15+ Movies That Didn’t Get the Credit They Deserved
06th December, 2021
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Are you in search of a movie that only a few have watched? Then stop right here and take a look at our list of the most underrated movies of all time. There are good movies and bad movies; and thanks to Netflix, we now also know about the trending ones. But we’re here to talk about the movies that didn’t get the response we felt they deserved. What does that mean you ask? Well, we’re hinting at those hidden gems starring popular stars that not many people know about. These movies usually don’t win over critics and audiences as they’re often overshadowed by mega-starring blockbusters. Dive right into our compiled list of underrated movies of all time.
While Annihilation did sit well with the critics, the audience seemed to be inundated with what they saw when this movie was released. The movie stars Natalie Portman and Oscar Isaac, who are on a mission to analyze an anomalous zone known only as “The Shimmer.” Written and directed by Alex Garland, the deeper meaning of this movie does raise many philosophical questions for one to ponder post-watch.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this psychological thriller is a genuinely impressive show of plot intensity. Enemy is quite the slow burn, but sitting through all the way is certainly rewarding. With a strong lead cast of Jake Gyllenhaal and Melanie Laurent, Enemy is one well-crafted story you really shouldn’t miss.
Everything about Vanilla Sky, including the cast, soundtrack, and plot, is great. Unfortunately, the credit and accolades we thought this movie deserved was way below expected on release. One may think this happened because it’s a remake of a Spanish movie Open Your Eyes. However, this American remake has much more to offer than one may think. We like how a guy who has it all is still in search of his soul.
This film gives us a glimpse into the life of Patrick Bateman: Wall Street banker by day and blood-soaked murderous maniac by night. Today, people analyze American Psycho and the subtleties behind the writing. But the cult-classic status of this film wasn’t achieved quickly. Audiences and even critics gave mixed reviews, and the box office failure didn’t help. A cinematic treasure like this one cannot be missed, and neither can Christian Bale’s performance.
Eyes Wide Shut
Stanley Kubrick’s films are known to be well ahead of their times. So, when Eyes Wide Shut was released, the audience probably wasn’t ready for a film this bold. This movie obscurely revolves around William and Alice Harford, played by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, respectively, who are driven by erotic fantasies that don’t involve each other. Experience the waves of jealousy and obsession that root from reality and delusion.
Mads Mikklesen's performance in this movie sparked a lot of buzz, but we’ve been his fans for years before that. As the title suggests, Another Round revolves around a group of people who make a conscious choice of consuming alcohol daily just to see how it affects their daily routine. Sounds bizarre, agreed! And the talented supporting cast of Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Milang, and Lars Ranthe shouldn’t be missed.
The Red Violin
The Red Violin portrays the long and eventful life of a musical instrument. The touching, centuries-long saga of the hand-down of the red violin will be etched in your heart forever. This one-of-a-kind film acknowledges the significance of music in people’s lives. The apparently dissonant fast-forwards and flashbacks probably threw some people off, but there couldn’t be a better portrayal of people from different walks of life and how this violin impacted them.
The year is 2057: the sun is dying and the Earth is freezing. Our hopes lie on a team of astronauts whose mission is to nuke our closest star to re-ignite the solar system. The attempts at this mission are no game, and the challenges the team faces kept us at the edge of our seat. Sunshine didn’t make huge profits at the box office, but earnings shouldn’t keep one from watching it.
Look no further if you’re in search of a sweet, fulfilling rom-com for a cozy weekend! If you’re a fan of Richard Curtis, who made The Tall Guy, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, and Bridget Jones’ Diary, you shouldn’t miss About Time. A disclaimer the audience needed at the time of release was to disconnect from level-headedness or logic and just give in to this light-hearted flick.
The Black Cauldron
This 1985 Disney movie racked up a big budget of $40 million dollars and didn’t make 10% of that on opening weekend. The dark theme of the movie earned a PG rating, which was a first for Disney Animation. The Black Cauldron is much appreciated by parents of today for its realistic approach, which clearly wasn’t the case when it came out.
A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place is a precisely crafted blend of psychological thriller, horror, and suspense. The story revolves around a family trying to combat creatures that are blind but highly sensitive to sound. The perils of surviving in a world with such supernatural creatures fed our curiosity and satiated it quite well. Trust us, your spine will feel that overwhelming chill.
The Life of David Gale
High-caliber performances, a story of deep conspiracy, and quality film-making, The Life of David Gale has a lot to offer. But critics didn’t rate the movie so well and the audience seemed to feel that way as well. Nonetheless, such a response didn’t stop us from watching this film, and let us tell you that we would have regretted not having watched it.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Alec Baldwin...need we say more? Despite such a powerful cast, Glengarry Glen Ross failed to make the impact we thought it would. Watch this movie for Baldwin’s intense speech because mentioning anything past this point is a spoiler. But we can safely say that the script definitely gets a 10 on 10 from us.
The Basketball Diaries
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Lorraine Bracco, The Basketball Diaries is based on the autobiographical journals of poet Jim Carroll. Undoubtedly, the plot, casting, and performance were superb; sadly, this movie is one the most underrated Leonardo DiCaprio films of all time. One apparent reason was that people didn’t like the transition phases of the young man.
Based on a true story, Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, who was a TWA pilot from the 1970's smuggling tons of arms, cash, and narcotics. American Made further dives into his underground affairs to a point that would blow one’s mind. This fast-paced movie will have you give into the story of Seal’s life, but unfortunately it didn’t make a name for itself in the box office.
One reason that kept us on our seats while watching Gran Torino was Clint Eastwood’s direction, and we’re sure you won’t get up too. The story may not have much of a buildup in the initial parts, but the character arc of Walt Kowalski, played by Eastwood himself, pays off. Rest assured, the plot will leave you feeling content and wonder why this movie was so underrated.