The Best Movies No One Saw In 2018 

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Updated May 12, 2020 5.8k votes 1.2k voters 89.1k views 97 items

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.

If you are looking for more, be sure to check out this list of underrated 2020 movies.

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Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

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

Released: 2018

Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty

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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Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alex Manette

Released: 2017

Directed by: Lynne Ramsay

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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Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler

Released: 2018

Directed by: Boots Riley

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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Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie, Jeff Kober

Released: 2018

Directed by: Debra Granik

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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Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bo Burnham

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

Directed by: Cory Finley

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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First Reformed Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, Cedric the Entertainer

Released: 2018

Directed by: Paul Schrader

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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Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar

Released: 2018

Directed by: Carlos López Estrada

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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Released: 2018

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Drew Goddard. Over the course of one fateful night at a rundown hotel, seven strangers: a young concierge (Lewis ...more
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Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe

Released: 2018

Directed by: Coralie Fargeat

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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Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

Released: 2018

Directed by: Panos Cosmatos

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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The Sisters Brothers John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jacques Audiard

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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Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner

Released: 2018

Directed by: Bart Layton

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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Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez

Released: 2018

Directed by: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

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Released: 2018

Directed by: Ari Aster

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Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Released: 2018

Directed by: Chloé Zhao

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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Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jonah Hill

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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Cam Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters

Released: 2018

Directed by: Daniel Goldhaber

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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Disobedience Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sebastián Lelio

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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Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery

Directed by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

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Nicolas Cage, Selma Blair, Anne Winters

Released: 2018

Directed by: Brian Taylor

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

Released: 2017

Directed by: Andrey Zvyagintsev

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Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Panya Yimmumphai

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

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The Old Man and the Gun Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Lowery

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