Often, we see incredible films that many others don’t. We wonder to ourselves, “gee why hasn’t anyone seen this movie? It’s incredible!!!” 😮
Everyone at GOAT are film buffs, but even being a big film buff isn’t enough to watch every single great movie. Sometimes there are great ones that slip the cracks.
For this list, it is in no specific order. I chose to focus on films that have been released from 2000 to now. Of course, this list is small and the ones I personally enjoy the most, there are DEFINITELY more underrated films that are amazing as well, expect a part 2 to this list!
This is all spoiler free, so don’t worry. 😉
To me, Watchmen is a prime example of a comic book lifted onto the big screen. I have my problems with Snyder, but this is definitely what I consider to be his Magnum Opus. Nothing will ever top the excellent work he did on Watchmen. The movie isn’t just another superhero flick, it is an excellent alternate history period piece and poses great philosophical and moral questions. What I admire about this film is the amazing cinematography, production design, and brilliant acting. Every single character from The Comedian to Ozymandias was spot on. I absolutely loved Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach and Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan was amazing. I really never understood why this film was so polarized by many. Some loved it and others hated it. I personally loved this movie, it was pretty much comic accurate down to a science and the performances and visual effects were absolutely incredible.
- Children of Men
Alfonso Cuaron is mainly remembered for Gravity. While Gravity was an excellent film I truly believe that Children of Men is superior. I love dystopian settings and the way Cuaron presents that in this film is absolutely incredible. The movie is based off of the novel of the same name, and while the novel and movie are completely different story wise asides from some basic similarities, the movie stands on its own completely and is an excellent portrait of humanity when it loses one of it’s most precious biological capabilities; the ability to have children. The movie deals with so many powerful themes and Clive Owen gives an excellent performance. The production design is also magnificent. It takes place in the future and has all this nice looking future tech, but its subtle and not in your face. You can definitely feel from the costumes, the paleness, and the lighting that the world they live in is not the same as it was.
- McFarland, USA
We all see those typical sports dramas and we all are pretty much tired of them. I mean if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all right? If you’ve seen That Thing You Do, you’ve already seen Sing Street, right? If you’ve seen Friday Night Lights you’ve pretty much already seen McFarland, USA, right? Wrong. Like Sing Street, this movie cleverly puts new spins on the repetitive tropes of its genre. The acting in McFarland, USA is surprisingly top notch, the story is a feel good story that’s refreshing and not boring, and the movie isn’t a preachy mess like some others are. It’s nicely subtle and delivers with it a powerful message about the runners, the coach, and the amazing high school experience they had triumphing both racism and going against all the odds stacked against them.
The performance by Chris Evans in Sunshine is what sold my brother Sam and I on the casting of him as Captain America. The cast in this movie is stacked with Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh, Benedict Wong, Chris Evans, and last but definitely not least Cillian Murphy. As I had stated in my top 5 underrated actors and actresses list, Cillian Murphy is one of my favorite actors and his performance in this film was great alongside Chris Evans. This movie directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, etc.) is definitely one of his most underrated works. The atmosphere he builds from the cinematography and production design is breathtaking and I think this film has to be one of my favorite sci-fi films of all time (of course, it doesn’t beat out Star Wars hahahaha). Sunshine has an amazing plot and the stakes are high, who wouldn’t feel pumped and nervous watching a crew trying to reignite a dying sun?
- The Place Beyond the Pines
I remember going into this movie having absolutely no idea of the basic synopsis and having no idea what to expect. I also remember walking out of the theater thinking about how amazing the story was and how powerful the acting was. I love a good drama film done right. Most dramas to me are incredibly boring and downright awful but every so often you come across an excellent drama (such as Forrest Gump, American Beauty, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Changeling, Gran Torino etc.)
This movie definitely shows the acting prowess of Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes. Dane DeHaan was also brilliant in this film and he was easily my favorite character. The story interconnects beautifully and all in all the film itself boasts a powerful main and supporting cast alongside a well written story about the loved and the lost and the cradle of power.
If you haven’t seen these films I implore you to check them out whenever you can. Although I can’t make any promises, I am more than positive you will enjoy them if you haven’t seen them.
Did you see any of these films? Do you disagree with my list? Let me know in the comments below!