The list isn't ranked because "ranking movies that are already underrated just seems cruel." Because it's EW, a number of the films on the list are selected by stars, like Kate Winslet and Ryan Gosling; we can only hope the complete list (available in the print issue on stands June 29) features more diversity.
However, the celebs' taste in films "you've never seen" is worth a look:
Jack Black's Pick: 'Idiocracy,' 2006
In Mike Judge's satiric vision of a dumbed-down future, Luke Wilson plays an average Joe who wakes up after a 500-year cryogenic slumber to find he's the world's smartest man. Twentieth Century Fox dumped this mash-up of Sleeper and Beavis and Butt-head in a handful of theaters with zero fanfare, resulting in less than $500,000 in grosses. Now, that was dumb. "It was underrated, which [is] a running thing with Mike Judge. Everything he does flops, and then 10 years later everyone goes, 'Wait, that is hilarious!'"
Kate Winslet's Pick: 'I've Loved You So Long,' 2008
French director Philippe Claudel's drama has an abhorrent subject: a mother's killing of her own child. But
you'll be drawn in by the haunting power of the movie's slowly unraveling mystery and Kristin Scott Thomas' magnificent turn as a woman struggling to reintegrate into society after 15 years in prison. "It's worth seeing for Kristin Scott Thomas' performance alone. How she [makes] us love a woman who has just been released from prison having committed murder... is extraordinary to me."
Ben Stiller's Pick: 'Safe Men,' 1998
Two incompetent singers (Steve Zahn and Sam Rockwell) are mistaken for expert safecrackers in Providence. The supporting cast of lunatics-including a disconsolate Mark Ruffalo and Paul Giamatti as a Jewish gangster-keep the madcap story spinning, but it's Zahn and Rockwell who make it hugely entertaining. "It's hilarious. It's about two amateur criminals [who] get wrapped up with these real criminals. Really, really funny movie."
Ryan Gosling's Pick: 'Enter the Void,' 2009
A psychotropic cinematic trip that draws heavily from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Gaspar Noé's dreamlike melodrama follows the disembodied spirit of a drug dealer as he drifts over and through a candy-colored Tokyo. It's like seeing the world held under a black light: This is a film that's meant to be experienced, not watched. "It's so good, but so weird that I don't think people really gave it a shot."