It’s pretty much accepted that if a movie is good it will get more exposure.  Nothing could be farther from the truth these days (think Hangover III, The Irishman and every Marvel sequel). There are basically 5 major film studios that make up more than 75% of the movies released and control distribution.  That said, there have been so many good films over the years that maybe did not have the marketing budget to get their trailer on your television, or perhaps the studio was unsure how to market the film.

We tried to put together a good list of rugged male movies that slipped through the cracks for whatever reason.   We’re guessing that if you are an average movie buff, over 40, you probably have seen 12-15 of these movies.  Please share with your mates.

Here we go!

20.  Blow Up, 1966

Blowup is a 1966 British-Italian mystery thriller film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni about a fashion photographer, played by David Hemmings, who believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film.  The film was scored by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. Except for the music in the opening and closing sequences, the music is diegetic, as Hancock noted: “It’s only there when someone turns on the radio or puts on a record.  The killer scene above features Jeff Beck and Jimmy page and is featured in another TRM article – Movies With The Best Guitar Scenes.

19. The Sting, 1973

Not a small movie by any means with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it is fairly old so its making our list of movies you may not have seen.  Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won’t even know he’s been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don’t go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.


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