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Have You Seen Any of These Criminally Underrated Films?

In this era of streaming and theatrical releases, audiences are inundated with an overwhelming variety and quantity of films to choose from. While there are some movies that achieve immense popularity, a multitude of equally deserving ones remain overlooked by viewers. These films possess a unique charm and brilliance that captivate a select few who stumble upon them, yet remain largely unknown to the wider audience. 

Today, however, we hope to change this. From thought-provoking dramas to gripping thrillers and mesmerizing indie flicks, in this article, we attempt to uncover a collection of truly underrated movies that deserve recognition and appreciation. These hidden gems possess interesting narratives, enthralling plot lines, and compelling characters, and deserve to be seen at least once.

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1. Au Revoir les Enfants (1987)

Inspired by actual events, this dramatic masterpiece narrates the tale of a French priest and headmaster who courageously provided refuge for multiple Jewish children amidst the Nazi occupation of France. With great authenticity, the movie vividly depicts the atmosphere of France under Nazi control, where German soldiers maintain a constant presence on the streets, citizens express their discontent in hushed tones against the collaborating government, and everyday life forges ahead.

2. Sunshine (2007)

Sunshine, a gripping science fiction thriller directed by Danny Boyle, takes place in the year 2057, when humanity is on the brink of extinction after the sun has ceased to shine. In a desperate bid to save the universe, a group of scientists embark on a mission to reignite the dying star. The film skillfully explores the intersection of science and religion and keeps you hooked. Despite boasting an exceptional ensemble cast including Cillian Murphy, Benedict Wong, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne, and Michelle Yeoh, it's surprising that Sunshine remains largely undiscovered by a wider audience.

3. Cloud Atlas (2012)

Adapted from David Mitchell's novel, Cloud Atlas was panned by critics when it was released in 2012. However, more people have started to appreciate it in recent years. This exceptional film distinguishes itself by seamlessly blending a range of narratives across different centuries, , each characterized by their own distinctive settings and moods.

This sci-fi gem boldly ventures into the past while drawing inspiration from the future. A testament to resilience and interconnectedness, the intricate dynamics and relationships between the characters undergo transformative shifts through the centuries.

4. Enemy (2013)

Enemy, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a double role, is a film adaptation of Jose Saramago's novel The Double. The story revolves around Adam Bell, a history professor who is taken aback when he discovers his doppelganger, Anthony Claire, an actor who is essentially his polar opposite. Their paths become entangled in a deeply disturbing manner, ultimately leading to an ending that catches everyone by surprise.

Villeneuve's psychological thriller is characterized by its gripping plot twists and an ending that will catch viewers off guard. Despite its merits, this film remains underappreciated, and Gyllenhaal's performance stands out as one of his finest.

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5. Ruby Sparks (2012)

Ruby Sparks defies the conventions of a trite or overly cheerful movie and instead offers a rom-com that conveys a positive message. Calvin, an author plagued by a breakup and loneliness, discovers a newfound sense of wonder when his imaginative creation—a unique and unconventional woman—leaps off the pages into reality. Intriguingly, she remains oblivious to her artificial origins, completely subject to Calvin's writings, which shape her actions and emotions.

The storyline is original and well-written. Definitely worth a watch.

6. The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) 

This a gripping historical horror-adventure film starring Val Kilmer as Col. John Henry Patterson. The story is set in 1898 in Africa, where Patterson's efforts to construct a bridge are halted by the savage attacks of two lions on the workers. The local community attributes these killings to the wrath of tribal spirits. To prove that the lions are mere animals, Patterson's government enlists the expertise of renowned hunter Remington (played by Michael Douglas), who reluctantly joins forces with Patterson. Even Remington, a seasoned hunter, admits that he has never encountered creatures like these before.

As unbelievable as it sounds, the events of this film are based on a true story. The film was captivating throughout, featuring superb cinematography in the African jungle and sound effects that set your teeth on edge.

7. Treasure Planet (2002)

Treasure Planet is one of the biggest box-office failures ever. A shame, because this futuristic reimagining of Stevenson's "Treasure Island" did not deserve to be such a commercial failure.

When the film first came out, it was criticized for appearing more like a Saturday morning cartoon than a typical Disney film. While this may have deterred audiences in the early 2000s, today it is considered a refreshing departure from the norm. The animation itself is breathtaking. Above all, the movie is enjoyable and joyful and has found a loyal fanbase over the years.

While it cannot be hailed as a masterpiece, it unquestionably provides lots of entertainment.

8. In A World... (2013)

Written and starring Lake Bell, this indie film follows the story of Carol, an ambitious vocal coach facing challenges while her father, Sam, enjoys success in the same industry. A stroke of fortune unexpectedly places Carol in a competition against her father for the opportunity to host a new show. In a World... combines sharp wit, insightful storytelling, and humor, with Lake Bell delivering a standout performance as Carol.

9. Children of Men (2006)

Set in the year 2027, humanity faces a dire threat as every woman on Earth becomes infertile. To avert the impending extinction of the human race, a former activist and a bureaucrat join forces on a mission to safely transport the only known pregnant women amidst a chaotic backdrop.

Children of Men, often overlooked, offers a bone-chilling portrayal of a dystopian world and a disturbing glimpse into humanity's future. But it is also an immensely entertaining thrill ride featuring some of the best cinematography you'll ever see.

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10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

Adapted from the memoir of the same name, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the true account of how a Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba invented a wind-powered electric water pump to assist his small village in surviving a severe drought. Featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor and introducing Maxwell Simba in an impressive debut, this is a poignant tale that will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings and encourage you to make the most of your day.

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