50 Great Movies You’ve Never Seen

Struggling for something to watch? Close-Up Culture name 50 great films from recent years that are criminally underwatched.

50. Second Mother (2015)

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

49. Psychobitch (2019)

Generation Achievement meets impossible love. Frida (played by Elli Rhiannon Müller Osborne) is different; Marius, on the other hand, is the most popular boy in class. When they must work together at school, a turbulent and challenging relationship commences.

48. I Am Samuel (2020)

Filmed verite style over five years, I Am Samuel is an intimate portrait of a Kenyan man torn between balancing duty to his family with his dreams for his future.

47. Eyimofe (2020)

In Lagos, Nigeria, tragedy and fate intervene as two people try to better the lives of their families. Read our review

46. Una (2016)

When a young woman unexpectedly arrives at her much-older former lover’s workplace, looking for answers, the secrets of their dark past threaten to unravel his new life. Read our Q&A

45. Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

44. Do You Own The Dancefloor (2015)

The Hacienda nightclub closed its doors for the last time in 1997. In 2000, 69 lots from the club were sold off at auction in Central Manchester. This doc tells the story of the auction and about what happened to bricks, toilets & dancefloor from this iconic club. Read our director Q&A

43. Apostasy (2017)

A faithful Jehovah’s Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation draws out, she starts to question the meaning of God’s love. Read our review

42. Dancer (2016)

Sergei Polunin is a breathtaking ballet talent who questions his existence and his commitment to dance just as he is about to become a legend. Read our review

41. Crystal Swan (2018)

In 1990s Belarus, a wanderlust young DJ is derailed by a typo in a forged US Visa application, forcing her to a backwater village where she is determined to fake her way to the American dream. Read our interview

40. November (2017)

In a poor Estonian village, a group of peasants use magic and folk remedies to survive the winter, and a young woman tries to get a young man to love her. Read our interview

39. Lover For A D‪ay (2017)

A young woman returns home after the breakdown of a relationship to discover her father is dating a woman her age. Read our interview

38. Mary Goes Round (2017)

Mary is a substance abuse counsellor with a drinking problem. After getting arrested for drunk driving and losing her job, Mary returns to her hometown where she learns that her estranged father is dying of cancer and wants her to form a bond with her teenage half-sister. Read our interview

37. The Last Fight (2018)

Marloes Coenen is at the autumn of her carrier as a women’s-MMA superstar. She is a multiple world champion and desperately wants to win the 145 pound belt one last time.

36. Western (2017)

German construction workers building a dam near a Bulgarian village interact with the locals, and soon the troubles arise both with the locals and among themselves.

35. Ask The Sexpert (2017)

A longtime sex advice columnist gains popularity against the backdrop of a ban on comprehensive sex-education in schools in several Indian states. Read our interview

34. Blue My Mind (2018)

15-year-old Mia is facing an overwhelming transformation which calls her entire existence into question. Her body is changing radically, and despite desperate attempts to halt the process, she is soon forced to accept that nature is far more powerful than her. Read our interview

33. Sauvage (2018)

Leo is 22 and sells his body on the street for a bit of cash. The men come and go, and he stays right here – longing for love. He doesn’t know what the future will bring. He hits the road. His heart is pounding. Read our interview

32. O Beautiful Night (2019)

Yuri is a young musician. He is very afraid of death. For this reason, he hardly leaves his apartment. One day he meets a mysterious man who claims to be death. He takes him on an extraordinary journey.

31. Lillian (2019)

An emigrant in New York decides to walk back to her home in Russia.

30. Krabi, 2562 (2019)

The landscape and stories within the community of Krabi, Southern Thailand. It captures the town in this specific moment where the pre-historic, the more recent past and the contemporary world collide, sometimes uneasily.

29. Eleven Days In May (2022)

A documentary on 11 days of bombing at Palestinian territory of Gaza in May 2021.

28. Hounds of Love (2016)

Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive.

27. Aren’t You Happy? (2019)

A girl roams through the city looking for a place to sleep, but between yoga studios, art galleries and the beds of strangers there is no space for her. A post-modern comedy in pink and blue. Read our interview

26. Antigone (2019)

A modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy which falls within a social realism. To the law of men, the young Antigone apposes her own sets of values.

25. Pecking Order (2017)

Fierce rivalries, club infighting, problematic birds and irregular judging are just some of the challenges faced by a group of zealous Kiwi chicken breeders hell bent on victory at the 2015 National Poultry Show. Read our review

24. 303 (2018)

Two university students, Jule and Jan, leave Berlin together in an old camper on a road trip south, but for different reasons.

23. I Am Here (2018)

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The story of an unfamiliar couple who escape to a southeast Asian island after committing a murder, I Am Here is a quietly suspenseful experience set to an idyllic backdrop and driven by two intense lead performances.

22. G-Funk (2017)

The untold story of how hip-hop’s most commercial and iconic sub-genre came to be.

21. El Father Plays Himself (2020)

A father and son return to the Amazon jungle to shoot a deeply personal film. Fiction and reality clash as father plays himself.

20. Miami (2017)

Two sisters reunite after years of separation. Their lives intertwine as they share a dream of a bright future, only to find out that the past can’t be easily undone. Read our interview

19. Aleksi (2018)

Aleksi is a disaffected 28-year-old who ignores her pressing responsibilities by following her impulses with various men.

18. Zama (2017)

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

17. Frances Ferguson (2019)

A small town’s reaction to scandal. Read our interview

16. Diving Into The Unknown (2016)

After a terrible accident deep inside an underwater cave, the survivors are forced to risk their own lives to bring the bodies of their friends home.

15. Roller Dreams (2017)

It’s 1984 and Venice Beach, CA, is at the epicenter of a pop culture explosion. Young people of color seeking refuge from the turmoil of inner city life flock to the eclectic ocean community to create a brand new phenomenon: roller dancing.

14. Space Dogs (2019)

They are Moscow’s stray shadows: a “pack” of dogs and humans, claiming their territory where the city is crumbling and yet reveals a magical landscape.

13. April’s Daughter (2017)

A pregnant 17-year-old decides to keep her condition to herself, enjoying a calm life in Puerto Vallarta. But, why on earth hadn’t the inexperienced mother-to-be sought for assistance earlier? Can a mere child raise a kid on her own?

12. The Islands And The Whales

The whale hunters of the Faroe Islands believe that hunting is vital to their way of life, but, when a local professor makes a grim discovery about the effects of marine pollution, environmental changes threaten their way of life forever.

11. Pin Cushion (2017)

When a socially awkward teen and her outcast mother become targets for the petty and cruel denizens of their small town, they seek refuge in an elaborate fantasy world of their own making.

10. Have A Nice Day (2017)

A city in southern China and a bag containing a million yuan draw several people from diverse backgrounds with different personal motives into a bloody conflict.

9. Makala (2017)

Trials tribulation dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo. Read our review

8. Girl Asleep (2015)

The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can’t bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world. Read our interview

7. People’s Republic of Desire (2018)

Two live streamers seek fame, fortune and human connection in China’s digital idol-making universe, ultimately finding the same promises and perils online as in their real lives. 

6. In Another Life (2017)

Set against the backdrop of the Calais Jungle, Syrian refugee Adnan battles to be reunited with his wife Bana in the UK.

5. Holiday (2018)

A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Read our interview

4. Ana By Day (2018)

Ana is an exemplary girl that has been educated in middle-class family. The appearance of a double that starts living her life and doing all of her obligations, allows Ana to adopt total anonymity for the very first time.

3. Tiger Girl (2017)

TIGER gets what she wants. VANILLA does not know what she wants. Apart from one important thing: a uniform. TIGER teach her to bite, and VANILLA tastes blood. So TIGER needs to learn a new rule: They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. Read our interview

2. Palio (2015)

Twice a year the Italian city of Siena goes crazy for the oldest horse race in the world: the Palio. Not your average race: strategy, bribery and corruption play as much a part as the skill of the riders

1. Gueros (2014)

Tomas is too much for his lone mother so she sends him to live with his older brother Federico, aka Sombra, in Mexico City.

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