12 Sophisticated Movies on Netflix Didn’t Play in Theaters But Worth Every Minute of Our Time

Watching films on the big screen in the cinema is a special pleasure. But for various reasons, not all films are widely released. Because of this, you and I could have missed the biographical movie about Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings and a new reading of the story of Bonnie and Clyde.

We really don’t like it when something passes us by. Therefore, we decided to make a list of 12 films that did not appear on domestic screens, but they cannot be missed.


Fox Searchlight Pictures

Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.

  • IMDb rating – 6.8

Burning cane


Helen is a widow from a small town in Louisiana. Her life in the backwoods, surrounded by real marginal people, cannot be called prosperous, but the woman does not seek to save herself. Her main concern is to cure her beloved dog and relieve her only son from alcoholism. The most amazing thing about the picture is that it was shot by a teenager. The director started working on the film when he was 17 and finished in 2 years.

  • IMDb rating – 5.5

Scarred Hearts (2016)

Hi Film Productions

“Scarred Hearts” is inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher’s novel, which is set in 1937. It centers on Emanuel, a man in his early 20s, who spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients’ attempts to live life to the full as their bodies slowly wither but their minds refuse to give in. Blecher wrote the text, hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romania in 1939, as autobiographical notes before he died, after 10 years of suffering, at the age of 29. 

  • IMDb rating – 7.1

Ghost Town Anthology (2019)

Répertoire des villes disparues / Ziad Touma

In a small village in the Canadian outback, life flows measuredly and unhurriedly. Until a teenager dies in a car accident. The grief of relatives is so strong that it gradually covers the entire settlement and begins to literally be physically felt in the air. The locals suddenly began to notice strange figures emerging from the winter fog.

  • IMDb rating – 6.4

God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (2019)

Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production

In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it.This time, Petrunija dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others.Her competitors are furious – how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunija holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up.

  • IMDb rating – 6.8

Booksmart (2019)

Annapurna Pictures

On the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends realize they should have worked less and played more. Determined not to fall short of their peers, the girls try to cram four years of fun into one night.

  • IMDb rating – 7.2

Fighting with My Family (2019)


This is not just a comedy, but a biographical movie about a real wrestler girl who performed in the ring under the pseudonym Paige. She was born into not the most law-abiding, but very athletic family, and dreamed of making her way to the Major League. And then one day a WWE employee came to their British backwater.

  • IMDb rating – 7.1

I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018)

A young artist is planning to reconstruct a historical event from 1941, during which the Romanian Army carried out ethnic cleansing on the Eastern Front. One of contemporary Europe’s most distinctive creators has come out with an ingeniously conceived film. While it unfolds slowly and in detail, it hits the viewer with a singular emotional punch.

  • IMDb rating – 7.3

The Outsider


An American soldier during the Second World War is captured by the Japanese. In prison, he saves the yakuza from death and helps him to be released. A member of the mafia group, in response, helps the hero get out into the wild and gives a job: dangerous and related to crime. The American is doing a great job, and he is officially accepted into the mafia. Oh yeah, the main character is played by Jared Leto!

  • IMDb rating – 6.3

The Sound of Silence (2019)

Anonymous Content

A successful “house tuner” in New York City, who calibrates the sound in people’s homes in order to adjust their moods, meets a client with a problem he can’t solve.

  • IMDb rating – 5.5

Harriet (2019)

Focus Features

This is story of Harriet Tubman, who fought to abolish slavery in the United States. The girl managed to free herself and help many others, using the Underground Railroad to escape.

  • IMDb rating – 6.5

The Child in Time (2017)


Children’s author Stephen Lewis is shopping with 4-year old daughter Kate when she suddenly disappears. Failure to find her puts a strain on his marriage, his wife Julie leaving to live in a seaside village, though Stephen regularly visits her. Stephen continues to write but is asked by the prime minister to check on his best friend Charles Dark, who has resigned his cabinet membership to live in an isolated woodland retreat with his wife Thelma. Stephen is perturbed by Charles’ apparent regression to childhood, reminding him of his own loss and, returning to London, erroneously believes that another little girl is Kate. Three years after the disappearance Thelma asks Stephen, still keeping Kate’s room for her, for help with the increasingly disturbed Charles, leading to a shocking discovery though a later phone call from Julie provides a new beginning for them both. 

  • IMDb rating – 6

What sophisticated movies would you recommend to our readers to watch?

Photo by The Outsider / Netflix

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