Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the “50 Greatest Movies You’ve Never Seen.” The list only spans the past two decades, which is unfortunate because, chances are, many of the 50 greatest films you haven’t seen were made before 1992.
The list isn’t ranked because “ranking movies that are already underrated just seems cruel.” Because it’s EW, a number of the films on the list are selected by stars, like Kate Winslet and Ryan Gosling; we can only hope the complete list (available in the print issue on stands June 29) features more diversity.
However, the celebs’ taste in films “you’ve never seen” is worth a look:
Jack Black’s Pick: ‘Idiocracy,’ 2006
In Mike Judge’s satiric vision of a dumbed-down future, Luke Wilson plays an average Joe who wakes up after a 500-year cryogenic slumber to find he’s the world’s smartest man. Twentieth Century Fox dumped this mash-up of Sleeper and Beavis and Butt-head in a handful of theaters with zero fanfare, resulting in less than $500,000 in grosses. Now, that was dumb. “It was underrated, which [is] a running thing with Mike Judge. Everything he does flops, and then 10 years later everyone goes, ‘Wait, that is hilarious!'”
Kate Winslet’s Pick: ‘I’ve Loved You So Long,’ 2008
French director Philippe Claudel’s drama has an abhorrent subject: a mother’s killing of her own child. But
you’ll be drawn in by the haunting power of the movie’s slowly unraveling mystery and Kristin Scott Thomas’ magnificent turn as a woman struggling to reintegrate into society after 15 years in prison. “It’s worth seeing for Kristin Scott Thomas’ performance alone. How she [makes] us love a woman who has just been released from prison having committed murder… is extraordinary to me.”
Ben Stiller’s Pick: ‘Safe Men,’ 1998
Two incompetent singers (Steve Zahn and Sam Rockwell) are mistaken for expert safecrackers in Providence. The supporting cast of lunatics-including a disconsolate Mark Ruffalo and Paul Giamatti as a Jewish gangster-keep the madcap story spinning, but it’s Zahn and Rockwell who make it hugely entertaining. “It’s hilarious. It’s about two amateur criminals [who] get wrapped up with these real criminals. Really, really funny movie.”
Ryan Gosling’s Pick: ‘Enter the Void,’ 2009
A psychotropic cinematic trip that draws heavily from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Gaspar Noé’s dreamlike melodrama follows the disembodied spirit of a drug dealer as he drifts over and through a candy-colored Tokyo. It’s like seeing the world held under a black light: This is a film that’s meant to be experienced, not watched. “It’s so good, but so weird that I don’t think people really gave it a shot.”