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10 Underrated Warner Brothers Movies

In honor of the studio’s 100th anniversary, I thought I’d take a look back at the film studio’s history by highlighting their underrated classics instead of spotlighting the usual masterpieces ala “Casablanca,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Dark Knight,” etc. On with the list!

1. The Man Who Came To Dinner- The best Christmas movie no one knows about. A zany and sometimes bizarre film with great comedic dialogue

2. Knute Rockne, All American- A deeply emotional sports drama.

3. Doctor Sleep- A chilling “The Shining” sequel that is a worthy successor to Kubrick’s iconic horror film.

4. The Ballad Of Cable Hogue- “The Wild Bunch” tends to get the most attention when it comes to western films by director Sam Peckinpah, but this unique film that is essentially about the death of the western era shouldn’t be forgotten.

5. The Wanderers- One of the best teen gang films and one of director Philip Kaufman’s best films.

6. 42- The late great Chadwick Boseman delivered one of his best performances as Jackie Robinson.

7. Mystery Of The Wax Museum- I couldn’t make a WB list without acknowledging one of the finest filmmakers to work with them- Michael Curtiz. Not only did he helm some of the greatest films ever made, but he made a plethora of deeply overlooked films like this eerie horror film.

8. Straight Time- An involving crime drama and character study featuring Dustin Hoffman at the top of his game.

9. Invictus- Like with Michael Curtiz, it’s impossible not to mention Clint Eastwood in connection with WB. He acted in so many classics, but he’s also been directing films for the famed studio for decades. Most of Eastwood’s films are well known to be sure, but this Rugby and Nelson Mandela centric story is one of his underappreciated works. 

10. A Mighty Wind- The Christopher Guest mockumentaries are some of the best comedy films of the past 30 years. “Waiting For Guffman” and “Best In Show” are beloved comedy classics, but this gem about folk singers doesn’t get mentioned nearly enough.

April 19, 2023 - Posted by | List | , , , , , , , , , ,

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