The Best of 2018 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 good 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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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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John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee Searching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty, shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. When David Kim (John Cho) discovers that his daughter, ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe Revenge is a 2017 French 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 on her

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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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Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache Mandy is a 2018 American action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos. When a vile band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures desecrate his idyllic home with vicious fury, Red ...more

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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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Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston Mid90s is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Jonah Hill. A thirteen-year-old (Sunny Suljic) in 90s-era LA spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of ...more

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John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal The Sisters Brothers is a 2018 western dark comedy directed by Jacques Audiard, based on the novel by Patrick deWitt. In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector (Jake Gyllenhaal) is chased by the ...more

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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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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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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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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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Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek The Old Man and the Gun is a 2018 American crime film directed by David Lowery, based on the 2003 New Yorker article by David Grann. The true story of Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his ...more

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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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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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Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson Thunder Road is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jim Cummings, based on his 2016 short film. A police officer (Cummings) comes to grips with the death of his mother while giving a ...more

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The Kindergarten Teacher Maggie Gyllenhaal, Parker Sevak, Anna Baryshnikov The Kindergarten Teacher is a 2018 American drama film directed by Sara Colangelo, based on the 2014 Israeli film. A kindergarten teacher (Maggie Gyllenhaal) in New York becomes obsessed with ...more

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Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Thorbjørn Harr 22 July is a 2018 drama film directed by Paul Greengrass, based on the aftermath of the 2011 Norway attacks. In Norway on July 22, 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (Anders ...more

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Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis The Clovehitch Killer is a 2018 thriller film directed by Duncan Skiles. After Tyler (Charlie Plummer) finds incriminating evidence against his father (Dylan McDermott), their relationship ...more

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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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Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater The Wife is a 2018 drama film directed by Björn Runge, based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer. A wife (Glenn Close) questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband ...more

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Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters Cam is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Daniel Goldhaber. A young camgirl (Madeline Brewer) discovers that she’s inexplicably been replaced on her site with an ...more

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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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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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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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Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac At Eternity's Gate is a 2018 American drama film directed by Julian Schnabel. Vincent van Gogh (Willem Dafoe) spends his final days in Arles.

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Eva Melander, Jorgen Thorsson, Ann Petrén Border is a 2018 Swedish fantasy film directed by Ali Abbasi A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which ...more

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Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould Wildlife is a 2018 American drama directed by Paul Dano. Set in 1960, a boy (Ed Oxenbould) watches his parents' (Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal) marriage fall apart after they move to ...more

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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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Haley Lu Richardson, Regina Hall, James Le Gros Support the Girls is a 2018 film directed by Andrew Bujalski. The general manager (Regina Hall) at a highway-side ''sports bar with curves" has her incurable optimism and faith, in her ...more

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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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Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Sam Rockwell Blaze is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Ethan Hawke, based on the novel Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze by Sybil Rosen. The life and death of Blaze Foley ...more

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Evan Rosado, Raúl Castillo, Sheila Vand We the Animals is a 2018 drama film directed by Jeremiah Zagar, based on the novel by Justin Torres. Manny (Isaiah Kristian), Joel (Josiah Gabriel), and Jonah (Evan Rosado) tear their way ...more

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Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti, Kayli Carter Private Life is a 2018 American drama film directed by Tamara Jenkins. An author (Kathryn Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her ...more

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Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley Lizzie is a 2018 American biographical thriller film directed by Craig William Macneill, based on the true story of Lizzie Borden. When young maid Bridget Sullivan (Kristen Stewart) comes to ...more

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Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish, John Cho The Oath is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Ike Barinholtz. In a politically divided America, a man (Barinholtz) struggles to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying ...more

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Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Dree Hemingway In a Relationship is an 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Sam Boyd. As long-term couple Haillie (Emma Roberts) and Owen (Michael Angarano) struggle with staying together, their friends ...more

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The Children Act Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead The Children Act is a 2017 drama film directed by Richard Eyre, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. As her marriage crumbles, a judge (Emma Thompson) must decide a case involving a teenage boy who ...more

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starwarssuperfan added 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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Tony Revolori, Jason Mantzoukas, Taissa Farmiga The Long Dumb Road is a 2018 American road trip comedy film directed by Hannah Fidell. After Nathan (Tony Revolori) and Richard (Jason Mantzoukas) serendipitously meet at a time when they both ...more

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Jeremy Allen White, Maika Monroe, DeRon Horton After Everything is a 2018 American comedy drama film directed by Hannah Marks and Joey Power. A young couple's relationship develops quickly when one of them is diagnosed with a life-changing ...more

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Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Robert Forster What They Had is a 2018 American drama film directed by Elizabeth Chomko. When her Alzheimer's-suffering mother wanders into a blizzard on Christmas Eve, Bridget Ertz (Hilary Swank) travels back ...more