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The 13 Most Overlooked Movies of 2013

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Each year, hundreds if not thousands of movies are released in theaters, on DVD or online, yet the vast majority of these are never seen by the masses – even when they star Oscar-winning actors or are backed by major distributors. Here are 13 movies of 2013 that you probably didn’t see (they all earned under $30 million in the United States), but should.

13. All is Lost

This Robert Redford-starrer is not for everyone. After all, Redford is the only person in the movie, he barely talks and the entire film is about him trying to survive a shipwreck on the high seas. Some people will find it boring, but others, like me, found it riveting and quietly suspenseful. The movie only earned $7 million worldwide.

12. The Hunt

The only foreign-language film on this list, because us Americans hate reading subtitles, The Hunt stars Mads Mikkelsen (best known in the U.S. as the bad guy from Casino Royale) as a day care specialist who is falsely accused of sexually abusing his best friend’s young daughter. The drama made $16 million worldwide, but just over half a million in the U.S.

11. The Kings of Summer

This coming-of-age drama-comedy about a group of teenage boys who flee into the woods for a summer made only $1.3 million despite rave reviews, an accessible story and some pretty funny characters.

10. The Last Stand

One of two Arnold Schwarzenegger movies on this list, The Last Stand earned $45 million worldwide but only $12 million domestically, proving what we all know: most Americans just don’t care about 21st century Arnold. It’s a shame, because the movie, about a small-town sheriff who attempts to prevent a dangerous drug cartel leader from fleeing into Mexico is surprisingly fun.

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9. You’re Next

Speaking of fun, the horror movie You’re Next is an absolute blast – as long as you don’t mind creatively gory murders, badass heroines and terrible acting/dialogue. With exception to star Sharni Vinson, the acting is truly horrid – but it actually makes the satisfaction of watching all of those people die all the more entertaining. The movie made $25 million worldwide.

8. Escape Plan

This action-thriller starring Sylvestor Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger made $124 million worldwide, but only $24 million domestically, despite an entertainingly simple, high-concept story about a prison escape artist (do you think such people actually exist?) who is betrayed and locked away in an ultra-secret prison.

7. The Sapphires

This comedy-drama about four aboriginal women who start a hit band in Australia during the Vietnam War won’t win any awards, buts its fast pace and comedic undertones make it surprisingly entertaining. Having earned only $20 million worldwide, it deserves more attention on DVD.

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By Erik Samdahl
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  • ok heh

    Totally agree about Rush, but disagree with the choices of Spectacular Now and The Way, Way Back. I don’t think they add anything new to their genres, and they aren’t very memorable.

    I have some others I’ll have to check out now, thanks!

  • eriksamdahl

    Thanks for the comment. I found Miles Tellers’ performance to be pretty defining, and The Way, Way Back was just enjoyable. But I agree to the extent that neither are genre-breakers.

  • ok heh

    The Way, Way Back reminded much of another coming of age story in an amusement park – Adventureland. I feel like that one hit on all cylinders.

    The best coming of age movie last year was Mud, imho. And I’d say its fairly overlooked.

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