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Thanks, Michael! There are a few on that list I need to check out.

I totally agree with you about Rob Roy—wonderful movie. Besides the exciting action, what a strong, mature relationship it depicts between the two leads.

And it reminds me of two other historical dramas notable for both action and romance: Lorna Doone, an A&E film, and Count of Monte Christo, the 2002 feature film. Both are treasures.

What About Bob is extremely funny, as you say. But as to the ending—a little over the top? That's putting it mildly! :o)

OK—I gotta add my two favorite movies I've seen in the past couple of years: As it is in Heaven and The Snow Walker.

"Count of Monte Christo, the 2002 feature film"

That's a good movie, but I also like the 1934 version starring Robert Donat.

I tried reading the book, but got only halfway through it. (It's quite long.) Good story, but I'd be more inclined to read an abridged version.

I cannot believe you left out Ishtar!!

Favorite movies: Life Force, The Ninth Configuration, and Ford Fairlane. Not ashamed to admit it. Lol

Not joking!

I don't know if mine are underrated or not, but I think they are really good.

Runaway Train, with John Voight, Eric Roberts, and Rebecca DeMornay. A great action film with a little something extra.

Leon The Professional. Best Luc Besson film I've seen yet.

Event Horizon. I thought it was a successful mixture of science fiction and horror. Very creepy.

Serenity. I just love the characters so much.

Meet The Robinsons. An animated film that never gets old to me.

Frailty. An O'Henry type psychological thriller with a touch of the supernatural starring Powers Boothe, Matthew McConaughey, and Bill Paxton.

Deep Rising. A monster film with a sense of humor. Stars Treat Williams and Famke Janssen. Some resemblance to humor, situation, and characters of Firefly here.

The Thing. I have them both and I love them both, but the Howard Hawks version is a clinic on how to tell a good story. I especially love the device of having them standing in a circle on the ice to establish the size and shape of the craft. That was brilliant. No special effects needed.

I like The Thing too! Forbidden Planet is another favorite, plus the original Day The Earth Stood Still. (The remake was so-so, although I did enjoy John Cleese in that one.) Phantom of the Paradise is another old favorite. It has an awesome soundtrack.

Dr Strangelove was a movie my older brother took me to see as a kid. At the time I felt pleased that he would even associate with his bratty little sister, let alone take her to a movie, so that made the movie special enough. But when I got older, I understood why he enjoyed it so much and wanted to share it with me.

"I cannot believe you left out Ishtar!!"

Ishtar has its moments. Certainly not as bad as its reputation would suggest.

Another underrated movie that just occurred to me is 2010, the sequel to 2001. It's not as innovative as Kubrick's film, but it's far more comprehensible and has a remarkably inspiring message.

"Open City." Powerful--a peek beneath the veneer of civilization. A good reason for piling on the veneer and "being as artificial as possible." It was rated number 1 a few decades ago, and it's still #1 with me.

(Just be tolerant of the corny / conventional bits.)

1941 was a critical and commercial dud, but it looks georgeous, has a fantastic score by John Williams, has the pleasing quality that is now sorely missed of special effects made by intrinic and large scale models, and its humour is often pleasingly eccentric. I seem to recall that, of all the big critics, only Pauline Kael had good things to say about it, but she was the best reviewer I have ever read. (She was, generally speaking, quite a strong Spielberg supporter, I think.)

I still find it funny and exciting, and I am sure Williams was musically simulating an orgasm in the theme march! (This is an entirely reasonable interpretation if you know one of the key storylines in the film.)

Most unappreciated: the Evil Dead 2. Funniest movie I ever saw at the time.

I agree that 1941 is underrated. I saw it in a theater when it came out, and I and most of the audience really liked it. But bad reviews killed it.

When I was in college, one of the movies I selected for the film series was 1941. As I recall, the blurb I wrote for the movie was "Damn the critics, full speed ahead!"

Evil Dead 2 is fun, but for vintage Sam Raimi I think I'd go with Darkman instead.

Good, enjoyable list, but I have to wonder just who is under rating The Thing? It is universally regarded as one of the great sci-fi films, and as one movie blogger points out:

"It ended up number 581 in the Top 1000, was added by AFI to their 400 film list for Top 100 consideration in 2007 (whereas most older years have films being removed) and was chosen for the Library of Congress in 2001"

I don't know anyone serious about film who does love it.

Want an under rated sci fi flick of recent vintage? Try Fire in the Sky. Ignore arguments about whether the alein abduction story is true or not and what you have is a well crafted story with a good perfromance by James Garner and a terrifying final act. Check it out if you have not seen it

I think Joe Vs. The Volcano is a great underrated film.
It expresses some great truths and unabashedly espouses some great virtues (shocking) such as courage.
Picking out all of the visual symbolism is fun (the pattern of the workers at the beginning vs. the trail up the volcano at the end, Meg Ryan's clenched fist finally becoming an open hand at the end, the movie poster of the volcano in the background behind Tom Hanks). The humor interspersed all through, the actors, the relatively slow pace, the rarely-used theme of the finally *examined* life-- all great stuff!

I also liked Fire in the Sky.

I was also thinking The Exorcist III had some of the creepiest moments in horror.

The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers was also great.

Hmmm... I don't know if this is an underrated movie, but I'm watching Zombieland. I love Zombieland! (Bill Murry is priceless.)

"I have to wonder just who is under rating The Thing?"

I have the impression that, at least among younger people, the 1951 version has been overshadowed by John Carpenter's 1982 version. Among serious students of film, it's no doubt a different story.

Oh yes, have to put my hand up for Joe Vs The Volcano too. It's silly but charming in its way.

I would also mention Dragonslayer from 1981. I don't usually care for swords and sorcery, but I thought this was a pretty good film. (I've never seen it again. It would appear from Wikipedia that it got good enough reviews, but didn't make money.)

Michael, fair enough. Although I know two teenagers who think the 1951 version rocks - My kids!

I think it's a rule that all zombie films are underrated. Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake and Simon Pegg's Sean of the Dead are two of the best.

Quickly read this page.

Anyone reading this, try watching German thrillers and crime series like f.e. "Derrick".

Michael mentioned a Seagal movie. If you wanna see the best movies with him, try Nico and Hard To Kill in which you get a glimpse of the martial arts he studied.

As for Holland, Rutger Hauer is one of the, or the most well known actor abroad.
Absolute must-sees are The Hitcher (1986) and Blade Runner. Because Rutger also has a house in Holland, I hope to speak with him one day regarding this movie.

Duel, 1971, Spielberg's debut as I recall correctly, is a nail biting thriller "starring" a truck chasing a car. A simple theme, but the movie never bores and. Almost brilliant how he made this movie in those days without the means of today's technology.

Manhunter, 1986, almost is mandatory if you're into serial killer movies. It's the very first one I guess. I guess it's not well known.

Point Break, 1991, with Patrick Swayze, is an action movie but the theme is kinda unique. Bankrobbers disguised as presidents, living for the rush of robbing banks and surfing etc. With Kenau Reeves who finally catches Swayze. Swayze as the leader of the gang.

Crying Freeman also is an action movie, but beautifuly photographed and with very good music.

Heaven and Earth is another Vietnam movie, but without focusing on the war and violence itself. With Tommy lee Jones.

Transiberia with Woody Harrelson & Ben Kingsley, You really felt like you were in Russia. Great suspense and lot of twists and turns.

Thanks, Jim. Never heard of that one. Anything with Woody Harrelson and Ben Kingsley sounds like it's worth watching.

Harrelson was great in Zombieland.

Gracias, buen trabajo! Este fue el material que tenía que tener.

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