There are certain movies that you must simply sit down on the couch and watch when they happen to be playing on TV. Sometimes it's slightly embarrassing to admit to blindly enjoying whatever film it may be, sometimes due to the fact that it's a movie that didn't do too well at the box office. I mean, I'm not going to sit here and say that The Parent Trap deserved an Oscar, but I'm also not not going to, either. Anyway, with films that are outstanding yet lesser-known and others that just didn't perform well critically, these next 30 movies—in no specific order—are some of the most underrated of all time.
The 30 Most Underrated Movies of All Time
(And Where You Can Watch Them)
1. "Best in Show"
A Mockumentary about the intricacies of dog shows, Best in Show follows a bunch of couples and solo dog handlers who are competing in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show. The cast includes Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey, and Jennifer Coolidge, to name a few, who are all competing against one another.
2. "The Day After Tomorrow"
When Jack Hall's (Dennis Quaid) climate predictions start suddenly coming true in real-time just as he's sent off his son to a scholarly debate in New York City, he has to figure out how he's going to reunite with his family.
3. "Wet Hot American Summer"
With a huge cast including Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Christopher Meloni, Wet Hot American Summer centers around a group of camp counselors taking on their last day at Camp Firewood. Given this, the counselors each use it as an opportunity to make a romantic connection with other counselors.
4. "Postcards From the Edge"
Based on the semi-autobiographical book of the same name by Carrie Fisher, Postcards From the Edge tells the story of Suzanne Vale (Meryl Streep), the daughter of Doris Mann (Shirley MacLaine), an aging, famous actress. Vale, a recovering drug addict, is navigating her life in and then out of rehab, which includes taking a stab at acting and following in her mom's footsteps.
With a massive asteroid hurtling towards Earth, NASA has to come up with a plan in just 18 days to destroy it, as it would end all life on Earth. NASA Executive Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton) quickly comes up with a plan to detonate a nuclear bomb on the asteroid, which will require training a group of astronauts in a short period of time to drill the bomb into the asteroid.
6. "A League of Their Own"
Based on the true story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s, A League of Their Own revolves around the Rockford Peaches, an all-women's baseball team. Disgruntled and alcoholic former MLB player, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), leads the team, comprised of players portrayed by Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, and Lori Petty.
7. "The Family Stone"
A Christmas classic unknown to many, The Family Stone follows the Stones at Christmastime, a large family helmed by Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson. When Everett (Dermot Mulroney), the eldest son, brings home Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), an uptight businesswoman, the family has to adjust to the new dynamic.
8. "Freaky Friday" (2003)
A remake of the original, this iteration follows the same plot, following mother Dr. Tess Coleman (Jamie Lee-Curtis) and daughter Anna (Lindsay Lohan) as they switch bodies after a long string of arguments between the two. Given this unexpected switch just a few days before Tess' wedding, the two have to both take on the others' life and come up with a plan to switch back before the big day.
9. "Bee Movie"
Bee Movie follows Barry (Jerry Seinfeld) as he navigates life as a bee and has to figure out what he really wants to do with his life. When he accidentally goes on a trip with the Pollinators, he gets to experience life in the real world outside the hive, which gets him thinking about exploring the outside more often. Also while on the outside, he encounters a human to who he takes a particular liking, Vanessa (Renée Zellweger).
10. "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"
Although the three prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy have remained largely unfavorable among fans and critics, Attack of the Clones should be given another chance. Undoubtedly the best out of the prequels, it's packed with action and has a great side storyline going that focuses on Jango Fett on the planet of Kamino. All of this ultimately culminates in a massive battle at the end, filled with weird monsters and a few untimely deaths.
11. "The Parent Trap" (1998)
Although this film always ends up feeling a lot longer than I remembered, there is not a wasted minute as The Parent Trap is a fast-paced, well-balanced movie with a perfectly-cast ensemble, including Natasha Richardson, Dennis Quaid, and Lindsay Lohan.
12. "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"
Based on the memoir of author Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me? tells the story of her life spent forging letters and other documents by famous authors in order to both make money and give her writing career a boost.
Beanie Feldstein and Kaitlyn Dever portray two devoted students, Molly Davidson and Amy Antsler, who realize (on the day before graduation) that they've missed out on the entire high school experience because they were too busy caring about their grades. Given that, the two go overboard on the night before graduation to make up for that loss.
14. "August: Osage County"
Based on the 2007 play of the same name written by Tracy Letts, August: Osage County is a dark, sometimes-angry dramedy about a very contentious family coming together after its patriarch, Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard), of the family passes away. Suffering from oral cancer and addicted to painkillers, Violet (Meryl Streep) has an extremely tough time with his death, taking it out on her daughters, Barbara (Julia Roberts), Ivy (Julianne Nicholson), and Karen (Juliette Lewis).
15. "Kindergarten Cop"
In Kindergarten Cop, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a detective who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher in order to bust a drug dealer. Although his real job is being a detective, John Kimble (Schwarzenegger) realizes that he actually enjoys teaching while undercover, and considers switching his career path.
16. "Private Benjamin"
Private Benjamin is a hilarious look into the Army, as Goldie Hawn plays Judy Benjamin, a woman who is convinced to join the army with the understanding that it will change her life for the better. Though she isn't taken seriously at first by her fellow soldiers and captains, she ends up earning respect in basic training by exposing an affair within her training company.
17. "The Big Chill"
Fit with an incredible soundtrack, The Big Chill is about a group of old college friends who reunite upon the death of their friend, Alex. The entire crew of friends comes to attend the funeral and stays at Sarah's (Glenn Close) and Harold's (Kevin Cline) house, where the group reminisces on their time at the University of Michigan and gets into some trouble.
18. "Godzilla vs. Kong"
Though it may not have the most ground-breaking plot on the planet, Godzilla vs. Kong is exactly what you would want it to be. With tons of big-time fight scenes between Godzilla and King Kong and the introduction of a new foe, Mechagodzilla, there's no shortage of action here.
19. "Wonder Woman 1984"
Starring Gal Gadot as the namesake character, Wonder Woman 1984 shows Wonder Woman/Diane Price in a transitionary phase of her life. Given that she hasn't fully taken control of her powers yet, the film tracks her as she comes into her powers and gives some backstory behind her becoming Wonder Woman.
20. "The First Wives Club"
With a stacked cast comprised of Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, and Diane Keaton, The First Wives Club follows a group of old friends who reconnect after their mutual best friend passes away. Each woman is also divorced, and given that, the three decide to take revenge on Brenda's (Midler) ex-husband, as he has a new fiancée, played by a very young Sarah Jessica Parker.
Rodney Copperbottom, voiced by Ewan McGregor, is an aspiring inventor who hopes to catch the eye of big time inventor, Bigweld, voiced by Mel Brooks. Robots follows Rodney as he heads off to Robot City to show his new invention to Bigweld. However, once he arrives, he realizes what's really going on with the company and its new owner.
22. "Four Christmases"
It might not be the first Christmas movie that you think to watch at the beginning of the holiday season, but Four Christmases is an insane comedy that's a must-watch outside of your regular Christmas movies. Married couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) have to navigate four different Christmases in one day, where they encounter each other's extremely odd families.
Starring Cher and Winona Ryder, Mermaids is about Rachel Flax (Cher), who is raising two daughters, Charlotte (Ryder) and Kate (Christina Ricci), in a new town. Even though her family is Jewish, Charlotte is a devoted Catholic who plans to become a nun someday, although her intrusive thoughts about their attractive neighbor, Joe (Michael Schoeffling) is throwing a wrench into things.
24. "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Adapted from the novel of the same name by Richard Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey is about two competing restaurants in France: one, La Saule Pleureur, a successful restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), and the other, a Muslim-Kadam family-owned restaurant named Maison Mumbai. The catch is that the restaurants are located only 100 feet from each other.
25. "The Wife"
Having just won the Nobel Prize in Literature, author Joseph Castleman (Jonathan Pryce), along with his wife, Joan (Glenn Close), and son, David (Max Irons), head to Stockholm for the ceremony. However, a long-held animosity starts to brew between the couple as Joan comes to terms with the fact that in reality, she was the one who really earned the Nobel Prize, yet Joseph is the one receiving all of the credit.
26. "Burn After Reading"
A Joel and Ethan Coen film, Burn After Reading stars Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt as Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer, two gym employees, who come across the unpublished memoirs of an ex-CIA employee. Mistaking the papers for classified government documents, the two look to make a gain from their finding.
Though at it's core Underwater is a classic monster movie filled with jump scares, there's a precious quality to the film that makes it a bit more than that, which is mostly due to Kristen Stewart's extraordinary performance as mechanical engineer, Norah Price. When an underwater drilling facility is struck by an earthquake, its workers have to find a way out to escape as portions of their workspace were destroyed by the damage.
28. "Baby Boom"
Diane Keaton stars as J.C. Wiatt, and extremely successful and busy lawyer who is unexpectedly given custody of a child when her distant cousin passes away. With this new role in life, Wiatt has to figure out how that plays into her relationship with her boyfriend and stressful job.
29. "Florence Foster Jenkins"
Based off the real life of Florence Foster Jenkins, this film of the same name focuses on her blissful life of creating music, regardless of the fact that she's a terrible singer. The movie also hones in on the relationship between Jenkins (Meryl Streep) and her longtime musical partner, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant).
30. "Mystic Pizza"
Julia Roberts works at a famous pizzeria in Mystic, Connecticut in her breakout role as Daisy Araújo, alongside her sister, Kat, and pal, Jojo. Daisy and Kat often butt heads because Kat is about to leave for Yale to study astronomy, while Daisy intends to stay at the pizzeria and continue to work there. When Charles, a young, rich man, comes to town, he hits it off with Daisy, which is tough for her at first, given that they're from very different backgrounds.