Produced and Abandoned: The Best Films You've Never Seen

This list comes from a 1990 publication by the National Society of Film Critics who chose films which they believed were "abandoned by the studios and the mass audience. What makes these films hard to market and thus hard for moviegoers to find and adopt is precisely what makes them special." Critics include Roger Ebert, Peter Travers, Richard Schickel, David Ansen, Judith Crist, Owen Gleiberman, Pauline Kael, Kenneth Turan, David Denby, Terrence Rafferty, J. Hoberman, and others.

All but one of the films were released from 1970 through 1989.

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  • All Night Long
  • Bound for Glory
  • Diner
  • Fat City
  • Citizen's Band
  • Heart Like A Wheel
  • Hearts of the West
  • The Last American Hero
  • Melvin and Howard
  • Payday
  • Weeds
  • Blow Out
  • Casualties of War
  • A Cry in the Dark
  • Go Tell the Spartans
  • Hamburger Hill
  • Salvador
  • The Right Stuff
  • Under Fire
  • Baby It's You
  • Over the Edge
  • Repo Man
  • River's Edge
  • Say Anything...
  • September 30, 1955
  • The Border
  • The Bounty
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  • Southern Comfort
  • Utu
  • The White Dawn
  • Angel
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • The Dressmaker
  • High Hopes
  • I've Heard the Mermaids Singing
  • The Mighty Quinn
  • The Offence
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • After Hours
  • Tales of the Brothers Quay
  • Comfort and Joy
  • King Lear
  • The Last Temptation of Christ
  • Love Streams
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • The Stunt Man
  • The Dead
  • Dreamchild
  • Housekeeping
  • The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
  • Best Boy
  • George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey
  • Lodz Ghetto
  • Streetwise
  • Thy Kingdom Come ... Thy Will Be Done
  • Chilly Scenes of Winter
  • Choose Me
  • The Good Mother
  • High Tide
  • Mike's Murder
  • Personal Best
  • Shoot the Moon
  • Smash Palace
  • Something Wild
  • The Brood
  • Carnival of Souls
  • The Company of Wolves
  • The Fury
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Near Dark
  • Parents
  • The Stepfather
  • Strange Invaders
  • The Best Of Times
  • By Design
  • Lost in America
  • The Man with Two Brains
  • Smorgasbord
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Barbarosa
  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • Cattle Annie and Little Britches
  • The Conversation
  • Cutter's Way
  • F/X
  • The Late Show
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Night Moves
  • Straight Time
  • Hair
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • Sign 'o' the Times
  • Under the Cherry Moon