23 Films You May Have Missed

White Dog (1982)

White Dog (1982) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Directed by Samuel Fuller, this movie about a supposedly racist dog was initially suppressed by the studio for allegations of the movie itself being racist and didn't actually get an American release until 2008, despite being acclaimed in parts of Europe. To call this film racist would radically miss the point, it's a great examination of racism as a whole, and one of my favourite films on this list. It will stick with you.

If you liked Cujo (1983) or animal movies in general, you might like this.

Dead Ringers (1988)

Dead Ringers (1988) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Although far from unknown, I don't hear this film getting mentioned too much. Director David Cronenberg's film about twin gynecologists features Jeremy Irons in what my opinion is his greatest performance.

Partially based on a true story, this thriller is both frightening and disgusting while still allowing us to empathize with the lead characters.

If you liked Videodrome (1983), Crash (1996) or any David Cronenberg movies, you might like this.

The Serpent and The Rainbow (1988)

The Serpent and The Rainbow (1988) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

The hit and miss Wes Craven scores a hit with this 1988 horror movie, though to call it simply a horror movie would not be doing this movie justice. Bill Pullman stars as an anthropologist who is sent to Haiti to investigate reports of a drug that may be able to reverse the symptoms of death.

If you liked Candyman (1992) or if you like zombie movies, or if you just wish zombie movies were more realistic, then you might like this

Twisted Obsession (aka The Mad Monkey) (1989)

Twisted Obsession (aka The Mad Monkey) (1989) - 23 Films You May Have Missed
Jeff Goldblum stars as a screenwriter living in Paris who's wife has left him. He meets a producer who tasks him with writing a story that is slightly out of his comfort zone, which soon leads him to discover that a lot more than a screenplay is at stake.

If you liked The Skin I live In (2011), you might like this

Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte Dellamore) (1994)

Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte Dellamore) (1994) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

The original 'rom-zom-com' long before Shaun of The Dead start Rupert Everett as the title character, who is tasked with killing each person who is buried in the cemetery when they inevitably rise shortly after burial.

Director Michele Soavi was an understudy of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento, famous for films such as Zombi 2, Demons, Tenebre and Suspiria.

If you liked: Shaun of the Dead, Demons, City of the Living Dead, Zombi 2 you might like this

Screamers (1995)

Screamers (1995)  - 23 Films You May Have Missed
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Based on a Philip K. Dick story and a Dan O'Bannon (alien) screenplay, Screamers is a relatively straight forward sci-fi movie that doesn't try to break any new ground, but what it attempts to do it does very well.

The Screamers were a device created by man on a distant mining planet to hunt and destroy any enemy life to protect the mines. However, they have continued to evolve and are now aiming to destroy all life.

This movie start Peter 'Robocop' Weller in the lead role

If you liked The Abyss, Resident Evil, Starship Troopers, you might like this

In The Company of Men (1997)

In The Company of Men (1997) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Probably my favourite film on this list, In the company of men could also be the darkest and most twisted film on this list. No mean feat.

Hard to believe Neil LaBute made this and the Wicker Man (a film I love for all the wrong reasons), he directs Aaron Eckhart in his best performance, playing the quintessential 'Alpha' Male, who along with his colleague Matt Malloy, team up to decide to get their revenge on the female gender... Although the trailer doesn't give it all away it's certainly best to go in cold to this one.

If you liked: Thank you for smoking, Election, Happiness, you might like this

Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996)

Hard Eight (Sydney) (1996) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

PT Anderson's debut movie doesn't get as much love as his later work but it's a very accomplished movie with all the notable stylings that Anderson brings to his later work.

John C Reilly stars as a man who's lost all his money, but when an older man buys him a coffee and shows him how to get a free room in Reno, things start to change for him.

If you liked: Jackie Brown, Magnolia you might like this

The Limey (1999)

The Limey (1999) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Steven Soderbergh's attempt at a badass revenge movie is a film worth seeing.

Veteran actor Terence Stamp stars an ex-con who flies to Los Angeles to track down the man responsible for his daughters death. Luis Guzman and Peter Fonda are great in their roles and the action is crisp and believable, what more could you ask for.

If you liked: Death Wish, The Pledge, Memento, you might like this

Femme Fatale (2002)

Femme Fatale (2002) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Brian DePalma directs this movie about a thief (Rebecca Romijn) who steals jewels during a heist at the Cannes Film Festival. She takes an opportunity that comes her way in order to change her identity and get away, but her past eventually comes back to haunt her.

It's a twisty thriller which never really shows its hand until it needs to.

If you liked: Lucky Number Slevin, Double Jeopardy, Side Effects, you might like this

Dead End (2003)

Dead End (2003)  - 23 Films You May Have Missed

A conservative father decides to do something out of character and take a shortcut on the way to his in-laws on Christmas Eve. It's a move he and everyone else end up regretting pretty soon after in this horror/mystery from 2003. Ray Wise (who'll you'll definitely recognize from various movies and TV shows) is great as the father, and the plot is never dull.

If you liked: Jeepers Creepers, High Tension, Joy Ride, Wrong Turn, you might like this

Dogville (2003)

Dogville (2003) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

I'm not sure if this movie could be called under rated, but I don't hear it mentioned as much as some of Von Trier's other work. I find this to be on par, if not better, than Melancholia.

Once you move passed the fact that this film is quite experimental (it's filmed on a stage, with chalk outlines for the buildings and structures), it's a really great story, with some mystery elements. Paul Bettany and Nicole Kidman are particularly good here.

If you liked: Melancholia, Mulholland Drive you might like this

Me, You and Everyone We Know (2005)

Me, You and Everyone We Know (2005) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Again, this movie might be a little bit more well known.

A sweet, somewhat comedic love story, written and directed by Miranda July features a lonely shoe salesman and a unique woman who try to connect with each other.

If you liked: Royal Tenenbaums, Jeff who lives at home, you might like this

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

This film will be quite well known in the UK and Ireland, but I'm unsure about how much attention it got elsewhere.

It's essentially a film about 2 brothers, who end up apart from one another during the Irish Rebellion against the British.

If you liked: Hunger, Michael Collins, In the name of the father, you might like this

Deadgirl (2008)

Deadgirl (2008) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

After watching this movie I was surprised to learn it only had a metascore of 36, however horror movies are often misunderstood and I believe time will be kind to this quite disturbing movie about a 2 boys who find the titular character 'the dead girl'. As is often the case in horror movies, these boys make a series of poor decisions that lead them into trouble.

Warning: this film is disturbing and not for the weak of heart. Don't watch a trailer first as it gives away too much

If you liked: The Woman, Inside, May you might like this

My Dog Tulip (2009)

My Dog Tulip (2009) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Firstly: nope, not a sequel to My Dog Skip I'm afraid.

An old man, reluctantly rescues a German Shepherd who quickly becomes his best friend in this animated British movie.

This is animation for grown ups (though suitable for kids too), and is definitely recommended.

If you liked: The Iron Giant, you might like this

X (2011)

X (2011) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

A drastic change in tone here, this Australian thriller is about a call girl who is on her last night before retirement, and a hooker who is on her first, it sounds like a twisted version of the standard buddy comedy formula and it kind of is, without any comedy.

A job they end up on goes terribly wrong which sets off a chain reaction of events.

If you liked: (I don't really have a movie in mind that is similar, this movie is by no means a classic, but it's a good watch).

Adults only!

Headhunters (2011)

Headhunters (2011)  - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Cool Norwegian thriller starring Nikolaj (Jamie Lannister) Waldau. A successful man moonlights as an art thief in order to maintain his expensive lifestyle. When his wife introduces him to a man in possession of a valuable painting, he attempts his most lucrative heist to date, but someone is on to him.

If you liked: I saw the devil, heist movies, you might like this

Red Dog (2011)

Red Dog (2011) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Australians will recognize this one, as I'm sure others will, but who doesn't like a movie about a dog?

This is a pretty amazing true story about a dog who impacts a whole community in Western Australia over a number of years.

If you like movies where dogs are the central characters, you might this.

Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

Sleepwalk With Me (2012) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

Mike Birbiglia writes, directs and stars in this movie based on his book.

Stress causes a stand up comedian to struggle with wild bouts of sleepwalking that he chooses to ignore.

If you liked: Safety not guaranteed, you might like this

Rust and Bone (2012)

Rust and Bone (2012) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

French drama starring Marion Cotillard and from the director of A Prophet.

An absent father is put in charge of his son, and must leave Belgium to live with his sister and her husband. While there, he ends up forming a relationship with a Killer Whale trainer who gets involved in a terrible accident.

It's a really superbly acted drama, I strongly recommend.

If you liked: A Prophet you might like this

It's A Disaster (2012)


I reckon a lot of people here will know this one, but I'm including it because for all the end of the world movies that came out in recent years, this one has been the most overlooked.

A couples brunch ends up becoming a complete disaster, and then to add insult to injury it seems like the world itself might be ending.

If you liked: Safety Not Guaranteed, This is The End, You might like this

Good Vibrations (2013)

Good Vibrations (2013) - 23 Films You May Have Missed

A biopic of Terri Hooley, a complete idealist (to the point it effects his life negatively) and a dreamer, who is hell bent on bringing punk rock to Belfast and bringing Belfast Punk Rock to the world.

It's a good comedy with heart that I definitely recommend, you'll be listening to the soundtrack for weeks after

If you liked: High Fidelity, you might like this