Top 50 Best Unpopular But Great Movies You Shouldn’t Miss

Are you tired of scrolling endlessly through popular movie lists on streaming platforms, only to find that you've already seen everything worth watching?

Look no further! In this article, we've compiled a list of the Top 50 Best Unpopular But Great Movies You Shouldn't Miss.

From hidden gems to critically acclaimed films, we've got you covered with lesser-known movie recommendations that are sure to impress.

Whether you're a fan of indie movies or cult classics, our list has something for everyone. So sit back, relax, and get ready to discover some amazing movies that you shouldn't miss!

Top 50 Best Unpopular But Great Movies You Shouldn't Miss

1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Olivia Cooke
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Movie Title Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
IMDB Link Link
Actors Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke
Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Release Date 12 June 2015
MPAA Rating PG-13
Parental Guidance Some material might be inappropriate for children under 13
Duration 1h 45min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.7/10

In this heartwarming and funny film, high school student Greg's life is changed forever when he befriends a classmate who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

2. The Station Agent (2003)

The Station Agent Peter Dinklage
Image Credit: Miramax Films.
Movie Title The Station Agent
IMDB Link Link
Actors Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale
Director Thomas McCarthy
Release Date 26 September 2003
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 29min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.6/10

Peter Dinklage stars in this touching drama about a man who moves to rural New Jersey and befriends a woman dealing with her own personal struggles.

3. The Way Way Back (2013)

The Way Way Back
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Movie Title The Way Way Back
IMDB Link Link
Actors Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Liam James
Director Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Release Date 26 July 2013
MPAA Rating PG-13
Parental Guidance Some material might not be suitable for children
Duration 1h 43min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.4/10

A teenager named Duncan (Liam James) finds an unexpected friend and mentor in Owen (Sam Rockwell), the manager of a water park, in this charming coming-of-age comedy-drama.

4. The Drop (2014)

The Drop Tom Hardy
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Movie Title (with IMDB hyperlink) The Drop
Actors Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini
Director Michaël R. Roskam
Release Date September 12, 2014
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA) R (for some strong violence and pervasive language)
Parental Guidance Not suitable for children under 17
Duration 1 hour 46 minutes
Genres Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDB rating 7.1/10

A bartender in Brooklyn finds himself caught between the mafia and a group of thieves when a robbery goes wrong.

5. The Guest (2014)

The Guest Dan Stevens
Image Credit: Picturehouse.
Movie Title The Guest
IMDB Link Link
Actors Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer
Director Adam Wingard
Release Date 5 September 2014
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 40min
Genres Action, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating 6.7/10

In this stylish and suspenseful thriller, a soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to a family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. But as he gets closer to the family, darker secrets are revealed.

6. The Spectacular Now (2013)

The Spectacular Now
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title The Spectacular Now
IMDB Link Link
Actors Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
Director James Ponsoldt
Release Date 13 September 2013
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 35min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating 7.1/10

In this coming-of-age drama, a hard-partying high school senior (Miles Teller) falls for a shy, introverted classmate (Shailene Woodley), forcing him to confront his own insecurities and uncertain future.

7. The End of the Tour (2015)

The End of the Tour Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Segel
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title The End of the Tour
IMDB Link Link
Actors Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky
Director James Ponsoldt
Release Date 12 November 2015
MPAA Rating Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 46min
Genres Biography, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.3/10

This biographical drama follows a five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), as they discuss fame, depression, and the challenges of being a writer.

8. 20th Century Women (2016)

20th Century Women Elle Fanning
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title 20th Century Women
IMDB Link Link
Actors Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig
Director Mike Mills
Release Date 20 January 2017
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 59min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.3/10

Set in the late 1970s, this comedy-drama follows a single mother (Annette Bening) who enlists the help of two young women (Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig) to help raise her teenage son in a rapidly changing world.

9. The Accountant (2016)

The Accountant Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.
Movie Title The Accountant
IMDB Link Link
Actors Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons
Director Gavin O'Connor
Release Date 14 October 2016
MPAA Rating R
Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 2h 8min
Genres Action, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.3/10

Ben Affleck stars as a highly-skilled accountant who moonlights as an assassin in this action-packed thriller.

10. Coherence (2013)

Coherence Emily Baldoni
Image Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories.
Movie Title Coherence
IMDB Link Link
Actors Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
Director James Ward Byrkit
Release Date 20 June 2014
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Parental Guidance N/A
Duration 1h 29min
Genres Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 7.2/10

This mind-bending sci-fi thriller follows a group of friends at a dinner party who experience strange occurrences and realize that their reality is being altered by a passing comet.

11. Moon (2009)

Moon Sam Rockwell
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Classics.
Movie Title Moon
IMDB Link Link
Actors Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott
Director Duncan Jones
Release Date 17 July 2009
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 37min
Genres Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 7.9/10

In this thought-provoking sci-fi drama, an astronaut (Sam Rockwell) stationed alone on the moon begins to experience strange hallucinations and begins to question his own sanity.

12. The One I Love (2014)

The One I Love Elisabeth Moss, Theresa Guleserian
Image Credit: RADiUS-TWC.
Movie Title The One I Love
IMDB Link Link
Actors Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, Ted Danson
Director Charlie McDowell
Release Date 22 August 2014
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 31min
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance
IMDB Rating 7.1/10

A troubled couple (Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss) on the brink of divorce visit a remote retreat, where they discover unexpected and unsettling changes in their relationship.

13. Mr. Nobody (2009)

Mr. Nobody Diane Kruger
Image Credit: Pathé Distribution.
Movie Title Mr. Nobody
IMDB Link Link
Actors Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger
Director Jaco Van Dormael
Release Date 26 September 2013
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 2h 21min
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance
IMDB Rating 7.8/10

This visually stunning and thought-provoking drama follows the life of Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto), the last mortal in a future world where everyone is immortal, as he reflects on his past and the choices he's made throughout his life.

14. In Bruges (2008)

In Bruges Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.
Movie Title In Bruges
IMDB Link Link
Actors Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds
Director Martin McDonagh
Release Date 29 February 2008
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 47min
Genres Comedy, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.9/10

After a job goes wrong, two hitmen (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) are forced to lay low in the Belgian city of Bruges, where they encounter a strange and surreal world of local characters.

15. 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.
Movie Title The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
IMDB Link Link
Actors Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard
Director Andrew Dominik
Release Date 30 November 2007
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 2h 40min
Genres Biography, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.5/10

This Western drama follows the last months of Jesse James' life, as he's pursued by Robert Ford (Casey Affleck), a young member of his gang who ultimately betrays him.

16. Cashback (2006)

Cashback Sean Biggerstaff
Image Credit: The Works UK Distribution.
Movie Title Cashback
IMDB Link Link
Actors Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan
Director Sean Ellis
Release Date 20 July 2007
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 42min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating 7.2/10

After a painful breakup, art student Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) takes a job at a local supermarket, where he discovers he has the ability to freeze time and begins to use this power to explore his own desires and fantasies.

17. Buffalo '66 (1998)

Buffalo '66 Christina Ricci
Image Credit: Lions Gate Films.
Movie Title Buffalo '66
IMDB Link Link
Actors Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Ben Gazzara
Director Vincent Gallo
Release Date 26 June 1998
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 50min
Genres Comedy, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.4/10

After being released from prison, Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) kidnaps a young tap dancer named Layla (Christina Ricci) and forces her to pretend to be his wife when he visits his parents.

18. The Rules of Attraction (2002)

The Rules of Attraction Shannyn Sossamon
Image Credit: Lions Gate Films.
Movie Title The Rules of Attraction
IMDB Link Link
Actors James Van Der Beek, Ian Somerhalder, Shannyn Sossamon
Director Roger Avary
Release Date 11 October 2002
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 50min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating 6.7/10

This dark and gritty college drama follows a group of students at a New England liberal arts college as they navigate their way through sex, drugs, and rock ‘n' roll.

19. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Wristcutters: A Love Story
Image Credit: Autonomous Films.
Movie Title Wristcutters: A Love Story
IMDB Link Link
Actors Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits
Director Goran Dukic
Release Date Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 28min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
IMDB Rating 7.3/10

After committing suicide, Zia (Patrick Fugit) finds himself in a bizarre afterlife world for people who have killed themselves, where he embarks on a road trip to find his ex-girlfriend and begins to discover that love may be possible even in death.

20. Upstream Color (2013)

Shane Carruth and Amy Seimetz in Upstream Color (2013)
Image Credit: VHX.
Movie Title Upstream Color
IMDB Link Link
Actors Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig
Director Shane Carruth
Release Date 5 April 2013
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Parental Guidance Not Rated
Duration 1h 36min
Genres Drama, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 6.7/10

This enigmatic and surreal film follows a woman (Amy Seimetz) who becomes entangled in a mysterious and strange experiment that alters her perception of reality and her connection to nature.

21. The Double (2013)

The Double Mia Wasikowska
Image Credit: StudioCanal.
Movie Title The Double
IMDB Link Link
Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn
Director Richard Ayoade
Release Date 4 April 2014
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 33min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating 6.5/10

Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid office worker who is constantly overlooked and ignored by his colleagues, until the arrival of a new employee who is his exact double (also played by Eisenberg), but with a more confident and charismatic personality.

22. The Art of Self-Defense (2019)

The Art of Self-Defense Imogen Poots, Steve Terada
Image Credit: Bleecker Street.
Movie Title The Art of Self-Defense
IMDB Link Link
Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Director Riley Stearns
Release Date 12 July 2019
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 44min
Genres Comedy, Crime, Drama
IMDB Rating 6.8/10

After a brutal attack, a timid accountant (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a karate dojo in order to learn how to defend himself but soon finds himself drawn into a world of toxic masculinity and violence.

23. The Endless (2017)

The Endless
Image Credit: Well Go USA Entertainment.
Movie Title The Endless
IMDB Link Link
Actors Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez
Director Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Release Date 6 April 2018
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Parental Guidance Not Rated
Duration 1h 51min
Genres Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 6.5/10

Two brothers (Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson) return to a cult they left years ago, only to find themselves trapped in a never-ending cycle of time loops and surreal events.

24. Victoria (2015)

Victoria Frederick Lau, Burak Yigit, Franz Rogowski, Laia Costa
Image Credit: Senator Film.
Movie Title Victoria
IMDB Link Link
Actors Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski
Director Sebastian Schipper
Release Date 15 October 2015
MPAA Rating Not Rated
Parental Guidance Not Rated
Duration 2h 18min
Genres Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating 7.6/10

This German thriller is filmed in a single take and follows a young Spanish woman named Victoria (Laia Costa) who becomes entangled in a dangerous heist in Berlin after meeting a group of young men outside a nightclub.

25. Hesher (2010)

Hesher Natalie Portman, Devin Brochu
Image Credit: Wrekin Hill Entertainment.
Movie Title Hesher
IMDB Link Link
Actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Devin Brochu, Natalie Portman
Director Spencer Susser
Release Date 13 May 2011
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 46min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.0/10

After losing his mother, a young boy named TJ (Devin Brochu) becomes friends with a mischievous and rebellious drifter named Hesher (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who helps him cope with his grief and trauma.

26. Another Earth (2011)

Another Earth Brit Marling
Image Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Movie Title Another Earth
IMDB Link Link
Actors Brit Marling, William Mapother, Matthew-Lee Erlbach
Director Mike Cahill
Release Date 12 October 2011
MPAA Rating PG-13
Duration 1h 32min
Genres Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 7.0/10

This thought-provoking sci-fi drama explores the discovery of a mirror Earth and the intersecting lives of a young astrophysicist (Brit Marling) and a recently released convict (William Mapother) who become entangled in each other's personal tragedies.

27. In a World… (2013)

In a World... Demetri Martin
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing International.
Movie Title In a World…
IMDB Link Link
Actors Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins
Director Lake Bell
Release Date 13 September 2013
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Genres Comedy
IMDB Rating 6.7/10

A struggling vocal coach (Lake Bell) finally gets her chance to break into the competitive world of Hollywood voiceover work but finds herself competing against her own father (Fred Melamed) and his protégé for the same coveted job.

28. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Safety Not Guaranteed Aubrey Plaza
Image Credit: FilmDistrict.
Movie Title Safety Not Guaranteed
IMDB Link Link
Actors Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson
Director Colin Trevorrow
Release Date 18 October 2012
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 26min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Romance
IMDB Rating 7.0/10

Three magazine employees investigate a classified ad seeking a partner for time travel, and they wind up finding Kenneth (Mark Duplass), a charming but possibly delusional man who thinks he's figured out how to time travel.

29. A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title A Ghost Story
IMDB Link Link
Actors Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, McColm Cephas Jr.
Director David Lowery
Release Date 27 July 2017
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Romance
IMDB Rating 6.8/10

After a man (Casey Affleck) dies in a car accident, he returns to his former home as a ghost and tries to connect with his wife (Rooney Mara) and cope with the passage of time.

30. It Follows (2014)

It Follows Maika Monroe
Image Credit: RADiUS-TWC.
Movie Title It Follows
IMDB Link Link
Actors Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
Director David Robert Mitchell
Release Date 27 March 2015
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 40min
Genres Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
IMDB Rating 6.8/10

After a young woman (Maika Monroe) has a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by a malevolent supernatural entity that slowly but surely follows her everywhere she goes.

31. Blue Ruin (2013)

Blue Ruin Macon Blair
Image Credit: RADiUS-TWC.
Movie Title Blue Ruin
IMDB Link Link
Actors Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
Director Jeremy Saulnier
Release Date 9 May 2014
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 30min
Genres Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating 7.1/10

This tense thriller follows a mysterious drifter (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to seek revenge on those who murdered his parents.

32. Don't Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing.
Movie Title Don't Breathe
IMDB Link Link
Actors Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette
Director Fede Alvarez
Release Date 26 August 2016
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 28min
Genres Crime, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating 7.1/10

In this suspenseful horror film, three thieves break into the home of a wealthy blind man (Stephen Lang) in search of a quick score, only to become trapped inside with him and hunted by his deadly instincts.

33. Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo
Image Credit: OTL Releasing and BH Tilt.
Movie Title Upgrade
IMDB Link Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Actors Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen
Director Leigh Whannell
Release Date 1 June 2018
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 40min
Genres Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
IMDB Rating 7.5/10

A man (Logan Marshall-Green) who is left paralyzed and alone after a violent mugging, is implanted with a computer chip that not only allows him to walk again but gives him superhuman abilities.

With his newfound powers, he seeks revenge on those who harmed him and his wife.

34. Mandy (2018)

Red Miller inspects his hand.
Image Credit: SpectreVision/Umedia/XYZ Films.
Movie Title Mandy
IMDB Link Link
Actors Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
Director Panos Cosmatos
Release Date 14 September 2018
MPAA Rating NR
Parental Guidance Not Rated
Duration 2h 1min
Genres Action, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating 6.5/10

A psychedelic and violent revenge tale, Mandy follows a man named Red (Nicolas Cage) as he goes on a mission to rescue his girlfriend Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) from a cult and a demonic figure named Jeremiah (Linus Roache).

35. Swiss Army Man (2016)

Swiss Army Man Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title Swiss Army Man
IMDB Link Link
Actors Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Director Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Release Date 1 July 2016
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 37min
Genres Adventure, Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.0/10

A stranded man (Paul Dano) on a deserted island befriends a corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) that washes ashore and together they embark on a surreal and fantastical journey of self-discovery.

36. Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko Jake Gyllenhaal
Image Credit: Newmarket Films.
Movie Title Donnie Darko
IMDB Link Link
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell
Director Richard Kelly
Release Date 26 October 2001
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian 1h 53min
Genres Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 8.0/10

A troubled teenager (Jake Gyllenhaal) is plagued by visions of a giant demonic rabbit named Frank, who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes that ultimately have apocalyptic consequences.

37. Timecrimes (2007)

Timecrimes Karra Elejalde
Image Credit: Karbo Vantas Entertainment.
Movie Title Timecrimes
IMDB Link Link
Actors Karra Elejalde, Candela Fernández, Bárbara Goenaga
Director Nacho Vigalondo
Release Date 12 December 2008
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Genres Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 7.2/10

This Spanish thriller follows a man (Karra Elejalde) who inadvertently travels back in time and becomes embroiled in a series of strange and dangerous events.

38. The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook
Image Credit: Umbrella Entertainment.
Movie Title The Babadook
IMDB Link Link
Actors Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall
Director Jennifer Kent
Release Date 28 November 2014
MPAA Rating NR
Parental Guidance Not Rated
Duration 1h 33min
Genres Drama, Horror, Thriller
IMDB Rating 6.8/10

This Australian horror film follows a single mother (Essie Davis) and her young son (Noah Wiseman) who are tormented by a mysterious creature from a children's book called “The Babadook.”

39. The Witch (2015)

The Witch Anya Taylor
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title The Witch
IMDB Link Link
Actors Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Director Robert Eggers
Release Date 19 February 2016
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 32min
Genres Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating 6.9/10

This atmospheric horror film takes place in colonial New England and follows a family who, after being exiled from their village, become prey to a malevolent witch lurking in the nearby woods.

40. Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary Toni Collette
Image Credit: PalmStar Media.
Movie Title Hereditary
IMDB Link Link
Actors Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne
Director Ari Aster
Release Date 8 June 2018
MPAA Rating Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 2h 7min
Genres Drama, Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating 7.3/10

This psychological horror film follows a family who is haunted by dark secrets and supernatural forces after the death of their reclusive grandmother.

41. The Lighthouse (2019)

The Lighthouse
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title The Lighthouse
IMDB Link Link
Actors Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman
Director Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Release Date 18 October 2019
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 49min
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Horror
IMDB Rating 7.5/10

In this black-and-white psychological horror film, two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) are stranded on a remote island and begin to descend into madness as their isolation drives them to confront their deepest fears and desires.

42. The Vast of Night (2019)

The Vast of Night Sierra McCormick
Image Credit: Amazon Studios.
Movie Title The Vast of Night
IMDB Link Link
Actors Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer
Director Andrew Patterson
Release Date 29 May 2020
MPAA Rating PG-13
Parental Guidance Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
Duration 1h 29min
Genres Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
IMDB Rating 6.7/10

This indie sci-fi film takes place in the 1950s and follows a switchboard operator (Sierra McCormick) and a radio DJ (Jake Horowitz) as they investigate a strange audio frequency that may be of extraterrestrial origin.

43. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Nicole Kidman, Sunny Suljic
Image Credit: Curzon Artificial Eye.
Movie Title The Killing of a Sacred Deer
IMDB Link Link
Actors Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan
Director Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
Release Date 3 November 2017
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 2h 1min
Genres Drama, Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating 7.0/10

In this psychological horror film, a successful surgeon (Colin Farrell) takes a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan) under his wing, but their relationship takes a dark and sinister turn when the boy's true intentions are revealed.

44. Under the Skin (2013)

Under the Skin 2013 Studiocanal 2
Image Credit: Studiocanal.
Movie Title Under the Skin
IMDB Link Link
Actors Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Director Jonathan Glazer
Release Date 14 March 2014
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 48min
Genres Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or adult guardian
IMDB Rating 6.3/10

This sci-fi horror film follows an alien seductress (Scarlett Johansson) who preys on unsuspecting men in Scotland, but her experiences on Earth begin to affect her in unexpected ways.

45. The Florida Project (2017)

The Florida Project William Dafoe
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title The Florida Project
IMDB Link Link
Actors Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Director Sean Baker
Release Date 20 October 2017
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 51min
Genres Drama
IMDB Rating 7.6/10

Set in a motel near Disney World, this drama follows a young girl (Brooklynn Prince) and her mother (Bria Vinaite) as they struggle to make ends meet, while the motel's manager (Willem Dafoe) tries to maintain order.

46. The Handmaiden (2016)

The Handmaiden Kim Tae-ri
Image Credit: CJ Entertainment.
Movie Title The Handmaiden
IMDB Link Link
Actors Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri, Ha Jung-woo
Director Park Chan-wook
Release Date 1 June 2016
MPAA Rating NR
Parental Guidance Not Rated
Duration 2h 25min
Genres Drama, Romance, Thriller
IMDB Rating 8.1/10

In this South Korean erotic thriller, a con artist (Kim Tae-ri) poses as a handmaiden to a wealthy Japanese heiress (Kim Min-hee), but their plans are complicated by a blossoming romance and a web of deception.

47. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

Hunt for the Wilder people Sam Neill
Image Credit: Madman Films and Piki Films.
Movie Title Hunt for the Wilderpeople
IMDB Link Link
Actors Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
Director Taika Waititi
Release Date 31 March 2016
MPAA Rating PG-13
Parental Guidance Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
Duration 1h 41min
Genres Adventure, Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.9/10

This comedy-drama follows a rebellious foster child (Julian Dennison) and his grumpy foster father (Sam Neill) as they go on the run in the New Zealand wilderness, pursued by authorities and well-meaning locals.

48. Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade Emily Robinson, Elsie Fisher
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title Eighth Grade
IMDB Link Link
Actors Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson
Director Bo Burnham
Release Date 3 August 2018
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 1h 33min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.4/10

In this coming-of-age film, an introverted teenage girl (Elsie Fisher) navigates the challenges of middle school, including social media, friendships, and self-discovery.

49. The Farewell (2019)

The Farewell Awkwafina, Shuzhen Zhao, Hong Lu
Image Credit: A24.
Movie Title The Farewell
IMDB Link Link
Actors Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin
Director Lulu Wang
Release Date 12 July 2019
MPAA Rating PG
Parental Guidance Parental Guidance Suggested. Some materials may not be suitable for children
Duration 1h 40min
Genres Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating 7.6/10

This heartfelt comedy-drama follows a Chinese-American woman (Awkwafina) who travels to China to visit her dying grandmother but must keep her illness a secret from the matriarch to honor a family tradition.

50. Parasite (2019)

Parasite Song Kang-ho, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-sik, Park So-dam
Image Credit: CJ Entertainment.
Movie Title Parasite
IMDB Link Link
Actors Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo
Director Bong Joon Ho
Release Date 8 November 2019
MPAA Rating R
Parental Guidance Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
Duration 2h 12min
Genres Comedy, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating 8.6/10

This critically acclaimed South Korean thriller tells the story of a poor family who schemes their way into the lives of a wealthy family, only to discover the dark secrets that lie beneath their opulent lifestyle.