21st Century's 9 Best Overlooked Movies

Hunt for the Wilderpeople, directed by Taika Waititi, who also directed Boy (2010) and co-produced What We Do in the Shadows (2014), is the quirky and wonderful buddy film you need if you're looking for an antidote to a terrible day or a continuous diet of sad movies.

1. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

I, Daniel Blake is a story about a blue-collar worker negotiating the English welfare system, revealing flaws in the social safety net. At a time when class and social mobility are more politically relevant than ever, this film puts into question the concept of the "citizen" .

2. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), a former campaigner, and his wife Leslie leave modern consumer society to raise their six children in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. They educate them how to grow and kill their own food, how to survive in nature through boot camp-style workouts.

3. Captain Fantastic (2016)

Director Bryan Fogel, best known for his work on Jewtopia, originally intended to document his investigation into doping in order to win an amateur bicycle competition. He starts by contacting experts to assist him in getting and administering the medications, one of them refers him to Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov.

4. Icarus (2017)

Wind River is a real masterpiece by Taylor Sheridan, the creator of Sicario and Hell or High Water. A young detective (Elizabeth Olsen) investigates the death of a Native American girl on a reservation.

5. Wind River (2017)

Honeyland, the first film to be nominated for both the Documentary and Foreign-Language Oscars, and the highest honored film at the 2019 Sundance Festival, discreetly follows Europe's last wild beekeepers for three years.

6. Honeyland (2019)

This well-acted Western, written by actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicario) and directed by David Mackenzie (who also worked on the prison drama Starred Up), is one of the most compelling films of 2016.

7. Hell or High Water (2016)

The 2016 film by South Korean auteur director Park Chan-wook (who also directed Oldboy and Stoker) focuses on the dark aspect of what makes us human: betrayal, brutality, and transgression. The Handmaiden, based on British novelist Sarah Waters' 2002 novel Fingersmith.

8. The Handmaiden (2016)

Cold War, despite being only 90 minutes long, is epic in scope and a modern monument to the power of cinema. Cold War, directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and cinematographer Łukasz Ża, showcases meticulously staged black-and-white beauty of decaying post-war landscapes in Poland, East Berlin, and historic Paris.

9. Cold War (2018)