Best Unknown Movies

Tampopo's a good film all that food and sex.

The Believer is an awsome film but I havent met many who have seen it.

And the Ballad of Jack and Rose.
Ride with the Devil


Directed by Ang Lee


Directed by Clint Eastwood


Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen

Shaka Zulu Miniseries - 1986
Josey Wales I've seen over and over. I'm gonna have to check into Wild Geese. Thanks

and Ang Lee made a western????
Josey Wales I've seen over and over. I'm gonna have to check into Wild Geese. Thanks

and Ang Lee made a western????

Yes, actually it was set in the Civil War, the Missouri, and the guerrilla campaigns in that theater of operations, and the Lawrence, Kansas, raid.

I really liked, Jake Roedel, Sue Lee, and Daniel Holt, and a really bad man Pitt Mackeson.

Before Christopher Lambert became Christopher Lambert.

And the original (French) version of Running Man was pretty good (with a far better ending).
Strictly Ballroom by Baz Luhrmann.
I wouldn't say they are unknown exactly, but the Merchant Ivory productions are excellent period pieces. They are like little cameos of history.

What makes them even more delightful is the team of James Ivory [Protestant American], Ismail Merchant [Indian Muslim] and Ruth Prawer Jhabvala [German Jew].
I'm drawing a horrible blank... here's a couple, at least, that are relatively obscure.

How to Get Ahead in Advertising

Haha, love that film. Although all its 'hidden' political comments on Thatcher and consumerism are a bit dated and wearisome.

I like Vincent Gallo's indie films (although Gallo himself is a complete fruit cake). My favourite is Buffalo 66.

If we're allowed to mention series, I have to give a shout out to the remake of 'Randall and Hopkirk (deceased)' with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. No-one seems to have heard of it but its been a family favourite in my house for years.
Rage of God (Die Zorn Gottes in the original German)
A Fish Called Wanda (just because nobody'mentioned it yet)
'The Navigator' and 'Vigil', both by Vincent Ward
The Gods Must Be Crazy

is a film released in 1980, written and directed by Jamie Uys. Set in Botswana and South Africa, it tells the story of Xi, a Sho of the Kalahari Desert (played by Namibian San farmer Nǃxau) whose tribe has no knowledge of the world beyond.


The members of Xi's tribe are living well off the land in the Kalahari Desert. They are happy because the gods have provided plenty of everything, no one in the tribe has unfilled wants. One day, a glass Coke bottle is thrown out of an aeroplane and falls to earth unbroken. Initially, this strange artifact seems to be another boon from the gods—Xi's people find many uses for it. But unlike anything that they have had before, there is only one bottle to go around. This exposes the tribe to a hitherto unknown phenomenon, property, and they soon find themselves experiencing things they never had before: jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, even violence.

Xi decides that the bottle is an evil thing and must be thrown off of the edge of the world. He sets out alone on his quest and encounters Western civilization for the first time. The film presents an interesting interpretation of civilization as viewed through Xi's perceptions.
The 13th Warrior


Directed by John McTiernan
Michael Crichton
Produced by Michael Crichton
John McTiernan
Andrew G. Vajna​

Antonio Banderas
Omar Sharif
Vladimir Kulich
Dennis Storhøi
Clive Russell
Richard Bremmer
Tony Curran
Erick Avari
Sven Wollter
Diane Venora
Asbjørn 'Bear' Riis
Joe D'Amato's immortal film Il Piacere is one of the greatest unknowns of all time!
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I just remembered Jeffrey, starring Steven Weber, written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Christopher Ashley.

The 1995 vignette roco about a New York gay man named Jeffrey (Weber) in the age of HIV has a massive cast, including some stellar names like Nathan Lane (a horny priest), Sigourney Weaver (a televangelist), and Patrick Stewart (jaw-dropping as a queen). Peter Maloney and Debra Monk as Jeffrey's parents are hilarious. As Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote in his review of the film, "A comedy about AIDS isn't a contradiction in terms."


"Jeffrey (1995)". Accessed June 1, 2009.

Travers, Peter. "Jeffrey (1995)". August, 1995. Accessed June 1, 2009.