Tired of watching the same uncreative blockbuster movies over and over again? Looking for something new and original to fill your Sunday afternoon? There is always something pleasurable about uncovering a cinematic gem that few people have seen. The fact that a film is obscure doesn’t necessarily mean that it is unworthy, merely that it’s unknown. On the following article, you will find 10 Great Movies You May Have Never Heard Of but are worth checking out.
Dark City (1998)
Roger Ebert called this movie the best film of 1998. Dark City is set in a nightmarish world where the sun never rises and revolves around a man with amnesia who is wanted by police as a suspected serial killer. His worst trouble however is the Strangers, vastly powerful beings who seem to manipulate just about everything in the city, and want him because of the extraordinary powers he manifested. Watching Dark City will remind you quite a lot of the widely popular The Matrix, except Dark City came out first. Starring Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jennifer Connelly, Dark City is one of the most underrated science-fiction movie ever made.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
The true story of Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi heroine is brought to life in this film. Sophie Scholl was the fearless activist of The White Rose, an underground non-violent resistance group. Using historical records of her incarceration and interviews with survivors, this film re-creates the last six days of her life: a journey from arrest to interrogation, trial and sentence in 1943 Munich. Unwavering in her convictions and loyalty to her comrades, her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as the 21-yr old Scholl delivers an admirable and heroic call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless.
The Snow Walker (2003)
In a rare leading role, the criminally underrated Barry Pepper plays Charlie Halliday, a former WWII fighter pilot who is now making a living as a bush pilot delivering supplies to the scattered Eskimos living in the Canadian Great North. Like many of the white in the area, he does not associate with the Inuit population except for what he can get out of them in bartering. On one of his trip, he runs across a small family of nomadic Eskimo. The female of the group, named Kanaalaq, has what Charlie suspects is tuberculosis. In exchange for some ivory, Charlie agrees to fly her to a hospital. En route back to the city, Charlie is forced to make a crash landing when the plane’s engine fails. Stranded in the middle of nowhere with meager amount of supplies, Charlie learns from the ailing woman how to survive in the cold region.
Following is Christopher Nolan’s first movie, featuring the unusual non-linear plot structure which has become a staple of his movies. It tells the story of a struggling, unemployed young man who follows strangers around the streets of London and is drawn into a criminal underworld when he fails to keep his distance. Made on a $6,000 budget, the film runs only 69 minutes but is a persuasive and creepy neo-noir that is sure to play mind-games with you.
Sin Nombre (2009)
A vivid and stunning feature from first-time director Cary Fukunaga, Sin Nombre is a beautifully told drama-thriller that puts faces and motivations on the struggle of thousands of Central Americans immigrants trying to make their way to America. Cinematographer Adriano Goldman captures the grit of urban immigrants against the backdrop of Mexico’s diverse and unforgettable landscape. Despite the obvious ground for political controversy, this is a well-grounded story that keeps focus on the characters and their struggle, bypassing the broader political issues at hand.
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