6 amazing films you’ve probably never seen

Whatever the time of year, there’s nothing like cosying up on the sofa with a bucket of popcorn and a great film.

But sometimes the choice of films available may feel overwhelming. Perhaps you’re looking for a hidden gem – something you haven’t seen before that’s a little different – but you don’t have the time or energy to trawl through a long list of movie titles?

Fortunately, a ready-made list of amazing films you’ve probably never seen is at your fingertips.

Whether you’re planning to watch alone, as a couple or with the whole family, there’s a good chance you’ll find just what you’re looking for in the list below.

1. Family fun, Secret Magic Control Agency

This loose adaptation of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale serves up a healthy dose of action, humour, and stunning visuals. It’s a perfect choice for family film night and is likely to entertain every generation (although it may not be suitable for very young children).

The film is set in a fantasy kingdom where all magic is regulated by the Secret Magic Control Agency.

Hansel and Gretel, now acting as secret agents, must use magic, quick thinking, and teamwork to complete a mission to find the abducted king.

As they travel through various magical realms and face down threats including a witch who wants to eat them, the estranged siblings gradually rebuild their relationship.

This unique reimagining of the Brothers Grimm fairytale is an action-packed, funny, and ultimately heartwarming tale with positive messages of forgiveness and trust.

2. Inspirational drama, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

This gentle yet uplifting drama tells the story of Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller), an employee at Life magazine, who leads a tedious work life, repeating the same monotonous tasks day after day.

To escape his boredom, Walter creates a fantastical and exciting world of daydreams in which he is typically the hero. He also harbours a secret crush on his co-worker, Cheryl, but he feels she’s out of his league.

Then, a situation at work presents Walter with the opportunity to go on a real adventure and encouraged by Cheryl, he finds the confidence to do so.

This is a subtle and life-affirming tale that would make great viewing for a quiet night in, whether solo or in company.

3. Dark comedy, Clue

Clue is a wickedly dark comedy that’s awash with big names, including Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, and more.

Based on the classic boardgame, Cluedo, this murder mystery unfolds in a gothic mansion one stormy evening.

Six strangers meet for a dinner party hosted by the enigmatic Mr Boddy and his butler, Wadsworth. Each guest has received an anonymous invitation and asked to assume a pseudonym – Mrs Peacock, Mrs White, and so on.

As the murderous plot develops, the bodies quickly pile up while the anxious guests try to find the killer.

Clue is pure farce, driven by excellent performances from an impressive cast. It’s the kind of film you can watch again and again, spotting something new each time. But the question is, who did it? Was it Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the dagger? Or did Miss Scarlet fly into a rage in the kitchen with the candlestick? There’s only one way to find out…

4. World cinema, The Intouchables

This touching true story of the relationship between a quadriplegic man and his carer is a beautifully sensitive piece of French cinema.

Philippe is a millionaire who was paralysed from the neck down in an accident and needs a new caregiver.

After interviewing a series of experienced yet dull candidates, he chooses Driss, a man on parole for robbery who only applied to get a signature on his application for unemployment benefits.

Despite Driss’s initial inexperience and lack of interest in the role, the unlikely pair strike up a genuine friendship, filled with love and respect.

The film cleverly combines humour, intimacy, and honesty to deliver a remarkable experience that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

5. Crime thriller, Breakdown

This underrated thriller focuses on Jeff and Amy Taylor, a couple who are moving to California.

As they drive across the country, they find themselves stranded in the middle of the desert. Amy hitches a ride to summon help but doesn’t return.

The remainder of the film follows Jeff as he frantically searches for his missing wife, discovering a chain of crimes along the way.

Taut, skilfully acted and directed, with a plot twist that will genuinely catch you off guard. Possibly not one to watch alone…

6. Feelgood fun, Quiz Lady

If you’re looking for light-hearted laughs with heart, Quiz Lady might claim the top spot on your watch list.

Anne and her estranged sister Jenny couldn’t be more different. But they’re forced to work together when their mother disappears, leaving behind big gambling debts and an angry loan shark who wants his money back.

When the loan shark realises that Anne is a whiz at answering questions on her favourite game show, he kidnaps her dog and insists that she wins him the money to cover her mother’s debts.

Sound farfetched? It is. But it’s also pure fun. So, if you’re looking to escape reality and enjoy a few easy laughs, Quiz Lady might be worth a look.

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