Cinematic Gems: 15 Underrated Movies You’ll Fall in Love With

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There are many films that are universally beloved by fans, but some masterpieces fly under the radar. In a discussion on a popular online forum, film fans shared examples of outstanding movies that may have been overlooked. 

1. Out of Sight (1998)

Out of Sight (1998)
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

The Steven Soderbergh film Out of Sight features incredible chemistry between George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. If you haven't seen it, put it on your must-watch list immediately.

2. The Mosquito Coast (1986)

The Mosquito Coast
Image Credit: Warner Bros.

It may not be a well-known film, but this movie's cast did an amazing job, notably Harrison Ford. His performance as stubborn inventor Allie Fox is one of his best.

3. Burn After Reading (2008)

Burn After Reading
Image Credit: Focus Features.

Many argue that this comedy is one of the best works by the Coen brothers. It's not as well known as some of their other films, however.

4. Mask (1985)

Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

This coming-of-age story features masterful performances by Cher and Eric Stolz. 

5. Commando (1985)

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios.

The over-the-top 80s flick deserves to be listed among the other legendary action films of its time. 

6. Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Image Credit: Orion Pictures.

The comedic masterpiece has had a cult following since its release. Fans were recently treated to a new Bill and Ted adventure. 

7. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

A Scanner Darkly
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Based on the popular novel, the all-star cast and innovative style make A Scanner Darkly an excellent watch. 

8. American Honey (2016)

Shia LaBeouf American Honey
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Despite its positive reception, the movie flies under the radar. Many film fans said it's not talked about nearly enough.

9. Apocalypto (2006)

Image Credit: Icon Productions.

Apocalypto features incredible direction and a captivating story that keeps you hooked from start to end. 

10. Mary and Max (2009)

Mary and Max
Image Credit: IFC Films.

The stop-motion animation is in a league of its own in this dark comedy that still manages to have a heartfelt message. 

11. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Despite a negative reception from critics, this cult classic starring Johnny Depp is beloved by fans. 

12. Unbreakable (2000)

Image Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

This M. Night Shyamalan film may be his best ever. It combines tension and suspense and keeps you guessing until the end. 

13. Get Shorty (1995)

Get Shorty
Image Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Get Shorty is a masterpiece in writing and acting. Every scene and character is vital to the plot; nothing is wasted here. 

14. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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Image Credit: Sony Pictures.

Don't dismiss this film just because it's animated. Into The Spider-Verse is one of the best superhero movies of all time. 

15. Blindspotting (2018)

Image Credit: Lionsgate.

It may not have the widespread appeal of other cult classics, but Blindspotting is an incredible film with a devoted fanbase. 

Source: Reddit.

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Maya (she/they) is a queer entertainment and culture journalist from Worcester, MA with bylines in publications like Pulse Magazine, HorrorPress, CM Pride, Fangoria, and TransLash News & Narrative. They cover interviews, reviews, roundups, news, and more in the entertainment and lifestyle space. She loves horror, LGBTQ+ representation, and creativity. They hope their writing both entertains readers and inspires them to think critically.