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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also compulsory watch

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and compulsory watch movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and compulsory watch, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country. Maimovie provides context-aware recommendation based on extensive data gathered and analyzed by AI.

Last Update Mar 08 2021

1 The Band's Visit (2007)

A small Egyptian police band travels to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves stuck in the wrong town.

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2007-05-19 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Sasson Gabai, Ronit Elkabetz

Rating

rating icon 7.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    carefree
  2. Ranked #2 for
    shy girl
  3. Ranked #2 for
    halting acting

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2 Frailty (2001)

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed 'demons'.

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2001-11-17 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey

Rating

rating icon 7.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    going nuts
  2. Ranked #1 for
    watching successively
  3. Ranked #1 for
    maladjusted character

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3 Like Stars on Earth (2007)

Ishaan Awasthi is an eight-year-old whose world is filled with wonders that no one else seems to appreciate. Colours, fish, dogs, and kites don't seem important to the adults, who are much more interested in things like homework, marks, and neatness. Ishaan cannot seem to get anything right in class; he is then sent to boarding school, where his life changes forever.

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2007-12-21 | Drama

Cast

Darsheel Safary, Aamir Khan

Rating

rating icon 8.0

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    utterly perfect directing
  2. Ranked #2 for
    relevant issue
  3. Ranked #2 for
    stunning performance

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4 The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

Quiet, withdrawn 13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives peacefully in her home in a New England beach town. Whenever the prying landlady inquires after Rynn's father, she politely claims that he's in the city on business. But when the landlady's creepy and increasingly persistent son, Frank, won't leave Rynn alone, she teams up with kindly neighbor boy Mario to maintain the dark family secret that she's been keeping to herself.

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1976-12-25 | Drama / Mystery

Cast

Jodie Foster, Martin Sheen

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    sure-footed director
  2. Ranked #3 for
    deft directing
  3. Ranked #3 for
    forlorn

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5 Catfish (2010)

Nev, a 24-year-old New York-based photographer, has no idea what he's in for when Abby, an eight-year-old girl from rural Michigan, contacts him on Facebook, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs. When he receives her remarkable painting, Nev begins a friendship and correspondence with Abby's family. But things really get interesting when he develops a cyber-romance with Abby's attractive older sister, Megan, a musician and model. Prompted by some startling revelations about Megan, Nev and his buddies embark on a road trip in search of the truth.

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2010-09-17 | Documentary

Cast

Melody C. Roscher, Ariel Schulman

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    equally compelling
  2. Ranked #5 for
    slowly developing
  3. Ranked #5 for
    obvious

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6 28 Weeks Later (2007)

The inhabitants of the British Isles have lost their battle against the onslaught of disease, as the deadly rage virus has killed every citizen there. Six months later, a group of Americans dare to set foot on the isles, convinced the danger has come and gone. But it soon becomes all too clear that the scourge continues to live, waiting to pounce on its next victims.

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2007-04-26 | Horror / Thriller

Cast

Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    well-developed character
  2. Ranked #2 for
    rabid character
  3. Ranked #2 for
    more expansive

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7 The 39 Steps (1935)

Richard Hanney has a rude awakening when a glamorous female spy falls into his bed -- with a knife in her back. Having a bit of trouble explaining it all to Scotland Yard, he heads for the hills of Scotland to try to clear his name by locating the spy ring known as "The 39 Steps."

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1935-06-06 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll

Rating

rating icon 7.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    deft directing
  2. Ranked #1 for
    with dull moments
  3. Ranked #1 for
    tight pace

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8 The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The epic saga continues as Luke Skywalker, in hopes of defeating the evil Galactic Empire, learns the ways of the Jedi from aging master Yoda. But Darth Vader is more determined than ever to capture Luke. Meanwhile, rebel leader Princess Leia, cocky Han Solo, Chewbacca, and droids C-3PO and R2-D2 are thrown into various stages of capture, betrayal and despair.

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1980-05-20 | Adventure / Action

Cast

Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Rating

rating icon 8.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    crucial
  2. Ranked #1 for
    more believable
  3. Ranked #1 for
    surprisingly mature

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9 United 93 (2006)

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

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2006-04-28 | Drama / History

Cast

J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    non-professional actor
  2. Ranked #1 for
    benefit of hindsight
  3. Ranked #1 for
    accurate description

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10 Finding Nemo (2003)

Nemo, an adventurous young clownfish, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist's office aquarium. It's up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home -- meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way.

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2003-05-30 | Animation / Family

Cast

Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres

Rating

rating icon 7.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    kid-friendly
  2. Ranked #6 for
    stepping beyond
  3. Ranked #8 for
    satisfying watch

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FAQ

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