Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Most Underrated Movies of All-Time

It's been far too long since I posted a list blog post on here. After watching Inception rise to #3 on the IMDB Top 250 (now I think that's a bit too high even for a 5 JR film) I got to thinking.... which movies that are not on the top 250 deserve to be there. A few immediately came to mind and I present to you my personal list of the five most underrated movies in cinematic history (well actually just the past 20 years).

This film features what I consider to be Billy Bob Thornton's best performance (although I have not seen Sling Blade). A dark disturbing drama from Sam Raimi (one of his best films) that illustrates how money can ruin relationships. It includes two great staring turns by Bill Paxton and Bridget Fonda. This is a tense movie that unravels brilliantly in front of the viewer.

Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier lead an all-star cast including Mary McDonnell, Ben Kingsley, Dan Akyroyd and a just-before-death River Phoenix. The entire movie deals with espionage, code breaking and various levels of spy stealthdom. You will not be bored at all in this movie. In my opinion this is Redford's most memorable role. NO MORE SECRETS

#3 - Dark City

This movie is just plain awesome. From The Strangers (darkly-dressed weird dudes with funky names like Mr. Hand and Mr. Wall) and their building changing abilities to a pre-24 Keifer Sutherland and his creepy stammering way of speaking, this movie is the type of oddball futuristic science fiction film that appeals to me. It's obvious that The Matrix and Inception borrowed some ideas from this groundbreaking 1998 film.

The movie that single handedly launched the poker boom in the USA. Matt Damon and Edward Norton give great realistic performances and John Malcovich is in top form as Teddy KGB. For guys who enjoy playing some cards, this is a top five all-time classic. It totally deserves to be in the IMDB Top 250.

David Fincher. Michael Douglas. Sean Penn. Perfect casting and a totally original and mind-bending plot make this one of my favorite films of all-time. The audience is in for a wild ride from start to finish. Because of the excellent twists and turns of the plot, this movie is best during the initial viewing but I still find myself putting down the remote every time I come across it on cable. If you haven't seen The Game, do yourself a favor and go rent it tonight.

Honorable Mention goes to The Sandlot, Sweeney Todd, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and of course Ghostbusters II which all deserve to be in the top 250 on IMDB.

I'm sure I'm missing some more obvious ones that others can chime in on. Some that deserve to be removed from the Top 250 (in my opinion) are: The Green Mile, Donnie Darko, Ed Wood and No Country For Old Men.


hross said...

I like your list. The Game is a brilliant flick that surprised me by the lack of attention it got when it came out. The IMBD top 250 is horribly weighted toward recent movies. For instance, Kick Ass is listed at 166, right above V for Vendetta and right below Ratatouille. None of those movies deserve to be on that list, in my opinion. Here are a few of my favorite underrated movies: Traffic, Paper Moon, Boiler Room, About a Boy, I Heart Huckabees, Payback (I think this is Mel Gibson's best movie and I still am not quite sure why I like it so much), 12 Monkeys, Ronin (even better car chase scenes than Bullit), Being John Malkovich.

Also, High Fidelity, Office Space, Tommy Boy, and Happy Gilmore are not listed in the top 250, although they are more well known (Shaun of the Dead somehow makes the cut though).

Nate said...

Rad?? Where is that?