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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also truly exceptional

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and truly exceptional movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and truly exceptional, 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 01 2021

1 Calibre (2018)

Two lifelong friends head up to an isolated Scottish Highlands village for a weekend hunting trip that descends into a never-ending nightmare as they attempt to cover up a horrific hunting accident.

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2018-06-22 | Thriller / Horror

Cast

Jack Lowden, Martin McCann

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    very satisfying
  2. Ranked #1 for
    unpleasantly surprising
  3. Ranked #1 for
    rock solid

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2 Secret Superstar (2017)

Insia Malik is a talented 15-year-old school girl from Baroda whose spirit is ripped because her mother is in a troubled and violent marriage. Of course she still dares to pursue her dream of becoming a singer and she also valiantly attempts to free her mother from her conservative, cold father.

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2017-10-19 | Drama / Music

Cast

Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan

Rating

rating icon 7.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    superlative performance
  2. Ranked #1 for
    solid foundation
  3. Ranked #2 for
    histrionic acting

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3 Spanglish (2004)

Mexican immigrant and single mother Flor Moreno finds housekeeping work with Deborah and John Clasky, a well-off couple with two children of their own. When Flor admits she can't handle the schedule because of her daughter, Cristina, Deborah decides they should move into the Clasky home. Cultures clash and tensions run high as Flor and the Claskys struggle to share space while raising their children on their own, and very different, terms.

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2004-12-17 | Comedy

Cast

Adam Sandler, Téa Leoni

Rating

rating icon 5.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    wrapped-up nicely
  2. Ranked #1 for
    beautiful actress
  3. Ranked #1 for
    flair for comedy

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4 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
    maladjusted character
  2. Ranked #1 for
    watching successively
  3. Ranked #1 for
    going nuts

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5 The Guest (2014)

A soldier introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.

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2014-09-17 | Mystery / Thriller

Cast

Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    highly watchable
  2. Ranked #1 for
    popcorn flick
  3. Ranked #1 for
    quite enjoyable

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6 Frank (2014)

A young wannabe musician who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

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2014-05-02 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Rating

rating icon 6.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    wild and crazy
  2. Ranked #1 for
    eccentric genius
  3. Ranked #1 for
    for meditation

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7 Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding.

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2005-09-03 | Drama / Comedy

Cast

Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson

Rating

rating icon 7.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    bouncy
  2. Ranked #4 for
    soft lighting
  3. Ranked #4 for
    overly optimistic

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8 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
    stunning performance
  3. Ranked #2 for
    relevant issue

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9 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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10 A Monster Calls (2016)

A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.

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2016-01-01 | Drama / Fantasy

Cast

Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver

Rating

rating icon 7.2

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    incredibly touching
  2. Ranked #1 for
    emotionally resonating
  3. Ranked #1 for
    searing

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