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

  • Be Cool
  • Law Abiding Citizen
  • Robin Hood
  • King Arthur
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Shooter
  • Hidalgo
  • The Fifth Estate
  • Black Mass
  • Sahara
  • The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • I Melt with You
  • The Ides of March
  • Good Night, and Good Luck.
  • Our Brand Is Crisis
  • The American
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Syriana
  • Stronger
  • The Alamo
  • The Founder
  • The Passion of the Christ
  • Gangster Squad
  • Rescue Dawn
  • The Killer Inside Me
  • Into the Wild
  • Across the Universe
  • The Front Runner
  • Flight
  • Cinderella Man
  • Trouble with the Curve
  • The Finest Hours
  • Get on Up
  • The Girl on the Train
  • A Walk Among the Tombstones
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Serenity
  • The Number 23
  • End of Watch
  • Thank You for Your Service
  • 12 Strong
  • Only the Brave
  • Hands of Stone
  • White Boy Rick
  • Beowulf
  • Macbeth
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Extraordinary Measures
  • T2 Trainspotting
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado
  • 127 Hours
  • Don Jon
  • The Danish Girl
  • Legend
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
  • Triple Frontier
  • Velvet Buzzsaw
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Beirut
  • Papillon
  • The Life Before Her Eyes
  • Flawless