There are the usual popular movies that you hear about every day and your friends bug your every five minutes to watch, and then there's the obscure, yet absolutely incredible movies that nobody else has heard of or maybe they were just forgotten...Here are 10 awesome movies, you've probably never heard of in no particular order.
1. "This Is Where I Leave You" (2014)
Kicking off the list is a dark comedy about four siblings (Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll) who come back to their hometown for a week after their father passes away and their mother (Jane Fonda) persuades them to sit Shiva (Jewish Mourning Period). It's not just about death, it's about rediscovery, self-reflection, love between siblings and old friends. "This Is Where I Leave You" has to be one of my favorite movies of all time.
2. "Crank" (2006)
This movie is an action-packed, fast-paced thrill ride. Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) is a retired hit-man who gets injected with a Chinese poison which drastically lowers his adrenaline levels, forcing him to...cause havoc, while searching for an antidote, which includes a police chase through a mall, holding up a pharmacy to get epinephrine (artificial adrenaline) and much, much more.
3. "A Man Called Ove" (2017)
This is a Swedish movie based on an internationally bestselling book of the same name. Ove (Rolf Lassgard) is a man of strong convictions and rather depressed about the death of his wife, going so far as to make multiple attempts at suicide. Until a family moves into his neighborhood, of which he is the groundskeeper. We see his life from his childhood to his later life and we watch as Ove rediscovers his love for life through that family. Despite the movie being in Swedish, it does not take away from the film. However, if you find it difficult to read subtitles and watch the movie (or just lazy) there's going to be a reboot in the near future with Tom Hanks as Ove.
4. "Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)" (2005)
Yes, another foreign film. This movie is all about the events that took place on December 24-27, 1914 in the trenches during World War I. It looks at three sides, Scottish, French and German and how they negotiated a cease-fire and made a mutual understanding when they were most homesick. The movie uses the English, French and German languages to tell the story.
5. "Saint Patrick: The Irish Legend" (2000)
This TV movie chronicles the life of Saint Patrick, from his time as a slave to his escape and eventual return to Ireland, to banish the demonic hold of paganism from the Irish people. If you have any interest in Irish history or the origins of Saint Patrick's Day, I recommend you watch this movie.
6. "Rush" (2013)
Ron Howard has quite the track record when it comes to movies, but "Rush" is by far one of the best, right next to "Apollo 13." "Rush" covers the decade's long rivalry between F1 (Formula One) racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). If you haven't seen this one, you're seriously missing out.
7. "Down With Love" (2003)
One of my favorite guilty pleasure movies. This romantic comedy taking place in 1962 at the start of the modern feminist movement, is about what happens when the eccentric newspaper columnist and serial womanizer Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) meets his match when feminist advice author, Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) writes a book on the drawbacks of love. The movie is a reboot of the 1964 movie "Sex And The Single Girl" starring Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood.
8. "Crank 2: High Voltage" (2009)
This one is mainly for the real action fans (It's also the only Sequel on this list). The amount of action and... insanity in "Crank 2: High Voltage", by far supersedes it's predecessor mentioned above and is arguably better than the original. We return to the story of Chev Chelios, where he was captured by the Triads and had his heart replaced with an artificial heart. If and when the heart loses charge (after about 1 hour) he needs to charge up...exactly the way you're thinking. Like I said, if you're not a fan of action movies, or the downright insane, this probably isn't for you.
9. "Chef" (2014)
When it comes to Jon Favreau, you can almost always expect a good movie, having directed movies like "Iron Man" and "Elf", and his acting is just as amazing. Famed chef, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), quits his job as a head chef in an acclaimed restaurant after a big name food critic (Oliver Platt) gives him a beyond terrible review. He later opens a food truck, going cross country selling traditional Cuban food, all the while repairing his relationship with his son Percy (Emjay Anthony).
10. "Escape From New York" (1981)
If a movie has the Master of Horror, John Carpenter, attached, you know it's going to be good, even if it's not a horror movie. In an alternate version of 1997, the island of Manhattan is transformed into the country's largest prison, in the wake of a 400% increase in crime. When the President (Donald Pleasance) has his plane taken over by terrorists, the escape pod drops him into the prison of Manhattan and it's up to war hero and convict, Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to rescue him... within 24 hours or his head explodes. "Escape From New York" is without a doubt one of the best movies in John Carpenter's catalog. Right next to Halloween.