Wednesday, May 20, 2020

10 Terrific Movies You’ve Never Heard Of (And Where to Stream Them For Free)

Welcome to this week’s Movies With Abe recommendations list! Last week, I spotlighted 25 Fantastic Foreign Films You Should Watch at Home Now, and now it’s time for a look at ten films I really liked that never took off and that aren’t likely known to you. Best of all, they’re all available for free on select streaming services (as of May 2020). This is a great chance to get to know these superb titles – happy watching!


This delightful gem features Noël Wells from “Master of None” embarking on a spur-of-the-moment relationship and road trip with her next door neighbor, which is a wild and fully involving ride. Available on Amazon Prime with ads and on Tubi.


In the realm of movies that deal with unexplained events and the eerie effects they have on people, this one does a superb job of subtly building suspense and an unnerving sense that reality is not what it seems. Available free on Amazon Prime, Tubi, Vudu, and Crackle.

The City of Your Final Destination

This strong character piece, the most recent directorial effort from Oscar winner James Ivory, is led by Anthony Hopkins and Laura Linney and features a standout turn by Hiroyuki Sanda from “Westworld.” Why it didn’t make a splash is a real mystery and a shame. Available on Amazon Prime, Vudu, and Crackle.

Ms. Purple

Los Angeles feels like a truly foreign place in the world this movie creates, where its protagonist juggles taking care of her father and working at a karaoke bar. It’s a wondrous and surreal experience featuring fine acting and gorgeous cinematography and music. Available on Hulu.

Night Comes On

Actress Jordana Spiro steps behind the camera to make this intimate and extraordinary portrait of two young girls, one fresh out of prison and the other living in foster care, navigating complicated relationships with the father who killed their mother. Available on Amazon Prime.


Not to be confused with the football movie starring Will Smith, this 2013 film finds Robin Weigert as a woman who abandons her comfortable, normal life to become a female prostitute after suffering a blow to the head. It’s a surprising and multi-faceted story that delivers on a premise that could have gone awry. Available on Netflix.

Princess Cyd

This wonderful film features exceptional performances from Jessie Pinnick and Rebecca Spence as a teenager and her aunt, respectively, who spend time living together and learn a lot about themselves in the process. Available on Hulu.

Romantics Anonymous

This unassuming French film is a lovely tale of people who should be together but are plagued by too much anxiety to be able to realize it. The ensemble is great and the film is a real treat. Available on Amazon Prime with ads and on Tubi and Vudu.

First Snow

This was one of the first films I saw during college in New York City with a limited release small enough to have a representative from the film there after the showing to ask my opinion. Guy Pearce and William Fichtner contribute to a nuanced and foreboding tale of destiny. Available on Amazon Prime and Tubi.

Handsome Harry

The cast in this film is simply extraordinary, led by Jamey Sheridan from “Homeland” as a man trying to piece together complex memories from his time as Marine. Steve Buscemi, John Savage, Aidan Quinn, Titus Welliver, and Campbell Scott are all excellent. Available on Amazon Prime, Tubi, and Vudu.

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