20 Awesome Movies That You Haven’t Seen… And Should!

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Not all great movies are blockbuster hits. Sometimes you are looking for something different, a movie that will make you laugh or make you cry.

Whether it is a comedy, a drama or an intense action film, movies change us in small ways. You might find a new actor that you fall in love with or discover an early movie one of your favorites has acted in.

When you want to see an awesome movie but you don’t know where to start, this collection of movies is a great place to start looking.

Here is our recommended collection of 9 awesome movies that you haven’t seen and should.

1. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981)

Famed action director Wolfgang Petersen directed the two-and-a-half movie about a crew stuck inside a World War II German U-Boat. Actually filmed in a set of a submarine, it’s tense, claustrophobic and totally excellent.

One of the best war movies ever made and, since it’s subtitled, missed by most American movie watchers. Wolfgang Petersen would go on to have a very successful career directing big budget Hollywood spectacle.

One of his most popular films was “Air Force One,” which starred Harrison Ford as the President of the United States who defends the titular plane from a team of Russian terrorists lead by Gary Oldman. If you love old war movies and you are looking for some action, Das Boot is an excellent choice for your movie watching pleasure.

Subtitles can be difficult to deal with, but after a few minutes you will get used to reading the titles. It will be worth your effort to try and read the sub titles.

Set in 1942, the German U-Boat is in the Atlantic trying to disrupt British shipping.

“Das Boot” – Director’s Cut (Blu-ray) is available on Amazon – Click here

This is a complex movie that deals with behavior of soldiers who are fighting against all odds under a country regime they may no longer agree with.

  • nonyabizzz

    Landis… a bit of a controversy??? please. He got off, but he was in a lot of trouble.

  • Richard Leau

    Swimming With Sharks WAS Kevin Spacey’s breakout role. Without it he wouldn’t have gotten Seven or the Usual Suspects.

    • Nawtark

      Glengarry Glenn Ross?

  • Richard Leau

    Watched the Secretary recently after seeing Maggie Gyllenhall in Frank. Reccommended over 50 Shades of Grey. Check out Frank too. Pretty solid movie.

  • Tom Ries

    Your assessment of this being two lists is right on. Butch Cassidy and Cool Hand Luke are both well known, hardly overlooked films, but may not have been seen by younger viewers. A better list might be outstanding films that received no acknowledgement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Paths of Glory is certainly one of those. Another is Zulu, an incredible story of courage starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins and Michael Caine.

  • mogul264

    One of the more recent movies NOT listed was “Schihdler’s List”. This was the FIRST movie I walked out at the end where NOBODY said ANYTHING! Eerily dead silence!

  • K.C. Fahel

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Merkava

    “Amazon Women” is not as good as “Kentucky Fried Movie” and I believe that the movie was spoofed by the Riff-Trax guys.

  • Stephanie Peterman

    I agree that James Spader does an outstanding job playing creepy characters (makes me wonder about what he’s actually like, to be honest), but you really should check out David Tennant (my favorite actor!) in Secret Smile if you want to *really* feel your skin crawl…

  • AbsolutGrndZer0

    What we’ve got here is, failure to communicate. Which, is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you do.

  • dnaclone

    there are a lot of movies i would like to include
    1. idiocracy funny funny movie and a little scary
    2. twinkle twinkle killer kane ( or the ninthe configuration ) depending on when you watched the film
    3. angel heart robert deniro as satan need i say more woooooow
    4. top secret ( i theink someone metioned it already)
    5. elephant man
    6 young frankenstien
    these are a few of my favorites but i have very large collection
    i watch everything

  • Dobraya Utka

    I came here to say that.

    It is also on youtube, including the 3 1/2 hour director’s cut.
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  • John Lenko

    Seriously? I could think of a 100 better movies than this waste of celluloid starting with Finding Forrester, Outside Providence, The Edge, Instinct, August Rush, The Royal Tannenbaums, Drive, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Illusionist, Primal Fear, Rounders, American Beauty, etc, etc ,etc.

    • Kevin_OKeeffe

      “The Edge” and “Rounders” are both good films that are somewhat obscure, especially “The Edge.” “American Beauty” is also a good film, but seeing as how it won Best Picture just 15 years ago, its not generally seen as obscure in any way, You might as well recommend we all go out and see the original “Star Wars,” for crying out loud.

    • bcandbc

      can you recommend some more movies? I like your recommendations very much.

  • John Lenko

    I’m with you Lucy, Das Boot is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The Guns of Navarone is another great film and The Nuremberg Trials with Spencer Tracy. And those are war movies.

  • What’s interesting is that O Brother is actually an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. John Goodman, for example, is Polyphemus the cyclops.

    • Ralph C

      well, sort of. I don’t remember Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil in Homer’s Odyssey, e.g.

    • Robert Walther

      As a young teen, I was obliged to read Homer’s Odyssey in the original after being forced to learn ancient Greek by German American, Dominican priests. The incredible delusion that this movie is somehow an ‘adaptation’ of the Odyssey can only be explained by either malice or the deluded reviewers confusing of Jethro Bodine’s cousin, Homer, with the Classic Greek bard.

  • Wiley

    You may not agree with everything he says, but you must admit William writes very well for a 5 year old…”my lifetime (over a half decade).”

  • lorkoos

    This list is aimed at younger viewers, many of these movies, while big hits at the time, have not been seen by those who were born after their release.

  • Todd

    I would add ‘Ricochet’ to the list. One of the most underrated villains (John Lithgow) I’ve come across.

  • MattTarango

    This writer does not stay on topic at all, does he? But one of my favorite awesome movies more people should see is, Stranger Than Fiction.

    It stars Will Ferrell, and Dustin Hoffman. Will Ferrell is more known for Saturday Night Live, and lighter weight movies like Old School, or Elf. Or even Dick or Zoolander. But his most popular role must be Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. A parody of the TV news business from the nineteen seventies, when diversity in the American work place became very important. Even though Ron falls in love with Veronica Corningstone, played by Christina Applegate, in a real breakout role, Ron does join the rest of his news team in an attempt sabotage Veronica’s success at the station. Before that, Applegate was mostly known for Married… With Children. A funny, though crude, satire of American marriage. And Dustin Hoffman, is perfect in his supporting role. Dustin of course, became famous for The Graduate. Then went on to star in Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Marathon Man, and Tootsie. And many other iconic roles, like in Kramer vs. Kramer, Rain Man, and Wag The Dog. Dustin received Academy Awards for both Kramer vs. Kramer, and Rain Man. Wag The Dog was co written by David Mamet.

    At any rate, please check out Stranger Than Fiction. It is awesome.

  • Carly Farley

    Another movie that younger people should see is “Little Big Man” with Dustin Hoffman. My God, what a movie! You see why he is considered one of the greatest actors of our time. His performance is brilliant!

  • How about Muffin Man (2003) – that should certainly be at the top of the list!

  • Voraxis

    How did everyone miss that in The Long Goodbye Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a henchman and is clearly visible in the example picture on the left hand side? 😀

  • coolerbill

    Secretary is without a doubt the sexiest movie I have ever seen. I don’t mean most graphic. I mean oh-my-god SEXY.

  • Kevin_OKeeffe

    Governor “Pappy” Menelaus “pass the biscuits” O’Daniels, if you please, sir.

  • Alicia

    Ethan Hawke wasn’t in “Empire of the Sun.”

  • Alicia

    And make sure that you get the 1993 German movie by that name, not the 2013 Russian production.

  • Avery

    Das Boot was nominated for 6 Oscars.

  • I do believe this was directed at viewers also. Since I saw some of them at the drive in!

  • Kaitain

    Any self-respecting cinephile should have seen at least half of these. My count was 14.

  • froggy57

    Amazing how budding intellectuals rush to accolades of lousy movies.

  • Mike HSV

    “The Great Santini” anyone??