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Most movies create buzz leading up to their release or become a surprise box office hit once they’re in theaters. Now with the internet and technology, the doors have opened to allow audiences to access many indie and lesser-known films worldwide. In a recent online poll shared their favorite lesser-known movies – here are 17 options to add to your must-watch list.

1. The Man From Earth (2007)

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“It’s about a history professor that suddenly decides to quit his job and move away. His fellow professors decide to throw him a going away party, and during it, they ask why he’s leaving,” someone shared.

2. Dark City (1998)

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“Director’s Cut! Tell everyone they should first see the Director’s Cut! The theatrical version gives away the whole twist in a voice-over at the very start of the movie,” someone informed.

3. Pleasantville (1998)

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“I love movies that start as comedies and end up more serious (Hancock, Space Cowboys), and Pleasantville is the very best of them. Plus, it’s just gorgeous and incredibly charming throughout,” someone divulged.

4. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

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“It was made in 1944 but is still possibly the funniest movie ever made. Cary Grant wants to introduce his fiancé to a family of loveable serial killers,” someone said.

5. The Burbs (1989)

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Someone mentioned “Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, directed by Joe Dante, between Gremlins 1 and 2. It is a peak horror comedy and extremely quotable.”

6. Secondhand Lions (2003)

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Secondhand Lions is one of my favorite movies, and I spoke with Travis Willingham for a while at a con once. He asked what brought me over to his booth, and I just said, “Secondhand Lions.” I was really there for Critical Role, but it was fun to throw him a curveball with an obscure minor role of his,” a person shared.

7. Coherence (2013)

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“I am a Coherence apostle. The literal minute that I hear, “Hey, should we watch something?”…oh, it’s on. Ever heard of it? Know anything about it? No? Okay, decided. Sit down. No, don’t get up for popcorn. Pay attention,” someone said.

8. The Birdcage (1996)

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“My favorite movie is The Birdcage, and anytime someone asks me my favorite flick, they never seem to have heard of it. I kinda thought it was popular,” a person shared.

9. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

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“Comedy with Elvis in an old person’s home and his best friend is JFK, who the secret service has turned black. Evil arrives, and Bruce Campbell (Old Elvis) fights it,” someone explained.

10. Sunshine (2007)

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Someone confessed, “This movie has one of the creepiest dialogue exchanges I think I’ve ever experienced in film (the lines themselves, delivery, context, atmosphere, etc.). Just chilling.”

11. Empire of the Sun (1987)

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A person said, “Empire of the Sun may have been considered a commercial flop, but it is such a good movie and so well made! There is no reason for its lack of success!”

12. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

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Someone exclaimed, “Drop Dead Gorgeous is so funny from start to finish. Amazing, top-tier cast. One of my all-time faves!”

13. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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“Kiera Knightly and Steve Carell are looking for their families or love interests as the world has an asteroid heading to it! Unexpected surprises result! I think people didn’t see it because it’s a dark comedy,” somebody shared.

14. City of God (2002)

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“I remember it was fairly well known at the time; people were calling it the Brazilian Goodfellas, so much buzz and press,” a person said.

15. Layer Cake (2004)

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“When people were being snarky about Daniel Craig being cast as James Bond, I told them to watch Layer Cake and come correct,” a person informed.

16. October Sky (1999)

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“A brilliant movie about Homer Hickam, who became a prominent engineer at NASA. It focuses on his time as a teen in a mining town, and he becomes fascinated with rockets after seeing Sputnik in 1957,” somebody said.

17. Brick (2005)

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“It’s by the writer who did Glass Onion, but I couldn’t get through that movie. I have watched Brick over and over. It’s like a detective noir movie set in a southern CA high school,” someone shared.

The 10 Best Movies Guaranteed to Send Chills Down Your Spine

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Long-time horror fans often complain that most scary movies no longer phase them. Horror lovers constantly search for movies that make them feel the terror that helped them fall in love with the genre in the first place. One horror buff had this exact problem and went on a popular online horror forum to ask fellow fans for their recommendations for terrifying horror films. Fans of scary movies replied with their favorite bone-chilling movies. The 10 Best Movies Guaranteed to Send Chills Down Your Spine

10 Disturbing Films That Use Subtlety Rather Than Gore To Frighten You

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Horror movies do not live by gore and violence alone. Some of the most effective scary movies suggest rather than overload the narrative with overt savagery. These films layer levels of dread that make a great impression on audiences. These are unforgettable films that use subtlety to horrify the audience. 10 Disturbing Films That Use Subtlety Rather Than Gore To Frighten You

12 Films Guaranteed to Freeze Your Blood: Are You Brave Enough?

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Looking for movies that redefine the word horror? Sometimes, it’s not just about the spooky movies you’ve heard of, sometimes it’s the ones that delve deep into horror that have a greater impact. Sit back, try to relax, and dive into these 12 films that are absolutely bone-chilling. 12 Films Guaranteed to Freeze Your Blood: Are You Brave Enough?

Beyond the Stars & Off the Radar: 25 Sci-Fi Series Begging for Your Binge

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Like the kaleidoscopic worlds they’re frequently set in, the sci-fi genre is an almost bottomless ocean of books, comics, movies, and TV shows — many of which are worth seeing or reading for one reason or another. Beyond the Stars & Off the Radar: 25 Sci-Fi Series Begging for Your Binge

80s Unearthed: The 24 Hidden Film Gems That Hollywood Forgot, But You Won’t

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While some films from the 80s have become iconic, etching themselves into our collective memories, a treasure trove of lesser-known films has gradually faded into obscurity.

Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of 25 gems, based on IMDb, that graced our screens with their offbeat charm, eccentric characters, and captivating narratives that defy convention. 80s Unearthed: The 24 Hidden Film Gems That Hollywood Forgot, But You Won’t

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