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on 21 Oct 2009 09:49

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Underappreciated Movie Gems

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People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 5.5  IMDB Rating 5.8 
1. 1969 (1988)
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People who added this item 42  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.3 
2. The Big Picture (1989)
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People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 5.2 
3. The Bride (1985)
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People who added this item 41  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
4. Cadence (1990)
A little-known movie with an amazing cast and a different take on the usual military movie. It focuses on the life of a guy who's acting out and ends up in the stockade.

I'm not a big one for military/war movies, but the interactions in this story make it well worth seeing. Also co-starring three of the Sheen/Estavez clan: Charlie Sheen , and Martin and Ramon Estavez.
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People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.7 
5. Camelot (1967)
Still one of the best Arthurian movies out there, and a must-watch for everyone who likes Arthurian stories, musicals, Richard Harris or Vanessa Redgrave.
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People who added this item 57  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
6. Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)
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People who added this item 29  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
7. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
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People who added this item 54  Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
8. The Court Jester (1955)
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People who added this item 94  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.4 
9. The Dream Team (1989)
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People who added this item 42  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.8 
10. Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
One of my favorite non-musicals. I'm fond of the early days of rock, and this is a lovely look at the effects of time on Rock musicians and their music. Great cast, great story, fun mystery. I highly recommend it.
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People who added this item 67  Average listal rating (37 ratings) 5.8  IMDB Rating 6.4 
11. Electric Dreams (1984)
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People who added this item 37  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.1 
12. Flashback (1990)
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People who added this item 51  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
13. The Flight of Dragons (1982)
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People who added this item 54  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
14. Gardens of Stone (1987)
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People who added this item 33  Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 5.9 
15. The Good Mother (1988)
Not a happy movie, but definitely worth a watch for the caliber of acting in the movie, as well as for the storyline itself.
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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (21 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.2 
16. The Governess (1998)
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People who added this item 98  Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating
17. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
Possibly the best book-to-movie translations I ever had. Natasha Richardson is perfect in the title role. And the rest of the cast is excellent as well.
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People who added this item 26  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 6.9 
18. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
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People who added this item 38  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 5.5 
19. Heart Condition (1990)
As is probably obvious from the other movies on this list, I tend to be drawn to movies by who's in them. In this case, Bob Hoskins, Denzel Washington, and Chloe Webb. The story tackles a few things that might make some people uncomfortable--Hoskin's character is incredibly racist at the beginning, but his journey in the story makes it worth dealing with his early slurs in the story. As does Denzel's character.
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People who added this item 99  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
20. Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown (1997)
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People who added this item 56  Average listal rating (29 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.5 
21. He Said, She Said (1991)
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People who added this item 17  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.4 
22. Hiding Out (1987)
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People who added this item 83  Average listal rating (53 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.6 
23. High Spirits (1988)
Another taste-specific movie, but a fun watch if you want a giggle. And the cast list is pretty eye-opening, too. Peter O'Toole, Darryl Hannah, even Liam Neeson, among many others.

A good Halloween-type movie for those who aren't into the thriller/killer/slasher movies. Would probably pair well with Casper.
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 6.8 
24. Let It Ride (1989)
Another Dreyfuss gem with a ton of great actors, but not much funding, so it wasn't heavily advertised.

Dreyfuss plays a compulsive gambler with marital problems who has a very good day at the track.
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People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (32 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
25. Lady in White (1988)
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People who added this item 87  Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.2 
26. Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
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People who added this item 97  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
27. Little Women (1933)
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People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.1 
28. Love at First Bite (1979)
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People who added this item 14  Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.6 
29. Madame Sousatzka (1988)
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People who added this item 27  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
30. Made in Heaven (1987)
I'm a sucker for afterlife films, and this one does an excellent job of making the idea their own.

Timothy Hutton and Kelly McGillis make this movie well worth watching.
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People who added this item 21  Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 5.2 
31. Making Mr. Right (1987)
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People who added this item 22  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
32. Moon Over Parador (1988)
A fun movie with a basic premise--impostor looks so much like political official that the person behind the throne decides to use them when said official becomes incapacitated.

In this case, Dreyfuss plays the dictator of a small Central American country, and also an actor who comes to his country while he's filming.

Raul Julia plays the power behind the throne, and Sonia Braga plays the dictator's mistress a la Evita.

A great, silly movie, and well worth a watch.
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People who added this item 80  Average listal rating (50 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.2 
33. Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
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People who added this item 38  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
34. The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
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People who added this item 26  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.3 
35. Protocol (1984)
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People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 5.9  IMDB Rating 5.9 
36. The Seventh Sign (1988)
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People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (43 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.4 
37. Topper (1937)
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People who added this item 88  Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
38. Without a Clue (1988)
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People who added this item 76  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.6 
39. Yentl (1983)
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People who added this item 85  Average listal rating (60 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
40. Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
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Movies that have been rated or ranked by less than 100 people on Listal that I find well worth watching. List is based purely on my own preferences, as well as the number of people who have ranked the movie on listal.

Editing always ongoing.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Oct 26 21:41
good rewiew
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Jan 3 10:15
Sweet list!
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Mar 18 21:19
I was surprised to see Electric Dreams, I loved that movie when I was younger! I haven't seen it in quite some time. Nice list!
Posted: 8 months, 2 weeks ago at Dec 17 20:06
I liked The Dream Team. It was quaint, it was quirky, and it had Christopher Lloyd, who did a good job for a more serious character.

Wow, TWO Michael Pare films from the 80's? Outside of those two and Streets of Fire, nobody knows who he is, including me, although I would say a more comprehensive Sylvester Stallone even though I actually do understand what Sly says.

I wish there was more detail for Hiding Out because I can't tell what it really is, and the only thing people seem to remember about it was the Pretty Poison song "Catch Me I'm Falling". Yeah, I haven't seen it, either.
Posted: 8 months, 2 weeks ago at Dec 18 1:16
@Emily J.: I love Michael Pare. He really was undersold (had a bad agent I think), because he certainly could have been someone. At least as good as Stallone or Travolta.

I do need to finish off my descriptions here. So many great movies. Hiding Out is Jon Cusack as an adult (in his 20s, if I recall) hiding out in a high school from the mob or something like it (been a while since I watched). It's a great little movie. Very 80s.
Posted: 8 months, 2 weeks ago at Dec 18 3:03
Awesome list!

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