100 In 2017by NickMiller89 | created - 07 Jan 2017 | updated - 28 Nov 2018 | Public
The challenge: 100 'unseen' movies in 2017!
Top 10: 1. Dunkirk 2. Casablanca 3. Get Out 4. Big Trouble In Little China 5. Celtics/Lakers: Best Of Enemies [3 parts] 6. Sicario 7. The Big Sick 8. Train To Busan 9. What We Do In The Shadows 10. Boyhood
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1. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.
Votes: 172,498 | Gross: $368.38M
Admittedly, zoned out of this a bit. Lovely animation though. 2.5/5
2. La La Land (I) (2016)
PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.
Votes: 461,155 | Gross: $151.10M
Brilliant soundtrack. 4.5/5
3. The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)
80 min | Documentary, Sport
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on "Bonanza") created... See full summary »
Sports documentaries rock! 4/5
4. Casablanca (1942)
PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.
Votes: 492,095 | Gross: $1.02M
Sometimes classics don't always meet the hype, this one certainly did. 5/5
5. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 136,251 | Gross: $3.33M
Incredibly creative. 4.5/5
6. Blue Ruin (2013)
R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A mysterious outsider's quiet life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Votes: 61,444 | Gross: $0.26M
Loved the performance from Macon Blair. 3/5
7. Piranha 3D (2010)
R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.
Votes: 83,188 | Gross: $25.00M
Everything a great movie should B. 4/5
8. Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.
Votes: 97,854 | Gross: $8.18M
It's a Billy Wilder film, of course it was great. 4/5
9. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.
Votes: 183,247 | Gross: $92.82M
Very average. 1/5
10. The Wailing (2016)
TV-MA | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.
Not like anything I'd seen before. Highly recommended. 4.5/5
11. Split (IX) (2016)
PG-13 | 117 min | Horror, Thriller
Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.
Votes: 387,997 | Gross: $138.29M
Good story and an incredible performance from James McAvoy. 3/5
12. Airplane! (1980)
PG | 88 min | Comedy
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.
Votes: 197,237 | Gross: $83.40M
Laughed (a lot). 4/5
13. Pump Up the Volume (1990)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Mark runs a pirate radio station and causes an uproar when he speaks his mind and enthralls fellow teens.
Votes: 25,051 | Gross: $11.54M
Enjoyed it but felt like it got a little lost towards the end. 2.5/5
14. Citizenfour (2014)
R | 114 min | Documentary, Biography, News
A documentarian and a reporter travel to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings with Edward Snowden.
Votes: 49,657 | Gross: $2.80M
The best documentaries can change the way you think about the world around you - this did exactly that. 4.5/5
30 for 30 (2009– )
I Hate Christian Laettner
TV-G | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
He made perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament. He's the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and was instrumental in Duke winning ... See full summary »
ESPN's 30 for 30 with another great sports doco. 4/5
16. Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.
A contemporary, gritty, Chinese neo-noir - can't knock it's ambition! 3.5/5
30 for 30 (2009– )
This Was the XFL
77 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A bold challenge, a fearless experiment and ultimately, a spectacular failure. In 2001, sports entertainment titans Ebersol and McMahon launched the XFL. It was hardly the first time a ... See full summary »
Who forgot to fill the generator with gasoline? That's the big question here... 3.5/5
18. Weiner (2016)
R | 96 min | Documentary
An examination of disgraced New York Congressman Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign and today's political landscape.
Votes: 9,278 | Gross: $1.61M
The best thing about documentaries is how they capture those moments when usually the camera would've stopped rolling. 4/5
19. Mabo (2012 TV Movie)
Mabo tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.
Incredible story, okay movie. 2/5
20. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance
When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.
Votes: 228,907 | Gross: $25.00M
Another Billy Wilder gem. 4.5/5
21. Interview with a Murderer (2016 TV Movie)
Criminologist Prof David Wilson conducts a series of interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, the man suspected of - yet never charged with - killing paperboy Carl Bridgewater in 1978
An insightful psychological study. 3/5
22. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime
In London, four very different people team up to commit armed robbery, then try to doublecross each other for the loot.
Votes: 125,486 | Gross: $63.49M
Yes, quite funny indeed. Why was it filmed like a soap opera though?! 3/5
Not Rated | 115 min | Documentary, History
This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years.
Votes: 1,594 | Gross: $0.48M
Brilliant use of archival footage to tell an important story. 3/5
24. The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Not Rated | 101 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
A film that successfully argued that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system in Dallas County, Texas.
Votes: 20,413 | Gross: $1.21M
Might just be the most powerful documentary ever made. 4/5
25. Nocturnal Animals (2016)
R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller
A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.
Votes: 217,136 | Gross: $10.64M
Dark. Very, very dark. 4/5
26. Logan (2017)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
Votes: 596,059 | Gross: $226.28M
Just really damn awesome. 4/5
27. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Alcatraz is the most secure prison of its time. It is believed that no one can ever escape from it, until three daring men make a possible successful attempt at escaping from one of the most infamous prisons in the world.
Votes: 108,679 | Gross: $43.00M
A real gem. 4/5
28. The Meaning of Life (1983)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Musical
The comedy team takes a look at life in all its stages in their own uniquely silly way.
Votes: 108,199 | Gross: $14.93M
29. Sicario (2015)
R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
Votes: 343,707 | Gross: $46.89M
Made with such amazing vision - Denis Villeneuve just chiseling out great film after great film. 4.5/5
30. Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, History
A fast moving odyssey into the subterranean world of the rarely explored province of Filipino genre filmmaking.
31. Iverson (2014)
Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
Iverson is the ultimate legacy of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from a childhood of crushing poverty in Hampton, Virginia, to become an 11-time NBA All-Star and universally recognized ... See full summary »
Remarkable to think he went from prison to the biggest basketballer in the world. 3/5
32. A Beautiful Mind (2001)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama
After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
Votes: 797,727 | Gross: $170.74M
An impressive portrayal of the life of John Nash. 3.5/5
30 for 30 (2009– )
One and Not Done
102 min | Documentary, Biography, History
The life and career of John Calipari, one of the most polarizing figures in modern college basketball, weaving his story around that of his 2015-16 Kentucky team.
Why can't Australia produce a series of sports documentaries like the 30 for 30 series?! 3/5
34. Modern Times (1936)
G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
Votes: 200,584 | Gross: $0.16M
So this was the first Chaplin film I've seen. No idea why it took so long. 4.5/5
35. Slap Shot (1977)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.
Votes: 32,745 | Gross: $28.00M
All sports movies should be comedies and this should be the standard. 4/5
36. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
G | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.
Votes: 24,204 | Gross: $1.30M
The cool thing about the popularity and accessibility of film, is that you can watch iconic films that were released 35 years before you were born. 4/5
37. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A rough-and-tumble trucker helps rescue his friend's fiancée from an ancient sorcerer in a supernatural battle beneath Chinatown.
Votes: 116,676 | Gross: $11.10M
This might be the best movie ever! 5/5
38. The Wolf Man (1941)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.
The sets are brilliant, they add so much to the film. 3.5/5
39. Deep Water: The Real Story (2016)
87 min | Documentary, Crime
Up to 80 murders, 30 unsolved cases, thousands of assaults. In the 1980s and 1990s a murderous epidemic grips Sydney. The attackers are united by contempt. Their targets united by their ... See full summary »
This is a horrific story that more Australians should see. 4/5
40. Moonlight (I) (2016)
R | 111 min | Drama
A young African-American man grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence, and burgeoning adulthood.
Votes: 244,062 | Gross: $27.85M
A revolutionary film. 4/5
41. The Party (1968)
PG | 99 min | Comedy
A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.
Aside from the racist whitewashing of this film, it's largely quite funny. 3/5
42. Mistaken for Strangers (2013)
Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music
Tom Berninger chronicles his time spent on the road as a member of the tour crew for The National, the rock & roll band fronted by his brother, Matt.
Votes: 4,193 | Gross: $0.14M
Yeah, pretty good I suppose. 3.5/5
43. The Odd Couple (1968)
G | 105 min | Comedy
Two friends try sharing an apartment, but their ideas of housekeeping and lifestyles are as different as night and day.
Votes: 29,900 | Gross: $44.53M
Not as funny or smart as I had hoped. 2.5/5
44. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
R | 82 min | Comedy, Music
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DiBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour.
Votes: 123,102 | Gross: $0.19M
Satire at it's finest. No idea why it took me so long to see this. 4/5