A screenshot from the trailer of French movie "The Intouchables"

21 Near-Perfect Films Every Movie Lover Is Going To Want To Watch Right This Minute

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1. Dead Man’s Shoes

British film called Dead Man’s Shoes. It’s about a soldier who returns to his small, depressing home town where his disabled younger brother has been bullied by these local gangsters who are really just pathetic losers.

— kitjen

2. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead…

Tim Roth, Gary Oldman & Richard Dreyfuss spoof Shakespeare, contemplate existence and play a game of questions…

— MikeOcherts

3. The Hunt

The Hunt with Mads Mikkelsen

— d0dkalm

4. The Red Violin

The Red Violin. The story of a violin through multiple time periods (Italy 1600s-Vienna 1700s-England Late 1800s-China 1920s to 1960s-Montreal Present day). Knocked my socks off with how good it was.

Probably Samuel L. Jackson’s most nuanced performance. You read that right. Samuel L. Jackson in a nuanced performance in a movie about a violin!

— thenextkurosawa

5. The Intouchables

‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘The Intouchables’ (The Intouchables is in French and I don’t usually like foreign films but this was brilliant)

— Sir_battmaker

6. Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite – a pitch-perfect parody of 70’s blaxploitation films, down to the low-budget production values of those films (cheap sets, visible boom mikes, rough editing, actors repeating stage direction as if they were lines). One of the funniest films in the past 10 years, and it’s got a sequel on the way this year.

— VictorBlimpmuscle

7. La Haine

La Haine. French movie. Has 100% rating on Rotten tomatoes. And we all know how goddamn stingy they are with their ratings on that site.

— CalibratedSkill

8. Once Were Warriors

Once Were Warriors is very powerful and (at least here in Ireland) not many people seem to have heard of it or seen it. It’s very graphic but incredibly powerful story of a dysfunctional family living with an abusive husband / father in New Zealand. The lead actors play their roles incredibly. It’s quite dark but very powerful.

— LasRua

9. Submarine

Submarine, directorial debut of Richard Ayoade (Moss from IT Crowd), starring Craig Roberts (Fundamentals of Caring, Red Oaks). It’s the story of Oliver Tate, an intelligent but awkward boy who decides the best way to increase his social standing is to get a girlfriend. He claims he won’t let morals stand in the way of progress, and he means it. It gets compared to Wes Anderson films, and that’s not unfair. It’s a very dark comedy with quick, snappy dialogue. If I had to choose, this is my personal favorite film.

— mungothemenacing

10. The Fall

The Fall, by Tarsem.

Beautiful story, great acting, and superb cineamatography. Truly shows what movies can be. Can’t recommend it enough.

— verynotberry

11. Rush


great biopic about Niki Lauda and James Hunt, 10/10 acting and very thrilling

— jvk_leif

12. Brick

Brick, with Joseph Gordon Levitt. Teenage drama with noir plot and dialogue. Super cool.

— Mr_Venom

13. Four Rooms

Four Rooms: a quirky flick about a bellhop’s night between four rooms at the hotel he works at. I would almost classify it as a mix of dark/sardonic comedy.

— Ttran778

14. Equilibrium

So, I feel like “Equilibrium” might be overlooked by Reddit’s under 30 crowd, and it’s an excellent guilty pleasure sci-fi film starring Christian Bale where he uses “GunFu,” which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the same premise of every single futuristic dystopian film released after 2010, but it’s still worth a watch.

— jackrack1721

15. Dope


It was on Netflix and hope it still is. (Not the documentary)

Follows a high school student who is a nerd and obsessed with 90’s culture, that grows up in the hood. He eventually gets tied in with local drugs dealers and him and his friends have to deal with the repercussions. Super funny and awesome pacing throughout the entire movie. Worth a watch.

— ThatGamingMoment

16. The Villainness

The Villainness, it’s a Korean action film released in 2017. I am glad it won a few awards at international film festivals but it’s still very underrated. If you love John Wick, you will love this one.

— Dr-Absurd

17. The Lives of Others

“The Lives Of Others” (2006)

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

— kelanchad

18. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

“Me and Earl and The Dying Girl.” Holy cow this movie gut-wrenchingly awesome.

— lurk_nation

19. Die Welle

A german movie called Die Welle. To quote IMDB:

A high school teacher’s experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own.

— yinyang107

20. The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville – an animated comedy with little dialogue.

— Schnutzel

21. Me and You and Everyone We Know

Me and You and Everyone We Know. It’s the story of a man struggling in his marriage, and deciding he needs to spice up his life somehow. It’s the origin of the “poop back and forth forever” scene, but that’s not even the funniest part.

— mungothemenacing  Thought Catalog Logo Mark 

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