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Criminally Underrated Films by Famous Filmmakers

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Auteur Filmmakers prominently have a film that we all know about, but their art is not limited to a single famous film and usually their past work includes hidden gems, fans have little idea about. Some of these films are criminally underrated and demand to be watched by both fans and Cinephiles. 

So let’s go through 10 criminally underrated films by famous filmmakers.


10. The Color Purple (1985) – Steven Spielberg 

The film follows the struggles of a black Southern woman, who pursues her actual identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.


9. Salvador (1986) – Oliver Stone 

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The movie is about an American journalist covering the Salvadoran Civil War who becomes entangled with both sides. 


8. The King of Comedy (1982) – Martin Scorsese 

It tells the tale of a passionate yet unsuccessful comic who craves nothing more than to be in the spotlight. To achieve his ambition, he stalks and kidnaps his idol to take the spotlight for himself.


7. A Simple Plan (1998) – Sam Raimi 

Three corporate acquaintances get hold of millions of dollars in lost cash and devise a plan to keep their find from the authorities, but it isn’t long before complications and mistrust weave their way into the plan.


6. Until the End of the World (1991) – Wim Wenders 

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Claire’s life is changed forever after she survives a car crash. She rescues a person named Sam and starts traveling around the world with him. 


5. Tape (2001) – Richard Linklater 

Three old high school friends revisit each other in a Michigan motel room to dissect painful memories of their past.


4. Strange Days (1995) – Kathryn Bigelow 

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A conspiracy in Los Angeles is accidendly unveiled by a former cop turned street-hustler.


3. River of Grass (1994) – Kelly Reichardt 

A cozy laid-back and dissatisfied housewife, meets a stranger, Lee at a bar. What is followed by a drink, is unexpected home break-in, a gunshot and a run together, making them suspicious that they have committed murder.


2. School Daze (1988) – Spike Lee

A young man, not so popular in his community, wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college.


1. Cloud Atlas (2012) – Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, Tom Tykwer 

An exploration of individual actions that create a deep impact on the lives of their own lives, in the past and future. One soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.


If you’ve got films that you think should be on the list of Criminally Underrated Films by Famous Filmmakers, then please leave it in the comments section.

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