasy film.
37. Wilde (1997)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The story of Oscar Wilde, genius, poet, playwright and the First Modern Man. The self-realization of his homosexuality caused Wilde enormous torment as he juggled marriage, fatherhood and ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,139 | Gross: $2.16M
Stephen Fry is brilliant in the lead role as Oscar Wilde. They could not have cast Wilde better.
38. Them (2006)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.
I'm not usually a huge fans of horror, but this struck me in the same way 'Rec' did. It's not shot in the same way, nor is the plot in any way similar, but both have the eerie build up and great plots that American and UK horrors often lack.
39. The Savages (2007)
R | 113 min | Comedy, Drama
A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father.
Votes: 33,326 | Gross: $6.61M
One of the best character studies in recent years. Each of the main characters is extraordinarily well thought out.
40. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.
Votes: 49,133 | Gross: $0.32M
A film about where suicide victims end up after their death. A very interesting, quirky and weird look at an alternate reality.
41. Before Sunrise (1995)
R | 101 min | Drama, Romance
A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Votes: 212,302 | Gross: $5.54M
Again quite a few people saw it, but not enough, so it makes it in. Possibly one of the best romantic movies ever made.
42. Before Sunset (2004)
R | 80 min | Drama, Romance
Nine years after Jesse and Celine first met, they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse's book tour.
Votes: 186,197 | Gross: $5.79M
43. 10 Items or Less (2006)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Drama
An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds.
Votes: 13,374 | Gross: $0.08M
A lovely little film with Paz Vega and Morgan Freeman.
44. Unmade Beds (2009)
97 min | Comedy, Drama
The quirky story of Vera and Axl who both live in the same London warehouse but whose paths never cross until fate steps in.
This brilliant indie film from 2009 by Alexis Dos Santos features a great soundtrack alongside a great film.
45. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Votes: 66,026 | Gross: $7.36M
Probably Noah Baumbach's best film to date, with brilliant all round performances. A quirky story of divorce and the effects it has on children.
46. The Filth and the Fury (2000)
R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
A film about the career of the notorious punk rock band, the Sex Pistols.
Votes: 5,131 | Gross: $0.61M
Not just for Sex Pistols fans, but an all round great documentary.
47. A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama
The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Votes: 23,181 | Gross: $0.52M
Just a great film about growing up, and moving on with your life.
48. The Station Agent (2003)
R | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.
Votes: 61,580 | Gross: $5.74M
A loner with a passion for trains inherits a train depot and gains some friendships he didn't expect.
49. Kisses (2008)
72 min | Drama
Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin.
Votes: 1,642 | Gross: $0.08M
One of the best films of recent years in my opinion. Two children run away from home and experience the big city at night time.
50. Half Nelson (2006)
R | 106 min | Drama
An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret.
Votes: 76,573 | Gross: $2.69M
A brilliant Oscar nominated turn by Ryan Gosling makes for essential viewing.
51. 2 Days in Paris (2007)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents -- and several of her ex-boyfriends.
Votes: 28,158 | Gross: $4.43M
Julie Delpy - check
Adam - Goldberg - check
Can't go wrong with this charming comedy.
52. Roger & Me (1989)
R | 91 min | Documentary
Votes: 23,955 | Gross: $6.71M
Early Michael Moore documentary is one of his most underrated.
53. The Black Balloon (2008)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance
All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?
Votes: 7,921 | Gross: $0.09M
Brilliant Australian film about a boy and his struggle with his brothers autism.
54. Gigantic (2008)
R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.
Votes: 8,832 | Gross: $0.10M
Quirky comedic film with Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel - very likeable.
55. Samson and Delilah (2009)
101 min | Drama, Romance
Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »
Beautiful. Just, amazingly beautiful.