12 Good Movies That Never Get The Credit They Deserve

Filmmakers put a lot of effort into getting a film out into the world, yet sometimes they don't get all the credit they deserve for their genius. Some movies captivate audiences with compelling stories, stunning performances, and breathtaking soundtracks, and here, we uncover 12 of those movies that never got the credit they deserved.

1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom Kara Hayward
Image Credit: Focus Features.

Moonrise Kingdom is a whimsical coming-of-age tale about a 12-year-old orphan who falls in love with another young girl. The movie chronicles their love life as they both run away to a secluded cove on an island, prompting the entire town to begin a search.

This movie, directed by Wes Anderson, stars young talents Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward as Sam and Suzy, the two star-crossed lovers on the run. 

2. Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet
Image Credit: Focus Features.

Here's a movie that explores the complexities of love and memory. The film has Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet starring in mesmerizing performances. It tells the story of Joel and Clementine, who are both tangled in a little affair after a train journey together. However, with their memories clinically erased, they struggle to remember their past. 

3. In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Ralph Fiennes' brilliant and unforgettable performance in this mind-blowing movie alone should have made it rank in the list of most phenomenal movies.

The darkly comedic crime film tells the story of two hitmen hiding in the picturesque city of Bruges. With its razor-sharp wit, this movie is an underrated gem. 

4. Before Sunrise (1995)

Before Sunrise Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.

Lovers of Ethan Hawke, it might surprise you have never heard about this. With a heartfelt screenplay by legendary Richard Linklater, this story proves some masterpieces do not get the accolades they deserve. The story is of two strangers who meet on a train and spend a magical night together in Vienna. 

5. The Fall (2006)

The Fall Justine Waddell
Image Credit: Roadside Attractions.

This visually stunning epic follows the adventures of a stuntman and a little girl in a fantastical world. Lee Pace and Catina Untaru delivered exceptionally in this film. Even with a mesmerizing score by Krishna Levy herself, this movie remains a gem.

6. Children of Men (2006)

Children of Men Danny Huston
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

“I do not think the movie got what it deserves,” one fan says. You would agree if you've seen it. This Alfonso Cuaron's masterpiece will take you on a thrilling journey through a world where humans face infertility and chaos reigns.

7. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

This movie is an inventive adaptation of the Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O'Malley. It stars Michael Cera as the titular character, who must defeat the seven evil exes of his girlfriend. With a killer soundtrack and a blend of vivid actions and humor, this film reaches the peak of entertainment. 

8. The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford (2007)

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Casey Affleck
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

Here's one film you should judge from the title. Brad Pitt delivers a mesmerizing performance as the outlaw Jesse James and Casey Affleck as the complex Robert Ford. The film's premise is brilliant, featuring idolization, jealousy, and betrayal themes. 

9. The Fall of The House of Usher (1960)

The Fall Of The House of Usher Myrna Fahey
Image Credit: American International Pictures.

On the screen, we see a haunting adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's classic story, directed by Roger Corman, and starring Vincent Price as Roderick Usher, the chilling character in whose world the story takes a stand.

One could appreciate many things about this film, including its presentation of the Gothic atmosphere, striking visuals, brilliant performances, and an eerie score by Les Baxter. 

10. A Single Man (2009)

A Single Man Colin Firth
Image Credit: The Weinstein Company.

Colin Firth stars brilliantly as the “single man” who struggles to navigate a world without his partner. It explores grief in a stylistic and emotionally resonant manner. The movie's visuals are also compelling, and hearing Abel Korzeniowski's evocative scores is also an experience of its own. 

11. Whiplash (2014)

Whiplash J.K. Simmons
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Classics.

I found Whiplash very intense and fierce. The movie navigates through a fierce battle between a young jazz drummer and his demanding music teacher. Miles Teller plays the student, and Oscar-award-winning actor J. K. Simmons plays the teacher.

With its electrifying jazz soundtrack and gripping storyline masterfully told, I'd rank this movie as a cinematic masterpiece, even if it didn't get the recognition. 

12. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

“I don't think it [the movie] did too well and seems largely forgotten, but I think it's a beautiful and inspiring film,” one cinephile writes. Another viewer says, “Fantastic soundtrack and a great story.” That says it all.

The movie is the second film adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story of the same title and gained positive reviews from critics, even without being so well known. 

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Boloere Seibidor, fondly called B.S. is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics to cover include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sites. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.