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15 Terribly Underrated Movies

Featuring some of your favorite mainstream actors and actresses.

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1. Mysterious Skin (2004)

Via TLA Releasing

Featuring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Neil McCormick, a prostitute living in New York City who was sexually abused by his baseball coach when he was eight years old.

2. Hard Candy (2005)

Via Lionsgate

Featuring: Ellen Page as Hayley Stark, a young girl who develops a relationship with an older man (Patrick WIlson) via online chat and raids his home, suspecting he's a pedophile, in order to expose him.

3. Broken Flowers (2005)

Via Focus Features

Featuring: Bill Murray as Don Johnston, a former "Don Juan" who travels cross-country, visiting four of his past lovers after receiving an anonymous letter stating that he has a son.

4. Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)

Via IFC Films

Featuring: Miranda July as Christine Jesperson, a senior-cab driver and amateur video artist who falls in love with a shoe salesman played by John Hawkes.

5. V For Vendetta (2005)

Via Warner Bros. Pictures

Featuring: Natalie Portman as Evey, a young woman who is rescued by a charismatic and skilled freedom fighter named V (Hugo Weaving).

6. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Via Columbia Pictures

Featuring: Will Ferrell as Harold Crick, an auditor who finds out that he's the main character of a novel and everything that happens to the character happens to him.

7. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)


Featuring: Ryan Gosling as Lars Lindstrom, a sweet, socially inept young man, who develops a romantic relationship with an anatomically correct sex doll, a "RealDoll" named Bianca.

8. Burn After Reading (2008)

Via Focus Features

Featuring: Brad Pitt as Chad Feldheimer, a goofy, lovable personal trainer that gets mixed up in everyone else's mess.

9. Whip It! (2009)

Via Fox Searchlight

Featuring: Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar (a.k.a. "Babe Ruthless"), a teenager from the fictional town of Bodeen, Texas, who joins a roller derby team.

10. Fish Tank (2009)

Via IFC Films

Featuring: Michael Fassbender as Connor, a married man who has an affair with a single mother of two - and then gets involved with one of her daughters.

11. Beginners (2010)

Via Focus Features

Featuring: Ewan McGregor as Oliver Fields, a young man who grows closer with his dying father (Christopher Plummer), who came out after the death of his wife.

Fun Fact: Beginners is based on the real-life experiences of director Mike Mills, who is married to Miranda July, writer and director of Me and You and Everyone We Know.

12. Winter's Bone (2010)

Via Roadside Attractions

Featuring: Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly, who must find her missing father in order to save her family from eviction.

13. The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

Via Music Box Films

Featuring: Tom Hiddleston as Freddie Page, a handsome former RAF pilot troubled by his memories of the Second World War.

14. Young Adult (2011)

Via Paramount Pictures

Featuring: Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary, a divorced, 30-something ghost writer of a series of soon-to-be-cancelled young adult novels, who goes back to her hometown to win back an old flame, who happens to be happily married.

*Also, Patton Oswalt as Matt Freehauf, a former classmate of Mavis's, who enjoys brewing his own booze and playing with action figures. He's like the "voice of reason" for Mavis.

15. The Way Way Back (2013)

Via Fox Searchlight

Featuring: Sam Rockwell as Owen, a manager at the local water park, Water Wizz, where he takes shy, awkward 14-year-old Duncan (Liam James) under his wing.

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