Some More of the Best Films You've Probably Never Heard Of

A Listmania! list by Trevor Willsmer (London, England)
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The Arrival [DVD]
1.  The Arrival [DVD] DVD ~ Charlie Sheen
The list author says:
  "Superior sci-fi with a brain and some ingenious plotting as aliens try a hostile takeover – starting in the Third World and funded by Wall Street investments!"
Used & New from: £1.04
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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The Awful Truth [DVD] (1937) [2003]
2.  The Awful Truth [DVD] (1937) [2003] DVD ~ Irene Dunne
The list author says:
  "Sparkling romantic comedy from Leo McCarey, with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne falling out of and back in love amid some great dialogue and believably daft situations."
£3.99   Used & New from: £2.83
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

La Bete Humaine  (aka The Human Beast / Judas Was A Woman) (1938) [VHS] [1939]
3.  La Bete Humaine (aka The Human Beast / Judas Was A Woman) (1938) [VHS] [1939] VHS Jean Gabin
The list author says:
  "Classic French cinema didn’t begin with Truffaut: the great Jean Gabin and the gorgeous Simone Simon in Jean Renoir’s superb 30s adaptation of Zola’s tragedy."
£12.99   Used & New from: £2.44
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Big Parade [VHS]
4.  Big Parade [VHS] VHS King Vidor|John Gilbert|Renée Adorée|Hobart Bosworth
The list author says:
  "One of the most popular silent movies but now rarely revived, a slow, jokey first half gives way to a moving and unnerving masterpiece. Unforgettable"
Used & New from: £29.00
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen [VHS]
5.  The Bitter Tea of General Yen [VHS] VHS Barbara Stanwyck
The list author says:
  "Capra’s best and most unusual film, surprisingly hard-hitting and ultimately moving. Walter Connelly turns in a remarkable supporting performance."
£6.95   Used & New from: £2.49
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Blade [DVD]
6.  The Blade [DVD] DVD ~ Wenzhuo Zhao
The list author says:
  "Tsui Hark’s grim remake of ‘The One-Armed Swordsman’ makes ‘The Virgin Spring’ look like ‘The Little Mermaid."
£17.83   Used & New from: £0.19
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Comedie De I'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) [DVD] (2000)
7.  Comedie De I'innocence (Comedy of Innocence) [DVD] (2000) DVD ~ Isabelle Huppert
The list author says:
  "Intriguing French mystery about a child with two mothers. Is it a ghost story or something more sinister? See it and find out."
£19.99   Used & New from: £7.89
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Will Hay - Oh Mr. Porter! / Convict 99 [DVD] [1938]
8.  Will Hay - Oh Mr. Porter! / Convict 99 [DVD] [1938] DVD ~ Will Hay
The list author says:
  "Prison reform at its most insanely logical in 'Convict 99,' one of Will Hay’s funniest films - and double-billed with the great 'Oh! Mr Porter' too!."
£7.54   Used & New from: £0.48
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

Dagon [DVD]
9.  Dagon [DVD] DVD ~ Ezra Godden
The list author says:
  "Despite a bad start and a very silly premise, this turns into a memorably feverish and atmospheric paranoid tale of horror. Imagine a very damp ‘Wicker Man’ and you’re still only halfway there…"
£19.99   Used & New from: £4.98
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Fist Of Legend [DVD]
10.  Fist Of Legend [DVD] DVD ~ Jet Li
The list author says:
  "Surprisingly good Jet Li remake of ‘Fist of Fury’ survives even re-editing, dubbing and a cop-out ending."
£2.72   Used & New from: £0.34
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

A Fistful Of Dynamite [DVD]
11.  A Fistful Of Dynamite [DVD] DVD ~ Rod Steiger
The list author says:
  "Restored version of Leone’s rarest major film. Broad comedy gives way to darker shades in the centrepiece of his ‘Once Upon a Time’ trilogy."
£7.56   Used & New from: £1.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

Gallipoli [DVD] [1981]
12.  Gallipoli [DVD] [1981] DVD ~ Mel Gibson
The list author says:
  "Peter Weir’s almost forgotten WW1 epic remains one of his most powerful films, with one of the most stunningly powerful freeze-frame endings ever seen."
£14.98   Used & New from: £1.29
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

Go [DVD] [1999]
13.  Go [DVD] [1999] DVD ~ Sarah Polley
The list author says:
  "Doug Liman’s first film after 'Swingers' deserved to be a bigger hit – an exhilarating, funny, time-bending tale of three groups of teens on a collision course one Christmas."
£2.72   Used & New from: £0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Gumshoe [VHS] [1971]
14.  Gumshoe [VHS] [1971] VHS Albert Finney
The list author says:
  "Finney shines as bingo-caller-cum-would-be-private-eye caught up with murder, pornography, drugs, sanctions busters and the relatives. Neville Smith’s brilliant script is smart, funny and touching."
£7.95   Used & New from: £2.75
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

The Harder They Fall [DVD] [2003]
15.  The Harder They Fall [DVD] [2003] DVD ~ Humphrey Bogart
The list author says:
  "Bogart goes out on a high in hard-hitting expose of the fight game. One of his very best."
£4.95   Used & New from: £1.36
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Kansas City Confidential [DVD] [1952]
16.  Kansas City Confidential [DVD] [1952] DVD ~ John Payne
The list author says:
  "Terrific film noir thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Great cast, great dialogue, great fun."
£2.94   Used & New from: £0.10
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Lord Jim [DVD] [2004]
17.  Lord Jim [DVD] [2004] DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
The list author says:
  "Hollywood’s best shot at Joseph Conrad, with O’Toole perfect as the flawed hero finding and losing his chance for redemption."
£4.95   Used & New from: £1.73
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Man From Laramie [DVD]
18.  The Man From Laramie [DVD] DVD ~ James Stewart
The list author says:
  "The most ambitious of the Anthony Mann-James Stewart westerns, a dark and surprisingly violent tale of revenge, dreams and unrequited love. Great use of the Scope frame."
Used & New from: £1.65
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Night Moves [VHS] [1975]
19.  Night Moves [VHS] [1975] VHS Gene Hackman
The list author says:
  "Pay attention: the mystery happens when you're not looking! Another great script from Alan Sharp in one of the best thrillers of the 70s. Way up there with ‘Chinatown.’"
£19.95   Used & New from: £6.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Offence [1972] [VHS]
20.  The Offence [1972] [VHS] VHS Sean Connery
The list author says:
  "One of Connery’s career-best performances as a violent cop on the verge of a breakdown in Sidney Lumet’s powerful drama."
Used & New from: £10.47
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Buster Keaton - Vol. 1 [DVD]
21.  Buster Keaton - Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD ~ Buster Keaton
The list author says:
  "Another forgotten, rarely revived silent gem, Our Hospitality may be Keaton’s funniest – the train ride is sheer genius. And the DVD includes Sherlock Junior too!"
£9.95   Used & New from: £0.19
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Purple Storm [DVD]
22.  Purple Storm [DVD] DVD ~ Daniel Wu
The list author says:
  "Face/Off meets The Manchurian Candidate in this intriguing, intelligent and exciting Hong Kong terrorist thriller with some great action scenes from Stephen Tung Wai."
Used & New from: £0.15
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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State Of Siege [VHS] [1973]
23.  State Of Siege [VHS] [1973] VHS Yves Montand
The list author says:
  "One of Costa-Gavras’ best political thrillers, a kidnap drama about the futility and inevitable repetition of terrorism. Charlton Heston tried to ban it, so you know it must be good!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Tom Horn [VHS]
24.  Tom Horn [VHS] VHS Steve McQueen
The list author says:
  "Steve McQueen’s last great performance as a doomed bounty hunter outliving his usefulness as the 20th century approaches. Sadly only available panned-and-scanned on tape."
£12.90   Used & New from: £1.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

The Yakuza [1975] [VHS]
25.  The Yakuza [1975] [VHS] VHS Robert Mitchum
The list author says:
  "Robert Mitchum’s attempts to repay a debt of honour in 70s Japan lead to violence and tragedy in Sydney Pollack’s hypnotic and intelligent thriller co-starring the great Takakura Ken. Pan-n-scan only"
£14.99   Used & New from: £2.49
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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