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Underrated, overlooked and misunderstood cinema

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20 Fingers (2004)
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200 Motels (1971)
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People who added this item 40 Average listal rating (18 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
Africa Addio (1966)
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Angel Heart (1987)
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People who added this item 218 Average listal rating (159 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 361 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Bitter Moon (1992)
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People who added this item 2853 Average listal rating (1926 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 343 Average listal rating (240 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Brood (1979)
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People who added this item 455 Average listal rating (265 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Bully (2001)
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People who added this item 198 Average listal rating (125 ratings) 8.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Cameraman (1928)
U/O in Keaton's filmography
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People who added this item 655 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6
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People who added this item 45 Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 979 Average listal rating (538 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Crash (1996)
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People who added this item 351 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Death Wish (1974)
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People who added this item 1190 Average listal rating (756 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
Easy Rider (1969)
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People who added this item 47 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6
Eureka (1983)
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People who added this item 142 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.1
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.9
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People who added this item 115 Average listal rating (56 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Fando and Lis (1968)
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People who added this item 406 Average listal rating (226 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.8
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People who added this item 83 Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7
Fata Morgana (1971)
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People who added this item 1187 Average listal rating (682 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
Funny Games (1997)
M Has had the deserved attention, but due to its content has been misunderstood as an ode for violence quite too often.
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People who added this item 453 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.9
Frantic (1988)
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People who added this item 130 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Fury (1978)
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People who added this item 460 Average listal rating (290 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.4
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People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (204 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Idiots (1998)
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People who added this item 148 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 100 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.4
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People who added this item 754 Average listal rating (467 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8
The Killing (1956)
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People who added this item 192 Average listal rating (114 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 564 Average listal rating (341 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6
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People who added this item 1518 Average listal rating (1089 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Mad Max (1979)
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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 62 Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 193 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 1193 Average listal rating (657 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 55 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.4
Nocturne (1980)
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People who added this item 546 Average listal rating (327 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Peeping Tom (1960)
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People who added this item 520 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
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People who added this item 423 Average listal rating (266 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Radio Days (1987)
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People who added this item 304 Average listal rating (209 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.1
Ravenous (1999)
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People who added this item 1023 Average listal rating (785 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.6
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People who added this item 152 Average listal rating (66 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.2
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M A regonised classic, but still hugely misunderstood.
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People who added this item 338 Average listal rating (168 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 7.8
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These are films that have been overlooked by critics and the public and are known amongst film-lovers for having much more depth than generally considered. Some of these films are morally dubious, ergo the bashing. And some just are that sort of films, you have to look beyond the cover to see the real meaning of the film. And some are of course just plain underrated. Many of these has had the deserving attention years afterwards. They are included on basis of the overlooking at the time of their release. These films are mentioned seperately.

U = Underrated
O = Overlooked
M = Misunderstood

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Comments

Posted: 7 years ago at Jun 15 5:34
The title of the list is a bit confusing because it gives the impression that the films on the list are still not understood or appreciated but you happen to love them. Some of the films are disputable - have they really been underrated or not (like Funny Games, Easy Rider, To Live and Die in L.A., Triplets of Belleville)?
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Oct 11 13:01
To Lamourhaaja: I've noticed a few times, you get really confused by simple lists that are based on people's opinions. It's not confusing, these lists aren't based on scientific research. They are created by your peers and for you to enjoy, not question whether they are correct or not. We have an opinion, you have an opinion. In cinema no one person is claiming they own the "correct" opinion. Please understand this. Thank you.
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Oct 11 18:58
The point isn't about having an opinion. I figure Lamourahaaja ment my title of the list seems too universal while the films in it are quite simply my own personal choises, lacking some truly underrated films I haven't seen or am not familiar with. The title is misleading, I agree, and I do get Lamourhaaja's point right. Adding some text about these films being just purely from a personal view would've helped understanding the list "goal", so to say, but at the time I didn't find that necessary. Let's face it - the title is how it is just to get more intrest from other users. ;)
Posted: 6 years, 8 months ago at Oct 12 4:55
Yes, thank you The Wolf, Stehako got my point as the exact opposite of what I meant with it.
Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Feb 6 15:29
The list would be more interesting even if you had one word for each item: underrated, overlooked or misunderstood according to which you think applies.

Posted: 6 years, 4 months ago at Feb 6 22:55
I've thought about it a few times, but never had the time bother.
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Sep 29 15:47
whatever the purpose of the list it is a fine collection of films. i'll give Sean Penn's Indian Runner a shot. hell it's not that big of a risk, it does have Bronson and Viggo in it.
Posted: 5 years, 2 months ago at Apr 26 6:57
Great list! You'd probably dig my Amazing Underrated Obscure Bizarre film list series. Check em out!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Dec 21 23:03
What is "20 Fingers" about? I guess I will have to follow this thread to imdb.com to get the low down. I'm intrigued by the poster and generally enjoy foreign and/or independent films. I am not, however, a fan of squinting at subtitles. "Can I get an Amen fellow old people ?!?"
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Aug 28 18:54
A fairly interesting list, and many titles I haven't seen. The only one I would strongly disagree with is The Blair Witch Project. It had huge fanfare, and was a failure on multiple levels. The only thing it has going is it was a unique approach to movie making at the time. But that does not make it any of the O/u/m categories. It was simply a poor excuse for a horror movie.

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