Highest-Rated Movies about 'Underdog', Sort by Popularity


The Bicycle Thief (1948), Double Dare (2003), The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2004), The Celluloid Closet (1996), Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998), Zama (2017), Amanda (2018), Special (2019) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Underdog movies.


The Bicycle Thief (1948)

A poor man (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his son (Enzo Staiola) search postwar Rome for the stolen bicycle he needs to work as a bill poster.

peasant, son, wife, thief, psychic, bleak, endearing

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Double Dare (2003)

Stuntwomen Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell are experts at taking punches, swinging swords and being blown to bits. Epper first gained respect as Lynda Carter's stuntwoman on TV's "Wonder Woman," while Bell had a long run as Lucy Lawless' double on the series "Xena: Warrior Princess." But, in a primarily male profession, the women still have to struggle against sexism to find jobs. This documentary chronicles their uphill battle in Hollywood and their enduring friendship throughout it all.

stuntwoman, woman, senior citizen, actress, friend, quentin tarantino, engaging

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The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till (2004)

Filmmaker Keith Beauchamp examines the 1955 Mississippi murder of a 14-year-old black boy who whistled at a white woman.

mother, civil rights activist, family member, sheriff, teenager, al sharpton, raw

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The Celluloid Closet (1996)

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman look at the depiction of homosexuality in film. Lily Tomlin narrates.

gay/lesbian, hollywood icons, engaging, profound, confident, hollywood, calif., hollywood prejudice

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Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998)

A tiny child and his warrior uncle battle a sorceress who dried up the village well and ate her foes.

young boy, mother, sorceress, warrior, wise man, bleak, positive

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Zama (2017)

In the 18th century, a highly-placed servant of the Spanish crown who is obsessed with petty grudges and fantasies plots his transfer to Buenos Aires.

officer, governor, villager, boy, king, bandit, amusing

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Amanda (2018)

When 20-year-old David's elder sister is brutally killed in an attack, he takes charge of his 7-year-old niece, Amanda.

brother, sister, niece, mother, murder victim, friend, brooding

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Special (2019)

A gay man with mild cerebral palsy decides to finally go after the life he wants.

young man, psychologist, businessman, nemesis, amusing, engaging, offbeat

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The War Room (1993)

Given unprecedented access, documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker Chris Hegedus follow part of the 1992 Clinton campaign for president. During the New Hampshire primary, the campaign hits some stumbling blocks, chief among them the Gennifer Flowers scandal, but nevertheless manages to pull out a second-place finish. From there, strategists George Stephanopoulos and James Carville repair to national campaign headquarters in Little Rock to monitor the remaining duration of the campaign.

candidate, strategist, mistress, politician, tense, confident, charming

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Comrades in Dreams (2006)

This 2006 documentary looks at diverse people from various countries around the world who share a common passion for movies. The film follows independent theater owners, chronicling their struggles to discover and share cinematic gems with audiences. Featured venues include an Indian circus tent, an old Wyoming barn, and an open-air theater in West Africa. All face the familiar problems of booking, marketing and financing present in larger theaters, but persevere because of their passions.

filmmaker, film fan, inspiring, touching, india, north korea, wyoming

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Traffic (1971)

Heavy traffic and oddball encounters plague Mr. Hulot's (Jacques Tati) journey from Paris to Amsterdam in a recreational vehicle.

auto builder, manager, publicist, truck driver, monsieur hulot, airy, amusing

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (2004)

A homeless musician's life is transformed after he discovers a flock of wild South American parrots living in San Francisco. How they got there is a mystery, but Mark Bittner forms a bond with the exotic birds through his music and his patient, attentive care. Over time he comes to appreciate their individual identities and makes a case for humans to reevaluate their relationship to animals. When he is forced to leave them, he despairs over the birds' fate.

musician, homeless person, parrot, neighbor, charming, uplifting, emotional

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Winged Migration (2001)

This documentary presents an epic portrait of winter bird migration. Filmed on all seven continents over four years, the footage is brought together into one portrait of a journey that's uniformly arduous for all kinds of different birds. Rather than concentrating on statistics and facts, the film near-wordlessly portrays the sheer physical effort demanded of the birds on their disparate routes. Along the way, we see the many dangers they face, from man-made waste to a group of hungry crabs.

bird, crab, penguin, owl, inspiring, incredible, dreamy

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Well Groomed (2019)

The visually stunning and humorous world of creative dog groomers.

dog, amusing, charming, creative, competition hall, dog show, competition

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Deep Blues (1991)

While some successful blues acts sell out arenas and tour around the world, many of the best blues artists remain relatively unknown, playing in small clubs or, in some cases, just in their own yards. Filmmaker Robert Mugge and music scholar Robert Palmer take an enthusiastic look at these lesser-known blues artists, showcasing incredible music from talented players who have never been signed to major labels and generally have not received the recognition they have deserved.

filmmaker, musician, critic, bluesman, fascinating, spirited, america

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End of the Century (2003)

Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee -- better known as The Ramones -- changed the course of rock history with their rebellious punk ethos and minimalist approach to songwriting, and in the process became counterculture icons. "End of the Century" follows the Queens kids from their earliest underground gigs in the 1970s to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, featuring rare archive concert footage and candid interviews with the band members.

rock star, parent, audience, raw, gritty, queens, n.y., new york city

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Rosie (2018)

A woman, her husband and their four children find themselves homeless after their landlord sells their house. Over the next 36 hours, the couple desperately search for a place to live while trying to shield the kids from the reality of the situation.

mother, family, homeless person, bleak, emotional, family home, street

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Paragraph 175 (2000)

Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman chronicle the persecution of homosexuals under the Third Reich. Narrated by Rupert Everett.

resistance fighter, jew, hitler youth, survivor, bleak, dark, intense

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A Band Called Impaled Rektum (2018)

A young man is trying to overcome his fears by leading an unknown heavy metal band to the hottest metal festival in Norway. The journey includes heavy metal, grave robbing, Viking heaven, and an armed conflict between Finland and Norway.

singer, band member, promoter, friend, corpse, drummer, amusing

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The Maid (2009)

A live-in maid (Catalina Saavedra) becomes distraught when her employer (Claudia Celedón) hires another woman (Mercedes Villanueva) to help her out.

maid, mother, father, colleague, son, daughter, madcap

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Marat/Sade (1967)

The Marquis de Sade (Patrick Magee) directs the patients of Charenton mental hospital in a play about the life of Jean-Paul Marat (Ian Richardson).

crazy person, writer, mental patient, director, marquis de sade, disturbing, emotional

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Crime Story (1993)

A Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) teams with a police veteran (Kent Cheng) to rescue a wealthy businessman from kidnappers.

inspector, asian-american, businessman, kidnapper, criminal, airy, amusing

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Of Gods and Men (2010)

An order of Trappist monks whose members include Christian (Lambert Wilson) and Luc (Michael Lonsdale) live among the Muslim population in a quiet corner of Algeria. As the country is plunged into civil war in the mid-1990s, the men of God must decide whether to stay among the impoverished residents who have been their neighbors, or flee the encroaching fundamentalist terrorists. The situation that unfolds, based on actual events, has tragic consequences.

monk, doctor, terrorist, muslim, catholic, powerful, tense

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Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)

Newsboys go on strike in 1899 New York in this stage performance of the musical "Newsies," filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

delivery boy, homeless child, friend, reporter, singer, romantic interest, lighthearted

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Fists in the Pocket (1965)

Augusto (Marino Mase) is the oldest son in a dysfunctional Italian family that includes a blind mother (Liliana Gerace), a selfish sister, Giulia (Paola Pitagora), and two epileptic brothers, Alessandro (Lou Castel) and Leone (Pier Luigi Troglio). Augusto is planning to marry Lucia (Jennie MacNeil) despite Giulia's repeated attempts to drive them apart, but cannot do so while taking care of the clan. An angry and unstable Alessandro decides to help Augusto by killing their mother and siblings.

mother, sister, epileptic, brother, fiancé, son, dark

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The Weather Underground (2003)

In 1969 a splinter group of radical students takes up explosives in a violent attempt to overthrow the U.S. government.

radical, activist, lyndon baines johnson, richard nixon, martin luther king jr., intense, shocking

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Circo (2010)

The Mexican owners of a traveling circus struggle to keep going in the face of dwindling audiences, mounting debt and family conflicts.

ringmaster, acrobat, circus performer, fascinating, gritty, emotional, offbeat

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Water (2005)

Just as Mahatma Gandhi's tenets begin to sweep through India, an 8-year-old (Sarala) must go to live in an ashram with other Hindu widows.

widow, husband, outcast, friend, young girl, emotional, profound

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