For those movie-lovers that have watched almost all the Blockbusters that have appeared on screen, finding new movies to watch can be quite a challenge. We have picked a list of highly-rated movies that you have probably not heard of. There’s something for every genre, so we’re sure you’re going to find something you would want to watch on a rainy night!
The Quiet American (2002)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Suspense
I had this recommended from a friend of mine, and he said it was one of Michael Caine’s best performances of all time. I gave it a go and it was a perfect blend of politics and drama. Even if you’re not even into historical movies, this is one you should check out, because it will leave you speechless.
The Game (1995)
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
This was one of the movies my parents had me watch when I was young, and I still remember bits and pieces of it to this day. It starts off fast and never loses its pace throughout the whole movie. You’re confused as hell for the majority of the movie but then it’s like ooooh at the end. It’s definitely something good to check out if you’re into mystery and suspense. (Ps. It may not be completed believable in some parts but hey, it’s worth enjoying for the ride!)
Secondhand Lions (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
I have yet to actually watch this movie but from what everyone has told me, the acting is great, some scenes are hilarious, and it really probes you emotionally.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
This is another one I’m planning on watching because everyone has told me it’s one of the most underrated movies of all time. As someone says from IMDB, the movie has “razor sharp wit, shockingly fast-paced and hysterical dialogue, pulp-fiction-esquire vibe, its pure cheesiness and the cynicism of a beat up old paperback detective novel”.
Genre: Drama, Animated, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
I remember watching this in school before and when it began I thought this was going to be a snoozefest. Within maybe 15 minutes I was actually paying attention, and within 30 minutes I was totally caught up in it. The CGI may not be the greatest but the concept is beautiful, and if you have any sense of imagination you will agree that this film is amazingly unique and fantastical. It’s from the creator of Pan’s Labyrinth so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Genre: Action and Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
The idea behind this is great. Some of the scenes are a bit weird and dark, but it grows appeal for the movie so much more. It’s definitely… memorable. It may not be for everyone, but anyone who likes games and virtual reality will be able to relate with it. Oh, and it features Jude Law.
The Reader (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
This movie shattered me the first time I watched it. By the end, I was bawling and reaching for more tissues. It’s a great movie for those messy heartbroken moments where you want to feel something intense. The story is not incredibly believable but you don’t even want to believe it because it’s so damn tragic.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
This is one based off the book by Richard Yates, and it’s set in the 1950s about a struggling couple. The acting is flawless, with Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet bringing their best performance. It’s one of Leonardo’s slightly more overlooked films, but I don’t understand why because it’s so emotionally gripping.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Maybe I’m just a huge fan of Jude Law (seeing as this is the second movie here featuring him!) but this movie was beautiful and real. For anyone who has had dilemmas in a relationship, this movie delivers about the same amount of conflict. You realize that love isn’t always wrong or right.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Comedy
I have no idea why this has received so much hate on Rotten Tomatoes but I think it’s because this is a film you have to listen to, and think about in order to appreciate. Is he crazy or is he actually an alien? Well, if you enjoy movies where you don’t just watch for the action, this is one to be marveled at.
The Machinist (2004)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Suspense
I think this was Christian Bale’s best performance. The way he develops his character keeps us holding on in tension until the very end. It’s confusing, and dark, but by the end you’re going to fully appreciate every part that was built up. It’s “an absorbing and eerie study of paranoia and psychological torment.”
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