little-seen dramas, good rating

by professor_feather | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

I know most of these by reputation only (a few may be hard to find). Mostly lesser-known dramas, some of professional interest, taken from my lists of "sleepers." *peace*

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1. Turn the River (2007)

R | 92 min | Drama

55 Metascore

A pool shark takes the ultimate gamble when she kidnaps her own son and flees her ex-husband.

Director: Chris Eigeman | Stars: Famke Janssen, Jaymie Dornan, Rip Torn, Matt Ross

Votes: 1,694

2. Imaginary Crimes (1994)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama

A recently widowed, small-time hustler struggles to raise his two teenage daughters on his own, and still make a dishonest living in 1950s Indiana.

Director: Anthony Drazan | Stars: Harvey Keitel, Fairuza Balk, Kelly Lynch, Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 1,364 | Gross: $0.09M

3. The Luzhin Defence (2000)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

Two worlds collide when an eccentric genius falls in love with a strong-willed society beauty.

Director: Marleen Gorris | Stars: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson

Votes: 4,153 | Gross: $1.05M

4. American Violet (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A single mother struggles to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs in an impoverished town in Texas.

Director: Tim Disney | Stars: Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, Tim Blake Nelson

Votes: 2,350 | Gross: $0.55M

5. Local Color (2006)

R | 107 min | Drama

A successful artist looks back with loving memories on the summer of his defining year, 1974. A talented but troubled 18-year-old aspiring artist befriends a brilliant elderly alcoholic ... See full summary »

Director: George Gallo | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta, Charles Durning

Votes: 1,433 | Gross: $0.05M

6. Smashed (2012)

R | 81 min | Drama

71 Metascore

A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

Director: James Ponsoldt | Stars: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally

Votes: 16,140 | Gross: $0.38M

7. Dreamland (I) (2006)

R | 88 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A young woman who lives in a desert trailer park must choose between caring for her hapless father and sick friend or fulfilling her own destiny.

Director: Jason Matzner | Stars: Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner, Justin Long, John Corbett

Votes: 2,358 | Gross: $0.00M

8. My Life Without Me (2003)

R | 106 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A young woman conceals the fact of her terminal cancer to live her life with a passion she never had before.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Mark Ruffalo, Leonor Watling

Votes: 23,727 | Gross: $0.40M

9. Living in Oblivion (1995)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

This ultimate tribute to all independent filmmakers takes place during one day on the set of a non-budget movie.

Director: Tom DiCillo | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Catherine Keener, Dermot Mulroney, Danielle von Zerneck

Votes: 15,822 | Gross: $1.15M

10. Jerome (1998)

R | 91 min | Drama

Jerome is a day in the life of a dreamer. Wade Hampton has found himself trapped by responsibility and lack of understanding by those closest to him. As a result, Wade simply leaves his old... See full summary »

Directors: David Elton, Thomas Johnston, Eric Tignini | Stars: Drew Pillsbury, Wendie Malick, Scott McKenna, Beth Kennedy

Votes: 129 | Gross: $0.00M

11. First, Last and Deposit (2000)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

Thirteen-year-old Tessa faces more than the usual tribulations of adolescence.

Director: Peter Hyoguchi | Stars: Sara Wilcox, Jessica White, Don Margolin, Alanna Learned

Votes: 68

12. Tumbleweeds (1999)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

75 Metascore

A woman and her daughter have been constantly moving from town to town for years, but their newest home might be different from all the others.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Janet McTeer, Kimberly J. Brown, Jay O. Sanders, Gavin O'Connor

Votes: 3,182 | Gross: $1.28M

13. Bachelorette (2012)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Romance

53 Metascore

Three friends are asked to be bridesmaids at a wedding of a woman they used to ridicule back in high school.

Director: Leslye Headland | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden

Votes: 44,431 | Gross: $0.45M

14. Homegrown (1998)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Life is good for Jack, Carter and Harlan, three inept ne'r-do-wells who help run master dope-grower Malcoms flourishing marijuana plantation somewhere in northern California. But then ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Azaria, Kelly Lynch, John Lithgow

Votes: 4,426 | Gross: $0.22M

15. Eden (1996)

R | 106 min | Drama

Story of a New England boys' school and of one of the students who is infatuated with an instructor's wife who has Multiple Sclerosis. The woman struggles to show her strict husband how ... See full summary »

Director: Howard Goldberg | Stars: Joanna Going, Dylan Walsh, Sean Patrick Flanery, Sean Christensen

Votes: 324

16. Cook County (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama

44 Metascore

After a stint in prison, Sonny returns to his home in East Texas, determined to repair his relationship with his son. Standing in his way is his brother, who has turned the home into a crumbling meth lab.

Director: David Pomes | Stars: Anson Mount, Xander Berkeley, Ryan Donowho, Polly Cole

Votes: 491 | Gross: $0.02M

17. The Bachelor (1990)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

A Pre-World War I physician in Austria struggles with his decision about which woman he will marry. Miranda Richardson plays the roles of two different women in his life.

Director: Roberto Faenza | Stars: Keith Carradine, Miranda Richardson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sarah-Jane Fenton

Votes: 95

18. Family Pictures (1993)

183 min | Drama

Nina Eberlin comes home to visit her now-divorced parents and while looking through a collection of pictures taken by her father and herself, she reflects on how the pictures illustrate the... See full summary »

Stars: Anjelica Huston, Sam Neill, Kyra Sedgwick, Dermot Mulroney

Votes: 205

19. Turning to Stone (1985 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

An innocent girl gets framed by her boyfriend and end up with a seven year sentence on a drug charge. Now she has to survive the brutal world of a women's federal prison.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Nicky Guadagni, Shirley Douglas, Bernard Behrens, Anne Anglin

Votes: 41

20. Apartment Zero (1988)

R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Donovan | Stars: Hart Bochner, Colin Firth, Dora Bryan, Liz Smith

Votes: 3,596 | Gross: $0.67M



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