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More Hidden Gems N-Z

By Cecilia Cygnar

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

  • Ninotchka

    2005

    Just because you cannot pronounce it does not mean you shouldn't watch it. I could not help laughing at Garbo's comic turn in this Ernst Lubitsch classic. At times irreverent, always funny, and very entertaining.

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  • Out of Sight

    1998

    Before Oceans’ 11, there was this Clooney/Soderbergh pairing, with Jennifer Lopez along for the ride. Funny, suspenseful, and at times very sexy, this caper hits all of the right marks. This is one of the smartest thrillers I’ve seen in a long time. Very classy!

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  • Out of the Past

    2004

    Here is the Mitchum we know and love: dark, brooding, mysterious. One of the best film noirs ever is a movie many people have not even heard of, nevertheless seen. Make sure you rectify that over some hot chocolate in front of a roaring fire.

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  • Possession

    2002

    Set in two time periods with duel love stories, this film is as lush, romantic and haunting as its title. Both of the storylines are rich and well-developed and they entwine seamlessly. I’m sure it will make you want to curl up with some Wordsworth or Keats.

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  • Primal Fear

    1998

    A great legal thriller with a tour-de-force performance by Norton, though everyone in this movie is wonderful. Gere and Norton play well off each other and the cat-and-mouse of this one will keep you guessing to the very end.

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  • Roxanne

    2005

    Sweet and sharply written by Martin, this gem gets lost in the maze of other 1980s romantic comedies. But, this one is so much more: it’s witty and surprising and much, much smarter than your run-of-the-mill rom com.

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  • Sabrina

    2001

    I’m only including the 1995 film on the list since you’ve seen the original (1954), right? Well, both are gems (the original being a true comedy classic) but only one I feel is a “hidden” gem, since it pretty much flopped upon release. Harrison Ford is very entertaining in this surprisingly delightful remake.

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  • Sneakers

    2003

    Definitely the best of the post-1980s Redford movies, this comic caper keeps the viewer guessing at each and every turn. Just when you think you know what is going to happen, the complete opposite happens. Lots and lots of fun.

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  • Third Finger, Left Hand

    2011

    Maybe you will think it’s a little dated now, but I’m a sucker for anything with Myrna Loy and I love her chemistry here with Melvyn Douglas. Charming and cute, and whether it’s an old-fashioned story of not, it’s still a great, entertaining movie.

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  • The Thomas Crown Affair

    2005

    Another remake by someone who says they hate remakes. Well, I hate most remakes. This is one where I completely could not stand the original; it tried to be too high-brow. Whereas this one is clever, sharp, passionately engaging and very, very sexy.

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