Synopses & Reviews
What 151 movies have you never seen—but should?
What French film could teach Hollywood how to make a smart, sexy romantic comedy? (page 233)
Where will you find a female-centric Western with a gender-bending protagonist? (page 10)
What film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and then fell off the radar? (page 261)
What farcical comedy includes such real-life characters as Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger? (page 50)
In what unsung comedy will you find Michael Douglas giving his all-time best performance? (page 130)
What debut film from the director of The Dark Knight creates palpable chills—despite a shoestring budget and a no-name cast? (page 79)
What John Wayne movie was out of circulation for thirty years—and still qualifies as a sleeper? (page 121)
What terrific Heath Ledger movie was released the same month as Brokeback Mountain—and flopped? (page 26)
What clever modern-day film noir was made for just half a million dollars? (page 18)
What captivating film stars one of the seminal artists of the twentieth century? (page 203)
“Maltins still king of the succinct review, making [Leonard Matlins 151 Best Movies Youve Never Seen] a handy reference for cineasts who think theyve seen it all.” Booklist
Popular film critic and historian Maltin unearths 151 movies that he thinks have been unfairly underrated, and explains why.
Popular film critic and esteemed cinema historian Leonard Maltin offers a fresh look at underappreciated screen gems in Leonard Maltins 151 Best Movies Youve Never Seen. From the over 17,000 entries in his definitive yearly collection Leonard Maltins Movie Guide, Maltin has selected great movies that will appeal to serious film buffs, but that may have fallen through the cracks. A must-have reference source for the bookshelf of movie connoisseurs everywhere.
About the Author
Leonard Maltin is a respected film critic and historian, perhaps best known for his annual paperback reference Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, which was first published in 1969. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles and teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.