movies for adults: studio auteur oddities, 2004-2018

recs welcome, added at my discretion. looking for a certain vibe. prestige movies that weren't actually prestige movies, maybe? middlebrow, mid-tier, "movies for adults," Acting, helps if it flopped or had a middling critical reception. maybe it was nominated or won some awards but nobody remembers it (argo won best picture but when was the last time you watched argo. i've never even seen argo tbh.)

a lot of these are cable/streaming classics

at some point this list got really out of control. sorry

  • The Legend of Tarzan
  • Elysium
  • Labor Day
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Live by Night
  • Aloha
  • Away We Go
  • The Sea of Trees
  • Detroit
  • After Earth
  • Somewhere
  • In the Heart of the Sea
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • All the Money in the World
  • Sucker Punch
  • Moneyball
  • The Post
  • Killer Joe
  • Molly's Game
  • Midnight Special
  • The Debt
  • Fair Game
  • Pete's Dragon
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Margin Call
  • Red State
  • Prisoners
  • The Town
  • Angels & Demons
  • Inferno
  • Super 8
  • 99 Homes
  • Song to Song
  • Knight of Cups
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • State of Play
  • Defiance
  • Love & Other Drugs
  • Tower Heist
  • This Means War
  • The Intern
  • Gold
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Side Effects
  • Logan Lucky
  • The Box
  • Jem and the Holograms
  • Frost/Nixon
  • Changeling
  • Red Tails
  • Money Monster
  • The Beaver
  • Tomorrowland
  • Warcraft
  • Source Code
  • Oz the Great and Powerful
  • The Book of Henry
  • Unstoppable
  • Oldboy
  • Miracle at St. Anna
  • American Pastoral
  • Pan
  • August: Osage County
  • Burnt
  • Hanna
  • Anna Karenina
  • The Company You Keep
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey
  • The Only Living Boy in New York
  • Gifted
  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
  • The Little Stranger
  • Jack the Giant Slayer
  • Immortals
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • A Monster Calls
  • The Campaign
  • Trumbo
  • Water for Elephants
  • The Wicker Man
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Victoria & Abdul
  • Hyde Park on Hudson
  • The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Going in Style
  • Wish I Was Here
  • Grace of Monaco
  • Self/less
  • Southpaw
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • The Spirit
  • Emperor
  • The Gambler
  • The Tempest
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
  • Dear John
  • Safe Haven
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen