100 of the best movies you've never seen, according to Richard Crouseby ellergy | created - 13 Jul 2011 | updated - 13 Jul 2011 | Public
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PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Adventurer, brain surgeon, rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.
Votes: 19,485 | Gross: $6.25M
2. Annigoni: Portrait of an Artist (1995)
94 min | Documentary
The first and only film to tell the story of Annigoni. From his artistic birth in Florence, to the height of his fame and fortune Annigoni pursued his own path, standing alone against the forces of modernism in art.
3. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)
R | 172 min | Drama
The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.
Votes: 5,819 | Gross: $3.79M
6. 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: 32,886 | Gross: $0.41M
7. Better Off Dead... (1985)
PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him among family crises, homicidal paper boys, and a rival skier.
Votes: 36,375 | Gross: $10.30M
10. Big Bad Love (2001)
R | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Vietnam veteran Leon Barlow is struggling as a writer, and his personal life isn't much better. His unsympathetic ex-wife Marilyn doesn't approve of his visits with his two children, and he... See full summary »
Votes: 591 | Gross: $0.10M
11. Biggie and Tupac (2002)
R | 108 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime
Documentary on the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls and the East Coast/West Coast, hip-hop/rap rivalry that culminated in late 1996 and early 1997.
Votes: 3,894 | Gross: $0.09M
13. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
R | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.
Votes: 55,709 | Gross: $11.26M
14. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Elvis and JFK, both alive and in a nursing home, fight for the souls of their fellow residents as they battle an ancient Egyptian Mummy.
Votes: 41,095 | Gross: $2.00M
15. Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988)
47 min | Documentary, Comedy
A documentary detailing the spread of Hawaiian sugar-cane toads through Australia in a botched effort to introduce them as counter pests.
17. Chelsea Girls (1966)
210 min | Drama
Lacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen.
19. Cocksucker Blues (1972)
93 min | Documentary, Music
This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form ... See full summary »
20. CQ (2001)
R | 88 min | Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
A young filmmaker in 1960s Paris juggles directing a cheesy sci-fi debacle, directing his own personal art film, coping with his crumbling relationship with his girlfriend, and a new-found infatuation with the sci-fi film's starlet.
Votes: 4,276 | Gross: $0.41M
21. Cyberman (2001)
87 min | Documentary
Documentary on the work of Steve Mann, Univeristy of Toronto Associate Professor in Computer and Electrical Engineering, who wears computers to collect and process the images he sees. He ... See full summary »
22. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.
23. The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.
Votes: 12,405 | Gross: $1.78M
24. Delicatessen (1991)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime
Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.
Votes: 71,299 | Gross: $1.79M
25. Dementia 13 (1963)
Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller
A scheming widow hatches a daring plan to get her hands on her late husband's inheritance, unbeknownst to her that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks within the family's estate.
26. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror
After Carlos - a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War - arrives at an ominous boys' orphanage, he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover.
Votes: 52,871 | Gross: $0.75M
28. Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow (1963)
G | 98 min | Adventure
In 18th century England, the mysterious masked rider known as the Scarecrow leads a rebel band to save the town of Romney Marsh from the King's oppression and Naval press gangs.
32. Skyggen af Emma (1988)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama
Emma (Line Kruse) is an eleven-year-old only child from a wealthy Danish family. Emma's parents seem more interested in their own interests than in her. One evening when Emma overhears her ... See full summary »
33. The Experiment (2001)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
For two weeks, 20 male participants are hired to play prisoners and guards in a prison. The "prisoners" have to follow seemingly mild rules, and the "guards" are told to retain order without using physical violence.
Votes: 83,839 | Gross: $0.14M
34. A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Music
An Arkansas drifter becomes an overnight media sensation. As he becomes drunk with fame and power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become?
35. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953)
Approved | 89 min | Family, Fantasy, Music
The bane of adolescent Bart Collins' existence is the piano lessons he is forced to take under the tutelage of Dr. Terwilliker, the only person he admits he detests because of his ... See full summary »
37. Frailty (2001)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Votes: 66,655 | Gross: $13.10M
39. Fun (1994)
Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama
Hillary and Bonnie meet one morning by the side of the road. They become fast friends, share their secrets, and on a rising wave of frenzy later that afternoon, murder an old woman. They did it, they say later, for fun.
40. Funny Games (1997)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two violent young men take a mother, father, and son hostage in their vacation cabin and force them to play sadistic "games" with one another for their own amusement.
42. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.
Votes: 75,755 | Gross: $3.31M
43. Ginger Snaps (2000)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.
Votes: 35,894 | Gross: $0.00M
44. The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle (1980)
103 min | Music
A rather incoherent post-breakup Sex Pistols "documentary", told from the point of view of Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, whose (arguable) position is that the Sex Pistols in particular ... See full summary »
45. Happy, Texas (1999)
PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance
Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity... See full summary »
Votes: 8,959 | Gross: $1.94M
46. The Harder They Come (1972)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Music
Wishing to become a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds himself tied to corrupt record producers and drug pushers.
47. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A transgender punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.
Votes: 28,030 | Gross: $3.03M
48. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Not Rated | 94 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Boxer Joe Pendleton dies 50 years too soon due to a heavenly mistake, and is given a new life as a millionaire playboy.
49. High School Confidential! (1958)
Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama
A tough kid comes to a new high school and begins muscling his way into the drug scene. As he moves his way up the ladder, a schoolteacher tries to reform him, his aunt tries to seduce him,... See full summary »
50. I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Wrongly convicted James Allen serves in the intolerable conditions of a southern chain gang, which later comes back to haunt him.
52. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
54. The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002)
R | 93 min | Documentary, Biography
Documentary about legendary Paramount producer Robert Evans (the film shares the same name as Evans's famous 1994 autobiography).
Votes: 6,363 | Gross: $1.43M
56. Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
Not Rated | 106 min | Comedy, Crime
A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.
58. Lady in the Lake (1946)
Approved | 105 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery
The lady editor of a crime magazine hires Philip Marlowe to find the wife of her boss. The private detective soon finds himself involved in murder.
61. Mad Monster Party? (1967)
Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
When Dr Frankenstein decides to retire from the monster-making business, he calls an international roster of monsters to a creepy convention to elect his successor. Everyone is there ... See full summary »
66. The Minus Man (1999)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A cold-blooded serial killer floats around the country and chooses his victims from people who complain about their lives and indicate a willingness to be killed. His murders are introduced... See full summary »
Votes: 5,813 | Gross: $0.37M
67. Monsoon Wedding (2001)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.
Votes: 21,097 | Gross: $13.88M
68. Night Tide (1961)
Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller
A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.
71. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.
72. Pitch Black (2000)
R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.
Votes: 205,483 | Gross: $39.24M
74. Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy (2001)
R | 77 min | Documentary, Biography
Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy offers audiences a penetrating look inside the world of Ron Jeremy, America's most unlikely sex star and hero to millions. With nearly 25 years in the ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,215 | Gross: $0.41M
75. The Princess and the Warrior (2000)
R | 135 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Young nurse Sissi lives a secluded life, seemingly entirely devoted to her patients at Birkenhof asylum. Her first encounter with ex-soldier and drifter Bodo has a lasting impact. He causes... See full summary »
Votes: 13,431 | Gross: $0.87M
76. Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
72 min | Comedy, Action, Thriller
It starts off seriously enough, with three thugs robbing an innocent young woman at night in the city, but then switches to Vin Saxon and Carolyn Brandt doing a goofy Elvis-like rock 'n ... See full summary »
78. Scarface (1932)
PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An ambitious and near insanely violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.
79. 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
Not Rated | 100 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Western
A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons.
80. S1m0ne (2002)
PG-13 | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
A producer's film is endangered when his star walks off, so he decides to digitally create an actress to substitute for the star, becoming an overnight sensation that everyone thinks is a real person.
Votes: 54,478 | Gross: $9.68M
83. Sugar Town (1999)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Music
Unimpassioned look at the lives of struggling L.A. scene rock stars follows main character, Gwen, on her quest for the top. Working as an assistant to a film production designer, she tries ... See full summary »
Votes: 727 | Gross: $0.18M
85. Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
R | 104 min | Drama
In New York City, the lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a house-cleaner, a professor and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Votes: 8,982 | Gross: $3.29M
86. Tadpole (2000)
PG-13 | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Coming-of-age story about a suave 15-year-old prep school student who falls in love with his stepmother. When her best friend responds to his advances, he suddenly finds himself in way over his head.
Votes: 5,338 | Gross: $2.88M
87. Targets (1968)
R | 90 min | Thriller
An elderly horror film star, while making a personal appearance at a drive-in theatre, confronts a psychotic Vietnam War veteran who has turned into a mass-murdering sniper.
88. The Terror of Tiny Town (1938)
Approved | 62 min | Western
An evil gunslinging midget comes to terrorize the good little people of Tiny Town. The townspeople organize to defeat him, and zany antics ensue
89. They Might Be Giants (1971)
G | 98 min | Mystery, Comedy, Romance
In a Manhattan psychiatric hospital a man, convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, is treated by a female doctor who happens to be named Watson.
91. The Toxic Avenger (1984)
R | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose.
93. Trees Lounge (1996)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama
Tommy is an unemployed mechanic who spends most of his time in a bar (Trees Lounge) in a small blue collar town. He seems to always be thinking, "If only X then I could stop drinking".
Votes: 12,049 | Gross: $0.70M
96. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s.
Votes: 126,942 | Gross: $4.86M
99. Wild in the Streets (1968)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A young man gains significant political influence as the leader of a counterculture rock band with his rallying cry of voting rights for teenagers.
100. Zardoz (1974)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.