25 Best Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

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20. Tampopo (1985)
> Starring: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho
> Director: Juzo Itami
> IMDb user rating: 7.9/10 (18,502 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93% (9,239 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (55 votes)

The story of a family-run noodle shop gives way to various food-themed vignettes in this eccentric Japanese comedy. Once promoted as the first “ramen western,” it uses culinary culture as a gateway to clever sociological insight.

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19. Forbidden Games (1952)
> Starring: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée, Laurence Badie
> Director: René Clément
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (12,107 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (4,007 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (17 votes)

This French dramedy chronicles the friendship between two impoverished children against the harsh backdrop of WWII. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and later took home an honorary out-of-competition award at the Oscars.

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18. Through a Glass Darkly (1961)
> Starring: Harriet Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand, Max von Sydow, Lars Passgård
> Director: Ingmar Bergman
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (25,026 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (8,195 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (27 votes)

Bergman’s Oscar-winning psychological drama is the first in an unofficial trilogy about the loss of faith. It takes place over the course of 24 hours and tells the story of a young woman (Harriet Andersson), who loses her grip on reality during a family getaway.

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17. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
> Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi
> Director: Akira Kurosawa
> IMDb user rating: 8.0/10 (12,507 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 92% (5,703 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (20 votes)

No stranger to Shakespeare, director Akira Kurosawa drew loose inspiration from “Hamlet” when crafting this Japanese noir. After positioning himself within a corrupt corporation, a man (Toshiro Mifune) enacts vengeance upon those responsible for his father’s death. It was one among a handful of Kurosawa films to pit a lone hero against evil authoritarian forces.

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16. Army of Shadows (1969)
> Starring: Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Simone Signoret
> Director: Jean-Pierre Melville
> IMDb user rating: 8.1/10 (23,224 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 94% (7,138 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 97% (76 votes)

This uncompromising drama takes viewers deep into France’s underground resistance during WWII. It was released at a time of great political unrest and critically lambasted over its perceived stance on controversial leader Charles de Gaulle. Later reappraised as a masterpiece, it first became available to American audiences in 2006.

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