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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also small-scale

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and small-scale movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and small-scale, 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 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified ad seeking a companion for time travel.

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2012-06-08 | Comedy / Romance

Cast

Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass

Rating

rating icon 6.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    numerous plots
  2. Ranked #1 for
    witty script
  3. Ranked #2 for
    question mark ending

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2 Blue Ruin (2013)

When the quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news, he sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. However, he proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

Info

2013-09-09 | Crime / Thriller

Cast

Macon Blair, Devin Ratray

Rating

rating icon 6.8

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    industrious character
  2. Ranked #1 for
    expository dialogue
  3. Ranked #1 for
    high-running emotions

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3 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
    attractive lead

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4 Odd Thomas (2013)

In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.

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2013-01-29 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    endeared character
  2. Ranked #2 for
    peculiar
  3. Ranked #3 for
    petite actress

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5 Chef (2014)

When Chef Carl Casper suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner, he is left to figure out what's next. Finding himself in Miami, he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen -- and zest for life and love.

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2014-05-08 | Comedy

Cast

Jon Favreau, Sofía Vergara

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    brisk pace
  2. Ranked #1 for
    with guiding hand
  3. Ranked #1 for
    hubba hubba

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6 Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

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2012-12-07 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Bill Murray, Laura Linney

Rating

rating icon 5.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #2 for
    ample support
  2. Ranked #2 for
    historical interest
  3. Ranked #2 for
    acting with limited scope

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7 Signs (2002)

A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come.

Info

2002-08-02 | Drama / Thriller

Cast

Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    establishing mood
  2. Ranked #1 for
    beautiful writing
  3. Ranked #1 for
    reasonably well done

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8 Ant-Man (2015)

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Doctor Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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2015-07-14 | Science Fiction / Action

Cast

Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    epic proportion
  2. Ranked #1 for
    comedic tone
  3. Ranked #1 for
    always dependable actor

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9 Cop Car (2015)

Two kids find themselves in the centre of a deadly game of cat and mouse after taking a sheriff's cruiser for a joy ride.

Info

2015-08-07 | Thriller

Cast

Kevin Bacon, James Freedson-Jackson

Rating

rating icon 5.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #3 for
    steady pace
  2. Ranked #5 for
    pretty solid
  3. Ranked #5 for
    tying up loose end

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10 Leave No Trace (2018)

A father and daughter live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own.

Info

2018-06-29 | Drama

Cast

Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster

Rating

rating icon 6.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    slow tempo
  2. Ranked #1 for
    engrossing finish
  3. Ranked #2 for
    expository dialogue

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FAQ

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