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.

There are 24 films in this list released in the 1970s.

  • Bound for Glory
  • Fat City
  • Citizen's Band
  • Hearts of the West
  • The Last American Hero
  • Payday
  • Go Tell the Spartans
  • Over the Edge
  • September 30, 1955
  • The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
  • The White Dawn
  • The Offence
  • Best Boy
  • Chilly Scenes of Winter
  • The Brood
  • The Fury
  • The Ballad of Cable Hogue
  • Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
  • The Conversation
  • The Late Show
  • The Long Goodbye
  • Night Moves
  • Straight Time
  • Hair