some lesser known great movies

by maddox-richard | created - 27 Apr 2011 | updated - 22 Mar 2016 | Public

deserve to be better known.

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1. The Runner (1984)

94 min | Drama

After enrolling in a school, an impoverished boy finds conflict with his classmates and decides to compete to earn their respect.

Director: Amir Naderi | Stars: Madjid Niroumand, Abbas Nazeri, Musa Torkizadeh

Votes: 1,470

aka "The Runner"

2. Herb & Dorothy (2008)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

74 Metascore

Herb and Dorothy Vogel redefine what it means to be an art collector.

Director: Megumi Sasaki | Stars: Paula Antebi, Will Barnet, Robert Barry, Lynda Benglis

Votes: 812 | Gross: $0.19M

3. A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963)

G | 118 min | Adventure

Ten year old Sammy travels 4500 miles on his own from the Suez Canal to Durban, South Africa.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Fergus McClelland, Constance Cummings, Harry H. Corbett

Votes: 458

4. Babylon (1980)

95 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The movie centers around Brindsley Forde's character Blue. He fronts a reggae sound system based in west London. The movie captures the trials and tribulations of young black youths in troubled London in the early eighties.

Director: Franco Rosso | Stars: David N. Haynes, Trevor Laird, Victor Romero Evans, Brian Bovell

Votes: 792 | Gross: $0.11M

5. Funny Dirty Little War (1983)

Unrated | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, War

A small revolution breaks out in a small Argentine town, as one group of Peronists calls they newly elected peronist a communist. The newly elected official enlists the aid of allies ... See full summary »

Director: Héctor Olivera | Stars: Federico Luppi, Víctor Laplace, Héctor Bidonde, Rodolfo Ranni

Votes: 431

aka A Funny Dirty Little War

6. A Summer at Grandpa's (1984)

93 min | Drama

A coming-of-age story about a young brother and sister whom spend a pivotal summer in the country with their grandparents.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Chi-Kuang Wang, Shu-Chen Li, Hsiu-Ling Lin, Mei-Feng

Votes: 1,111

aka "Summer At Grandpa's"

7. How to Draw a Bunny (2002)

90 min | Documentary

78 Metascore

Interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Judith Malina, James Rosenquist and others help illuminate the life and work of Warhol contemporary Ray Johnson.

Director: John W. Walter | Stars: Joseph Ialacci, Richard Feigen, Frances Beatty, Mort Janklow

Votes: 537 | Gross: $0.00M

8. The Housemaid (1960)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A composer and his wife are thrown into turmoil when a housemaid becomes more than they bargained for.

Director: Ki-young Kim | Stars: Jin Kyu Kim, Jeung-nyeo Ju, Eun-shim Lee, Aeng-ran Eom

Votes: 2,876

aka "The Housemaid"

9. Center Stage (1991)

126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Carina Lau

Votes: 1,631

aka "Actress Ruan Lingyu"

10. Life and Nothing But (1989)

PG | 135 min | Drama, War

Intense character study of men and women driven by an overpowering obsession with the past.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azéma, Pascale Vignal, Maurice Barrier

Votes: 1,469 | Gross: $0.43M

aka "Life And Nothing But"

11. The Lusty Men (1952)

Passed | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Retired rodeo champion Jeff McCloud agrees to mentor novice rodeo contestant Wes Merritt against the wishes of Merritt's wife who fears the dangers of this rough sport.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Robert Parrish | Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Hunnicutt

Votes: 2,303

12. Wind Across the Everglades (1958)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

An ornithologist battles a family of bird poachers in the Florida Everglades.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Budd Schulberg | Stars: Burl Ives, Christopher Plummer, Chana Eden, Gypsy Rose Lee

Votes: 903

13. The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

In rural 1960s Australia, a boy watches helplessly as his best friend falls in love with a small-time criminal, setting off a violent chain of events.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 1,884 | Gross: $0.21M

14. Marius and Jeannette (1997)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Marius is the keeper of an abandoned cement works staying high above the quarter of l'Estaque in Marseilles. Jeannette is bringing up her two children alone with her poor checkout operator ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guédiguian | Stars: Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan, Pascale Roberts, Jacques Boudet

Votes: 1,496 | Gross: $0.28M

15. A High Wind in Jamaica (1965)

Approved | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1870, a Jamaican colonial family sends its children to Britain for proper schooling but their ship is taken over by pirates who become fond of the kids.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick | Stars: Anthony Quinn, James Coburn, Dennis Price, Lila Kedrova

Votes: 1,731

16. Housekeeping (1987)

PG | 116 min | Drama

After their mother commits suicide, two sisters end up living with their kind but peculiar aunt in their grandmother's old house in a small 1950s town.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: Christine Lahti, Sara Walker, Andrea Burchill, Anne Pitoniak

Votes: 1,976 | Gross: $1.08M

17. Meantime (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

When one brother gets a job from their wealthy aunt, the other becomes increasingly jealous.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Marion Bailey, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels, Pam Ferris

Votes: 3,141

18. Made in Britain (1982 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Trevor is a 16 year old, sometimes-violent skinhead with no regard for authority, and would rather spend his time stealing cars than sitting in the detention centre to which he is sent. His... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Tim Roth, Terry Richards, Bill Stewart, Eric Richard

Votes: 5,761

19. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The Firm (1989)

70 min | Drama

This is the story of rival "Firms" of football supporters, and how one man has a wish to team them up for the European Championships of 1988. However, when this is discussed, the opposing ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clarke | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lesley Manville, Phil Davis, Andrew Wilde

Votes: 2,978

20. The Outfit (1973)

PG | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Earl Macklin robs a bank owned by the mob, serves his prison time and is released, only to start a private war against the crime outfit that owned the bank.

Director: John Flynn | Stars: Robert Duvall, Karen Black, Joe Don Baker, Robert Ryan

Votes: 2,887

21. La crise (1992)

95 min | Comedy, Music

When Victor finds out one morning that his wife had left him and that she had forgotten to at least buy milk for the Kids, he finds that things can only get worse. Having also been fired ... See full summary »

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit, Zabou Breitman, Maria Pacôme

Votes: 1,171

22. Hour of Glory (1949)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on Britain in 1943, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: David Farrar, Jack Hawkins, Kathleen Byron, Leslie Banks

Votes: 1,869

23. Zuckerbaby (1985)

86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

An asocial, obese German woman lives in a large city. Unfortunately despite her kind and intelligent personality, she has had a lot of trouble making a connection with people, until she gets a crush on a handsome subway conductor.

Director: Percy Adlon | Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, Eisi Gulp, Toni Berger, Manuela Denz

Votes: 658

24. The Silences of the Palace (1994)

116 min | Drama

As she grows up, Alia (the daughter of housemaid Khedija) learns the secrets of the peaceful palace where she and her mother live.

Director: Moufida Tlatli | Stars: Hind Sabri, Ghalia Lacroix, Najia Ouerghi, Amel Hedhili

Votes: 825

aka "Silences of the Palace"

25. Red Rose White Rose (1994)

110 min | Drama

Chronicles the love life of a man, Zhenbao. He has a steamy fling with the wife of a friend, the saucy and exciting Red Rose. Even though he feels happy with her, he knows he will not end ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Joan Chen, Veronica Yip, Winston Chao, Zhao Chang

Votes: 230

26. Bombón: El Perro (2004)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

63 Metascore

In Patagonia, a mechanic who dreams of a different life starts to think big after his adopted pup wins first prize at a local dog show.

Director: Carlos Sorin | Stars: Juan Villegas, Walter Donado, Rosa Valsecchi, Mariela Díaz

Votes: 4,106

27. The Apple (1998)

86 min | Drama

After twelve years of imprisonment by their own parents, two sisters are finally released by social workers to face the outside world for the first time.

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf | Stars: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi, Azizeh Mohamadi

Votes: 2,124 | Gross: $0.12M

28. Letter Never Sent (1960)

Not Rated | 80 min | Adventure, Drama

Four geologists search for diamonds in the wilderness of Siberia.

Director: Mikhail Kalatozov | Stars: Innokentiy Smoktunovskiy, Tatyana Samoylova, Vasiliy Livanov, Evgeniy Urbanskiy

Votes: 2,775

29. Willow and Wind (1999)

81 min | Drama, Family

A boy breaks a window at his school and sets out to fix it on his own during a storm.

Director: Mohammad-Ali Talebi | Stars: Hadi Alipour, Amir Janfada, Majid Alipour, Mohammad Sharif Ebrahimi

Votes: 289

30. Bag of Rice (1996)

80 min | Drama, Family

A small child and her elderly neighbor are having all kinds of small adventures in the streets of Tehran to get a sack of rice.

Director: Mohammad-Ali Talebi | Stars: Jairan Abadzade, Shirin Bina, Masume Eskandari, Hossein Kalantar

Votes: 255

31. The Cobweb (1955)

Passed | 134 min | Drama

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Gloria Grahame

Votes: 1,376

32. Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

A caretaker devotes himself to three demented siblings after their father's death.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Carol Ohmart, Quinn K. Redeker, Beverly Washburn

Votes: 5,702

33. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)

R | 134 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

28 Metascore

Laura Palmer's harrowing final days are chronicled one year after the murder of Teresa Banks, a resident of Twin Peaks' neighboring town.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 80,381 | Gross: $4.16M



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