By Cain Rodriguez | The Playlist May 27, 2012 at 10:15AM
6. "Blue Collar" (1978)
Remarkably, the directorial debut of Paul Schrader has never before been available on DVD, but is now exclusive to Amazon. The film stars Richard Pryor (in one of his best dramatic roles), Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel as three Detroit auto workers who decide to rob their union. It's funny, acerbic and politically-charged stuff.
7. "Gabriel Over The White House" (1933)
Batshit-crazy political fable starring Walter Huston as a corrupt President who nearly dies in a car crash, and through divine intervention, has a change of heart, revoking the Constitution to become a leader with absolute power, able to execute his enemies at will. This is all posited as a good thing, making the film a rare American argument for fascism, essentially. Curiously entertaining for all of that.
8. "Freebie And The Bean" (1974)
Stanley Kubrick's favorite movie of 1974, this was something of a precursor to the buddy cop movie, starring James Caan and Alan Arkin (in perhaps his best role) as two nutjob cops trying to take down a San Francisco mobster. Genuinely funny with great chemistry between the leads, and featuring a terrific car chase.
9. "The Landlord" (1970)
The directorial debut of the great Hal Ashby, this is perhaps the most underrated film by the chronically underrated director: a social satire starring Beau Bridges as a privileged white boy who gradually comes to understand his new African-American tenants. it's got a brace of terrific comic performances, an amazing score by Al Kooper, and a nuanced, complex take on '70s race relations.
10. "Brewster McCloud" (1970)
Robert Altman's follow-up to giant hit "M*A*S*H," the film was a disaster when it was first released but has grown in status as the years have gone by. It's a deeply odd fable starring Bud Cort as a young man who lives under the Houston Astrodome who tries to build wings so he can fly while people are murdered around him and his fairy godmother forbids sex. Basically like nothing you've ever seen before.