The Most Underrated Films Ever

Movies are an integral part of our lives and it would not be wrong to say that most people have an emotional tie with the films they watch. However, not all movies garner the same attention and appreciation. There are many great films, yet underrated and so remain hidden from the eyes of many. Here, we have selected five of the most underrated films ever that deserve a viewing.

  1. The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Night of the Hunter is a 1955 American psychological thriller directed, produced and written by Charles Laughton. It follows a fanatical preacher named Harry Powell who, travelling through the Midwestern United States, marries, widows, and then pursues two young children in his quest to find a hidden stash of money. The film has since been cited by critics as one of the greatest films of all time.

  1. 12 Angry Men (1957)

This 1957 classic based on a teleplay by Reginald Rose follows an anonymous jury attempting to reach a verdict in the trial of an 18-year-old accused of murdering his father. The jurors explores the evidence thoroughly and debate fiercely before concluding their verdict. It received three Oscar nominations and is widely described as one of the most influential films ever made.

  1. The Devils (1971)

This most underrated and controversial British-American comedy-drama is set in 17th-century France and follows Roman Catholic priest Urban Grandier as he’s tried for alleged demonic possession and witchcraft by a corrupt court. Directed by Ken Russell, this film is considered by some to be one of the greatest cult films of all time and received critical praise for its gorgeous cinematography and powerful visual imagery.

  1. Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God, or just Aguirre, is a 1972 German-Peruvian adventure drama film written and directed by Werner Herzog. It follows Spanish conquistador Lope de Aguirre in his search for El Dorado against the backdrop of the Peruvian jungle. The film is regarded as a masterpiece, yet remains underrated and rather unknown.

  1. The Hollywood Knights (1980)

This classic American teen comedy starring Chevy Chase and Tony Danza follows a group of high schoolers as they pull pranks during their senior year in 1965’s Beverly Hills. This film, directed by Floyd Mutrux, remains widely underrated and with its spot-on music, performances, visuals and sense of comedic timing.

From the thrilling Night of the Hunter to the hilarious Hollywood Knights, these underrated films are a must-watch for cinephiles and deserve to be held in the same esteem as many of the all-time classic films, despite the fact that they are often overshadowed and neglected by the public’s eye. With attention to detail and deep cinematic analysis, these films undoubtedly have something to offer, and with a proper viewing, they will no longer be underrated.