What Are Your Favorite Obscure Movies?

 

At the bottom of a webpage, between the “Actresses Who Age Badly” and “Bizarre Creatures of the Sea,” was a clickable list I couldn’t resist — “9 Great Movies You’ve Never Seen”. It turns out I had seen two of the movies, both of which I liked; the original Das Boot (with subtitles), and Fearless.  The ones I hadn’t seen were:

  • Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Swimming With Sharks
  • The Wild Blue Yonder
  • May
  • Secretary
  • Hard Eight
  • Bob Le Flambeur

Have you seen these films? If so, opinions please! What other lost gems should I be watching?

Published in General
Like this post? Want to comment? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Join Ricochet for Free.

There are 170 comments.

Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.
  1. user_753171 Member
    user_753171
    @LincWolverton

    The Horse’s Mouth with Alec Guinness, who also wrote the screenplay based (very loosely) on the Joyce Cary novel of the same name.  An absolute delight of a movie.

    • #151
  2. awksedperl Member
    awksedperl
    @ArchieCampbell

    The Scarecrow:
    Gregory’s Girl
    A Shock to the System – with Michael Caine (written by Andrew Klavan!)

    Good list. I haven’t seen “Gregory’s Girl” in years, but I really liked it, and it might be the most obscure of the Forsyth movies.

    And Andrew Klavan wrote “A Shock to the System”!? My esteem for him just went way up–bippity, boppity, boo.

    • #152
  3. kylez Member
    kylez
    @kylez

    Vince Guerra:
    My all-time favorite comedy: You Can’t Take It With You
    My all-time favorite western: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
    I guess I must love James Stewart.

     I don’t think it is on DVD but a couple of years ago I saw on TCM No Highway in the Sky, starring Stewart and Marlene Dietrich, but it is really about him and his relationship with his daughter. I notice it can be seen through Amazon. 

    My fave later-Stewart is Flight of the Phoenix

    • #153
  4. Blue State Curmudgeon Inactive
    Blue State Curmudgeon
    @BlueStateCurmudgeon

    Mystery Men. A frivilous yet hilarious take on Super Hero wannabes. Great cast including William Macy, Ben Stiller and Hank Azaria.
    Bang The Drum Slowly from the 70s. Robert Deniro plays a hick ballplayer from the south who has a terminal disease. Lots of pathos, lots of laughs and lots of heart.

    • #154
  5. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    I echo support for Das Boot, Outland and In Bruges in particular from some of those listed.  Some other obscure suggestions:

    • #155
  6. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Layla:
    To Brassed Off and the Ciaran Hinds’ Persuasion I say: YES.
    I’d add a couple of my favorites: The Secret of Roan Inish and Jodha Akbar (obscure to most Americans).

    I liked Brassed Off OK until Pete Postlethwaite’s screed against Thatcher at the end.  That ruined it for me.   The economic illiteracy of the script bugged me, but the human interest approach and the performances were brilliant. 

    • #156
  7. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    A couple more really funny obscure comedies:

    OSS 1117: Cairo, Next of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio.  Jean Dujardin is brilliant in this pair of high-camp send-ups of 1960s spy movies.  They are like Austin Powers without the subtlety.  That they are French is part of what makes them so funny.  They are full of spoofs and “inside” jokes.  Very. Funny.

    • #157
  8. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Freesmith:
    A few relatively obscure films come quickly to mind, all with either terrific soundtracks and/or connections with outstanding rock musicians. Streets of Fire – Michael Pare, Diane Lane, Willem Dafoe ( a fun fantasy with one great song after another) Performance – James Fox, Mick Jagger (features the great uptempo Jagger song “Memo from Turner”) Local Hero – Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster (haunting Mark Knopfler score with the Gerry Rafferty-sung “That’s the Way It Always Starts”) The Family Way – Hayley Mills, Hywel Bennett, John Mills (Paul McCartney score) And, just for the heck of it, Walkabout – Jennie Agutter

     In particular I agree with Local Hero.  How could I have forgotten that?  It’s definitely a desert island DVD.  Streets of Fire is good too, but Local Hero is timeless and brilliant in every respect.  I’m not familiar with the others. 

    • #158
  9. No Caesar Thatcher
    No Caesar
    @NoCaesar

    Misthiocracy:

    Anna M.: • The Fourth Protocol / 1987; Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine – excellent adaptation of a Forsyth Cold War spy novel

    This is my all-time favourite spy movie.

     Yes it is great. 

    • #159
  10. user_56871 Thatcher
    user_56871
    @TheScarecrow

    Archie Campbell:

     

    The Scarecrow: Gregory’s Girl A Shock to the System – with Michael Caine (written by Andrew Klavan!)

    Good list. I haven’t seen “Gregory’s Girl” in years, but I really liked it, and it might be the most obscure of the Forsyth movies.
    And Andrew Klavan wrote “A Shock to the System”!? My esteem for him just went way up–bippity, boppity, boo.

     I just saw him speak here at Cornell, and I asked him that exact thing: You wrote “Bippity, bobbity…..boo? Dude!” His eyes crinkled when he smiled with a tiny nod.

    • #160
  11. user_2493 Inactive
    user_2493
    @MikeMcConnaughey

    Archie Campbell:

     

    The Scarecrow: Gregory’s Girl A Shock to the System – with Michael Caine (written by Andrew Klavan!)

    Good list. I haven’t seen “Gregory’s Girl” in years, but I really liked it, and it might be the most obscure of the Forsyth movies.
    And Andrew Klavan wrote “A Shock to the System”!? My esteem for him just went way up–bippity, boppity, boo.

     Oh, I loved Gregory’s Girl.  I saw it at the theater that showed all the ‘foreign’ films – my girlfriend couldn’t understand a word of it!  Watched it with my teens a few years back and they enjoyed it, too.  “I bruise like a peach – see, a bruise”

    Primer is fantastic – I have watched it 10 times at least, still seeing new things.

    • #161
  12. Howellis Inactive
    Howellis
    @ManWiththeAxe

    I liked “Rancho Deluxe” in which Jeff Bridges and Sam Waterston played cattle rustlers, believe it or not. Slim Pickens, as the detective who is hired to catch them, gives a great comic turn.

    • #162
  13. Howellis Inactive
    Howellis
    @ManWiththeAxe

    “Reuben, Reuben,” in which Tom Conti plays a rapidly deteriorating poet with questionable morals who gets his comeuppance from a cuckolded dentist and a big shaggy dog.

    • #163
  14. Howellis Inactive
    Howellis
    @ManWiththeAxe

    I’m not sure how much of a sleeper it is, but “Waking Ned Devine” is one of my all-time favorites. Pure pleasure from start to finish.

    • #164
  15. user_137118 Member
    user_137118
    @DeanMurphy

    Son of Spengler:
    I rewatch Pi fom time to time. (Not “Life of…”)

     Thanks.  I was starting to worry about myself.  I also like “Dark City” a lot too.  

    “Mr. Quick is dead.”

    • #165
  16. 6foot2inhighheels Member
    6foot2inhighheels
    @6foot2inhighheels

    Not sure how obscure the 2006 Stranger Than Fiction with Will Farrell is, but I thought it was the best thing he ever did, and the movie seemed to vanish from theaters very quickly.  Well worth a viewing,  just to see Will Farrell in a serious and sweet romantic comedy with a science fiction twist.

    • #166
  17. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Here’s another underrated gem. Sort of a spiritual successor to Fletch:

    The Zero Effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSH8Y3h5j-g

    (When this movie came out, I told anybody who would listen that the director, Jake Kasdan, was one to watch. How wrong I was. I weep for his subsequent career. Bad Teacher. Sex Tape.)

    • #167
  18. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    6foot2inhighheels:
    Not sure how obscure the 2006 Stranger Than Fiction with Will Farrell is, but I thought it was the best thing he ever did, and the movie seemed to vanish from theaters very quickly. Well worth a viewing, just to see Will Farrell in a serious and sweet romantic comedy with a science fiction twist.

    FYI: It’s currently free to watch at http://www.crackle.com/c/stranger-than-fiction

    • #168
  19. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    No Caesar: A couple more really funny obscure comedies: OSS 1117: Cairo, Next of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Jean Dujardin is brilliant in this pair of high-camp send-ups of 1960s spy movies. They are like Austin Powers without the subtlety. That they are French is part of what makes them so funny. They are full of spoofs and “inside” jokes. Very. Funny.

    Little Known Facts:

    The OSS 117 novels predate James Bond by four years.

    The first OSS 117 movie was made in 1957, beating Dr. No by five years.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSS_117

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Isz4yifzhzY

    • #169
  20. muzikgeye Member
    muzikgeye
    @muzikgeye

    I have enjoyed reading all the suggestions.  It seems to me that many of the suggestions are of movies that I would not necessarily call obscure.  So with that said, may I offer up a movie starring Peter Lorre called “The Beast With Five Fingers”.  In this movie, “locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where several murders have taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist’s severed hand” (IMDb).  It is wonderful to see Peter Lorre in this very melodramatic story.  It left such an imprint on me from childhood.  Another one is “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao” starring Tony Randall in the role of his life.  “A mysterious circus comes to a western town bearing wonders and characters that entertain the inhabitants and teach valuable lessons” (IMDb). The movie was directed by George Pal and also features Barbara Eden and Arthur O’Connell. It is a wonderful fantasy that is good for the whole family.

    • #170
Become a member to join the conversation. Or sign in if you're already a member.