Here’s a fun discussion for today, as we near the end of the workweek: Let’s hear about your favorite underrated movies and cult classics. Which of your favorite films do you consider to be underappreciated — possibly because they didn’t do well at the box office, or got lukewarm or bad reviews, or were just ahead of their time?
To jump-start the discussion, here are the favorite underrated movies (at least a selection of them!) from some of the Corporette team, below.
Note: We may not have seen some of these movies in several years — so there may be assorted politically-incorrect and dated portions that we’re not immediately remembering that we would view in a different light today. Apologies if we’re missing anything major along those lines!
Kat’s Underrated Movies
I’ve mentioned my favorite fashion movies, as well as my favorite all-time movie, a number of times before, but here are a few more that I thoroughly enjoyed when I saw them…
- Go (1999) – If you’re a fan of Timothy Olyphant, this is a must! (Someone just told me they’d never seen this movie, and I couldn’t believe it…)
- Edge of Tomorrow (2014) – It’s a bit like Groundhog Day mixed with Starship Troopers, but with Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.
- Dear Frankie (2004) – This one is the sweetest romance, featuring the wonderful Emily Mortimer and Gerard Butler.
- Pride & Prejudice (2003) – I’m still primarily a fan of the BBC version, but I thought this this odd little version set in Utah was very enjoyable…
Kate’s Underrated Movies
- Bend It Like Beckham (2002) – The classic story of a teenager who rebels against her immigrant parents, it’s a nice combination of humor and drama. (Similar rec: East is East, about a Pakistani family in England.)
- Big Eden (2000) – A sweet rom-com/drama about a man who finds love when he returns to his rural Montana hometown. (It’s nice to see LGBTQ film characters get a happy ending, which has often not been the case.)
- Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog (2008) – It’s hard to describe this comedy/musical from Joss Whedon, but you probably haven’t seen anything like it. Don’t miss the DVD commentary … which is a musical.
- Cold Comfort Farm (1995) – Based on the 1932 satirical novel by Stella Gibbons, this is a really fun fish-out-of-water story in rural England.
Rebecca’s Underrated Movies
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006) – What a cast! And everytime I hear “America the Beautiful” I think of the guy who sings in this movie.
- Pieces of April (2003) – Probably my favorite Thanksgiving movie — I wasn’t quite her, but I was living in a city alone and in my early 20s when it was first out.
- 25th Hour (2002) – Spike Lee, shades of post-9/11 New York.
- Anything Coen Brothers – I have probably too many laughs from Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and I don’t think as many people have seen/appreciate it as their other movies.
- Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006) – Amazing soundtrack — was the last movie I rented at Blockbuster.
Elizabeth’s Underrated Movies
- Other People (2016) – came out a few years ago and made me both laugh and cry Steel Magnolia-sized tears. Molly Shannon is a national treasure.
- Spy (2015), the Melissa McCarthy movie, did pretty well at the box office, but I still don’t think it gets enough credit for how truly hilariously funny it is. It’s my go-to movie when I’m not feeling well.
- Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) is a dark, campy comedy about a beauty pageant. Come for the amazing Minnesota accents and stay for Amy Adams’s film debut!
- Saved! (2004) is another delightfully dark comedy. Mandy Moore shouting, “I am FILLED with Christ’s love,” as she throws a Bible at another girl is one of my favorite cinematic moments of all time.
Your turn, readers! Tell us your favorite underrated movies and cult classics!