25 Best Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

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25. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
> Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner
> Director: Alexander Mackendrick
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (31,383 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (6,981 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 98% (55 votes)

Burt Lancaster stars as Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker in this sordid blend of biting satire and noirish drama. Hoping to break up his sister’s engagement, Hunsecker enlists the help of sleazy press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis). Poorly received upon its theatrical release, the film is now considered an outright classic from Hollywood’s golden era.

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24. A Short Film About Love (1988)
> Starring: Grażyna Szapołowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwińska, Piotr Machalica
> Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
> IMDb user rating: 8.2/10 (22,888 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (5,871 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (22 votes)

A shy and voyeuristic postal worker forges a unique relationship with his promiscuous neighbor in this Polish romantic drama. It expands upon the sixth installment of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s acclaimed ten-part TV series “Dekalog.”

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23. Scenes from a Marriage (1974)
> Starring: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Bibi Andersson, Gunnel Lindblom, Jan Malmsjö, Rossana Mariano
> Director: Ingmar Bergman
> IMDb user rating: 8.4/10 (6,676 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 95% (8,423 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (22 votes)

Condensed from a six-part miniseries, this masterful Swedish drama chronicles the breakdown of a bourgeois marriage. Director Ingmar Bergman based some of the material on personal experience and cast former partner (and recurring muse) Liv Ullmann in a lead role. HBO recently aired a modern-day American remake of the original series.

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22. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
> Starring: Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann, Elma Karlowa, Anita Bucher, Gusti Kreissl, Doris Mattes
> Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (20,940 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (6,465 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (37 votes)

Fassbinder’s award-winning drama takes place in West Germany not long after Palestinian terrorists enacted the Munich massacre. At its center is the controversial romance between a lonely widow and a younger Arab man. Considered one of the director’s best efforts, it’s also heralded as a peak example of German New Wave cinema.

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21. Aparajito (1956)
> Starring: Pinaki Sengupta, Smaran Ghosal, Kamala Adhikari, Lalchand Banerjee
> Director: Satyajit Ray
> IMDb user rating: 8.3/10 (13,732 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (3,196 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 95% (22 votes)

The second installment of director Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed Apu Trilogy follows its young protagonist from childhood into adolescence. “It’s a masterpiece for which terms like ‘simplicity’ and ‘profundity’ seem inadequate,” wrote critic Jonathan Rosenbaum for the Chicago Reader.

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