Special Report

50 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen

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50. All That Heaven Allows (1955)
> Directed by: Douglas Sirk
> Starring: Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead
> Genre: Drama, Romance
> Avg. critic rating: 7.7/10

This 1955 drama explores the relationship between an older woman and a younger man. “Far From Heaven” director Todd Haynes would draw on the movie in the making of his film, which has about four times as many user ratings online.

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49. Baby Doll (1956)
> Directed by: Elia Kazan
> Starring: Karl Malden, Carroll Baker, Eli Wallach
> Genre: Drama
> Avg. critic rating: 8.0/10

Based on a play by Tennessee Williams, “Baby Doll” is a sexually charged drama by the director responsible for “On the Waterfront” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.” It was nominated for four Academy Awards, but failed to win any.

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48. Hope and Glory (1987)
> Directed by: John Boorman
> Starring: Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sebastian Rice-Edwards
> Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
> Avg. critic rating: 8.3/10

This movie, about the experiences of a 9-year old English boy during World War II, was written and directed by John Boorman. The film was a critical success upon release and received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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47. Richard III (1995)
> Directed by: Richard Loncraine
> Starring: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Christopher Bowen
> Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, War
> Avg. critic rating: 8.2/10

This Shakespeare adaptation imagines a fascist England in the 1930s. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards, yet only grossed $2.7 million at the domestic box office.

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46. The Swimmer (1968)
> Directed by: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack
> Starring: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule
> Genre: Drama
> Avg. critic rating: 7.8/10

Offbeat Burt Lancaster film “The Swimmer” was not a commercial success upon release. It’s been well-received on a critical level, however, with a 100% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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