The 100 Must-Watch Movies You Haven’t Yet Seen

Far too often, cinematic masterpieces get overlooked –– and it’s us cinema lovers who suffer the loss. While some can’t seem to draw crowds upon their box office release, others simply don’t get the critical attention they merit. Whatever the reason, the result is that the streaming landscape is overflowing with hidden treasures that deserve to be unearthed, enjoyed, and duly celebrated. From political thrillers to quirky romances and everything in between, we’ve rounded up the top 100 underrated movies that are on their way to becoming cult classics. 

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Nowhere Boy (2010)

In a different change of pace, this biopic focuses on John Lennon’s reckless adolescence and family life instead of his soon-to-be iconic music. It brings an epic rockstar many of us have known our entire lives down to a more relatable level. The young Aaron Taylor-Johnston gives a very angsty performance which feels a little over the top at times. Anne-Marie Duff does comes off too flirtatious for a newly formed mother-son relationship but Kristin Scott Thomas outshines them all with her steely demeanor.

(Christina Ienna)
Genre: Drama
Actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andrew Buchan, Angela Walsh, Anne-Marie Duff, Chris Coghill, David Morrissey, David Threlfall, Josh Bolt, Kerrie Hayes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ophelia Lovibond, Paul Ritter, Sam Bell, Simon Lowe, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch Nowhere Boy (2010) on Showtime for free
89.

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Deadpan comedy styled as a mockumentary, following four flatmates who happen to be vampires. They range in ages from 183 to 8000, and spend their nights trying to adapt to modern day living, eating,   reminiscing about old times, and solving the problems that come with every shared flat. It is filmed in a fake documentary style similar to The Office, with one-on-one interviews interspersed into the film. From the creators of Flight Of The Conchords and Boy, it is a truly great, hilarious comedy that you will not want to miss!

(Diarmaid & Laurie Cromie)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Actor: Ben Fransham, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Cohen Holloway, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Elena Stejko, Jackie van Beek, Jason Hoyte, Jemaine Clement, Jonathan Brugh, Jonathon Brugh, Jonny Brugh, Morag Hills, Rhys Darby, Stu Rutherford, Taika Waititi
Director: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch What We Do in the Shadows (2014) on Fubo for free
88.

Undefeated (2011)

Undefeated won an Oscar but since it’s a documentary, few sadly paid attention to it. It tells the story of a football team in a poor area in Tennessee. Kids without a bright future, until the new coach arrives. Yes, that sounds like a very old, cliché tale. But keep in mind it is a documentary, and the story it tells is powerful, gripping, and any familiarity quickly becomes irrelevant. Even if you have no interest in American football, or in sports in general, you will love it and more than likely find yourself reaching for the Kleenex at least a few times before the credits roll.

(Pablo)
Genre: Documentary
Actor: Bill Courtney, Chavis Daniels, Montrail 'Money' Brown, O.C. Brown
Director: Daniel Lindsay, T. J. Martin
Rating: PG-13
87.

The Other Dream Team (2012)

Another fantastic documentary from 2012, this one tells the remarkable story of the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic Men’s Basketball team that received scant attention in the shadow of the renowned U.S. “Dream Team” of NBA superstars (Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, etc.). The Lithuanians’ story is all the more fascinating in that it comes immediately on the heels of their country’s freedom from Communist rule. With little hope of participating in the Barcelona games, they received the most unlikely last-minute assistance from the Grateful Dead, of all sources. A really great true-life story, told with an exuberance and a verve not often expected from non-fiction filmmaking. I challenge anyone watch this one and walk away uninspired.

(Jamie Rutherford)
Genre: Documentary
Actor: Arvydas Sabonis, Bill Walton, Chris Mullin, Greg Speirs, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Sarunas Marciulionis
Director: Marius A. Markevicius, Marius Markevicius
Rating: Not Rated, Unrated
86.

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

A very intelligent and nuanced movie that relentlessly asks unpleasant questions. It's a story about a woman seeking freedom by turning away from her own family and finding something she did not expect. The main character of the movie, Martha, is taken in by a cult and the movie depicts how this experience shapes and warps her life, thoughts and actions. The time she spent with the cult ultimately also shapes her own personality, which raises questions about her identity and the place she now fits in. Every actor is well cast, and especially Elizabeth Olsen (playing Martha) puts on a stand-out performance, which proofs that she is an actor to watch out for in the years to come.

(Marco Henkel)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Actor: Adam David Thompson, Brady Corbet, Christopher Abbott, Elizabeth Olsen, Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Julia Garner, Louisa Krause, Maria Dizzia, Sarah Paulson, Tobias Segal
Director: Sean Durkin
Rating: R
85.

The Ides of March (2011)

A slow-burning US political drama, The Ides of March is a character-driven film with great performances from Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and George Clooney (who is also the director and in part the writer) among many others. Taking place during the last days of the primaries, Stephen Meyers (Gosling) is an aspiring campaign staffer who uncovers a dirty truth about his candidate (Clooney). When Meyers confronts his boss (Hoffman), moral issues arise that collide with the political profession but which are not only limited to it. A smart film, The Ides of March is less of a political thriller and more of a really well made drama that delivers.

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Genre: Drama
Actor: Chris Matthews, David McConnell, Evan Rachel Wood, George Clooney, Gregory Itzin, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Ehle, Loretta Higgins, Marisa Tomei, Max Minghella, Michael Mantell, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel Maddow, Rohn Thomas, Ryan Gosling, Yuriy Sardarov
Director: George Clooney
Rating: R

Free Watching Options:

Watch The Ides of March (2011) on Showtime for free
84.

Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton) was a man with big glasses and even bigger dreams. As a physically disabled child-turned-oddly determined young adult, he tried his hands at all kinds of sports to earn himself a place in United Kingdom’s Team, only to be shunned and rejected more times than one can count. While his coming home a hero can easily be attributed to Great Britain’s lack of a ski jumper representative to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the world has Eddie’s perseverance and never-say-die attitude to thank. A story about conquering greater heights and just taking flight, Eddie the Eagle shows the world how winning doesn’t always mean taking home the crown.

(Christina Hale)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, History
Actor: Christopher Walken, Daniel Ings, Dexter Fletcher, Dickon Tolson, Edvin Endre, Hugh Jackman, Iris Berben, Jessica Allain, Jim Broadbent, Jo Hartley, Keith Allen, Mads Sjogard Pettersen, Marc Benjamin, Mark Benton, Rune Temte, Taron Egerton, Tim McInnerny, Tom Costello
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Rating: PG-13
83.

Four Lions (2010)

Four Lions is as black and as dark as a movie can ever get, mixing cultural relevancy with humor and ridiculousness. It is insensitive to Islam, insensitive to terrorism and insensitive to the viewer. But it is hilarious. The director spent three years talking to Imams, terrorism experts and basically everyone. The result? A legit 97 minutes that will dazzle even extremists with its knowledge of Islam and the accuracy of its lines. Needless to say that it will upset quite a few people, but that is always a good sign for black comedy movies, right?

(Anass Boudiga)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Actor: Adeel Akhtar, Alex MacQueen, Arsher Ali, Benedict Cumberbatch, Craig Parkinson, Darren Boyd, Julia Davis, Kayvan Novak, Kevin Eldon, Nigel Lindsay, Riz Ahmed, Waleed Elgadi, Will Adamsdale
Director: Chris Morris, Christopher Morris
Rating: R
82.

Phantom Thread (2018)

A flawless Daniel Day‑Lewis stars in this thought-provoking romance. He plays a successful dressmaker in post-second-World-War London who falls for a waitress while on an excursion to the countryside. It's hard to tell you what this movie is about without ruining the story for you but I can tell you how it made me feel: it kept me guessing the whole time. Day-Lewis' character is so masterfully played that I felt that every move he made was calculated and that every line meant something. Plus, expect stunning dresses, beautiful country-side sequences, and an all-around gorgeous aesthetic experience.

Genre: Drama, Romance
Actor: Brian Gleeson, Camilla Rutherford, Daniel Day-Lewis, Dave Simon, Emma Clandon, Evie Wray, Gina McKee, Harriet Sansom Harris, Jane Perry, Julia Davis, Lesley Manville, Lujza Richter, Philip Franks, Silas Carson, Tim Ahern, Vicky Krieps
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Rating: R
81.

Laurence Anyways (2012)

This is a gorgeous French-Canadian movie with out-of-this-world sound work.

Laurence is deeply in love with his girlfriend, Fred. On his birthday, he announces to her that he wants to restart his life as a woman, having always hated his male body. Fred doesn't know how to take the news: “everything I love about you is everything you hate about yourself”.

Laurence Anyways is about how their romance continues after this revelation. There are so many reasons to watch this movie: the story, the acting, the cinematography; but trust me, the soundtrack alone is reason enough.

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Genre: Drama, Romance
Actor: Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Denise Filiatrault, Emmanuel Schwartz, Éric Bruneau, Magalie Lepine Blondeau, Manuel Tadros, Melvil Poupaud, Monia Chokri, Monique Spaziani, Mylène Jampanoï, Nathalie Baye, Patricia Tulasne, Sophie Faucher, Susan Almgren, Suzanne Clément, Violette Chauveau, Xavier Dolan, Yves Jacques
Director: Xavier Dolan
Rating: Not Rated

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