Most Underrated Movies

I don't have a list. Just looking for some suggestions to check out in my spare time...and to start some forum arguments. JK ;-)


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michael3b's picture

and The Milagro Beanfield War. I was on a redford kick.

Also, Lone Star is one of the best movies of the 90's in my humiliating opinion.

Sneakers was pretty good...

TMundo's picture

...I always liked that flick.

while its certainly no masterpiece

Decaf's picture

Speed Racer deserves some credit for being more ridiculous and over the top then I though was possible.


Also, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou was really great and it got bad reviews. I wonder why. 


 Formerly Known as MasterKlives


A guilty pleasure

FearlessFreep's picture

HATARI! (That's the Howard Hawks movie where John Wayne is catching African animals for zoos, with Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk.")


The artist formerly known as Zorro.

Underrated, hmmmm

gamerarocks's picture

I know it takes a beatdown, but to be honest I thought that Verhoeven did a good job with Starship Troopers.  There's no way to really bring that book to the screen as it's written, and the way he made it an action flick wasn't bad.  Sure the teenie-bop stuff at the beginning was too easily sweetly cut and dried but it worked for what it was, and besides, the BUGS kicked ass.

Just seeing Sigourney Weaver having fun with Galaxy Quest was enough for me to enjoy it, but I thought it was well cast for what it was.  I know Mr C blasted him, but looking back I think it's easily Tim Allen's best role on screen.  And I pretty much like Alan Rickman in anything.

Personally I think the most underrated movie is Wizards.  Ralph Bakshi has done some moderately interesting stuff (Cool World/Fritz the Cat), as well as some total CRAP (LOTR/Rocket Robin Hood/various Marvel TV series) but IMO this flick is one of the best animated attempts going.  Plus the line at the end is still a classic.

I'll probably get slammed, but for me Highlander was a good and underrated.  The movement from time period to time period was some of the best I've seen, the soundtrack continues to be one of my favorite albums, and it was well cast (Clancy Brown was a very good bad guy).  Yeah you can poke holes in it here and there I'm sure, but to me it stands up.

Starship Troopers and Highlander are definitely great flicks...

TMundo's picture

Underrated, well, hmmmmm....

In terms of cult status, I don't think Ghostbusters gets mentioned enough, sure, when it came out it was incredibly mainstream, but in standing the test of comedy/sci-fi time it's one of my favorite comedies.  Whether it's Bill Murray referencing the Bible dogs and cats style, or just check out this clip of Coaster entertaining CCCP Two thousand and sev...ummm I mean Lewis's party

unfortunately the full scene was deleted and all I could get was this, but you get the idea.



Das Boot

TMundo's picture

this movie gets the short end because it spends a lot of time showing you the boring life of living in a submarine.  The directors cut makes it drag even more.  But just you watch and let that story get going, it's suspense from then on in.

Back to the Future 1, 2, and 3

vaughn88's picture

Totally mainstream blockbusters but absolute masterpieces that stand the test of time like Ghostbusters. The casting, the story, the visuals. Caters to everyone from young to old. Just because the movie appeals to kids and is popular makes certain critics less apt to declare just how brilliant this series is. And it is absolutely brilliant! The Back to the Future's embody everything that is great about the Hollywood experience.

Good thread, I'll give this one a *bump* with my $0.02.

HS's picture

Add me to the list of "Sneakers" and "Starship Troopers" fans. 

Other underrated gems include "Jackie Brown" (prolly Tarantino's LEAST-talked-about movie), and Peter Jackson's "King Kong."  Jack Black was miscast but Naomi Watts was great and the action scenes were fantastic!


Jack Black was miscast in "King Kong"?

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

His impetuous over the top persona worked very well as the impresario who acts first and thinks second, if at all.

{;-) Dan in Miami

Naomi Watts was droolerific!

Rajah's picture

Wish one of the dinosaurs had eaten Jack Black

HATARI! (That's the Howard

xrapider's picture

HATARI! (That's the Howard Hawks movie where John Wayne is catching African animals for zoos, with Henry Mancini's "Baby Elephant Walk.")


The artist formerly known as Zorro.

While I'm thinking about it

gamerarocks's picture

The Warlord with Charlton Heston.  Overlooked and underrated these days, for it's time it was a whole different direction for medieval movies.  Plus the calm eyes line is fantastic, I even had a co-worker set me up with it in a crowded lunch room, and it worked just as well as it did in the movie.  Great flick. 

Impeach Jim Gibbons!



FearlessFreep's picture

"You have built a college for ants!"


Fifth Element..

Wulfgar's picture

Awesomely funny Heavy Metal magazine-esque sci-fi action-comedy.




~No, my young padawan; this one is mine.~


I can agree strongly with some of these

MadNessMonster's picture

Especially "Fifth Element", which is one of my favorites. 

In college, I found a lot of good movies (especially sci-fi and animation) that it turns out few people have heard of: "GATTACA", "Rock and Rule", "Primer" (though this one comes with a brain-melting warning), "Return to OZ" (it helps to read the very strange L. Frank Baum books beforehand), "Contact" (I don't care what anybody says, I got it), "Little Man Tate", "Panic Room" (hey, why is Jodie Foster in so many of these?), "Real Genius", "Little Buddha", "The Specials", "Joyeux Noel", "Watership Down" (reading the book beforehand enhances it though), "The Prestige"

I LOVE Return to Oz. Watched

jazzdrive3's picture

I LOVE Return to Oz. Watched it several times in my younger years. Dark, twisted, weird, and completely fascinating (Dorothy almost getting elecro-shock therapy for her crazy talk about Oz?!).

And the best part: it's not a musical.

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