Underrated Masterpieces

by daffody | created - 22 Jun 2014 | updated - 14 May 2015 | Public

Each movie has less than 20k user ratings, most even below 10k. Though they deserve way more.

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1. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

R | 125 min | Drama, Romance

Alex, who's homeless and addicted to alcohol, and Michèle, who's losing her sight, form a relationship while sleeping rough on Paris's Pont-Neuf bridge.

Director: Leos Carax | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant, Daniel Buain, Klaus-Michael Grüber

Votes: 11,020 | Gross: $0.12M

2. Berlin Blues (2003)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

In October 1989, the part of the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg called SO 36, had been largely shut off by the Wall from the rest of the city for 28 years. A lethargic sub-culture of ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Christian Ulmen, Katja Danowski, Detlev Buck, Janek Rieke

Votes: 6,146

3. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)

PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller

63 Metascore

A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.

Director: Laetitia Colombani | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Samuel Le Bihan, Isabelle Carré, Sophie Guillemin

Votes: 17,793 | Gross: $1.01M

4. The Giraffe's Neck (2004)

84 min | Drama

Ten year old Mathilde (Louisa Pili) lives with her mother Helene (Sandrine Bonnaire) in a suburb of Paris. Her only other family is a telephone dad (living in America with a new partner) ... See full synopsis »

Director: Safy Nebbou | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Claude Rich, Louisa Pili, Darry Cowl

Votes: 292

5. Barefoot (2005)

118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Nick, a hedonistic bachelor, falls for an escaped mental patient.

Director: Til Schweiger | Stars: Til Schweiger, Johanna Wokalek, Nadja Tiller, Michael Mendl

Votes: 9,852

6. Atomised (2006)

113 min | Drama, Romance

Based on Michel Houellebecq's controversial novel, this movie focuses on Michael and Bruno, two very different half-brothers and their disturbed sexuality. After a chaotic childhood with a ... See full summary »

Director: Oskar Roehler | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Christian Ulmen, Franka Potente, Martina Gedeck

Votes: 7,625

7. Hunting and Gathering (2007)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Romance

When Camille (Audrey Tautou) falls ill, she is forced to live with Philibert and Franck (Guillaume Canet). A moving trio story.

Director: Claude Berri | Stars: Audrey Tautou, Guillaume Canet, Laurent Stocker, Françoise Bertin

Votes: 11,096

8. Conversations with My Gardener (2007)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

A successful artist, weary of Parisian life and on the verge of divorce, returns to the country to live in his childhood house. He needs someone to make a real vegetable garden again out of... See full summary »

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fanny Cottençon, Alexia Barlier

Votes: 2,932

9. Robert Zimmermann wundert sich über die Liebe (2008)

102 min | Comedy, Romance

A young game designer falls in love with an older woman and suddenly his whole life turns upside down.

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Tom Schilling, Christian Sengewald, Julia Dietze, Peter Jordan

Votes: 657

10. Caramel (2007)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Joanna Moukarzel, Gisèle Aouad, Yasmine Al Massri

Votes: 11,778 | Gross: $1.06M

11. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

57 Metascore

In 1964, a teenage girl in search of the truth about her mother runs away to a small town in South Carolina and finds a family of independent women who can connect her to her past.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys

Votes: 22,799 | Gross: $37.77M

12. Bread and Tulips (2000)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

68 Metascore

After being forgotten in a highway café during a bus trip, a housewife decides to start a new life by herself in Venice.

Director: Silvio Soldini | Stars: Licia Maglietta, Bruno Ganz, Giuseppe Battiston, Antonio Catania

Votes: 8,642 | Gross: $5.31M

13. Sun Alley (1999)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

A group of kids grow up on the short, wrong (east) side of the Sonnenallee in Berlin, right next to one of the few border crossings between East and West reserved for German citizens. The ... See full summary »

Director: Leander Haußmann | Stars: Alexander Scheer, Alexander Beyer, Robert Stadlober, Teresa Weißbach

Votes: 5,804

14. Orange Girl (2009)

80 min | Drama, Romance

THE ORANGE GIRL is about two young men's different paths to finding love. Jan Olav is struck as if by lightning the first time he sees the Orange Girl, and is sure he has found the love of ... See full summary »

Director: Eva Dahr | Stars: Mikkel Bratt Silset, Harald Rosenstrøm, Annie Dahr Nygaard, Emilie K. Beck

Votes: 556

15. Get Low (2009)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Mystery

77 Metascore

A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party... while he was still alive.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black

Votes: 21,288 | Gross: $9.18M

16. Lily Sometimes (2010)

103 min | Drama

Clara is happily married to a promising lawyer and lives in Paris. After the sudden death of her mother, Clara has to assume responsibility for her younger sister Lily, whose extreme sensitivity makes her vulnerable.

Director: Fabienne Berthaud | Stars: Diane Kruger, Ludivine Sagnier, Denis Ménochet, Brigitte Catillon

Votes: 1,182

17. Vincent Wants to Sea (2010)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

39 Metascore

A young man suffering from Tourette's syndrome absconds from an institution with two other inhabitants to travel to Italy to fulfill his mother's last wish.

Director: Ralf Huettner | Stars: Florian David Fitz, Karoline Herfurth, Heino Ferch, Katharina Müller-Elmau

Votes: 4,988

18. The Names of Love (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.

Director: Michel Leclerc | Stars: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem, Carole Franck

Votes: 7,164 | Gross: $0.51M

19. My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)

Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Drama

59 Metascore

A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman.

Director: Jean Becker | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane, Sophie Guillemin

Votes: 6,360

20. Nicostratos the Pelican (2011)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

Yannis is a 14 year old boy who lives an isolated life with his dad on a small Greek island. After the death of his mother, two of them didn't talk much. One day, Yannis finds a young ... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Horlait | Stars: Emir Kusturica, Thibault Le Guellec, François-Xavier Demaison, Jade-Rose Parker

Votes: 1,345

21. Toast (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.

Director: S.J. Clarkson | Stars: Oscar Kennedy, Victoria Hamilton, Colin Prockter, Ken Stott

Votes: 8,590

22. Restless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk

Votes: 16,808 | Gross: $0.16M

23. Hut in the Woods (2011)

117 min | Drama

Two misfit males, one man-child, one boy, find each other, building a small cabin in the woods to create a new life. Their daily struggle for survival creates a strong bond between them ... See full summary »

Director: Hans Weingartner | Stars: Peter Schneider, Timur Massold, Henrike von Kuick, Eleonore Weisgerber

Votes: 871

24. Romantics Anonymous (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Comedy, Romance

69 Metascore

What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love. And this is what happens to Jean-René, the boss of a small chocolate factory, and Angélique, a gifted ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Pierre Améris | Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Isabelle Carré, Lorella Cravotta, Lise Lamétrie

Votes: 9,956

25. Where Do We Go Now? (2011)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A group of Lebanese women try to ease religious tensions between Christians and Muslims in their village.

Director: Nadine Labaki | Stars: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Nadine Labaki, Yvonne Maalouf, Layla Hakim

Votes: 10,550 | Gross: $0.53M

26. Chinese Take-Out (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

A well-ordered hardware store owner in Buenos Aires will see his life turn upside down when he helps a stranded Chinese man who doesn't speak a word of Spanish find his uncle in the bustling city. But can this coexistence bear fruit?

Director: Sebastián Borensztein | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Muriel Santa Ana, Ignacio Huang, Enric Cambray

Votes: 15,733

27. Baikonur (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Iskander, a young man living on the Kazakh steppes, finds French astronaut Julie after her capsule crashes. Julie now has amnesia, but Iskander convinces her they are engaged. (Russian with English subtitles)

Director: Veit Helmer | Stars: Alexander Asochakov, Marie de Villepin, Sitora Farmonova, Erbolat Toguzakov

Votes: 466

28. Paradise: Love (2012)

Unrated | 120 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Teresa, a fifty-year-old Austrian mother, travels to the paradise of the beaches of Kenya, seeking out love from African boys. But she must confront the hard truth that on the beaches of Kenya, love is a business.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz

Votes: 7,770 | Gross: $0.02M

29. What's in a Name? (2012)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

Vincent is about to become a father. At a meeting with childhood friends he announces the name for his future son. The scandalous name ignites a discussion which surfaces unpleasant matters from the past of the group.

Directors: Alexandre de La Patellière, Matthieu Delaporte | Stars: Patrick Bruel, Valérie Benguigui, Charles Berling, Guillaume de Tonquédec

Votes: 13,881

30. A Coffee in Berlin (2012)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

An aimless university dropout attempts to make sense of life as he spends one fateful day wandering the streets of Berlin.

Director: Jan Ole Gerster | Stars: Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Justus von Dohnányi, Andreas Schröders

Votes: 13,854 | Gross: $0.15M

31. In Your Eyes (2014)

Not Rated | 106 min | Fantasy, Romance

Two seemingly unconnected souls from different corners of the United States make a telepathic bond that allows them to see, hear and feel the other's experiences, creating a bond that apparently can't be broken.

Director: Brin Hill | Stars: Michael Stahl-David, Zoe Kazan, Mark Feuerstein, David Gallagher

Votes: 28,941

32. Chinese Puzzle (2013)

R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile de France, Kelly Reilly

Votes: 12,435 | Gross: $0.34M

33. A Long Way Down (2014)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

34 Metascore

Four people meet on New Year's Eve, and form a surrogate family to help one another with the difficulties of their lives.

Director: Pascal Chaumeil | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul

Votes: 29,462 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Cas & Dylan (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

32 Metascore

A dying Doctor, who plans to check out on his own terms, takes a reluctant detour when he inadvertently winds up on the lam with an 'anything-but-normal' 22-year-old girl.

Director: Jason Priestley | Stars: Tatiana Maslany, Richard Dreyfuss, Jayne Eastwood, Eric Peterson

Votes: 978

35. Labor Day (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Clark Gregg

Votes: 39,623 | Gross: $13.36M

36. Saint-Jacques... La Mecque (2005)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

Three siblings who detest each other and hiking must complete together a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in order to be eligible to inherit their mother's wealth.

Director: Coline Serreau | Stars: Muriel Robin, Artus de Penguern, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Pascal Légitimus

Votes: 1,221



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