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Ace in the Hole has already been mentioned, so I'll toss out Kurosawa's High and Low. A truly great film.

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Maria Full of Grace
Chloe from 5 to 7
Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler and The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
A couple of old-time musicals, Love Me Tonight and Naughty Marietta.
The 25th Hour (the Anthony Quinn film), not to be confused with 25th Hour with Edward Norton, which also belongs on this list.
I get the feeling The Bad and the Beautiful is unsung these days, and it's a delight. One time Kirk Douglas was perfectly cast.

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Syd Henderson wrote:
I get the feeling The Bad and the Beautiful is unsung these days, and it's a delight. One time Kirk Douglas was perfectly cast.


Haven't seen that one, but I always thought his casting in the previously mentioned Ace in the Hole was one of the best casting choices in movie history. I've always pictured Kirk Douglas exactly like his character in that movie.

Speaking of that movie, it has a Criterion edition. In fact, many of the movies recommended do. JackBurns, you should hop over to their site, or your nearest Barnes & Noble (1/2 off for the next few weeks), and you'll find an almost endless amount of interesting, unsung films.


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Did not expect this many responses; I am pleasantly surprised. With that said let me respond:

MGamesCook, I wil add Kind Hearts and Coronets

JJoshay, I have seen A.I. and enjoy it quite a bit. Can't say I'm a fan of Godard, his stuff is just very overrated to me, but I still may check out the Weekend.I will add Femme Fatale!

Vexer, The Siege will be added!

Sexual Chocolate, I'm a huge fan of High and Low (4 star film for me).

Syd Henderson, I wil add Dr. Mabuse!

PeachyPete, I am aware of The Barnes and Noble sale--actually picked up a few things on bluray recently. Thanks for the heads up though!

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Kind Hearts and Coronets could always get more attention. Christmas in July, Footlight Parade, Murder by Contract, Southern Comfort, Re-Animator.


no mention of Anthony Mann?


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To whoever said Kind Hearts and Coronets:

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.....it's a fabulous film, one of Guinness' best performances (eight roles!)

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Sexual Chocolate wrote:
To whoever said Kind Hearts and Coronets:

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.....it's a fabulous film, one of Guinness' best performances (eight roles!)


I saw it because of this forum. Great film

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Why has no one said The War Zone

Here are my additions:
Brotherhood of the Wolf (my fave movie of all time)
Copycat
Black Book (Verhoeven, not the wretched Brittany Murphy "Working Girl" wannabe)
Spirited Away
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
Interstate 60: Episodes from the Road
Fear
The Crow
Match Point
Boiler Room
Prime
Princess Mononoke...hell, watch everything by Miyazaki
Warrior
Cruel Intentions
Speed Racer

That'll get you started.

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War Zone isn't exactly "unsung" as most major critics have praised it. Agree on Copycat.

Some more films I feel are unsung:

Aeon Flux
Stealth
The Kingdom
Impostor


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I like some of the recommendations here and some that no one has named yet are:

Win Win (2011) 7.3 (IMDB)
Paul Giamati is funny and touching at the same time with a flawed character. If you liked sideways then you probably would like this one
Thank you for smoking (2005) 7.7 (IMDB)
Satirical comedy about the big tobacco bussiness
Gentleman Jim (1942) 7.6 (IMDB)
A black and white film with Errol Flynn at his best portraying dashing world champion boxer Jim Corbett

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Thanks for all the recommendations guys!

moviemkr7, I have seen The Crow, Match Point, and Warrior--liking the latter two the best, but still liking The Crow a good bit for what it is. I will add Spirited Away

Vexer, can't say I've heard good things about some of the films you posted, considering I've avoided a few on your list-- however I will add War Zone and Copycat!

unwindfilms, I have seen Win Win and enjoy it a great deal! I will add Thank you For Smoking!

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Spirited Away is unsung? It won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Head Office
Great unsung comedy with an amazing cast and probably the sexiest Jane Seymour has ever looked on screen.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_Office


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I'm going to go to bat for Michael Mann's Collateral. It isn't exactly an unsung film, but I don't think many people consider it legitimately great like I do. OP JackBurns has probably already seen it and won't be adding it to his running list, but that's fine by me. To me, it's Mann's best, most subtle movie. It's full of visual metaphor and ends up being an existential study of a man (or Mann, ha!) who's moved from inertia and apathy into action. Foxx's Max has to literally wreck his taxi cab to break free from his current mental state. Of course, it also works as a straight thriller, which makes it a fine mesh of arthouse intentions with mainstram sensibilities.

It's a fantastic movie, not merely a good one.


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It's probably Mann's most coherent film along with the Insider

The rest are a mess (yes Heat), or just plain bad (Ali).

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NotHughGrant wrote:
It's probably Mann's most coherent film along with the Insider

The rest are a mess (yes Heat), or just plain bad (Ali).


The Last of the Mohicans & Public Enemies were quite good, and The Insider is genius.


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mrguinness wrote:
NotHughGrant wrote:
It's probably Mann's most coherent film along with the Insider

The rest are a mess (yes Heat), or just plain bad (Ali).


The Last of the Mohicans & Public Enemies were quite good, and The Insider is genius.


I like most Mann movies. If you asked me a year ago what was his best, The Insider would probably have been my answer. I've rewatched Collateral a few times since then and I've been peeling back the layers of the film. It's a movie that really improves every time I rewatch it.

As for The Insider, it probably contains Mann's most auteur-y moment when Crowe's Wigand opens his mailbox and we're shown a single bullet. Of course it works as a threat to Wigand and his family within the context of the movie, but I've always thought of it as Mann offering up a showy, meta comment on his own movies. He's always been known for his ability to stage shootouts and violence, and I took that single bullet (the closest The Insider comes to violence) as a way of Mann saying to his audience, "I'm so fucking good that I can make a great thriller and don't need to rely on violence. Here's one fucking bullet just to prove it to you." Very showy and egotistical, but I can't help but to find it awesome.


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PeachyPete wrote:
I'm going to go to bat for Michael Mann's Collateral. It isn't exactly an unsung film, but I don't think many people consider it legitimately great like I do. OP JackBurns has probably already seen it and won't be adding it to his running list, but that's fine by me. To me, it's Mann's best, most subtle movie. It's full of visual metaphor and ends up being an existential study of a man (or Mann, ha!) who's moved from inertia and apathy into action. Foxx's Max has to literally wreck his taxi cab to break free from his current mental state. Of course, it also works as a straight thriller, which makes it a fine mesh of arthouse intentions with mainstram sensibilities.

It's a fantastic movie, not merely a good one.

I consider it a legitimately great film and Mann's best work, too bad "Public Enemies" royally sucked.


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Vexer wrote:
PeachyPete wrote:
I'm going to go to bat for Michael Mann's Collateral. It isn't exactly an unsung film, but I don't think many people consider it legitimately great like I do. OP JackBurns has probably already seen it and won't be adding it to his running list, but that's fine by me. To me, it's Mann's best, most subtle movie. It's full of visual metaphor and ends up being an existential study of a man (or Mann, ha!) who's moved from inertia and apathy into action. Foxx's Max has to literally wreck his taxi cab to break free from his current mental state. Of course, it also works as a straight thriller, which makes it a fine mesh of arthouse intentions with mainstram sensibilities.

It's a fantastic movie, not merely a good one.

I consider it a legitimately great film and Mann's best work, too bad "Public Enemies" royally sucked.



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I agree with Vex. Public Enemies is poor

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I agree with Vex. Public Enemies is poor


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