Updated 17 May 2020

Carolyn and I brainstormed a list of movies that we think are great, but that – in our experience – are not well-known.


About a Boy


Cold Comfort Farm

Cool Runnings

Cousins (1989, w/Isabella Rossellini and Ted Danson)

Dean Spanley


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


Freshman, The

Galaxy Quest

In-Laws, The (1989, w/Peter Falk and Alan Arkin)

Joe’s Apartment

Kind Hearts and Coronets

LA Story

Leap of Faith

Lost in Austen

Man Who Knew Too Little, The

Miss Congeniality

My Blue Heaven

My Favorite Year

Mystery Men

Revenge of the Nerds

Sweet Liberty

Sure Thing, The

Wag the Dog


Anatomy of a Murder

Commitments, The

Courage Under Fire

Day of the Jackal

Devil in a Blue Dress

Emma (1996, w/Kate Beckinsale and Mark Strong)

Eye of the Needle

Falling Down

House of Games

Illusionist, The

Michael Clayton

Never Cry Wolf

Numbers (TV series)

Page Eight (but don’t bother with the second and third installments in the Worricker Trilogy, they’re nothing like the first)

Powwow Highway

Pride and Prejudice (1980, w/Elizabeth Garvie and David Rintoul)

Red Shoes, The

Russia House

Something New

Third Miracle, The

Train, The

Usual Suspects, The

Our friends and family have suggested the following additions to the list:


Ladykillers, The (1955, Alec Guinness, Peter Sellers)

Lavender Hill Mob, The

Our Man in Havana


Secondhand Lions


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