Best or Most Offbeat Movies

Here’s my top 5 for both categories:


1)Hoosiers (with Gene Hackman)
2)Good Morning Vietnam (with Robin Williams)
3)Mask (with Cher)
4)Captive Hearts (with Pat Morita)
5)The Last Waltz (with ‘The Band’)

Most Offbeat:

1)Local Hero
2)HouseKeeping (with Christine Lahti)
3)Unstrung Heroes (with Michael Richards)
4)Harold and Maude

The ‘offbeats’ are worth seeing, as there is a touching charm and sentimentality in each of them. All make some subtle yet fundamental statement on the human condition. -joe :slight_smile:


Sin City
Natural Born Killers
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Lord Of The Rings
Ghost in The Shell

Off Beat

Oldboy Oldboy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Has to be seen
Dead Leaves Dead Leaves - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia What can I say this is really off beat.
Ninja Scrolls Anime OK so I like the martial art Stuff :wink:
Which leads to Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia but just bias like Tony Jaa’s style.
Tokyo Godfathers quite memorable Anime but nothing like Dead Leaves for off beat.

OK I’m sure I could keep going ask me in 6 months time I’m sure these would be different.

Off beat How could I forget Cidade de Deus (2002) City of God quite gritty.

Or Pans Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth rocks.

I agree

I really could keep going Cashback is another off beat one I found really quite good. Not my typical film but got me, found it really nicely filmed with a quirky story.

But I must leave this thread alone now seen to many offbeat films. But if you’ve not seen Oldboy it’s certainly one I would watch again. Its so not predictable, you certainly have empathy for the main character all through the film.

Offbeat but good:
The light and the Darkness
Second hand Lions
James and the Giant Peach
The Time Bandits
A Far Off Place

I could spend a year pontificating about the five best off-beat movies, but I don’t have the time, so I’m going to throw these out as my personal favorites for replay value. I reserve the right to change my choices as time progresses :wink:

Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure - ok, it’s an acquired taste.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Funniest. Movie. Ever.
Mullholand Drive - Had to watch it 27 times before I finally “got it”, but David Lynch is cool
The Salton Sea - Not sure why, but this movie always haunts me
Office Space - Just because.

I liked Bill and Teds EA. It was in line with many good Saturday Night Live Movies. Forgive me, Dumb and Dumber made me laugh big time. But I have always enjoyed offbeat humor. :smiley:

Gotta go with “Dr. Strangelove”.

I have a rather cyberpunkish style so for me the best movies are

  • Nemesis
  • Blade Runner
  • Terminator 2
  • Hardware
  • The Matrix

I can’t think of any offbeat movies right now, but I’m sure I have a few on my list, just can’t think of them.

Well I have too many favourites to mention, and great films are coming out all the time, e.g. recently The Edge of Heaven (original title Auf der anderen Seite) by Fatih Akin, but I thought I’d mention a funny mockumentary screened again on TV recently here, though already 8 years old, Get Ready to be Boyzvoiced, in the tradition of This is Spinal Tap. I don’t know if it has much distribution outside Norway and Australia though.


  1. Star Wars
  2. Lord of the Rings
  3. Batman (the new rendition, can’t wait for “Dark Knight”)
  4. any M. Night Shyamalan movie to date
  5. Braveheart

Offbeat, but awesome still

  1. Anchorman
  2. Death to Smoochy
  3. Donnie Darko
  4. Walk Hard
  5. can’t think of anything else at the moment

Off the top of my head best:
POTC Black Pearl (the sequels inhale)
The Matrix
Monty Python: Holy Grail
Princess Bride

IMHO the most offbeat:
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Monty Python: Holy Grail
Princess Bride

The Princess Bride did become quite a classic.
Speaking of Off Beat, any Repo Man fans?

I loved Time Bandits.
What about Ice Pirates (I think that was the name)
Princess Bride is another good one. I watched it yesterday with my 4 year old, he loved it.:smiley:

Offbeat: “Quest For Fire”

I simply have one movie, that’s my best and most off-beat at the same time ;

Leaving Normal [Meg Tilly, Christine Lahti]

It’s an undiscovered gem I think :slight_smile:

I don’t see many movies, but looking through my DVD collection (most from the discount bin at Wal-Mart) (in no particular order):
O Brother, Where Art Thou
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Two Mules for Sister Sarah
Shanghai Knights
War Games
The Hunt for Red October
Popeye (with Robin Williams)
The original Star Wars

Gotta throw in “The Fisher King” for offbeat/best.

On 2008-06-09, Cryovac <> wrote:
> Offbeat: “Quest For Fire”

Mitoizumi (the ‘new’ one AND the old sries)
Das Boot
Star Wars
The Blues Brothers

Tank Girl
Harlem Nights (Kiss my entire ass !)
Anything by Russ Meyer :slight_smile:
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The sand remembers once there was beach and sunshine
but chip is warm too
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