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Underrated, overlooked and misunderstood cinema

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1. 20 Fingers (2004)
U/O
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People who added this item 44  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 5.9 
2. 200 Motels (1971)
O
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People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (17 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
3. Africa Addio (1966)
O/M
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People who added this item 725  Average listal rating (469 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.3 
4. Angel Heart (1987)
U/O
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People who added this item 578  Average listal rating (328 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
5. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
O
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People who added this item 218  Average listal rating (154 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
6. Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
O
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People who added this item 82  Average listal rating (42 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
7. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
U/O
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People who added this item 361  Average listal rating (210 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
8. Bitter Moon (1992)
O
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People who added this item 2853  Average listal rating (1878 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 6.4 
9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 343  Average listal rating (219 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
10. The Brood (1979)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 307  Average listal rating (194 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.6 
11. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
U/O/M around the time of its release. Nowadays a regonised classis.
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People who added this item 455  Average listal rating (258 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
12. Bully (2001)
U/O
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People who added this item 198  Average listal rating (117 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
13. The Cameraman (1928)
U/O in Keaton's filmography
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People who added this item 655  Average listal rating (381 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
14. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 45  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.7 
15. There Was a Father (1942)
U/O
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People who added this item 979  Average listal rating (512 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.3 
16. Crash (1996)
O/M
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People who added this item 351  Average listal rating (256 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
17. Death Wish (1974)
O/M
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People who added this item 1190  Average listal rating (738 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
18. Easy Rider (1969)
M around the time of its release.
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People who added this item 47  Average listal rating (22 ratings) 6.1  IMDB Rating 5.9 
19. Eureka (1983)
O
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People who added this item 142  Average listal rating (77 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
20. Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 152  Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
21. The Element of Crime (1984)
O
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People who added this item 115  Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
22. Fando and Lis (1968)
U/O
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People who added this item 406  Average listal rating (214 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
23. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
O
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People who added this item 83  Average listal rating (40 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
24. Fata Morgana (1971)
U/O
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People who added this item 1187  Average listal rating (647 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.6 
25. 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 (312 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.9 
26. Frantic (1988)
O
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People who added this item 130  Average listal rating (84 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.4 
27. The Fury (1978)
O
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People who added this item 572  Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.1 
28. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 460  Average listal rating (272 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.4 
29. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
O/M
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People who added this item 412  Average listal rating (195 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
30. The Idiots (1998)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 148  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
31. The Indian Runner (1991)
U/O
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People who added this item 100  Average listal rating (49 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
32. The Naked Island (1960)
U
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People who added this item 754  Average listal rating (439 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.1 
33. The Killing (1956)
O in Kubrick's filmography
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People who added this item 192  Average listal rating (102 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
34. The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
U/O around the time of its release.
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People who added this item 564  Average listal rating (314 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
35. The Last House on the Left (1972)
U/M
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People who added this item 1518  Average listal rating (980 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
36. Mad Max (1979)
O/M
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People who added this item 149  Average listal rating (74 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.5 
37. Made in U.S.A. (1966)
U/O
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (28 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
38. Mifune's Last Song (1999)
U/O
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People who added this item 193  Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
39. My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski (1999)
O
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People who added this item 1193  Average listal rating (637 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
40. Mysterious Skin (2004)
O/M
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People who added this item 55  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.4 
41. Nocturne (1980)
O
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People who added this item 546  Average listal rating (305 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.8 
42. Peeping Tom (1960)
O/M around the time of its release. Now a regonised classic.
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People who added this item 520  Average listal rating (262 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.1 
43. Pink Flamingos (1972)
O/M
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People who added this item 423  Average listal rating (256 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
44. Radio Days (1987)
O
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People who added this item 304  Average listal rating (201 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
45. Ravenous (1999)
O/M
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People who added this item 1023  Average listal rating (684 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
46. The Road Warrior (1981)
O/M
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People who added this item 152  Average listal rating (64 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
47. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
O
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People who added this item 709  Average listal rating (400 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
48. Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
M A regonised classic, but still hugely misunderstood.
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People who added this item 338  Average listal rating (160 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.8 
49. The Seventh Continent (1989)
U/O
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People who added this item 62  Average listal rating (35 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
50. Sisters of the Gion (1936)
U/O
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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: 5 years, 9 months 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: 5 years, 5 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: 5 years, 5 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: 5 years, 5 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: 5 years, 1 month 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: 5 years, 1 month ago at Feb 6 22:55
I've thought about it a few times, but never had the time bother.
Posted: 4 years, 6 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: 3 years, 11 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: 3 years, 3 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: 2 years, 7 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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