Hidden Gemsby Yannis_Karavidas | created - 05 Nov 2018 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
This is a list of films that I admire (rated 7 or more) and their number of votes in IMDB is low.
They are either films made by famous directors which are overshadowed by their more popular films, or by not famous ones but named by me as a "gem".
The rule is:
7 - 8: Under 2000 votes. 9 - 10: Under 3000 votes.
This is another motive to watch great films and improve this list.
* Documentaries and recent films are not included.
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1. The Hunters (1977)
168 min | Drama
On New Year's Eve, a bourgeoisie group of hunters finds the frozen body of a long dead WWII partisan fighter. They spend the night debating what to do with it, which reveals their sins from the war and leads to their symbolic punishment.
2. The Travelling Players (1975)
230 min | Drama, History, Music
Greece, 1939-1952: Fascist, Nazi, and Communist conflict, as seen through the eyes of a family of travelling provincial players.
3. Il Generale Della Rovere (1959)
Not Rated | 129 min | Drama, War
Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer.
6. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Votes: 3,012 | Gross: $0.11M
8. Chinese Roulette (1976)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Thriller
Both the parents of a young teen who walks with crutches, goes on each their secret meeting with lovers, both surprising each other at the family's county home. The daughter arrives and initiates a guessing game of "Chinese roulette".
9. The Grim Reaper (1962)
Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
When a woman is killed in a park, the police bring in everyone suspected of being there when the incident occurred and question them. One of them is the killer.
10. The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (1978)
66 min | Drama, Mystery
Two narrators, one seen and one unseen, discuss possible connections between a series of paintings. The on-screen narrator walks through three-dimensional reproductions of each painting, ... See full summary »
11. Smash Palace (1981)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife, Jacqui, doesn't appreciate the lack of attention due to Al's obsession with ... See full summary »
12. Days of 36 (1972)
105 min | Drama, History
It is 1936 in Greece, shortly before the Metaxas' dictatorship. A former drug trafficker and police informer, Sofianos, is in prison because of the assassination of a trade unionist during ... See full summary »
13. The Spider's Stratagem (1970)
100 min | Drama, Mystery
A man returns to the place where his father was murdered and tries to find closure. But he finds himself in a similar predicament as his late father instead.
14. Almanac of Fall (1984)
119 min | Drama
A large, claustrophobic apartment is the setting for this intense chamber drama. In this dense setting, the inhabitants of the apartment reveal their darkest secrets, fears, obsessions and hostilities.
15. The Magic City (1954)
80 min | Crime, Drama
Kosmas, a young man living in the slums, constantly tries to make ends meet, hoping for a better day. Because of debts, he gets tangled up in smuggling. His morals are tested and he tries to find a way out.
16. Zywot Mateusza (1968)
80 min | Drama
Mateusz is a weird man living a peaceful life in a remote country house by the lake. When a stranger is attracted to his beloved sister, his life starts falling apart.
17. Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)
Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Romance
It's time for hockey! There's no telling what will happen when the Winnipeg Maroons' own star player Guy becomes embroiled in the twisted lives of Meta, a vengeful Chinoise, and her ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,226 | Gross: $0.02M
18. The Traveler (1974)
83 min | Drama
A grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, lies, cheats, and steals to accumulate enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.
19. The Third Part of the Night (1971)
105 min | Drama, Horror, War
Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »
20. Agatha and the Limitless Readings (1981)
90 min | Drama
A dialogue-driven drama about a woman and her brother who meet at a deserted seaside hotel to deal with their passionate incestuous feelings for each other and reminisce about their happy childhood.
21. Old and New (1929)
Not Rated | 121 min | Drama
100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.
23. Trans-Europ-Express (1966)
105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery
A movie producer, director and assistant take the Trans-Europ-Express from Paris to Antwerp. They get the idea for a movie about a drug smuggler on their train and visualize it while taping the script.
24. India Song (1975)
120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Anne-Marie Stretter, wife of a French diplomat, lives in 1930s India. She takes many lovers as systems of oppression decay around her.
25. Signs of Life (1968)
91 min | Drama
A wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet island of Kos with his wife Nora, a Greek nurse, and two other soldiers recovering from minor wounds. Billeted in a decaying... See full summary »
26. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)
Not Rated | 73 min | Horror, Musical
A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", stylized as an Expressionistic silent film.
Votes: 1,825 | Gross: $0.06M
27. Le signe du lion (1962)
103 min | Drama
A French-American in Paris lives by sponging off his working friends, and throws a party using borrowed money when his rich American aunt dies, believing firmly in his horoscope.
28. Eden and After (1970)
Unrated | 93 min | Drama
A group of French students are drawn into the psychological and sexual games of a mysterious Dutchman. Once they sample his "fear powder" the students experience a series of hallucinations.
29. L'immortelle (1963)
M | 101 min | Drama
A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes. After several days of their sadly ... See full summary »
31. Black and White in Color (1976)
PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, War
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they ... See full summary »
32. Konopielka (1982)
92 min | Comedy, Drama
Kaziuk, a stubborn peasant and his pregnant wife live in a backwood village, unaffected by the civilization. The village is once visited by a couple of wanderers, and strange things start ... See full summary »
33. The Hands of Orlac (1924)
Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer.
35. The Day a Pig Fell Into the Well (1996)
115 min | Drama
About desires and lives of four characters in diverse circumstances. A poor novelist, a cheating wife, a mysophobic husband and a ticket girl.
36. The Ogre of Athens (1956)
103 min | Crime, Drama
A peaceful, frightened little man is mistakenly identified as "the dragon", a notorious criminal at large. He briefly and reluctantly rules the underworld until they realize their mistake.
37. Electra (I) (1962)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
Living in exile after the death of their father, the grown children of a murdered and usurped king converge to exact eye-for-an-eye revenge.
38. Petrina hronia (1985)
142 min | Drama, History, Romance
The true story of a young couple (Babis and Eleni) fighting for love and freedom. An odyssey in and out of prisons during the dark period between the Greek civil war until the end of ... See full summary »
40. The Pear Tree (1998)
95 min | Drama, Romance
Esteemed writer Mahmoud suffers from writers block. While trying to work at the family estate, concerns about an unproductive pear tree trigger in him memories of his childhood love for beautiful tomboy "M".
41. We Still Kill the Old Way (1967)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A leftist professor wants the truth about two men killed during a hunting party; but the mafia, the Church and corrupt politicians don't want him to learn it.
42. Windfall in Athens (1954)
95 min | Comedy, Romance
On a lazy Athenian Sunday, a young and fresh saleswoman loses her soon-to-be winning lottery ticket, only to meet its handsome new owner. Of course, she wants it back; however, what if fortune and ardent Cupid are already on her doorstep?
44. A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)
R | 106 min | Drama, Horror
An accomplished painter rents a dilapidated villa in the country, and soon finds himself absorbed in the property's history, particularly the murder of a sex-obsessed countess who died there decades prior.
45. Compartiment tueurs (1965)
95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Six people travel in a railroad sleeping car from Marseilles to Paris. Upon their arrival, a woman is found dead in one of the berths. The police investigate the other five passengers, ... See full summary »
46. Une Chambre en Ville (1982)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Musical, Romance