PdA's Anti-Canon, 2014 Edition

by Perception_de_Ambiguity | created - 26 Sep 2014 | updated - 27 Sep 2014 | Public

Favorite films (that are listed on IMDb) with less than 1,500 votes at the time the list was conducted. Roughly in order of preference. Special things like making ofs, stand-up shows, music videos, episodes of a series, etc. have largely been omitted, with some notable exceptions.

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1. Asphalt (1929)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Joe May's sensual drama of life in the Berlin underworld is in many ways the perfect summation of German filmmaking in the silent era: a dazzling visual style, a psychological approach to ... See full summary »

Director: Joe May | Stars: Albert Steinrück, Else Heller, Gustav Fröhlich, Betty Amann

Votes: 1,306

2. Rapture (1965)

104 min | Drama

Agnes, a lonely teenage girl, and her father befriend an escaped convict, named Joseph, who arrives at their farm in Brittany, France. When Joseph develops an attraction to Agnes, her father threatens to break up the union.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Melvyn Douglas, Patricia Gozzi, Dean Stockwell, Gunnel Lindblom

Votes: 689

3. Matalo! (Kill Him) (1970)

89 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A gang rescues a criminal from the gallows to attach them and rob a stagecoach full of gold. When they get the loot, betray him and leave him dying in the middle of the desert. The band ... See full summary »

Director: Cesare Canevari | Stars: Lou Castel, Corrado Pani, Antonio Salines, Luis Dávila

Votes: 409

4. The Man Who Put His Will on Film (1970)

94 min | Drama

A metaphysical mystery involving a university student's camera getting stolen, and the thief then committing suicide. Looking back upon the event, the situation comes to be questioned if it happened at all.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kazuo Goto, Sukio Fukuoka, Kenichi Fukuda, Hiroshi Isogai

Votes: 528

5. The Scoundrel (1935)

Approved | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy

A ruthless, cynical, hated publisher is killed in a plane crash, doomed to be a "restless" spirit for being unloved. A heavenly power gives him a month on Earth to find one person to shed a tear for him before his fate is sealed.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur | Stars: Noël Coward, Julie Haydon, Stanley Ridges, Martha Sleeper

Votes: 233

6. Mandara (1971)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama

Two student couples stumble upon a cult dedicated to promoting the primordial human state through rape and agriculture.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Kôji Shimizu, Akiko Mori, Ryô Tamura, Hiroko Sakurai

Votes: 236

7. Crime Without Passion (1934)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama

Prominent lawyer shoots unfaithful girlfriend during quarrel, has to establish alibi.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur, Lee Garmes | Stars: Claude Rains, Margo, Whitney Bourne, Stanley Ridges

Votes: 374

8. Third Reich: The Rise & Fall (2010– )

180 min | Documentary, History, War

THIRD REICH: THE RISE & FALL tells the story of Hitler's Germany through rarely seen films of the people who were there. Immersive and evocative, it takes viewers inside the Germany of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Call, Dan Bittner, Geoffrey Cantor, Eliza Foss

Votes: 931

9. Sombre (1998)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Horror

A sexually frustrated serial killer takes a liking to a woman he comes across.

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Marc Barbé, Elina Löwensohn, Géraldine Voillat, Coralie

Votes: 1,415

10. Vampire Journals (1997 Video)

R | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror

Avenging vampire stalks a king of the vampires in Eastern Europe, slaughters anyone who gets in his way.

Director: Ted Nicolaou | Stars: Jonathon Morris, David Gunn, Kirsten Cerre, Starr Andreeff

Votes: 1,335

11. Pale Flower (1964)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki, Naoki Sugiura

Votes: 2,731

12. Go West (1923)

12 min | Comedy, Short

A short film with an all animal cast about a young chimp who is kicked out of his home by his parents and heads west to make his fortune.

Director: Len Powers

Votes: 191

13. The Super Cops (1974)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin".

Director: Gordon Parks | Stars: Ron Leibman, David Selby, Sheila Frazier, Pat Hingle

Votes: 681

14. It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)

Not Rated | 62 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

90 Metascore

Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.

Director: Don Hertzfeldt

Votes: 9,674

15. This World, Then the Fireworks (1997)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

In 1950s, two incestuous lovers, a depraved suave journalist and his equally depraved prostitute sister, plan to get rich through seduction and murder. Things complicate when their feeble-minded mother begins to suspect something.

Director: Michael Oblowitz | Stars: Philip Loch, Elis Imboden, Christian Durango, Sloan Cobb

Votes: 1,057 | Gross: $0.01M

16. The Terrorizers (1986)

109 min | Crime, Drama

A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Cora Miao, Li-Chun Lee, Wang An, Pao-Ming Ku

Votes: 2,255

17. The Possessed (1965)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A popular writer visits his favorite holiday destination during the off season looking for the woman he is secretly infatuated with, only to find out that she has committed suicide, but did she really?

Directors: Luigi Bazzoni, Franco Rossellini | Stars: Peter Baldwin, Salvo Randone, Valentina Cortese, Pia Lindström

Votes: 600

18. Earth Light (1970)

98 min | Comedy, Drama

Pierre Brumeu, a twenty-year-old young man, leads a drab life in Paris with his father, a man he does not understand very well, and his friends Michel and Sophie. Father and son live in the... See full summary »

Director: Guy Gilles | Stars: Edwige Feuillère, Annie Girardot, Patrick Jouané, Elina Labourdette

Votes: 110

19. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1992)

20 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Dostoevsky's "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" tells the story of a desperate man disenchanted with the world and at the verge of committing suicide. But when a little girl comes his way ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Star: Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Votes: 846

20. 102 Minutes That Changed America (2008 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 102 min | Documentary, History

The morning of September 11, 2001 is shown through multiple video cameras in New York City, from the moment the first WTC tower is hit until after both towers collapse.

Directors: Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick | Stars: George W. Bush, Joe Napolitano, Kelly Edwards

Votes: 2,179

21. Cut-Throats Nine (1972)

R | 90 min | Crime, Thriller, Western

A wagon load of convicts on their way to prison is being escorted through the mountains by a cavalry troop. They are attacked by a bandit gang, and only a sergeant, his beautiful young ... See full summary »

Director: Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent | Stars: Robert Hundar, Emma Cohen, Alberto Dalbés, Antonio Iranzo

Votes: 940

22. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

R | 82 min | Horror

Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier

Votes: 1,502

23. Mysteries of Lisbon (2011– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Stars: Adriano Luz, Ricardo Pereira, Maria João Bastos, João Arrais

Votes: 248

24. Reign of Terror (1949)

Approved | 89 min | History, Romance, Thriller

Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl

Votes: 1,363

26. Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | 79 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting.

Directors: Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen

Votes: 858

27. Models (1999)

118 min | Drama

Four models share their life experience.

Director: Ulrich Seidl | Stars: Viviane Bartsch, Tanja Petrovsky, Lisa Grossmann, Elvyra Geyer

Votes: 873

28. The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance

A married woman leaves her husband and zooms off on her motorcycle to see her lover.

Director: Jack Cardiff | Stars: Marianne Faithfull, Alain Delon, Roger Mutton, Marius Goring

Votes: 1,881

29. JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America (2009 TV Movie)

240 min | Documentary, History

On November 22, 1963, three shots that killed President John Fitzgerald Kennedy changes everything

Directors: Nicole Rittenmeyer, Seth Skundrick | Stars: John F. Kennedy, Jose Aleman, Joseph Alsop, James Barger

Votes: 209

30. Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

84 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A simple yet timeless love story between a man and a woman, told using scenes edited together from hundreds of other films.

Director: György Pálfi | Stars: Isabelle Adjani, Woody Allen, Agustín Almodóvar, Julie Andrews

Votes: 2,156

31. Rockaby (2000 TV Short)

14 min | Short

An old woman in a rocking chair listens to a disembodied voice (her own) that recounts her life and that of her mother's. When the voice stops, she calls for more.

Director: Richard Eyre | Star: Penelope Wilton

Votes: 69

32. Un lac (2008)

90 min | Drama

The story takes place in a country about which we know nothing: a country of snow and dense forests somewhere in the North. A family lives in an isolated house near a lake. Alexi, the ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Dmitriy Kubasov, Natálie Rehorová, Aleksey Solonchev, Simona Huelsemann

Votes: 646

33. Poem (1972)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

As a faithful young houseboy fully devotes himself to his spiritual duty, his teacher plans turning over his grandfather's mountain property to realtors for profit.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Shin Kishida, Hiroko Sakurai, Saburô Shinoda, Ryô Tamura

Votes: 160

34. Inferno (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Documentary

Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished masterpiece, Inferno (1964), is reconstructed in this film which is part drama and part documentary.

Directors: Serge Bromberg, Ruxandra Medrea | Stars: Romy Schneider, Bérénice Bejo, Serge Reggiani, Jacques Gamblin

Votes: 1,485 | Gross: $0.02M

35. The Faithful Heart (1923)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Romance

Marie wants to escape from her job and also from her lover, Paul, an unemployed drunk. She dreams of going off with Jean, a dockworker. The two men quarrel and fight over Marie on two ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein | Stars: Léon Mathot, Gina Manès, Edmond Van Daële, Claude Benedict

Votes: 1,043

36. The Iron Rose (1973)

TV-MA | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror

A young couple out for a walk decide to take a stroll through a large cemetery. As darkness begins to fall they realize they can't find their way out, and soon their fears begin to overtake them.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Françoise Pascal, Hugues Quester, Natalie Perrey, Mireille Dargent

Votes: 1,553

37. Film (1965)

Not Rated | 20 min | Short, Drama

A twenty-minute, almost totally silent film (no dialogue or music, save one 'shhh!') in which Buster Keaton attempts to evade observation by an all-seeing eye. But, as the film is based ... See full summary »

Directors: Samuel Beckett, Alan Schneider | Stars: Buster Keaton, Nell Harrison, James Karen, Susan Reed

Votes: 1,698

38. Overlord (1975)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, History, War

88 Metascore

During the Second World War a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam

Votes: 2,463

39. It Was a Faint Dream (1974)

120 min | Drama

After a number of stressful affairs, a court lady becomes a nun in order to pursue a life without desire.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Janet Hatta, Shin Kishida, Minori Terada, Chisako Hara

Votes: 73

40. The Bead Game (1977)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

To a percussive soundtrack, a succession of more complex animals forms and is consumed by their successors (all formed from beads). Finally, We reach man, who develops ever more sophisticated forms of war.

Director: Ishu Patel

Votes: 565

41. The End (1995)

6 min | Animation, Short

An animator finds himself trying to explain his (lack of) artistic vision to his creations, who just aren't impressed.

Director: Chris Landreth | Stars: Jeffrey Hirschfield, Gina Clayton, Hannah Kravitz, Vivian Chelette

Votes: 224

42. Unsere Afrikareise (1966)

13 min | Short

A trip to Africa is edited into a brief documentary without continuity between sound and image or story and time.

Director: Peter Kubelka

Votes: 654

43. Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

An attractive but conservative mid-30's housewife stays at the house of her sexually open daughter and soon becomes involved in her daughter's swinger lifestyle.

Director: Joseph W. Sarno | Stars: Jennifer Welles, Mary Mendum, Eric Edwards, David Hausman

Votes: 430

44. A New Life (2002)

102 min | Drama, Horror

The story involves a young American who falls obsessively in love with a mysterious courtesan named Melania against the backdrop of a dilapidated Eastern European landscape.

Director: Philippe Grandrieux | Stars: Zachary Knighton, Anna Mouglalis, Marc Barbé, Zsolt Nagy

Votes: 871

45. Diably, diably (1991)

86 min | Drama