Off the Radar or Underappreciated Movies

by onefuncapt-5-639863 | created - 28 Mar 2011 | updated - 01 May 2011 | Public

Movies that didn't get a lot of publicity, but I thought were terrific Not a ranking.

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1. Martian Child (2007)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

48 Metascore

A science-fiction writer, recently widowed, considers whether to adopt a hyper-imaginative 6-year-old abandoned and socially rejected boy who says he's really from Mars.

Director: Menno Meyjes | Stars: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Bobby Coleman, Sophie Okonedo

Votes: 19,560 | Gross: $7.49M

You got to thinking if this kid really was from Mars. The young boy was fantastic

2. The Deal (I) (2008)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

A Hollywood producer starts with his nephew's script on Disraeli, Jewish PM in 1800s UK, and ends filming in Cape Town with a black action star. Will a movie be made? Will he score Deidre/Meg Ryan?

Director: Steven Schachter | Stars: William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J, Elliott Gould

Votes: 3,218

Very offbeat and funny. William Macy is very underappreciated as an actor

3. Son of Rambow (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

During a long English summer in the early 1980s, two schoolboys from differing backgrounds set out to make a film inspired by First Blood (1982).

Director: Garth Jennings | Stars: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes, Anna Wing

Votes: 30,196 | Gross: $1.78M

British film with lots of laughs and some very tender moments as well. All around great family movie

4. I Am Sam (2001)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama

28 Metascore

A mentally handicapped man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter and in the process teaches his cold-hearted lawyer the value of love and family.

Director: Jessie Nelson | Stars: Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dakota Fanning, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 139,207 | Gross: $40.31M

Total tearjerker. Sean Penn's best role ever.

5. Nell (1994)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama

In a remote woodland cabin, a small town doctor discovers Nell - a beautiful young hermit woman with many secrets.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Jodie Foster, Liam Neeson, Natasha Richardson, Richard Libertini

Votes: 26,380 | Gross: $33.68M

Jodie Foster was amazing in this role

6. Pleasantville (1998)

PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom, where their influence begins to profoundly change that complacent world.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy

Votes: 117,720 | Gross: $40.57M

7. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played golf against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon.

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Elias Koteas, James Paxton

Votes: 26,810 | Gross: $15.33M

8. Juno (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, an offbeat young woman makes an unusual decision regarding her unborn child.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman

Votes: 477,585 | Gross: $143.50M

Not sure this was under publicized, but certainly under appreciated. This was Ellen Page's coming out movie and she and Michael Cera were hysterical

9. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 273,573 | Gross: $45.51M

10. Death at a Funeral (2007)

R | 90 min | Comedy

67 Metascore

Chaos ensues when a man tries to expose a dark secret regarding a recently deceased patriarch of a dysfunctional British family.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage, Ewen Bremner, Keeley Hawes

Votes: 105,812 | Gross: $8.58M

Terrifically funny British version of the movie...

11. Flash of Genius (2008)

PG-13 | 119 min | Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

Robert Kearns takes on the Detroit automakers who he claims stole his idea for the intermittent windshield wiper.

Director: Marc Abraham | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Tim Eddis

Votes: 16,198 | Gross: $4.23M

Great movie about man vs corporation

12. Turk 182 (1985)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

23 Metascore

Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Timothy Hutton, Robert Urich, Kim Cattrall, Robert Culp

Votes: 3,501 | Gross: $3.59M

Timothy Hutton was great in this forgotten gem

13. Whip It (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Director: Drew Barrymore | Stars: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Wiig, Sarah Habel

Votes: 62,378 | Gross: $13.04M

Ellen Page was outrageous in this coming of age movie.

14. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

47 Metascore

A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Bruce McGill

Votes: 51,986 | Gross: $30.70M

Not really a movie about golf, it's about relationships. Xlint flick

15. Adventures of Power (2008)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Music

39 Metascore

In his quest to become the world's greatest air-drummer, a small-town dreamer must overcome obstacles and ridicule to save the day.

Director: Ari Gold | Stars: Ari Gold, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Shoshannah Stern

Votes: 1,802 | Gross: $0.02M

Who would have thought a movie about air-drumming could be so entertaining?!

16. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 158,271 | Gross: $18.66M

One of Johnny Depp's lesser known movies, but he (and it) were terrific

17. Kick-Ass (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace Moretz, Garrett M. Brown

Votes: 511,531 | Gross: $48.07M

This is a must see. Nicholas Cage plays second fiddle to a 12 year old girl... I had a s**t eating grin on my face throughout the whole movie

18. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 64,617 | Gross: $120.28M

Great horse story but an even better people story.

19. Ping Pong Playa (2007)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Sport

55 Metascore

A kid dreams of playing professional basketball in order to escape his dead-end job, living in the suburbs, his bossy older brother and running his Mom's ping pong classes.

Director: Jessica Yu | Stars: Jimmy Tsai, Andrew Vo, Khary Payton, Jim Lau

Votes: 2,892 | Gross: $0.08M

20. The Hammer (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

57 Metascore

A 40-year-old who gave up a promising amateur boxing career 21 years ago is offered a path to the Olympics.

Director: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld | Stars: Adam Carolla, Oswaldo Castillo, Heather Juergensen, Harold House Moore

Votes: 5,810 | Gross: $0.44M

21. The Legend of 1900 (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, Music, Romance

58 Metascore

A baby boy, discovered in 1900 on an ocean liner, grows into a musical prodigy, never setting foot on land.

Director: Giuseppe Tornatore | Stars: Tim Roth, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Mélanie Thierry, Bill Nunn

Votes: 55,865 | Gross: $0.26M

22. Sunshine Cleaning (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.

Director: Christine Jeffs | Stars: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Jason Spevack

Votes: 68,279 | Gross: $12.06M



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