The Best Mediocre Films - sit back, crack a cold one, let the film do the thinking

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1. The Hunted (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A New Yorker on business in Nagoya meets a lady in the hotel bar. Returning to her room, 3 ninjas kill her and wound him. He sees the ninja boss' face. Ninjas try to kill him again but new samurai friends help, hide and train him.

Director: J.F. Lawton | Stars: Christopher Lambert, John Lone, Joan Chen, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 4,421 | Gross: $6.61M

2. The Iceman (2012)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.

Director: Ariel Vromen | Stars: Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, Winona Ryder

Votes: 66,082 | Gross: $1.94M

3. Black Rain (1989)

R | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Votes: 45,976 | Gross: $46.21M

4. Seven Psychopaths (2012)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken

Votes: 225,329 | Gross: $15.02M

5. The Evil Dead (1981)

NC-17 | 85 min | Horror

71 Metascore

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker

Votes: 171,453 | Gross: $2.40M

6. Evil Dead II (1987)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

69 Metascore

The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva

Votes: 136,874 | Gross: $5.92M

7. Army of Darkness (1992)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Horror

57 Metascore

A man is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie

Votes: 152,683 | Gross: $11.50M

8. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Horror

31 Metascore

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 203,861 | Gross: $46.98M

9. The Shadow (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

In 1930s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle

Votes: 21,796 | Gross: $32.06M

10. Strange Days (1995)

R | 145 min | Action, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

A former cop turned street-hustler accidentally uncovers a conspiracy in Los Angeles in 1999.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 63,039 | Gross: $7.92M

11. The 6th Day (2000)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

Futuristic action about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rooker

Votes: 111,289 | Gross: $34.60M

12. Antitrust (2001)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

31 Metascore

A computer programmer's dream job at a hot Portland-based firm turns nightmarish when he discovers his boss has a secret and ruthless means of dispatching anti-trust problems.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Tim Robbins, Rachael Leigh Cook, Claire Forlani

Votes: 27,543 | Gross: $10.97M

13. Body Double (1984)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

69 Metascore

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton

Votes: 25,714 | Gross: $8.80M

14. Videodrome (1983)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: James Woods, Debbie Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky

Votes: 75,453 | Gross: $2.12M

15. Blow Out (1981)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

85 Metascore

A movie sound recordist accidentally records the evidence that proves that a car accident was actually murder and consequently finds himself in danger.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz

Votes: 38,101 | Gross: $13.75M

16. The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

After his mistress runs over a young teen, a Wall Street hotshot sees his life unravel in the spotlight and attracting the interest of a down and out reporter.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 20,357 | Gross: $15.69M

17. Ruthless People (1986)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation, without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker | Stars: Bette Midler, Danny DeVito, Judge Reinhold, Helen Slater

Votes: 24,205 | Gross: $71.62M

18. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

68 Metascore

Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of fifty thousand dollars first.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Steve Martin, Michael Caine, Glenne Headly, Anton Rodgers

Votes: 59,900 | Gross: $42.04M

19. The Jerk (1979)

R | 94 min | Comedy

61 Metascore

A simple minded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivety is both his best friend, and worst enemy.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, Catlin Adams, Mabel King

Votes: 49,612 | Gross: $73.69M

20. A Simple Twist of Fate (1994)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Comedy

His life was emotionally closed off from the world, until an orphaned baby showed up at his house.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Steve Martin, Gabriel Byrne, Laura Linney, Catherine O'Hara

Votes: 4,762 | Gross: $3.43M

21. The Prince of Tides (1991)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.

Director: Barbra Streisand | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Nick Nolte, Blythe Danner, Kate Nelligan

Votes: 14,812 | Gross: $74.79M



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