My favourite semi-obscure movies

by commanderhoek | created - 2 months ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

I don't know how you'd define obscure, but let's say they have to have fewer than 10,000 ratings on this here website, and they have to be at least three years old, OK?

I don't know how to add shorts to the list, if it's possible, so I'll just tell you to go watch Quasi at the Quackadero.

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1. Brewster McCloud (1970)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Fantasy

An introverted loner living in the bowels of the Astrodome plots to develop - with the aid of a mysterious guardian angel - a pair of wings that will help him fly.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Bud Cort, Shelley Duvall, Sally Kellerman, Michael Murphy

Votes: 3,844

2. Secret Honor (1984)

Not Rated | 90 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

A fictionalized former President Richard M. Nixon offers a solitary, stream-of-consciousness reflection on his life and political career - and the "true" reasons for the Watergate scandal and his resignation.

Director: Robert Altman | Star: Philip Baker Hall

Votes: 2,474

3. 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: 4,690 | Gross: $0.77M

4. Wise Blood (1979)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Brad Dourif, John Huston, Dan Shor, Harry Dean Stanton

Votes: 4,631

5. The Soldier's Tale (1984)

Not Rated | 51 min | Animation

A soldier, returning home from war, chances upon a stranger who offers to buy his violin, the stranger is none other than the devil.

Directors: R.O. Blechman, Christian Blackwood | Stars: Andre Gregory, Dusan Makavejev, Mike Mearian, Galina Panova

Votes: 81

6. Schmelvis (2002)

Unrated | 76 min | Documentary

An offbeat documentary about the real-life Jewish roots of Elvis Presley. When the Wall Street Journal revealed that Elvis's great great grandmother was Jewish, and that according to Jewish... See full summary »

Director: Max Wallace

Votes: 13

7. Road to Revenge (1993)

90 min | Action, Drama

An ex-cop comes back as vigilante to bring down with blazing weapons and martial arts a satanic cult that has taken over his town. John De Heart, Wings Hauser, Pamela Bryant, and William Smith star.

Directors: John De Hart, James Paradise | Stars: John De Hart, Wings Hauser, William Smith, Pamela Jean Bryant

Votes: 246

8. Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, History

A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb

Votes: 797

9. Ed, Edd n Eddy's Big Picture Show (2009 TV Movie)

TV-Y7 | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

When a scam goes horribly wrong and leaves the neighborhood kids furious, the Eds embark on a journey to find Eddy's brother in the "Ed, Edd, n Eddy" series finale.

Director: Danny Antonucci | Stars: Matt Hill, Sam Vincent, Tony Sampson, Keenan Christensen

Votes: 1,886

10. Altman (2014)

TV-PG | 96 min | Documentary, Biography

A look at the life and work of American film-maker Robert Altman.

Director: Ron Mann | Stars: Michael Murphy, Robert Altman, Kathryn Reed, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 1,131

11. The Late Show (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

A grumpy semi-retired private investigator partners with a quirky female client to catch the people who murdered his partner.

Director: Robert Benton | Stars: Art Carney, Lily Tomlin, Bill Macy, Eugene Roche

Votes: 2,017

12. The Best Man (1964)

Approved | 102 min | Drama

The 2 front runners for their party's presidential nomination, one principled and the other ruthless, vie for the former President's endorsement.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton

Votes: 2,748

13. Reign of Terror (1949)

Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller

Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,280

14. The Silent Partner (1978)

R | 106 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.

Director: Daryl Duke | Stars: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Céline Lomez

Votes: 4,239

15. Force of Evil (1948)

Not Rated | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

89 Metascore

An unethical lawyer, with an older brother he wants to help, becomes a partner with a client in the numbers racket.

Director: Abraham Polonsky | Stars: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Howland Chamberlain

Votes: 5,208

16. My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)

Not Rated | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes, and goes to live at her house. 2 days later, she awakens - in a different house, ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Nina Foch, May Whitty, George Macready, Roland Varno

Votes: 2,129

17. The Sniper (1952)

Approved | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Arthur Franz, Adolphe Menjou, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor

Votes: 2,436

18. Jubal (1956)

Passed | 100 min | Drama, Romance, Western

A new foreman rejects the sexual advances of a frustrated rancher's wife, which leads to conflicts that could get him killed.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Valerie French

Votes: 3,163

19. 'Round Midnight (1986)

R | 133 min | Drama, Music

A troubled, but talented musician flees the US to escape his problems, finding refuge and support in Paris.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet, Gabrielle Haker, Sandra Reaves-Phillips

Votes: 4,343 | Gross: $3.27M

20. The Lineup (1958)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

In San Francisco, a psychopathic gangster and his mentor retrieve heroin packages carried by unsuspecting travelers.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Eli Wallach, Robert Keith, Richard Jaeckel, Mary LaRoche

Votes: 2,395

21. To Sleep with Anger (1990)

PG | 102 min | Drama

A charismatic old acquaintance drifts into town, stirring up trouble for a mild-mannered family.

Director: Charles Burnett | Stars: Danny Glover, Paul Butler, DeVaughn Nixon, Mary Alice

Votes: 1,525 | Gross: $1.16M

22. Journey Into Fear (1943)

Approved | 68 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio, Ruth Warrick

Votes: 3,597

23. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

R | 95 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by paroled convict Moose Malloy to find his girlfriend Velma, former seedy nightclub dancer.

Director: Dick Richards | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Charlotte Rampling, John Ireland, Sylvia Miles

Votes: 5,799 | Gross: $4.36M

24. Under the Volcano (1984)

R | 112 min | Drama

The last 24 hours in the life of Geoffrey Firmin, a lonely, depressed English consul who retreats to alcohol for solace.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Andrews, Ignacio López Tarso

Votes: 4,501 | Gross: $2.56M

25. The Atomic Cafe (1982)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History

Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government-issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

Directors: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, Pierce Rafferty | Stars: Paul Tibbets, Harry S. Truman, W.H.P. Blandy, Brien McMahon

Votes: 3,727 | Gross: $0.02M

26. Murder by Contract (1958)

Approved | 81 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Claude is a ruthless and efficient contract killer - until he finds his next target is a woman.

Director: Irving Lerner | Stars: Vince Edwards, Phillip Pine, Herschel Bernardi, Caprice Toriel

Votes: 2,138

27. He Walked by Night (1948)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

This film-noir piece, told in semi-documentary style, follows police on the hunt for a resourceful criminal who shoots and kills a cop.

Directors: Alfred L. Werker, Anthony Mann | Stars: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Whit Bissell

Votes: 4,390

28. The Front (1976)

PG | 95 min | Drama

In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi, Michael Murphy

Votes: 7,513

29. 10 Rillington Place (1971)

GP | 111 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbors Tim and Beryl Evans.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, John Hurt, Pat Heywood

Votes: 6,784

30. The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Joyce Jameson

Votes: 4,489

31. The Candidate (1972)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter

Votes: 9,048

32. On Dangerous Ground (1951)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Film-Noir

Rough city cop Jim Wilson is disciplined by his captain and is sent upstate, to a snowy mountain town, to help the local sheriff solve a murder case.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Ida Lupino | Stars: Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper

Votes: 5,728

33. The Pawnbroker (1964)

Approved | 116 min | Drama

A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters, Jaime Sánchez

Votes: 7,408

34. The Emigrants (1971)

PG | 151 min | Drama, History

In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Sven-Olof Bern

Votes: 4,858

35. The New Land (1972)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Western

A Swedish immigrant family struggle to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid 19th Century.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Liv Ullmann, Eddie Axberg, Pierre Lindstedt

Votes: 3,396

36. Brighton Rock (1948)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Drama

In Brighton in 1935, small-time gang leader Pinkie Brown murders a journalist and later desperately tries to cover his tracks but runs into trouble with the police, a few witnesses and a rival gang.

Director: John Boulting | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley, William Hartnell, Harcourt Williams

Votes: 4,830 | Gross: $0.22M

37. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Approved | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Directors: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise | Stars: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter

Votes: 5,251

38. The Set-Up (1949)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Sport

Because aging boxer Bill Thompson always lost his past fights, his corrupt manager, without telling Thompson, takes bribes from a betting gangster, to ensure Thompson's pre-arranged dive-loss in the next match.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias, Alan Baxter

Votes: 7,014

39. Girlfriends (1978)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

A photographer and her girlfriend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.

Director: Claudia Weill | Stars: Melanie Mayron, Eli Wallach, Adam Cohen, Anita Skinner

Votes: 1,078

40. Son of the White Mare (1981)

81 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A dethroned goddess-turned-horse gives birth to three superpowered sons who set out to save three princesses from three ancient dragons and reclaim their parents' lost kingdom from the underworld.

Director: Marcell Jankovics | Stars: György Cserhalmi, Vera Pap, Gyula Szabó, Ferenc Szalma

Votes: 1,148

41. Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Passed | 137 min | Drama, Romance, War

The pacifist attitude of a Quaker family is tested as a result of the American Civil War.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer

Votes: 5,909

42. A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance, War

An American ambulance driver and an English nurse fall in love in Italy during World War I.

Director: Frank Borzage | Stars: Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Philips

Votes: 4,568

43. The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, David Warner, Strother Martin

Votes: 7,888 | Gross: $3.50M

44. Our Man in Havana (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Jim Wormold, who is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participates as an Agent in the British Secret Service. But he soon realizes that his plans by lying are going to get him into trouble.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: Alec Guinness, Maureen O'Hara, Burl Ives, Ernie Kovacs

Votes: 4,428

45. The Prowler (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

Votes: 2,682

46. The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)

PG | 114 min | Romance, Western

Western story about a defiant wife who leaves her husband to take up riding with outlaws.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Sarah Miles, Lee J. Cobb, Jack Warden

Votes: 1,227

47. My Favorite Year (1982)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper, Joseph Bologna

Votes: 8,100 | Gross: $20.12M

48. Crime Wave (1985)

80 min | Adventure, Comedy

A young director intent on making "the greatest color crime movie ever" can't seem to finish his script--he has a beginning and an end, but he can't quite figure out the middle. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Paizs | Stars: Eva Kovacs, John Paizs, Darrell Baran, Jeffrey Owen Madden

Votes: 511