underrated movies

where and go, I must follow. .

Bold – movies I’ve seen, italics for movies I’ve seen parts of or know much about, and *’s for those I’ve been meaning to see. Not many comments, I know, but it’s late and I’m still mainlining rum from a very tiny bottle.

1. A Simple Plan (1998)
2. The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
3. Mr. Frost (1990)
4. Nightwatch (1997)
5. In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
6. Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
7. The Arrival (1996)
8. Time After Time (1979)
9. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
*10. Gattaca (1997)
11. Dragonslayer (1981)
12. Equilibrium (2002)
13. Deep Rising (1998)
14. Mouse Hunt (1997)
15. Space Truckers (1996)
16. The Blob (1988)
17. Contact (1997) This is a movie I loved, probably more for its concept than its execution. I liked it better than the book simply because the Joss/Ellie relationship is more central in the movie. It’s the religion v. science questions that captured me, that and it was the last movie I saw before I left for my great Georgetown adventure. We drove all the way to Wichita to see this movie, and I bawled my eyes out in the theater and on part of the way home over it all.
18. No Escape (1994)
*19. Frequency (2000)
20. Alien 3 (1992)
21. The Iron Giant (1999)
22. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
23. She’s The One (1996)
24. The Cable Guy (1996)
25. The Ref (1994)

26. Nothing to Lose (1997)
27. Living in Oblivion (1995)
28. Top Secret! (1984)
*29. Antz (1998)
30. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
31. Fright Night (1985)
32. Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
33. Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)
34. Cop Land (1997)
35. The Edge (1997)
36. State of Grace (1990)
37. Miami Blues (1990)
38. The Peacemaker (1997)
39. Ronin (1998)
40. Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
41. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
42. To Live and Die in LA (1985)
43. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
44. Kiss of the Dragon (2001)
45. Nighthawks (1981)
46. King of New York (1990)
47. Heaven Help Us (1985)
*48. LA Story (1991)
49. The Specials (2000)
50. Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
51. Universal Soldier (1992)
52. In The Line of Fire (1995) A movie I’ve seen over and over at my dad’s house. Something I just liked everyone in – Clint Eastwood, Renee Russo, John Malkovich… and Malkovich was uber-creepy. I had nightmares after this film. It tugged on all the right strings, including my Kennedy curiosity.
*53. Liberty Heights (1999)
54. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
55. One False Move (1992)
56. The Money Pit (1986) I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I’ve seen it a million times, and I still love it. I still laugh to crying over the falling-through-the-floor scene, the falling-into-the-plaster scene, the fountain… man. Love that movie. Oh Tom Hanks, how I love thee.
57. Drive (1997)
*58. Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (1995)
59. Rounders (1998)
*60. Birdy (1984)
61. City of Hope (1991)
62. Stir of Echoes (1999)
63. Society (1989)
64. Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
*65. The Mosquito Coast (1986)
*66. Ed Wood (1994)
67. 13 Days (2000) Again, playing on my Kennedy curiosities. Though it was a little self-serving for Costner, I thought the guy playing RFK, who now shows up as a bad guy all over the place, was fantastic.
68. Big Night (1996)
69. A Midnight Clear (1992)
*70. 25th Hour (2002)
*71. Jackie Brown (1997)
*72. Super Troopers (2001)
*73. Beautiful Girls (1996)
*74. Casino (1995)
*75. Clean and Sober (1988)
76. A Perfect World (1993)
77. The Rules of Attraction (2002) If anything, this movie proves that James Van Der Beek is/was underrated.
78. Point Break (1991)
*79. Jesus’ Son (1999)
80. A Knight’s Tale (2001)
81. The Tailor of Panama (2001)
82. Testament (1983)
*83. Home for the Holidays
84. And The Band Played On (1993) I love the book and I love the movie. I have a little thing for Matthew Modine that I should have left in the early 90s, but… really, I think this was great.
85. Zero Effect (1998)
86. Deterrence (1999)
87. Candyman (1992)
88. Last Boy Scout (1991)
89. Gods and Monsters (1998)
90. The Winslow Boy (1999)
91. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
92. Gremlins 2 (1990)
93. Pump Up The Volume (1990) I saw this so many times on week nights on HBO, and it always pumped me up. heh.
*94. Kissing Jessica Stein (2001)
95. The Prophecy (1995)
96. Southern Comfort (1981)
*97. A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
98. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Someone I know loved this and so I rented it, and I did very much enjoy it, though it’s not a favorite. Underrated, yes.
99. Breakdown (1997)
100. Falling Down (1993)

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13 Responses to underrated movies

  1. phillyexpat says:

    I totally agree with your James van der Beek comment. He was delightfully unlikeable in Rules.

  2. starstraf says:

    OHHHHH – love your spongemonkey icon!

  3. phillyexpat says:

    Thanks! I got it from .

  4. starstraf says:

    OH – didn’t know about the group – thanks!!!

  5. phillyexpat says:

    Not a problem-it’s comforting to know how much the sponge monkeys are loved.

  6. casapazzo says:

    I definitely want to see Rules of Attraction – all I’ve heard is that JvdB is surprisingly good. Have to add it to the rental list.

  7. phillyexpat says:

    Is a pretty decent movie-GREAT soundtrack, which I own if you’d like to play with it.

  8. kepkanation says:

    He was shockingly unlikable, and he was so good at it! I’ve actually never seen “Dawson’s Creek,” but I expected him to be, I don’t know… sort of teeny-cute and not that great at the acting. But, hey! Learn something new every day.

  9. kepkanation says:

    It’s worth the rental, definitely. The movie as a whole isn’t a favorite, but it’s worth seeing “JvdB” playing the fucked up “bad” guy.

  10. phillyexpat says:

    Deep dark secret-I love Dawson’s Creek. With every fiber of my being. And you’re right-the difference in his performances is startling.

  11. kepkanation says:

    I love Dawson’s Creek. With every fiber of my being

    The only person I know who is a big DC fan (other than you, now) is my sister’s boyfriend, who also considers it a deep dark secret. This, of course, makes me wonder: Is this show actually some kind of satan-worshipping porn production? i.e., was Aaron Spelling somehow involved in its creation?

  12. simplelyric says:

    ::swats you:: You’ve seen Gattaca!

    I wasn’t that fond of Big Night, Kissing Jessica Stein, or Breakdown, although the cast of the first and the concepts of the second and third were appealing. A Life Less Ordinary was very strange but still decent I think. And (bizarrely), I found Batman: Mask of the Phantasm enjoyable, but I was already a fan of the Batman animated series.

    Let’s see, what else…. I love Frequency. Nothing to Lose cracked me up, whereas She’s the One bored me to tears. Atlantis was okay but not the best of Disney fare. James and the Giant Peach was fun to watch, and Liberty Heights was quite good.

    All I remember about L.A. Story is that Steve Martin’s character dated a blond bimbo-type woman named Sandy — or, according to IMDb, “SanDeE*,” played by (!) Sarah Jessica Parker — and at one point, she planted his hand(s) on her breasts; he said, “SanDeE*, your breasts feel weird”; and she said with a grin, “Oh. That’s ’cause they’re real.”

  13. kepkanation says:

    and she said with a grin, “Oh. That’s ’cause they’re real.”

    That just sounds *so* Steve Martin, from the weird spelling down to the fake breast joke. I need to see that movie.

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