Top 150 Movie List Mixture Of: My Favorite's In The Category First, Then The Unseen, Most Intriguing, Top Of The Wish/Watchlist: Obscure/Rare Movies!!!! Plus, An Extra 10 Honorable Mentions At The End!!!!!!!! Woop!! Woop!!by gabrielconlee | created - 7 months ago | updated - 7 months ago | Public
After years of careful(at times, obsessive) research, which included reading every movie guide I could find for up to many hours in one sitting(I'm a fiend when it comes to discovering hidden gems,and I'm also a big dork), front to back, from "VideoHound's Golden Movie retriever" to "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" By Steven Jay Schneider, as well as my favorite one's: "Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide:The modern Era" and "Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide:From The Silent Era Through 1965, Third Edition" by my man Leonard Maltin (I've been a fan of his reviews since childhood...and boy, oh man, does he have a bunch of hidden treasures in these books....), and many more...IMDB user lists and Youtube were my best sources, though. Out of 1000's of movies, these titles were painstakingly selected, the best of the bunch. Each title must have under 4,500 votes and at least 1 user and/or critic review to qualify. I'm gonna start the list off with the ones I've seen and either really liked or loved, then will move to the most desirable/intriguing I haven't seen. Hope you enjoy some treasure-hunting here as i did/do...lets get diggin':
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1. Edge of Fury (1958)
Not Rated | 77 min | Crime, Drama
A psychopathic young beachcomber pretends to befriend a mother and two daughters living at their summer home.
One of my favorite hidden discoveries. Found in Maltin's Classic Movie Guide, he wasn't kiddin' when calling it "still genuinely disturbing". Based on the book "Wisteria Cottage" by Robert M. Coates. filmed in 1953, unreleased until '58, surely due to its still unnerving violence and themes, this movie was way ahead-of-its-time, having an empathetic view of a psychopathic murderer and a strong message about mental illness, but is no less frightening. Features and under-seen/rated, creepy, and slightly hammy(in a good way....) lead performance by Michael Higgins, as well as good beach cinematography by Jack Couffer, Conrad L. Hall and Marvin R. Weinstein(didn't know there were 3 of 'em!!!). Highly recommended for the hard-stomached. Available on Youtube. That poor jellyfish in that one scene...you'll know if you watch the movie....
2. Goin' Down the Road (1970)
R | 90 min | Drama
Two friends leave the picturesque yet rural province of Nova Scotia for the nightlife and culture of Toronto. They soon end up wistful and nostalgic about Nova Scotia though after finding out that Toronto isn't as fun as they'd hoped.
A good, fairly simple story told beautifully, with great acting from the whole cast, who are so natural you'd forget they're in a drama not a documentary. Deeply poignant, criminally under-seen;one of the all time faves. Available on Youtube.
3. Streets (1990)
R | 85 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
The story of runaways living in Venice, California, under the threat of a psychotic cop who is a serial killer of prostitutes.
Votes: 676 | Gross: $1.51M
Well done Corman production with a really cool plot, decent acting, especially from a sexy, young Christina Applegate, and gritty, pulpy production design that you would never see, other then in something like this. Memorable, recommended. Available on Youtube.
4. Marat/Sade (1967)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, History, Music
In an insane asylum, Marquis de Sade directs Jean Paul Marat's last days through a theater play. The actors are the patients.
Full title is one of the longest, ever. But guess what: it definitely deserves it, as it is one of the most original, complex, fascinating, and pretty much anything else you can think of in movies that create masterpieces. This is one of my all-time favorite movies, everything is just about perfect, especially the acting and Peter Brook's claustrophobic direction. Slow to some, an insane, intellectual, often unnerving, roller-coaster ride of cinematic and stage brilliance to others. Do yourself a favor, and watch it on Youtube now....
5. The Seventh Curse (1986)
78 min | Thriller
A young heroic cop in the jungle of Thailand attempts to rescue a beautiful girl from being sacrificed to the "Worm Tribe" she belongs to. As a result, the cop is damned with seven "Blood ... See full summary »
Very fun, campy cat. 3 nonsense, a mix of Indiana Jones-type adventure and hokey sci fi, perfect for a Saturday night, and starring Yun-Fat Chow, director John Woo's go to late 80's-early 90's leading man. Available on Youtube
6. Deadly Strangers (1975)
R | 88 min | Thriller
Amidst public warnings of a dangerous patient who's escaped from a mental hospital, a young Belle Adams (Hayley Mills) hitches rides on the highway with various assortment of motorists.
Hayley Mills like you've never seen her before! Also starring Simon Ward and Sterling Hayden, this is a very good, tense little thriller. Available on Youtube.
7. The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance
Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it?
Great TV movie, a Halloween treat that has all the tricks you could want:vampires, zombies, werewolves....Perfect for an October party, even has song and dance numbers...I'd expect no less from Shari Belafonte, daughter of singer Harry....why isn't this better known??! A very fun time. Available on Youtube.
8. The Kill-Off (1989)
110 min | Drama
Business at The Pavilion bar is down so Pete and Rags decide that the best way to get The Pavilion off the skids is to turn it into a strip joint.
Was lucky enough to see this on Youtube a year or two ago, I had been anxious to due to Maltin's glowing ***1/2 review. I forgot a big chunk of it, though...it's pretty darned good from what i remember, with a fantastic plot, about a sick, bed-ridden woman, who uses her phone to spread rumors, gossip, to be malicious...until some people want her dead. Maggie Greenwald's directorial debut, based on Jim Thompson's novel of the same name, is a super intriguing neo-noir with a perfectly dreadful, depressing style and tone that's spot-on for the setting; a little, ugly seaside town. Fascinating.
9. The Connection (1961)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama
A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection.
A cameraman films a group of junkies as they anxiously wait for their heroin dealer to come. They talk about random things and play good jazz to distract themselves from withdrawal. Slightly overrated to me, still, an original, daring, gripping little peak inside 60's jazz-lovin' junkies.
10. The Amazing Mister Bickford (1987 Video)
52 min | Animation, Music
Several pieces of Frank Zappa's music are set against clay animation by Bruce Bickford.
Have only seen a few of the stop motion scenes on Youtube...they are super impressive and very trippy. Available on Youtube
11. Three on a Match (1932)
Passed | 63 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Although Vivian Revere is seemingly the most successful of a trio of reunited schoolmates, she throws it away by descending into a life of debauchery and drugs.
Short, well-shot, well-done in general, lil' pre-coder, with a memorable montage of the 3 girls growing up and a final act with melodrama to spare. Features an effectively cool, villainous early role for Humphrey Bogart, who steals the scenes he's in. Part of TCM'S great "Forbidden Hollywood" DVD sets, this one's on the best of em', volume 2. An hour well-spent!
12. The Sadist (1963)
Unrated | 92 min | Thriller
Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.
Watched this great little gem with my grandfather, of all people...and he liked it more then i did!! A tense, hot, unpredictable b-movie, that is better then maybe it should have been, with Arch Hall Jr. delivering his finest performance, as the violent, spontaneous killer, taking 3 teachers hostage along with his girlfriend in a simmering junkyard. For some reason, the tone, location and cinematography reminded me a lot of "Faster, Pussycat! Kill!Kill!"-1965, which I also watched with g-pa...he liked that one too, lol. Above average for these cheapo shocko movies(don't know if thats an actual term ha).
13. Evil Dead Trap (1988)
102 min | Horror
A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life when a small, fetus-like creature murders her crew.
Uniquely stylish 80's slasher film from Asia, one of the best in any country. Effectively gory violence, a disturbing, yet at the same time, unrealistic, over the top tone/mood, makes this a true cat 3 must-see, probably the best one I've seen thus far. Features a wtf, only-in-Asia ending, but hey, once you start it, you're either all in or all out, buddy.... Available on Youtube.
14. Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me (1992)
R | 92 min | Comedy
Eli is a burglar who is caught in the act by Twinkle, a crazy heiress who coerces him into a sexual relationship. Their violent break-up at the altar makes him a fugitive in search of a new... See full summary »
Votes: 447 | Gross: $0.13M
Very entertaining, white-trash comedy, in the vein of early John Water's, though less shocking/offensive. A good time, though not for all tastes. Available on Youtube.
15. The Miracle Maker (2000)
G | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
The story of Jesus Christ.
Brilliantly mixes stop-motion animation and traditional. A great artistic achievement, tells the story of Jesus with surprisingly powerful results. Great voice casting is the bow on top of a very good-looking, well-wrapped present. DVD is cheap, recommended even to artistic non-christians.
16. Heavy Traffic (1973)
R | 77 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
An "underground" cartoonist contends with life in the inner city, where various unsavory characters serve as inspiration for his artwork.
Read Maltin's ***1/2 review of this as a kid, watched it, and was so fascinated, i became obsessed with it...I had never known there were very adult, very good 70's animated films that were sleazy, violent, and not all comedy, tackling city/street life in a totally original, fresh way. I love the first 3 of director Ralph Bakshi's animations; "Fritz the cat"-1972 was first, love it but my least favorite of the bunch, this one is second and my favorite, the third is "coonskin"-1975, the most stylish but also most confusing one. All 3, which I will call the Bakshi trilogy from now on, are great, one-of-a-kind curios, though many will be disgusted/offended by the constant sex, nudity, and overall in-your-face adult material that it constantly throws at you, and may think it's just plain pointless and stupid. Well, not me! Just lay back, don't take it all so seriously, un-sober yourself, and give it a chance, you'll either love it or not....
17. Idiots and Angels (2008)
Not Rated | 78 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
Much to his surprise, an utter misanthrope is transformed into a reluctant do-gooder, when a glorious pair of angelic snow-white wings sprouts up from his back. Now, everyone in town wants a piece of his feathered appendages.
Director: Bill Plympton
Oh ya, animation row, baby...sorry for that, here we have another insanely impressive, one-man animated production from the absolutely brilliant Bill Plympton, this being the only movie of his, besides 2013's "cheatin'", that I've seen all the way through, but not for lack of trying, they're hard to find! How he does it all so well, idk, but i want more, he's incredibly talented. Check out his equally brilliant short films; "your face"-1987 is breathtaking, so imaginative....
18. Trash (1970)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama
During the course of a day, a heroin addict overdoses in front of an upper-class couple, attempts to fool welfare by having his girlfriend fake a pregnancy, and frustrates the women in his life with his drug-induced impotence.
Votes: 2,542 | Gross: $1.50M
Second entry, "drugs", and my favorite, of Paul Morrissey's "Sex, Drugs, N' Rock N' Role" trilogy. Took it as an absurd comedy, which i think it is, and found it hilarious at times, but always found it absorbing. Joe De'Allesandro is always an interesting, fresh screen presence, even when he plays a low-life junkie here. The scene where he tries to rob a wealthy Jane Forth is priceless. I recommend the whole trilogy, they're interesting, if very graphic/lurid, time capsules.
21. A King Without Distraction (1963)
85 min | Drama
A policeman and a serial killer play cat and mouse in an isolated mountain village in Nineteenth century France.
Ok, time's up on those I've seen, I'm now gonna switch to the obscure/rare movies I haven't, but am dying, to see, starting with this one: I love snowy period movies, and the plot of a cat and mouse chase between a serial killer and policeman through the snowy french terrain in the nineteenth century sounds like music for my eyes. Goodness, I hope this and the other titles i'm about to list really are good and I'm not just being lead on....
22. Cold Comfort (1989)
R | 111 min | Drama, Thriller
Three lonely people depend on each other when they get stranded at a deserted gas station in a blizzard. Floyd is a truck driver balancing on the edge of lunacy. He is the caring father of ... See full summary »
23. Massacre at Central High (1976)
R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A high school transfer student, pushed to the edge by a trio of brutal bullies, resorts to murder to reclaim the school from oppression, and later turns against the students wanting to fill the vacuum of their oppressors.
24. Kongo (1932)
Passed | 86 min | Drama, Horror
This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »
25. 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.
26. Last Summer (1969)
R | 95 min | Drama
During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people become very close. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly found relationship, they construct an elaborate plot that has violent results.
Votes: 1,536 | Gross: $2.37M
29. A Man in Uniform (1993)
R | 99 min | Drama, Thriller
Henry Adler, a bank employee and actor, is cast as a cop in an upcoming television series but he begins to take his duties seriously.
Votes: 553 | Gross: $0.09M
30. The Killer Inside Me (1976)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama
Everyone figures Lou Ford, a small-town, Montana, deputy sheriff, to be a normal, good-old-boy kind of regular Joe. But no one knows about "the sickness" that drives him to kill.
31. The Story of Temple Drake (1933)
Not Rated | 70 min | Drama
A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang's leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.
33. Old Czech Legends (1953)
91 min | Animation, Fantasy, History
Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia, how it was founded by Czech, the Forefather, and a ... See full summary »
35. Jack Be Nimble (1993)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora, whose life has ... See full summary »
37. Our Mother's House (1967)
Approved | 104 min | Drama, Thriller
When their deeply religious mother dies, the seven Hook children bury her in the garden and continue life as normal. Then their absent father, Charlie, reappears...
38. White of the Eye (1987)
R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller
In a wealthy and isolated desert community, a sound expert is targeted as the prime suspect of a series of brutal murders of local suburban housewives who were attacked and mutilated in ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,864 | Gross: $0.23M
40. Missing Link (1988)
PG | 91 min | Adventure
A million years ago in Africa, the last of the Australopithecines is on flight from the humans, who killed the rest of his clan. Alone, seeking others of his kind, he traverses steppes, ... See full summary »
42. I Am Suzanne! (1933)
Passed | 98 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Tony Malatini, a puppeteer, at Paris' Theatre des Marionettes notices that his audience consists of only 7 people. He visits his successful competitor on the corner to see why people are ... See full summary »
43. Murder of Innocence (1993 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Thriller
Newlywed Laurie Wade finds her marriage, and eventually the rest of her life, shattered by her deep-rooted psychotic behavior. She goes from brief "short-circuits" to overtly murderous ... See full summary »
45. The City Girl (1984)
85 min | Drama