Indie The Best Movies No One Saw In 2018  

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List Rules Only movies that have been released in 2018.

It's always a disappointment when a great film slips under the radar of critics and audiences, but this list of 2018 underrated movies should keep you informed of all the lesser-known films you should make a point of seeing. The best underrated movies this year may not have been smashes at the box office, and may only hit mid-level percentages on Rotten Tomatoes. Nevertheless, these great underrated movies deserve some recognition. 

Featuring indie movies and foreign films, this list of top 2018 overlooked movies includes Lean on Pete, Gemini, A Quiet Place, A Fantastic Woman, and Thoroughbreds

Which of the best underrated films of 2018 do you like best? Cast your vote below and add anything you feel is missing. 

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You Were Never Really Here Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette You Were Never Really Here is a 2017 thriller film directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on the novella by Jonathan Ames. A traumatized veteran (Joaquin Phoenix) who tracks down missing girls for a ...more

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Upgrade Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson Upgrade is a 2018 Australian science fiction action horror film directed by Leigh Whannell. A self-identified technophobe (Logan Marshall-Green) in a near-future world uses an experimental ...more

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Revenge Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe Revenge is a 2017 French rape and revenge horror film directed by Coralie Fargeat. After being assaulted by three married men and left for dead, a young woman (Matilda Lutz) returns with revenge ...more

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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola Disobedience is a 2017 British-Irish-American drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio, based on the novel by Noami Alderman. A woman (Rachel Weisz) returns to her Orthodox Jewish home ...more

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Thoroughbreds Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of growing apart, upper-class teenagers Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) rekindle their ...more

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Sorry To Bother You Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American sci-fi fantasy comedy film directed by Boots Riley. In an alternate reality of Oakland, California, a young African-American telemarketer (Lakeith ...more

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Leave No Trace Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober Leave No Trace is a 2018 American film directed by Debra Granik, based on the book My Abandonment by Peter Rock. A father (Ben Foster) and his 13 year-old daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) are living ...more

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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer First Reformed is a 2017 American drama thriller film directed by Paul Schrader. Grieving over the death of his son, an ex-military chaplain (Ethan Hawke) is further challenged when a young ...more

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Lean On Pete Charlie Plummer, Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel Lean on Pete is a 2017 British drama film directed by Andrew Haigh, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin. A teenager (Charlie Plummer) gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends ...more

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Hearts Beat Loud Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson Hearts Beat Loud is a 2018 drama music film directed by Brett Haley. A father (Nick Offerman) and daughter (Kiersey Clemons) form an unlikely songwriting duo in the summer before she leaves for ...more

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Mom And Dad Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters Mom and Dad is a 2017 American horror comedy film directed by Brian Taylor. A teenage girl and her little brother must survive a wild 24 hours during which a mass hysteria of unknown origins ...more

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Loveless Maryana Spivak, Aleksey Rozin, Matvey Novikov Loveless is a 2017 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. When their only young child goes missing, his two separated parents who are living apart are brought together to attempt to ...more

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The Rider Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau The Rider is a 2017 American drama film directed by Chloé Zhao. After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) undertakes a search for new identity and what it ...more

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Eighth Grade Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.

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A Prayer Before Dawn Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai A Prayer Before Dawn is a 2017 British-French drama film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. The true story of an English boxer (Joe Cole) incarcerated in one of Thailand's most notorious ...more

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American Animals Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner American Animals is a 2018 British-American crime drama film directed by Bart Layton. Rebelling against their suburban upbringing, childhood friends Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan ...more

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The Endless Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez The Endless is a 2017 American horror film directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more ...more

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Foxtrot Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonatan Shiray Foxtrot is a 2017 Israeli drama film directed by Samuel Maoz. An affluent Tel Aviv couple learn that their son, a soldier, has died in the line of duty.

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Claire's Camera Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee Claire's Camera is a 2017 drama film directed by Hong Sang-soo. A French photographer (Isabelle Huppert) befriends a Korean sales agent (Min-hee Kim).

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A Fantastic Woman Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco A Fantastic Woman is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. Marina (Daniela Vega), a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her ...more

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Golden Exits Emily Browning, Adam Horowitz, Mary Louise Parker Golden Exits is a 2018 American-Greek film directed by Alex Ross Perry. Two families living in Brooklyn are interrupted by the arrival of a young foreign girl (Emily Browning).

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Damsel Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster Damsel is a 2018 western comedy period film directed by David Zellner and Nathan Zellner. While venturing across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska), ...more

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starwarssuperfan added I Can Only Imagine J. Michael Finley, Cloris Leachman, Dennis Quaid I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American drama film directed by Andrew and Jon Erwin, based on the story behind the Christian song by MercyMe. Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) finds inspiration for ...more

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Blindspotting Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Carlos López Estrada. With only three days of probation left, Collin (Daveed Diggs) witnesses a police shooting that tests his ...more

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher The Miseducation of Cameron Post is a 2018 American-British drama film directed by Desiree Akhavan, based on the 2012 novel by Emily M. Danforth. In 1993, a teenage girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) is ...more

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In Darkness Natalie Dormer, Emily Ratajkowski, Ed Skrein In Darkness is a 2018 thriller film directed by Anthony Byrne. Blind pianist Sophia (Natalie Dormer) is caught up in the dangerous underworld of London after she hears someone kill a girl.

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Summer of 84 Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery Summer of 84 is a 2018 horror film directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell. After suspecting that their police officer neighbor (Rich Sommer) is a serial ...more

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Never Goin' Back Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone, Kyle Mooney Never Goin' Back is a 2018 American drama film directed by Augustine Frizzell. High school dropouts Angela (Maia Mitchell) and Jessie (Camila Morrone) dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at ...more

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Night Comes On Dominique Fishback, Tatum Marilyn Hall, Journee Brown Night Comes On is a 2018 drama film directed by Jordana Spiro. Released from juvenile detention on the eve of her 18th birthday, Angel LaMere (Dominique Fishback) embarks on a journey with her ...more

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Madeline's Madeline Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker Madeline’s Madeline is a 2018 mystery-thriller film directed by Josephine Decker. A theater director's (Molly Parker) latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star (Helena ...more

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Skate Kitchen Rachelle Vinberg, Jaden Smith, Nina Moran Skate Kitchen is a 2018 American drama film directed by Crystal Moselle. A teenaged skateboarder (Rachelle Vinberg) makes friends with a bunch of other skateboarding girls in New York City.

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Gemini Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, Greta Lee Gemini is a 2017 American mystery thriller film directed by Aaron Katz. A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke) and her Hollywood ...more

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Puzzle Kelly Macdonald, Irrfan Khan, David Denman Puzzle is a 2018 American drama film directed by Marc Turtletaub, based on the 2010 Argentine film. Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), taken for granted as a suburban wife and mother, discovers a passion ...more

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The Strange Ones Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus The Strange Ones is a 2017 American drama film directed by Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein. Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American ...more

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The House Of Tomorrow Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman The House of Tomorrow is a 2017 American drama film directed by Peter Livolsi, based on the novel by Peter Bognanni. The incredible story of futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster ...more

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The Seagull Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll The Seagull is a 2018 American drama film directed by Michael Mayer, based on the novel by Anton Chekhov. During one summer visit to her brother and her son (Billy Howle), an aging actress ...more

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Beirut Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike, Dean Norris Beirut is a 2018 American political thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. In 1980s Beirut, a former U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) returns to service to save a colleague from the group responsible ...more

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Permission Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Morgan Spector Permission is a 2018 romantic dramedy film directed by Brian Crano. A woman (Rebecca Hall) on the brink of a marriage proposal from her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) is impeded by the suggestion of ...more

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Like Me Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden Like Me is a 2017 American film directed by Robert Mockler. A loner (Addison Timlin) sets out on a crime spree that she broadcasts on social media.

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Outside In Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Kaitlyn Dever Outside In is a 2017 American drama film directed by Lynn Shelton. An ex-con (Jay Duplass) struggling to readjust to life in his small town forms an intense bond with his former high school ...more

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Chappaquiddick Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms Chappaquiddick is a 2017 American drama film directed by John Curran. In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) in Chappaquiddick drives his car into the water, killing his passenger (Kate ...more

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The Cleanse Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Oliver Platt The Cleanse is a 2018 American fantasy film directed by Bobby Miller. An unemployed, heartbroken man (Johnny Galecki) goes on a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself only to discover it's more ...more

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Breath Simon Baker, Elizabeth Debicki, Samson Coulter Breath is a 2018 drama film directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton. Two teenage boys form an unlikely connection with an older surfer (Simon Baker).

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Boundaries Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall Boundaries is a 2018 Canadian-American road trip comedy-drama film directed by Shana Feste. Laura (Vera Farmiga), along with her teenaged son Henry (Lewis MacDougall), is forced to drive her ...more

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Hot Summer Nights Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe Hot Summer Nights is a 2017 American drama film directed by Elijah Bynum. Daniel (Timothée Chalamet) comes of age, while spending the summer in Cape Cod.

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Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town Mackenzie Davis, Alia Shawkat, Lauren Miller Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Christian Papierniak. A woman at rock bottom (Mackenzie Davis) must find her way across Los Angeles in order to ...more

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Nancy Andrea Riseborough, Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd Nancy is a 2018 American drama film directed by Christina Choe. Convinced she was kidnapped as a child, Nancy (Andrea Riseborough) meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, ...more

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Humor Me Jemaine Clement, Elliott Gould, Ingrid Michaelson Humor Me is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Sam Hoffman. An aging father (Elliott Gould) refuses to engage emotionally with his son (Jemaine Clement), who is desperate for approval.

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Love After Love Chris O'Dowd, Andie MacDowell, James Adomian Love After Love is a 2017 American independent drama film directed by Russell Harbaugh. Following the death of their father, brothers Nicholas (Chris O'Dowd) and Chris (James Adomian) deal with ...more

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Entanglement Thomas Middleditch, Jess Weixler, Diana Bang Entanglement is a 2017 Canadian-American comedy-drama romance film directed by Jason James. While recovering from a suicide attempt, Ben Layton (Thomas Middleditch) accidentally falls in love ...more