Hidden Gems

by 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.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Vangelis Kazan, Eva Kotamanidou, Giorgos Danis, Mairi Hronopoulou

Votes: 680

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.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Eva Kotamanidou, Vangelis Kazan, Aliki Georgouli, Kiriakos Katrivanos

Votes: 3,180

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.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Vittorio De Sica, Hannes Messemer, Sandra Milo, Giovanna Ralli

Votes: 2,596

4. Three Crowns of the Sailor (1983)

117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A drunken sailor recounts the surrealistic odyssey of his life story to a murderous student.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Jean-Bernard Guillard, Philippe Deplanche, Nadège Clair, Lisa Lyon

Votes: 639

5. The Man Who Sleeps (1974)

77 min | Drama

A 25-year-old male student in Paris becomes indifferent to the world around him, and subsequently feels a strong sense of alienation and hopelessness.

Director: Bernard Queysanne | Stars: Jacques Spiesser, Ludmila Mikaël

Votes: 2,642

6. Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

Not Rated | 272 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme

Votes: 3,012 | Gross: $0.11M

7. Voyage to Cythera (1984)

120 min | Drama

An old communist returns to Greece after 32 years in the Soviet Union. However, things aren't the way he had hoped for.

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Manos Katrakis, Mairi Hronopoulou, Dionysis Papagiannopoulos, Dora Volanaki

Votes: 2,017

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".

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Anna Karina, Margit Carstensen, Brigitte Mira, Ulli Lommel

Votes: 3,381

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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Francesco Ruiu, Giancarlo De Rosa, Vincenzo Ciccora, Alfredo Leggi

Votes: 2,011

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 »

Director: Raoul Ruiz | Stars: Jean Rougeul, Chantal Paley, Jean Raynaud, Daniel Grimm

Votes: 909

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 »

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Anna Maria Monticelli, Greer Robson-Kirk, Keith Aberdein

Votes: 833

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 »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos | Stars: Vangelis Kazan, Kostas Pavlou, Thanos Grammenos, Giorgos Kyritsis

Votes: 821

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.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Giulio Brogi, Alida Valli, Pippo Campanini, Franco Giovanelli

Votes: 2,264

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.

Director: Béla Tarr | Stars: Hédi Temessy, Erika Bodnár, Miklós Székely B., Pál Hetényi

Votes: 1,139

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.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Giorgos Foundas, Margarita Papageorgiou, Stephanos Stratigos, Thanasis Vengos

Votes: 235

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.

Director: Witold Leszczynski | Stars: Franciszek Pieczka, Anna Milewska, Wirgiliusz Gryn, Aleksander Fogiel

Votes: 341

17. Cowards Bend the Knee (2003)

Not Rated | 60 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

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 »

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Darcy Fehr, Melissa Dionisio, Amy Stewart, Tara Birtwhistle

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.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Hassan Darabi, Pare Gol Atashjameh, Masud Zandbegleh, Mostafa Tari

Votes: 1,178

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 »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski | Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki, Jerzy Golinski

Votes: 1,675

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.

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Yann Andréa, Marguerite Duras

Votes: 183

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.

Directors: Grigoriy Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein | Stars: Marfa Lapkina, M. Ivanin, Konstantin Vasilyev, Vasili Buzenkov

Votes: 1,177

22. The Wind Journeys (2009)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Music

A musician travels a great distance to return an instrument to his elderly teacher.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Marciano Martínez, Yull Núñez, Agustin Nieves, Jose Luis Torres

Votes: 2,070

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.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Marie-France Pisier, Christian Barbier, Raoul Guylad

Votes: 1,368

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.

Director: Marguerite Duras | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Mathieu Carrière, Claude Mann

Votes: 1,318

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 »

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg

Votes: 1,803

26. Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)

Not Rated | 73 min | Horror, Musical

84 Metascore

A ballet rendition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula", stylized as an Expressionistic silent film.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Wei-Qiang Zhang, Tara Birtwhistle, David Moroni, CindyMarie Small

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.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Jess Hahn, Michèle Girardon, Van Doude, Paul Bisciglia

Votes: 1,537

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.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Catherine Jourdan, Pierre Zimmer, Richard Leduc, Lorraine Rainer

Votes: 968

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 »

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Françoise Brion, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze, Guido Celano, Ayfer Feray

Votes: 911

30. The Man Who Lies (1968)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, War

On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town.

Director: Alain Robbe-Grillet | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Sylvie Bréal, Zuzana Kocúriková, Dominique Prado

Votes: 676

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 »

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser

Votes: 1,327

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 »

Director: Witold Leszczynski | Stars: Krzysztof Majchrzak, Anna Seniuk, Joanna Sienkiewicz, Jerzy Block

Votes: 600

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.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, Fritz Strassny, Paul Askonas

Votes: 2,048

34. Kapò (1960)

116 min | Drama, War

A young Jewish girl leads an escape attempt from a concentration camp.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Susan Strasberg, Laurent Terzieff, Emmanuelle Riva, Didi Perego

Votes: 1,797

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.

Director: Sang-soo Hong | Stars: Eun-hee Bang, Eun-sook Cho, Eui-sung Kim, Eung-Kyung Lee

Votes: 793

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.

Director: Nikos Koundouros | Stars: Dinos Iliopoulos, Margarita Papageorgiou, Giannis Argyris, Thanasis Vengos

Votes: 1,567

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.

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Irene Papas, Giannis Fertis, Aleka Katselli, Theano Ioannidou

Votes: 1,170

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 »

Director: Pantelis Voulgaris | Stars: Themis Bazaka, Dimitris Katalifos, Maria Martika, Eirini Inglesi

Votes: 598

39. Secrets of a Soul (1926)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

A scientist is tormented by an irrational fear of knives and the irresistible compulsion to murder his wife.

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Werner Krauss, Ruth Weyher, Ilka Grüning, Jack Trevor

Votes: 601

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".

Director: Dariush Mehrjui | Stars: Homayoun Ershadi, Golshifteh Farahani, Mohammad Reza Shaban-Noori, Nematollah Gorji

Votes: 1,134

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.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Irene Papas, Gabriele Ferzetti, Laura Nucci

Votes: 1,090

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?

Director: Michael Cacoyannis | Stars: Ellie Lambeti, Giorgos Pappas, Dimitris Horn, Tasso Kavadia

Votes: 504

43. The Intruder (2004)

Unrated | 130 min | Drama

85 Metascore

An emotionally cold man leaves the safety of his Alpine home to seek a heart transplant and an estranged son.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Michel Subor, Grégoire Colin, Yekaterina Golubeva, Bambou

Votes: 1,627 | Gross: $0.04M

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.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret, Gabriella Boccardo

Votes: 1,149

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 »

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 1,324

46. Une Chambre en Ville (1982)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Musical, Romance