7 Lesser known and underrated movies which are worth a watch

1. A Little Princess (1995 film)

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With the backdrop of World War I, this movie focuses on a young girl who is demoted to a life of bondage in a New York City boarding school by the headmistress after receiving news that her rich father was killed in combat. Later unfolds the truth about the little girl, which changes her life forever.  Loosely based on the novel ‘A Little Princess’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this movie is an example of cinematic brilliance.

 2. The Secret Garden (1993)

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The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland. In this movie, a recently orphaned Mary Lennox is shifted to her Uncle Lord Archibald Craven’s mansion, Misselthwaite Manor, in Yorkshire, England. Mary, an unpleasant girl who had been neglected by her late parents, hates her new home.  Head housekeeper Mrs. Medlock does not gel well with Mary and they have several disagreements. Mary is ordered remain solely in her room throughout the day, but strange noises lead her to explore the mysterious mansion. Mrs. Medlock eventually allows her to play outside to keep her from goofing around in the house. In the pervasive grounds of the Manor, Mary discovers her late aunt’s garden, which was locked and neglected since her accidental death a decade ago.

3. The Witches (1990)

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This movie is loosely based on Roald Dahl’s book “The witches”. This story is about a young boy who encounters a group of evil witches and tries to stop them as they try to kill all the children in the world. The boy is soon turned into a mouse by the witches, although his spirit remains undeterred. He and his grandmother formulate a plan to eradicate witches from the world.

4. Rookie of the Year (1993)

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It is a sports comedy film for all the sports enthusiasts out there. Henry is a baseball player who dreams of playing in the important leagues, although he is not very skillfull. One day, while trying to catch a ball, he breaks his arm causing him to get a cast. Upon its healing, the doctors find out that, Henry’s tendons have healed “a little too tight,” thus allowing Henry to elevate his arm back and fire it forward with incredible force. Hence unfolds an exciting tale.

5. A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)

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This one is lesser known Disney film, which revolves young Calvin Fuller, who is pulled into King Arthur’s court by Merlin. His mission is to save Camelot. But his journey isn’t devoid of obstacles as he needs to overcome the villain known as Lord Belasco, and practice to become a knight. He also has to rescue Princess Katherine, the love of his life. Ultimately, he must help King Arthur regain his faith in himself before he can go home.

6. Balto (1995)

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This is an animated action film. The protagonist is Balto, a wolf-dog hybrid, who has to fight his rival Steel and embark on a dangerous adventure to stop a noxious epidemic from spreading in Nome, Alaska.

7. Whisper of the heart (1995)

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A movie for all the anime fans! The story is about a girl who finds that all the books she selects in the library have been previously borrowed out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow. She wonders whether it could be her “friend” from the library. The boy’s grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather. As they get to know each other, they fall in love, and hence, unfolds an enticing and beautiful tale.
These uncommon movies will surely keep you glued to the screen, in some cases, even more than the celebrated ones. So, if you want to experiment and watch some ‘out of the box’ movies, these are perfect!
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