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 Hoax
  • I Am Legend
  • Black Snake Moan
  • Charlie Wilson's War
  • The Reaping
  • Hannibal Rising
  • Lakeview Terrace
  • Death at a Funeral
  • In the Valley of Elah
  • Bug
  • The Invasion
  • Death Sentence
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Appaloosa
  • The Brave One
  • Knight and Day
  • Duplicity
  • The Tourist
  • Eastern Promises
  • The Kingdom
  • American Gangster
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Lions for Lambs
  • Margot at the Wedding
  • I'm Not There
  • Taking Woodstock
  • Fast Food Nation
  • Bad News Bears
  • King Kong
  • Annapolis
  • Running Scared
  • Dave Chappelle's Block Party
  • American Dreamz
  • United 93
  • A Prairie Home Companion
  • Lady in the Water
  • The Happening
  • Miami Vice
  • World Trade Center
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Leatherheads
  • Green Zone
  • Poseidon
  • All the King's Men
  • Flyboys
  • Man of the Year
  • A Good Year
  • Apocalypto
  • The Last King of Scotland
  • The Queen
  • Blood Diamond
  • Rocky Balboa
  • We Are Marshall
  • What Just Happened
  • The Bay
  • Domino
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  • The A-Team
  • Troy
  • Alexander
  • The Brothers Bloom
  • Looper
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • The Terminal
  • The Ladykillers
  • Ricki and the Flash
  • Elizabethtown
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Nine
  • Lord of War
  • The Weather Man
  • Jarhead
  • Hollywoodland
  • Rent
  • The Good German
  • The Good Shepherd
  • Bobby
  • Stop-Loss
  • Seven Pounds
  • Revolutionary Road
  • Mud
  • The Da Vinci Code
  • Munich
  • Jason Bourne
  • Contagion
  • Splice
  • Dark Skies
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • Jersey Girl
  • Cop Out
  • Knowing
  • Next
  • Constantine
  • Precious
  • The Butler
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Find Me Guilty