Pleasantly surprising movies (personal list)

by korepersephone-97308 | created - 26 Mar 2017 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public

Titles that I've watched without much expectation...

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1. Spring (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

A young man in a personal tailspin flees from US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Francesco Carnelutti, Nick Nevern

Votes: 20,992 | Gross: $0.05M

2. Before We Go (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

31 Metascore

Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other's most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.

Director: Chris Evans | Stars: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, Emma Fitzpatrick, John Cullum

Votes: 45,372 | Gross: $0.04M

3. He Never Died (2015)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

Jack, a social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can't contain his violent past.

Director: Jason Krawczyk | Stars: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Kate Greenhouse, Jordan Todosey

Votes: 15,025

4. Byzantium (2012)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

66 Metascore

Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones

Votes: 38,305 | Gross: $0.08M

5. The Nice Guys (2016)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

70 Metascore

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.

Director: Shane Black | Stars: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice, Matt Bomer

Votes: 241,194 | Gross: $36.26M

6. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 182,386 | Gross: $51.74M

7. Camille (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A twisted honeymoon adventure about a young couple on their way to Niagara Falls.

Director: Gregory Mackenzie | Stars: Sienna Miller, James Franco, David Carradine, Scott Glenn

Votes: 4,364 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Teenage Dirtbag (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

A popular high school girl is harassed by a delinquent boy until they are placed in creative writing class together. Through written words, they create a bond, but tragically a bond that ... See full summary »

Director: Regina Crosby | Stars: Scott Michael Foster, Noa Hegesh, Chris Ellis, Michael Bradley

Votes: 2,799

9. The Accountant (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

As a math savant uncooks the books for a new client, the Treasury Department closes in on his activities, and the body count starts to rise.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, Jon Bernthal

Votes: 233,635 | Gross: $86.26M

10. Frequencies (2013)

Not Rated | 105 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi

In an alternate reality, children learn how lucky they will be (their "frequency"), knowledge which shapes their destiny. The unluckiest boy must parse the mysteries of free will in order to pursue his forbidden love of the luckiest girl.

Director: Darren Paul Fisher | Stars: Daniel Fraser, Eleanor Wyld, Owen Pugh, Dylan Llewellyn

Votes: 12,881

11. Admission (2013)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

48 Metascore

A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption.

Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Nat Wolff, Gloria Reuben

Votes: 31,887 | Gross: $18.00M

12. Pas son genre (2014)

111 min | Drama, Romance

Clément, a young philosophy teacher from Paris is sent to Arras for a year. He meets Jennifer, a pretty hair-stylist, who becomes his lover. They're free in their hearts and bodies and ... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Belvaux | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Loïc Corbery, Sandra Nkake, Charlotte Talpaert

Votes: 1,636

13. Interstellar (2014)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity's survival.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy

Votes: 1,304,378 | Gross: $188.02M

14. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

38 Metascore

A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack

Votes: 70,898 | Gross: $44.28M

15. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

62 Metascore

An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 393,527 | Gross: $169.71M

16. The Dressmaker (I) (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 46,991 | Gross: $2.02M

17. Crimson Peak (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

66 Metascore

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

Votes: 119,544 | Gross: $31.06M

18. Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 41,179 | Gross: $12.23M

19. The Little Death (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.

Director: Josh Lawson | Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany

Votes: 23,641 | Gross: $0.02M

20. They Came Together (2014)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Romance

60 Metascore

A small business owner is about to lose her shop to a major corporate development.

Director: David Wain | Stars: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Cobie Smulders

Votes: 19,847

21. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 623,528 | Gross: $183.64M

22. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

PG-13 | 166 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

70 Metascore

Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Julia Ormond

Votes: 540,510 | Gross: $127.51M

23. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 140,486 | Gross: $0.55M

24. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 61,285 | Gross: $0.88M

25. Logan Lucky (2017)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Two brothers attempt to pull off a heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Farrah Mackenzie

Votes: 106,472 | Gross: $27.78M

26. Enter the Void (2009)

Not Rated | 161 min | Drama, Fantasy

69 Metascore

A French drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Olly Alexander

Votes: 61,437 | Gross: $0.34M

27. Austenland (2013)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

42 Metascore

Obsessed with Pride and Prejudice (1995), a woman travels to a Jane Austen theme park in search for her perfect gentleman.

Director: Jerusha Hess | Stars: Keri Russell, JJ Feild, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie

Votes: 17,934 | Gross: $2.15M

28. To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

TV-14 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A teenage girl's secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

Director: Susan Johnson | Stars: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart

Votes: 63,465

29. Mean Girls (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy

66 Metascore

Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George.

Director: Mark Waters | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey

Votes: 302,597 | Gross: $86.06M

30. Dredd (2012)

R | 95 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

60 Metascore

In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Rachel Wood

Votes: 234,961 | Gross: $13.41M

31. Nappily Ever After (2018)

TV-MA | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Violet Jones tired of waiting for her longtime boyfriend to propose, breaks up with him. But old feelings, and heaps of jealousy, no doubt, arise when he promptly begins dating another woman.

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent, Lynn Whitfield

Votes: 6,338

32. Night Owls (I) (2015)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

After workaholic Kevin has a drunken one night stand with the beautiful train-wreck Madeline, he's horrified to discover that she's actually his boss' jilted ex-mistress. When she takes a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Hood | Stars: Adam Pally, Rosa Salazar, Rob Huebel, Tony Hale

Votes: 2,001

33. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

87 Metascore

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman | Stars: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali

Votes: 216,567 | Gross: $190.24M

34. Effie Gray (2014)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

54 Metascore

A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais.

Director: Richard Laxton | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Emma Thompson

Votes: 3,667 | Gross: $0.34M

35. The Pretty One (2013)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

A tragedy presents Laurel with the chance to reinvent herself as her idolized twin sister, Audrey. As she eases into the life she has always wanted, she must decide between continuing the lie or revealing herself as the perfect fraud.

Director: Jenée LaMarque | Stars: Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 8,837 | Gross: $0.01M



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