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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Underrated Thrillers - Unknown Movies

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The 1990′s were packed full of remarkable crime films such as Pulp Fiction, Fargo, Goodfellas, Seven, Heat and The Silence of the Lambs. Between these six movies alone there were an astounding 28 Academy Award nominations with The Silence of the Lambs winning for Best Picture. Besides those box office behemoths, there were other excellent movies from this genre that did not garner as much praise or main stream attention. Below are the top five underappreciated and unheralded crime thrillers of the 90’s era. Let us know if you agree with the list in the comments!

The Limey (1999)
After nine years in a British prison and aging career criminal is released. Once into the free world he finds out that his daughter was killed under strange circumstances. This sends him on a trip to America to find out who was is responsible and make them pay for it.  The film was directed by Stephen Soderbergh where he brilliantly used abstract flashback scenes to move the story forward. The acting was dominated by Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda who were at odds with each other in the film.

One False Move (1992)
After committing a horrific crime, three drug dealers hide out in a small Arkansas town in hopes that the local police won’t be a problem. The town sheriff ends up being more than they bargained for - even when the LAPD come to town and gets in his way. This was the directorial debut of Carl Franklin and also stars Bill Paxton in a great role as the sheriff aptly named Dale "Hurricane" Dixon.

Millers Crossing (1990)
Two rival crime families are at war over a city during the Prohibition-era when police can be bought at a moments notice. Caught in the middle of the families is mob advisor Tom Reagan who tries to keep the peace between the gangs while deciding which side to take. This was the third film that Joel and Ethan Coen worked together on and includes an excellent acting role from John Turturro as Bernie Bernbaum.

Hard Eight (1996)
After hard times, a man moves to Reno and becomes a professional gambler from the tutelage of man he randomly meets. While in Reno his life gets turned upside down by a local waitress who moonlights as a prostitute. Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and directed the film and stars an impressive cast of up-and-comers like John C. Reilly, Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson.

Light Sleeper (1992)
An upscale drug dealer and former addict named John laments his dark past and needs to decide on a career change. Meanwhile a drug induced death puts John as the possible police suspect and a former girlfriend comes in to town to further complicate things. The film was written and directed by Paul Schrader and stars Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon as former addict lovers at odds with each other.

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