Quirky, entertaining, lesser known movie gems

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1. The History of Future Folk (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

The possibly exaggerated origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been playing for NYC audiences for the better part of a decade.

Directors: John Mitchell, Jeremy Kipp Walker | Stars: Nils d'Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery, April L. Hernandez

Votes: 2,087 | Gross: $0.02M

2. The Bird People in China (1998)

118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Mako, Michiko Kichise

Votes: 4,275

3. Talk Radio (1988)

R | 110 min | Drama

66 Metascore

A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Eric Bogosian, Ellen Greene, Leslie Hope, John C. McGinley

Votes: 11,839 | Gross: $3.47M

4. Nine Queens (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

80 Metascore

Two con artists try to swindle a stamp collector by selling him a sheet of counterfeit rare stamps (the "nine queens").

Director: Fabián Bielinsky | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Gastón Pauls, Leticia Brédice, María Mercedes Villagra

Votes: 46,756 | Gross: $1.22M

5. 23 (1998)

99 min | Thriller, Drama

The movie's plot is based on the true story of a group of young computer hackers from Hannover, Germany. In the late 1980s the orphaned Karl Koch invests his inheritance in a flat and a ... See full summary »

Director: Hans-Christian Schmid | Stars: August Diehl, Fabian Busch, Dieter Landuris, Jan-Gregor Kremp

Votes: 6,240

6. World on a Wire (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 4,807

7. My Winnipeg (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in this portrait of film-maker Guy Maddin's home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin, Amy Stewart

Votes: 4,591 | Gross: $0.16M

8. Baadasssss! (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama

75 Metascore

Mario Van Peebles' half-documentary/half-homage to his father Melvin Van Peebles' movie Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971).

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Mario Van Peebles, Nia Long, Joy Bryant, Ossie Davis

Votes: 4,567 | Gross: $0.37M

9. The Singing Detective (2003)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Musical

45 Metascore

From his hospital bed, a writer suffering from a skin disease hallucinates musical numbers and paranoid plots.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Robin Wright, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 7,908 | Gross: $0.34M

10. The Legend of Kaspar Hauser (2012)

95 min | Drama, Mystery

Arriving on a deserted beach in the Mediterranean sea, in a time and a place unspecified, Kaspar Hauser is forced to confront the evil of a Grand Duchess who feels threatened by the power she exercises over the community.

Director: Davide Manuli | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Claudia Gerini, Elisa Sednaoui, Fabrizio Gifuni

Votes: 1,222

11. For All Mankind (1989)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, History

An in-depth look at various NASA moon landing missions, starting with Apollo 8.

Director: Al Reinert | Stars: Jim Lovell, Ken Mattingly, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 4,731 | Gross: $0.77M

12. Ex Drummer (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

36 Metascore

Three handicapped losers who form a band ask famous writer Dries to be their drummer. He joins the band and starts manipulating them.

Director: Koen Mortier | Stars: Dries Vanhegen, Norman Baert, Gunter Lamoot, Sam Louwyck

Votes: 9,263

13. Save the Green Planet! (2003)

Unrated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

Byeong-gu believes that the world is on the verge of an alien invasion, and sets out to save the world.

Director: Joon-Hwan Jang | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Yun-shik Baek, Jung-min Hwang, Jae-yong Lee

Votes: 7,203 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

On his birthday, actor Stephen Tobolowsky shares a series of personal and professional stories.

Director: Robert Brinkmann | Stars: Stephen Tobolowsky, Ann Hearn, Mena Suvari, Gregory Wagrowski

Votes: 277

15. The Mouse That Roared (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Comedy

An impoverished backward nation declares a war on the United States of America, hoping to lose, but things don't go according to plan.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, William Hartnell, David Kossoff

Votes: 7,675

16. Symbol (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants.

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto | Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, David Quintero, Luis Accinelli, Lilian Tapia

Votes: 3,132

17. The Discovery of Heaven (2001)

150 min | Drama, Fantasy

God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his ... See full summary »

Director: Jeroen Krabbé | Stars: Maureen Lipman, Will Bowden, Jeroen Krabbé, Stephen Fry

Votes: 3,648

18. Sound of Noise (2010)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Music

72 Metascore

A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

Directors: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson | Stars: Bengt Braskered, Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson, Johannes Björk

Votes: 8,442 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Wrong Cops (2013)

Not Rated | 83 min | Comedy, Crime

25 Metascore

A group of bad cops look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.

Director: Quentin Dupieux | Stars: Mark Burnham, Eric Judor, Agnes Bruckner, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 6,479

20. Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein (1989)

119 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Another planet in the period of medieval times. An employee of the institute of experimental history from Earth, who is send under the name of noble don Rumata of Estor as a spy with a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Fleischmann | Stars: Edward Zentara, Aleksandr Filippenko, Hugues Quester, Anne Gautier

Votes: 962

21. Miami Connection (1987)

R | 83 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

A martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida's narcotics trade.

Directors: Woo-sang Park, Y.K. Kim | Stars: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith

Votes: 4,233

22. Nothing (2003)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Fantasy

After a terrible day, two good friends and housemates find the outside world converted into a featureless and empty white void.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Gordon Pinsent, Marie-Josée Croze

Votes: 5,627

23. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 133,371 | Gross: $3.33M

24. We Are the Best! (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead.

Director: Lukas Moodysson | Stars: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Johan Liljemark

Votes: 9,514 | Gross: $0.18M

25. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joe Morton, Daryl Edwards, Rosanna Carter, Ray Ramirez

Votes: 5,243 | Gross: $3.70M

26. Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016)

R | 110 min | Documentary, Biography

72 Metascore

The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig | Stars: Laura Albert, Bruce Benderson, Terrence Owens, Ira Silverberg

Votes: 1,010 | Gross: $0.09M

27. The Eagle Huntress (2016)

G | 87 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

72 Metascore

Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.

Director: Otto Bell | Stars: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Daisy Ridley, Rys Nurgaiv

Votes: 3,197 | Gross: $3.17M



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