This is my list of favourite underrated films.
To explain, I don’t mention films such as Cries and Whispers—generally speaking, most people haven’t watched it, but it’s regarded as one of the peaks of Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre and recognised as among the greatest films ever made.
By underrated films, I’m thinking of the films that are overlooked—the films that people don’t often include in the list of best films or films you should watch, and the films that people forget when talking about an important director.
The list (strong favourites in bold):
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), dir. Max Ophuls
In a Lonely Place (1950), dir. Nicholas Ray
Gion Bayashi/ A Geisha (1953), dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
Street of Shame (1956), dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
The Killing (1956), dir. Stanley Kubrick
Nights of Cabiria (1957), dir. Federico Fellini
The Bad Sleep Well (1960), dir. Akira Kurosawa
The Innocents (1961), dir. Jack Clayton
My Fair Lady (1964), dir. George Cukor
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970), dir. Billy Wilder
The Last Detail (1973), dir. Hal Ashby
The Phantom of Liberty (1974), dir. Luis Bunuel
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974), dir. Martin Scorsese
3 Women (1977), dir. Robert Altman
On Golden Pond (1981), dir. Mark Rydell
My Left Foot (1989), dir. Jim Sheridan
Bound (1996), dir. The Wachowskis
Happy Together (1997), dir. Wong Kar-wai
Happiness (1998), dir. Todd Solondz
Memento (2000), dir. Christopher Nolan
Sideways (2004), dir. Alexander Payne
Fracture (2007), dir. Gregory Hoblit
This list would expand.