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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 43  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
2. 200 Motels (1971)
O
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People who added this item 40  Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
3. Africa Addio (1966)
O/M
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People who added this item 698  Average listal rating (447 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
4. Angel Heart (1987)
U/O
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People who added this item 557  Average listal rating (309 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
5. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
O
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People who added this item 217  Average listal rating (155 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
6. Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969)
O
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People who added this item 78  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
7. Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)
U/O
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People who added this item 345  Average listal rating (200 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
8. Bitter Moon (1992)
O
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People who added this item 2779  Average listal rating (1839 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 328  Average listal rating (209 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 6.9 
10. The Brood (1979)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 294  Average listal rating (185 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 447  Average listal rating (251 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating
12. Bully (2001)
U/O
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People who added this item 191  Average listal rating (107 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 637  Average listal rating (369 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating
14. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
U/O/M
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People who added this item 43  Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
15. There Was a Father (1942)
U/O
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People who added this item 954  Average listal rating (494 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 6.3 
16. Crash (1996)
O/M
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People who added this item 342  Average listal rating (248 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating
17. Death Wish (1974)
O/M
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People who added this item 1148  Average listal rating (717 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 42  Average listal rating (20 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 5.9 
19. Eureka (1983)
O
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People who added this item 137  Average listal rating (72 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 149  Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
21. The Element of Crime (1984)
O
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People who added this item 113  Average listal rating (50 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.1 
22. Fando and Lis (1968)
U/O
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People who added this item 397  Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 6.8 
23. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
O
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People who added this item 78  Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating
24. Fata Morgana (1971)
U/O
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People who added this item 1147  Average listal rating (622 ratings) 7.6  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 440  Average listal rating (305 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.9 
26. Frantic (1988)
O
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People who added this item 121  Average listal rating (76 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.4 
27. The Fury (1978)
O
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People who added this item 554  Average listal rating (287 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 441  Average listal rating (259 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.4 
29. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
O/M
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People who added this item 399  Average listal rating (190 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 (60 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.2 
31. The Indian Runner (1991)
U/O
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People who added this item 97  Average listal rating (44 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.4 
32. The Naked Island (1960)
U
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People who added this item 740  Average listal rating (428 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
33. The Killing (1956)
O in Kubrick's filmography
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People who added this item 182  Average listal rating (94 ratings) 7.4  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 541  Average listal rating (296 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
35. The Last House on the Left (1972)
U/M
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People who added this item 1469  Average listal rating (941 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating
36. Mad Max (1979)
O/M
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People who added this item 147  Average listal rating (72 ratings) 6.3  IMDB Rating 6.5 
37. Made in U.S.A. (1966)
U/O
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People who added this item 61  Average listal rating (26 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
38. Mifune's Last Song (1999)
U/O
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People who added this item 184  Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.9 
39. My Best Fiend - Klaus Kinski (1999)
O
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People who added this item 1152  Average listal rating (609 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
40. Mysterious Skin (2004)
O/M
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People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (23 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.4 
41. Nocturne (1980)
O
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People who added this item 531  Average listal rating (291 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 506  Average listal rating (252 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 6.1 
43. Pink Flamingos (1972)
O/M
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People who added this item 407  Average listal rating (246 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.6 
44. Radio Days (1987)
O
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People who added this item 298  Average listal rating (196 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
45. Ravenous (1999)
O/M
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People who added this item 982  Average listal rating (660 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
46. The Road Warrior (1981)
O/M
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People who added this item 150  Average listal rating (62 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.1 
47. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
O
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People who added this item 684  Average listal rating (383 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating
48. Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
M A regonised classic, but still hugely misunderstood.
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People who added this item 327  Average listal rating (155 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
49. The Seventh Continent (1989)
U/O
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People who added this item 53  Average listal rating (27 ratings) 7.7  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, 3 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: 4 years, 11 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: 4 years, 11 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: 4 years, 11 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: 4 years, 7 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: 4 years, 7 months ago at Feb 6 22:55
I've thought about it a few times, but never had the time bother.
Posted: 3 years, 11 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, 4 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: 2 years, 9 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 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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