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The Best Movies No One Saw In 2018

Updated May 12, 2020 9.3k votes 1.3k voters 89.8k views97 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Sorry To Bother You
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    Sorry To Bother You

    Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed byBoots Riley

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    Upgrade
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    Upgrade

    Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel

    Released2018

    Directed byLeigh Whannell

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    Searching
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    Searching

    John Cho, Debra Messing

    Released2018

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

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    Mid90s
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    Mid90s

    Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges

    Released2018

    Directed byJonah Hill

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    You Were Never Really Here
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    You Were Never Really Here

    Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov

    Released2017

    Directed byLynne Ramsay

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    Eighth Grade
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    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

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    A Prayer Before Dawn
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    33

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm

    Released2018

    Directed byJean-Stéphane Sauvaire

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    Blindspotting
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    Blindspotting

    Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal

    Released2018

    Directed byCarlos López Estrada

    Blindspotting is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Carlos López Estrada. With only three... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bad Times at the El Royale
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    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo

    Released2018

    Directed byDrew Goddard

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    The Old Man and the Gun
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    The Old Man and the Gun

    Robert Redford, Casey Affleck

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Lowery

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    The Sisters Brothers
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    The Sisters Brothers

    John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2018

    Directed byJacques Audiard

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    Thoroughbreds
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    Thoroughbreds

    Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Directed byCory Finley

    Thoroughbreds is a 2018 American drama thriller film directed by Cory Finley. After years of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Revenge
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    Revenge

    Matilda Lutz, Kevin Janssens

    Released2018

    Directed byCoralie Fargeat

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    American Animals
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    American Animals

    Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan

    Released2018

    Directed byBart Layton

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    Mandy
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    Mandy

    Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough

    Released2018

    Directed byPanos Cosmatos

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    A Fantastic Woman
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    A Fantastic Woman

    Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes

    Released2017

    Directed bySebastián Lelio

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    Hereditary
    58
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    Hereditary

    Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne

    Released2018

    Directed byAri Aster

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    The Miseducation of Cameron Post
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    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane

    Released2018

    Directed byDesiree Akhavan

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    Colette
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    25

    Colette

    Keira Knightley, Dominic West

    Released2018

    Directed byWash Westmoreland

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    Juliet, Naked
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    Juliet, Naked

    Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke

    Released2018

    Directed byJesse Peretz

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    Hearts Beat Loud
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    42

    Hearts Beat Loud

    Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons

    Released2018

    Directed byBrett Haley

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    Cam
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    Cam

    Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh

    Released2018

    Directed byDaniel Goldhaber

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    Leave No Trace
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    Leave No Trace

    Ben Foster, Thomasin McKenzie

    Released2018

    Directed byDebra Granik

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    Summer of 84
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    Summer of 84

    Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis

    Directed byFrançois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

    Summer of 84 is a 2018 horror film directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    First Reformed
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    First Reformed

    Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried

    Released2018

    Directed byPaul Schrader

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