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More Hidden Gems A-M

By Cecilia Cygnar

If you're craving even more unsung movies, here's a few you can try.

  • Alec Guinness: 5-film Collection

    2009

    I wanted just to put The Ladykillers (1955) on the list. But since we own this set of Guinness comedy classics, I also need to mention that Kind Hearts and Coronets is a riot of a film. The Ladykillers might be my favorite, but any of these films will keep you highly entertained.

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  • Being There

    2009

    Sellers, known best for the Pink Panther films and Dr. Strangelove, was nominated for an Oscar for his role in this quirky, unusual film. His second-to-last film before he passed away (less than a year after this movie was released), Sellers puts aside his pratfalls here to shine in this unassuming role.

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  • The Day of the Jackal

    1998

    As suspenseful as any thriller today, this classic is very slow-paced and methodical. Directed by Fred Zinnemann of From Here to Eternity fame and based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth, this is by far one of my favorite film adaptations, in addition to being a top-notch thriller.

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  • Death at A Funeral

    2010

    There are two versions of this film: the first is British (2007) and the second was adapted in 2010. I hate remakes but the 2010 film is almost, if not just as good, as the original. If you like dark comedy that’s so morbid it’s almost hard to laugh at, you can’t go wrong with these uproariously funny movies.

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  • Evelyn

    2003

    A sweet gem of a film that lingers with you for a long time (if not forever). I still think of this one often and rewatch it on sad, rainy days. This is the kind of film that makes us all believe in hope and that everything is right in the world. Once you watch it, you will know exactly what I mean.

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  • Frantic

    1998

    One of my favorite Roman Polanski films, one that many people have forgotten about, even though it stars Harrison Ford. A fast-paced, nail-biting thriller that is sure to entertain…plus you get to see a lot of Parisian sights. What’s not to love?!

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  • The Ghost Writer

    2010

    My other favorite Roman Polanski film, this one came as a complete surprise to me when I saw it. It is taut, very thrilling and highly atmospheric. It has one of the best endings ever. And when I say ending, I mean the final shot. So many movies fall off towards the end, but not this one.

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  • The Heiress

    2007

    Yes, Olivia de Havilland won an Oscar for her performance in this film, based on Henry James' novel Washington Square. But, many have not seen this classic historical gem about love, loss and female empowerment. Another fantastic ending.

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  • Holiday Affair

    2008

    It’s A Wonderful Life might get all of the credit but I think this wonderful film is perfectly endearing for the holiday season. Robert Mitchum, known most for his bravado and brooding performances, is fantastic here in this heartfelt romantic comedy.

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  • Last Chance Harvey

    2009

    Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson. Do I really need to elaborate? This is another feel-good film for adults, one that you just cannot help but enjoy. The chemistry between Hoffman and Thompson is so real I wanted them to walk off into the sunset together.

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  • The More the Merrier

    2004

    When we think screwball comedies, we think Carole Lombard in My Man Godfrey or Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby. Well, Jean Arthur in this classic is just as good as those other ladies. And Charles Coburn gives an outrageous comic performance, as usual.

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