When is it exactly that we call a film underrated? Probably when a film does not get the kind of love and admiration we think it truly deserves. And no matter how much of a hardcore cinephile you might be, there always lies a chunk of absolute gems that we seem to have overlooked. And needless to say, for a cinephile, discovering such hidden cinematic gems is the most exciting part of life. This decade, so far, has been great for cinema in general and while the often celebrated classics remain untouched, it’s time we look up to the ones no one talks about; those hidden treasures. So here is a list of underrated and under-appreciated films from the 2010s that deserve more attention. You can watch several of these overlooked movies from this decade on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
15. Biutiful (2010)
Alejandro Inarritu’s most underrated film is a searing tale of love, redemption and fatherhood. ‘Biutiful’ depicts as he is forced to deal with a terminal disease whilst having to take care of his little children. The subtle, melancholic feel Inarritu infuses here gives a very profound sense of tragedy as the narrative beautifully captures Uxbal’s emotional struggle and flows in a leisurely pace. While ‘Birdman’, ‘Amores Perros’ remain highly revered classics, ‘Biutiful’ has somewhere slipped out of fans’ eyes but there’s no denying that it is one of the most beautiful films of this decade.
14. Cold in July (2014)
Slick, smart and surprisingly refreshing, ‘Cold in July’ is one of the most underrated thrillers of this decade. The story focuses on a man who kills a criminal whose father seeks vengeance. The plot gets a lot more complex that what it suggests as it fills in with numerous twists and turns that work well with the narrative despite coming off as a bit convoluted and shaky at places. Jim Mickle’s direction is pretty engaging as he handles the scenes with required tension and ferocity that keeps you glued to the film. Another amazing indie gem that sadly remains overlooked.
13. Prince Avalanche (2013)
This lighthearted comedy drama starring Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd is one of the most refreshing and engaging cinematic journeys of this decade that has somewhat been overlooked by audiences. It depicts the joyous journey of two road workers who are looking to spend the summer far away someplace, isolated from their city lives. The runs on the wonderful performances of its lead and is an absolute fun ride, guaranteed to warm you with its endearingly refreshing and clever blend of comedy and drama with strong melancholic undertones.