100 Essential Films that Deserve More Attention

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We embrace the enchanting glow of the big screen for all manner of reasons; to journey to faraway places we could only ever imagine, to experience the magical escapism of a captivating story, or maybe to indulge in an obsession with the world of cinema. For me, all three of these reasons apply - and many more - but first and foremost is the satisfaction of recommending obscure films to other like-minded individuals who adopt them as their new favourites.

With over 100 years worth of films to choose from, and many of these now available at the click of a button, it can be extremely difficult to narrow your choices down to pick a film to watch. Although cinema has been around for over four times longer than my life on this earth, I have spent what some may consider an unhealthy amount of these years delving into the history of films to discover some of the best hidden gems out there.

This series of articles aims to highlight the overlooked masterpieces and fascinating curios that I have unearthed whilst exploring the forgotten recesses of cinema. Take a gamble on any one of these films and I guarantee that you will be eagerly awaiting all future instalments in this series. You may well have heard of a number of these films; my aim isn't merely to shine a spotlight on the most obscure films out there, but to share my enjoyment of those films which don't have the cult following I believe they deserve.

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    Happy End

    1967, in 3 top lists Check
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    Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim

    2012 — a.k.a. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Incident

    1967, in 2 top lists Check
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    Rapture

    1965, in 1 top list Check
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    Bakha satang

    1999 — a.k.a. Peppermint Candy, in 5 top lists Check
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    El incidente

    2014 — a.k.a. The Incident, in 0 top lists Check
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    Milano calibro 9

    1972 — a.k.a. Caliber 9, in 1 top list Check
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    Posetitel muzeya

    1989 — a.k.a. Visitor of a Museum, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Mudge Boy

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    Angustia

    1987 — a.k.a. Anguish, in 2 top lists Check
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    Images

    1972, in 1 top list Check
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    Seul contre tous

    1998 — a.k.a. I Stand Alone, in 6 top lists Check
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    Secuestrados

    2010 — a.k.a. Kidnapped, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ladybird Ladybird

    1994, in 3 top lists Check
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    Angst

    1983, in 5 top lists Check
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    Schramm

    1993 — a.k.a. Schramm: Into the Mind of a Serial Killer, in 1 top list Check
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    The Unknown

    1927, in 11 top lists Check
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    Taste of Fear

    1961 — a.k.a. Scream of Fear, in 1 top list Check
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    Spalovac mrtvol

    1969 — a.k.a. The Cremator, in 13 top lists Check
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    Reflections of Evil

    2002, in 1 top list Check
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    Kocár do Vídne

    1966 — a.k.a. Carriage to Vienna, in 4 top lists Check
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    Tetsuo

    1989 — a.k.a. Tetsuo: The Iron Man, in 10 top lists Check
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    Shinboru

    2009 — a.k.a. Symbol, in 2 top lists Check
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    O fovos

    1966 — a.k.a. The Fear, in 2 top lists Check
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    Rapt

    1934 — a.k.a. The Kidnapping, in 5 top lists Check
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    LFO

    2013, in 0 top lists Check
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    Spoorloos

    1988 — a.k.a. The Vanishing, in 14 top lists Check
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    Rang-e khoda

    1999 — a.k.a. The Color of Paradise, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Swimmer

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
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    Bad Boy Bubby

    1993, in 5 top lists Check
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    La antena

    2007 — a.k.a. The Aerial, in 1 top list Check
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    The War Zone

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
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    Na srebrnym globie

    1988 — a.k.a. On the Silver Globe, in 3 top lists Check
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    Woyzeck

    1979, in 0 top lists Check
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    Neotpravlennoe pismo

    1960 — a.k.a. Letter Never Sent, in 4 top lists Check
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    Brute Force

    1947, in 6 top lists Check
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    Sho o suteyo machi e deyô

    1971 — a.k.a. Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets, in 4 top lists Check
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    Voskhozhdenie

    1977 — a.k.a. The Ascent, in 14 top lists Check
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    Ex Drummer

    2007, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Draughtsman's Contract

    1982, in 8 top lists Check
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    In Cold Blood

    1967, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Field

    1990, in 0 top lists Check
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    Obchod na korze

    1965 — a.k.a. The Shop on Main Street, in 14 top lists Check
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    Le quai des brumes

    1938 — a.k.a. Port of Shadows, in 10 top lists Check
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    What Richard Did

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sorcerer

    1977, in 4 top lists Check
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    Café de flore

    2011 — a.k.a. Café de Flore, in 1 top list Check
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    Kajaki

    2014 — a.k.a. Kilo Two Bravo, in 1 top list Check
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    The Miracle Worker

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
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    Chaharshanbe-soori

    2006 — a.k.a. Fireworks Wednesday, in 2 top lists Check
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Last updated on Mar 12, 2022; source