We know all about lots of popular, big-name, mainstream movies. But what about the many other amazing movies out there that may not have been as popular? Plenty of films exist that have great cinematography, well-developed plotlines, and excellent acting. Some are hysterical, while others are more serious in nature. Many are quite entertaining. Here are five movies like that, which may not be as popular as some, but are still good for a movie night.
Based on a novel illustrated with beautiful black-and-white drawings, this film tells the tale of a young orphan boy (Asa Butterfield) who maintains the old clocks of a Paris train station. He lives in hidden passageways in the walls that give access to the station’s clocks and steals food in order to survive. But then he meets a young girl whose intelligence, curiosity, and desire for answers match his own. The adventures begin quickly, and both of them are propelled into an odds-defying journey filled with mystery-solving and self-discovery.
This movie is well-acted, especially by the young main characters. It features an intricate and fascinating plotline that takes the story to places the audience would never have expected. Furthermore, the cinematography is beautiful and enhances the experience of what it would be like to go on adventures in an old French train station. I highly recommend this movie as an addition to a personal collection.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Based on a short story, this movie starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig tells the story of a middle-aged magazine photograph manager. He is dissatisfied with his life and often “zones out” into daydreams about the exciting adventures he wishes his life involved. But when an important photo never arrives at the magazine company, the time comes for him to leave the daydreaming behind and make his dreams reality. Walter must go on a journey to find the missing picture. But the only person who knows its location is the elusive freelance photographer who took the picture, and he’s on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
This film is, I think, one of Ben Stiller’s best. The wide landscape shots are gorgeous, and they further expand on this movie’s themes of adventure and making your dreams come true. Stiller’s acting is on point, even though in this movie, he isn’t trying to be a comedian. He’s just your average joe working a 9-5 job that he wishes wasn’t the only significant detail of his life. As Stiller is also the director of this film, it’s no surprise that this movie is as entertaining as it is. So if you’re looking for a movie about adventure beyond the day-to-day routine, look no further than The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
This movie, interestingly enough, is based on the board game of the same name. Filled with an all-star cast and set during the ’50s, this movie packs in the hilarity and mystery of a mansion-party murder spree. While all the characters try to figure out whodunnit, the killer(s) strikes again and again. And if you want to know the solution to the mystery, have fun with the answers, because there are multiple. In fact, there are three possible endings, each with different results and different suspects.
From secret passageways in the walls and archaic murder weapons, to a maid with a bad French accent and an obligatory ominous thunderstorm, this movie will definitely entertain. One-liners and word puns proliferate. Chaos and comical distrust abound as the characters search the house, trying to find the killer, who is actually one of them. So if you like murder mysteries that are also amusing, Clue is for you.
The Adventures of Tintin
Based on a popular comic strip, this animated film follows the mystery-cracking journalist Tintin as he chases after the story of a lifetime: a huge sunken treasure surrounded by centuries of scandal and intrigue. Along with his hapless police officer friends Thomson and Thompson, the alcoholic Captain Archibald Haddock, and Tintin’s loyal, intelligent terrier Snowy, Tintin sets out to satisfy his insatiable curiosity. Voiced by talented actors such as Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, and Simon Pegg, this movie truly delivers with well-developed characters and a well-voice-acted story.
If that wasn’t enough, this film includes breathtaking motion-capture CGI, beautifully animated scenery and transitions, intense stunts, and a long series of reason-stretching coincidences. The Adventures of Tintin is a wonderfully-told animated movie, and is definitely a film worthy of a place in your movie collection.
The Apple Dumpling Gang
No, this movie is not based on anything, unlike the previous four movies. However, it is a farce, as it contains plenty of references to common Western film conventions, from bars and poker to gold and bandit gangs. A young gentleman seeking his fortune gets saddled with three little kids after he unwittingly takes charge of their guardianship. He seeks to unburden himself of them so that he can move on. But despite his best efforts, he finds himself in the middle of an adventure that includes the children finding a gold nugget and thieves trying to steal it.
Of course, it also includes a good Western shootout, a bar-room brawl, a couple attempted robberies, and a horse chase. With a cast of actors like Harry Morgan, Tim Conway, and Don Knotts, this film is good for anyone who enjoys satire, Westerns, and adventure.
These five movies may not be well-known, but they certainly tell good stories. So if you’re looking for movies to watch besides the newest popular films, pick these up and get ready for a good time.