Best Underrated Movies Worth Another Watch

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30 Best Underrated Movies Worth Another Watch.

30 Best Underrated Movies Worth Another Watch.

Have you ever watched a movie and just thought it was okay? You didn’t hate it, but you didn’t love it either.

But then on a second viewing, maybe on TV, you realized that you loved the movie and that it has really grown on you and become one of your favorites. That happens all the time because motion pictures are truly a living and breathing artform. This is why we have phrases like: “Cult Classics” or “Rewatchable Movies”.

In that spirit, Moviefone is counting down the 30 most underrated movies of all time, which includes films that got better on a second watch or just deserve more attention than they have previously received.

Let’s begin!


30. ‘Basic‘ (2003)

Taye Diggs and Samuel L. Jackson in 'Basic'.

(L to R) Taye Diggs and Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Basic’. Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing.

A DEA agent (John Travolta) investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant (Samuel L. Jackson) and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry.

Basic

“Deception is their most dangerous weapon.”

65

R1 hr 38 minApr 18th, 2003


Gerard Butler in 2009's 'Law Abiding Citizen.'

Gerard Butler in 2009’s ‘Law Abiding Citizen.’

A frustrated man (Gerard Butler) decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney (Jamie Foxx) and others involved in the deal.


Cast of 2010's 'The Losers'.

Cast of 2010’s ‘The Losers’. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures.

On a mission deep in the Bolivian jungle, a team of elite commandos finds itself on the receiving end of a lethal betrayal. Now presumed dead, the men join forces with a mysterious operative named Aisha (Zoe Saldaña) to hunt down their enemy and even the score.

The Losers

“Anyone else would be dead by now.”

63

PG-131 hr 37 minApr 20th, 2010


Tom Hanks and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in 'Charlie Wilson's War.'

(L to R) Tom Hanks and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in ‘Charlie Wilson’s War.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s (Tom Hanks) covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

“When the world wasn’t looking, he changed it forever.”

65

R1 hr 42 minDec 21st, 2007

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Colin Farrell as Detective James 'Sonny' Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Detective Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs in 'Miami Vice.'

(L to R) Colin Farrell as Detective James ‘Sonny’ Crockett and Jamie Foxx as Detective Ricardo ‘Rico’ Tubbs in ‘Miami Vice.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

A case involving drug lords and murder in South Florida takes a personal turn for undercover detectives Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx). Unorthodox Crockett gets involved romantically with the Chinese-Cuban wife (Gong Li) of a trafficker of arms and drugs, while Tubbs deals with an assault on those he loves.


25. ‘Takers‘ (2010)

Cast of 2010's 'Takers'.

Cast of 2010’s ‘Takers’. Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing.

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse Attica (Chris Brown) successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (T.I.), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the “Takers” carefully plot out their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer inches closer to apprehending the criminals.

“Who’s Taking Who?”

62

PG-131 hr 47 minAug 26th, 2010


Tom Sizemore and Nicolas Cage in 'Bringing Out the Dead'.

(L to R) Tom Sizemore and Nicolas Cage in ‘Bringing Out the Dead’. Photo: Paramount Pictures.

Once called “Father Frank” for his efforts to rescue lives, Frank Pierce (Nicolas Cage) sees the ghosts of those he failed to save around every turn. He has tried everything he can to get fired, calling in sick, delaying taking calls where he might have to face one more victim he couldn’t help, yet cannot quit the job on his own.

Bringing Out the Dead

“Any call can be murder, any stop can be suicide, any night can be the last.”

66

R2 hr 1 minOct 22nd, 1999

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Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner in 'Silverado'.

(L to R) Danny Glover, Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner in ‘Silverado’. Photo: Columbia Pictures.

Four unwitting heroes (Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner and Danny Glover) cross paths on their journey to the sleepy town of Silverado. Little do they know the town where their family and friends reside has been taken over by a corrupt sheriff (Brian Dennehy) and a murderous posse. It’s up to the sharp-shooting foursome to save the day, but first they have to break each other out of jail, and learn who their real friends are.

Silverado

“Four strangers become friends. Four friends become heroes. On the road to Silverado.”

70

PG-132 hr 13 minJul 10th, 1985

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Mel Gibson in 'Edge of Darkness.'

Mel Gibson in ‘Edge of Darkness.’ Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures.

As a seasoned homicide detective, Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) has seen the bleakest side of humanity. But nothing prepares him for the toughest investigation of his life: the search for his only daughter Emma’s killer. Now, he is on a personal mission to uncover the disturbing secrets surrounding her murder, including corporate corruption, government collusion and Emma’s own mysterious life.

“Some secrets take us to the edge.”

63

R1 hr 57 minJan 29th, 2010


Edward Norton in 'Motherless Brooklyn'.

Edward Norton in ‘Motherless Brooklyn’. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures.

New York City, 1957. Lionel Essrog (Edward Norton), a private detective living with Tourette syndrome, tries to solve the murder of his mentor and best friend (Bruce Willis), armed only with vague clues and the strength of his obsessive mind.

Motherless Brooklyn

Jon Hamm in 'Confess, Fletch.'

Jon Hamm in ‘Confess, Fletch.’ Photo courtesy of Miramax.

The roguishly charming and endlessly troublesome Fletch (Jon Hamm) becomes the prime suspect in a murder case while searching for a stolen art collection. The only way to prove his innocence? Find out which of the long list of suspects is the culprit – from the eccentric art dealer (Kyle MacLachlan) and a missing playboy (John Behlmann) to a crazy neighbor (Annie Mumolo) and Fletch’s Italian girlfriend (Lorenza Izzo). Crime, in fact, has never been this disorganized.


Colm Meaney, Daniel Craig, and George Harris in 'Layer Cake.'

(L to R) Colm Meaney, Daniel Craig, and George Harris in ‘Layer Cake.’ Photo: Columbia Pictures.

When a seemingly straight-forward drug deal goes awry, XXXX (Daniel Craig) has to break his die-hard rules and turn up the heat, not only to outwit the old regime and come out on top, but to save his own skin.

69

R1 hr 45 minApr 22nd, 2005


Peter Fonda in 'Ulee's Gold'.

Peter Fonda in ‘Ulee’s Gold’. Photo: Orion Pictures.

Third-generation Florida beekeeper Ulee Jackson (Peter Fonda) may have gotten out of Vietnam alive but he left a part of himself behind. Now he methodically tends his bees carefully, provides for his two grandchildren and keeps his emotions at bay. But when a long-buried secret threatens Ulee’s business and family, he is forced to break through his emotional walls and confront the terror of his wounded spirit.

Ulees Gold

64

R1 hr 52 minJul 18th, 1997


Christopher Walken in 'King of New York'.

Christopher Walken in ‘King of New York’. Photo: New Line Cinema.

A former drug lord (Christopher Walken) returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York’s poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.

“Not everyone who runs a city is elected.”

67

R1 hr 43 minSep 22nd, 1990


Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'

(L to R) Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.’ Photo: Sony Pictures Releasing.

Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) investigates the disappearance of a weary patriarch’s niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.

“What is hidden in snow, comes forth in the thaw.”

74

R2 hr 38 minDec 14th, 2011

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Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans in 'The Last Boy Scout'.

(L to R) Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans in ‘The Last Boy Scout’. Photo: Warner Bros.

When the girl (Halle Berry) that detective Joe Hallenback (Bruce Willis) is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend (Damon Wayans) of the murdered girl attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.

The Last Boy Scout

“Everyone had counted them out. But they’re about to get back in the game.”

68

R1 hr 45 minDec 12th, 1991

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14. ‘Beirut‘ (2018)

Jon Hamm in 'Beirut.'

Jon Hamm in ‘Beirut.’ Photo: Bleecker Street.

In 1980s Beirut, Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) is a former US diplomat who is called back into service to save a colleague from the group that is possibly responsible for his own family’s death. Meanwhile a CIA field agent (Rosamund Pike) who is working under cover at the American embassy is tasked with keeping Mason alive and ensuring that the mission is a success.

Beirut

“Beirut, 1982: The Paris of the Middle East Was Burning”

63

R1 hr 49 minApr 11th, 2018


Matt Damon in 'Rounders'.

Matt Damon in ‘Rounders’. Photo: Miramax Films.

A young reformed gambler (Matt Damon) must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend (Edward Norton) pay off loan sharks.

Rounders

“Trust everyone… But always cut the cards.”

70

R2 hr 1 minAug 25th, 1998


Jean-Claude Van Damme in 'Timecop'.

Jean-Claude Van Damme in ‘Timecop’. Photo: Universal Pictures.

An officer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician (Ron Silver) who has a tie to his past.

Timecop

“They killed his wife ten years ago. There’s still time to save her.”

60

R1 hr 39 minSep 16th, 1994


Joaquin Phoenix in 'Inherent Vice.'

Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Inherent Vice.’ Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures.

In Los Angeles at the turn of the 1970s, drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) investigates the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend (Katherine Waterson).


Gerard Butler in 'Den of Thieves'.

(Right) Gerard Butler in ‘Den of Thieves’. Photo: STXfilms,

A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff’s Dept. and the state’s most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

“You’re not the bad guys. We are.”

68

R2 hr 20 minJan 19th, 2018


Val Kilmer and Derek Luke in 'Spartan'.

(L to R) Val Kilmer and Derek Luke in ‘Spartan’. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures.

US government agent Scott (Val Kilmer) is assigned to rescue the daughter (Kristen Bell) of a high-ranking government official. As willing as he is to bend the rules to get things done though, Scott is shocked to find that others are willing to go even further to protect a political career.

“She’s missing”

62

R1 hr 42 minMar 8th, 2004


Sean Penn and Gary Oldman in 'State of Grace.'

(L to R) Sean Penn and Gary Oldman in ‘State of Grace.’ Photo: Orion Pictures.

Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Terry Noonan (Sean Penn) returns home after a ten-year absence. He soon reconnects with Jackie (Gary Oldman), a childhood friend and member of the Irish mob, and rekindles his love affair with Jackie’s sister Kathleen (Robin Wright).

State of Grace

“… where crime is a family affair.”

70

R2 hr 15 minSep 14th, 1990


Kilmer and Downey with guns

(L to R) Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. in director Shane Black’s ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.’

A petty thief posing as an actor (Robert Downey Jr.) is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a detective (Val Kilmer) who’s been training him for his upcoming role.


John Cusack in 'Grosse Pointe Blank'.

John Cusack in ‘Grosse Pointe Blank’. Photo: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

Martin Blank (John Cusack) is a hitman for hire. When he starts to develop a conscience, he botches a couple of routine jobs. On the advice of his secretary (Joan Cusack) and his psychiatrist (Alan Arkin), he decides to attend his ten-year high school reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

Grosse Pointe Blank

“Even a hit man deserves a second shot.”

69

R1 hr 47 minApr 11th, 1997


Luis Guzmán and Terence Stamp in 'The Limey'.

(L to R) Luis Guzmán and Terence Stamp in ‘The Limey’. Photo: Artisan Entertainment.

‘The Limey’ follows Wilson (Terence Stamp), a tough English ex-con who travels to Los Angeles to avenge his daughter’s death. Upon arrival Wilson goes to task battling Valentine (Peter Fonda) and an army of LA’s toughest criminals hoping to find clues and piece together what happened. After surviving a near-death beating, getting thrown from a building and being chased down a dangerous mountain road, the Englishman decides to dole out some bodily harm of his own.

The Limey

Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin in 'Midnight Run.'

(L to R) Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin in ‘Midnight Run.’ Photo: Universal Pictures.

A bounty hunter (Robert De Niro) pursues a former Mafia accountant (Charles Gordon), who embezzled $15 million of mob money. He is also being chased by a rival bounty hunter (John Ashton), the F.B.I. (Yaphet Kotto), and a mob boss (Dennis Farina) after jumping bail.

Midnight Run

“This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

72

R2 hr 6 minJul 20th, 1988

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Denzel Washington in 'The Mighty Quinn.'

Denzel Washington in ‘The Mighty Quinn.’ Photo: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Police chief Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment especially crooked Governor Chalk (Norman Beaton) insists that smalltime thief Maubee (Robert Townsend) is responsible, Xavier has his doubts. This view is complicated by the police chiefs personal history with Maubee. The men have been friends since childhood.

The Mighty Quinn

“The chief of police and the chief suspect know each other too well to let a little thing like murder get in their way.”

61

R1 hr 38 minFeb 17th, 1989


Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in 'The In-Laws.'

(L to R) Alan Arkin and Peter Falk in ‘The In-Laws.’ Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

In preparation for his daughter’s wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett (Alan Arkin) meets Vince Ricardo (Peter Falk), the groom’s father. Vince, a manic fellow who claims to be a government agent, then proceeds to drag Sheldon into a series of chases and misadventures from New York to Central America.

The In-Laws

“The FIRST Certified Crazy Person’s Comedy.”

66

PG1 hr 43 minJun 15th, 1979


1. ‘Drive‘ (2011)

Ryan Gosling in 'Drive.'

Ryan Gosling in ‘Drive.’ Photo Credit: Richard Foreman Jr. SMPSP.

Driver (Ryan Gosling) is a skilled Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. Though he projects an icy exterior, lately he’s been warming up to a pretty neighbor named Irene (Carey Mulligan) and her young son, Benicio (Kaden Leos). When Irene’s husband (Oscar Isaac) gets out of jail, he enlists Driver’s help in a million-dollar heist. The job goes horribly wrong, and Driver must risk his life to protect Irene and Benicio from the vengeful masterminds behind the robbery.

 

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