Underrated Movies to Watch Before Summer Ends

Wanting something new and exciting to watch but sick of endlessly browsing Netflix? We’ve got you – here’s our compilation of great movies you probably won’t have seen.

Dope (2015)

Despite being very well-received when it was first released, Dope still doesn’t get talked about enough. When Malcolm (Shameik Moore, best known for voicing Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and friends narrowly escape a police raid at a local drug dealer’s party, their luck turns out to be short-lived when they discover thousands of dollars worth of drugs and a gun have been stashed in their bag. This film has an incredible cast, and a great soundtrack to boot.

Things Heard & Seen (2021)

Amanda Seyfried stars in this psychological horror that despite being a little predictable, boasts some incredible performances and pretty fantastic cinematography. When Catherine (Seyfried) moves out to the suburbs, she soon begins to suspect that her now home and her husband are harbouring dark secrets. Some reviewers found the film to be too slow-paced, but I thought the build up to the final act made it all the more sinister.

Gia (1998)

A TV movie that breaks the mould and deserves way more recognition. Based on the life of Gia Carnagi (Angelina Jolie) a model who moves to New York City and quickly becomes a star. When mentor and agent Wilhemena Cooper (Faye Dunaway) dies of lung cancer, Gia turns to drugs as her life and career slowly slip away. This is a heartbreaking story, beautifully portrayed by Jolie in what is, in my opinion, one of her best roles.

Adventureland (2009)

Pure comfort movie goodness with a great cast and a lot of heart. It’s 1987, and college graduate James (Jesse Eisenberg) is forced to take a job at the local amusement park to pay for his dream trip to Europe. Here he meets and quickly becomes enamoured with Em (Kristen Stewart), but circumstances are quick to try and pull the pair apart.

Uptown Girls (2002)

When I first saw the trailer for this film I expected it to be your standard early 00s chick flick; a heap of romance and a spoonful of comedy. You can imagine my surprise when I ended up needing several tissues and an assortment of chilled desserts by the end of it! Molly (Brittany Murphy) is the daughter of late rock legend Tommy Gunn. She lives a privileged lifestyle but is much more free-spirited than she is spoilt; until her father’s accountant robs her of her fortune and leaves her homeless with no prospects. Enter Ray (Dakota Fanning) a young girl with a dying father and a mother who is too busy to notice her. Molly is hired as Ray’s nanny, and sets to work trying to knock down her emotional barriers.

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