21 MOVIES YOU SHOULD WATCH THAT AREN'T AS WELL KNOWN AS THEY DESERVE TO BE

You may have seen some of these (maybe even all of them), but I think these films all deserve more attention than they've gotten.
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    Tig (2015)
    A very powerful documentary about stand-up comedian Tig Notaro, filmed during a very turbulent time in her life, as she deals with her breast cancer diagnosis, her mother suddenly passing away, and also trying to find love and have kids. It is truly beautiful and moving. It also features Tig's legendary set, recorded at Largo, about her diagnosis. Trailer: http://youtu.be/eO7kJ0j4Qzw
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    Liberal Arts (2012)
    Written and directed by, and starring, Josh Radnor. The story of a 30-something man who visits his alma mater for an old professor's retirement party and develops a strong bond with a female student. The soundtrack is amazing, and includes several pieces of classical music. Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, and Allison Janney are very good in it. Trailer: http://youtu.be/-cghoZjT4e8
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    Obvious Child (2014)
    The story of an aspiring young stand-up comedian who gets pregnant after a one night stand, and has to face the responsibilites and questions it comes with. Jenny Slate is sensational in this movie. Trailer: http://youtu.be/Be7uSIjFCa0
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    Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)
    Yes, all one word. Just like Liberal Arts, it stars and is directed and written by Josh Radnor. It's an uplifting movie with three storylines about six New Yorkers. The amazing soundtrack is provided by Jaymay. Kate Mara, Tony Hale, and Malin Akerman (who plays a woman suffering from alopecia) are great in it. Trailer: http://youtu.be/sG3qBqtX50o
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    Submarine (2010)
    Directed and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. It's a dark comedy about a 15-year old boy who makes it his missions to lose his virginity, and reignite the romance between his parents. You should watch it, no matter your interest in naval policy. Trailer: http://youtu.be/P-WCCdkVDr4
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    Calvary (2014)
    A film about a priest from a small town in Ireland who receives a death threat, saying that he will die in a week. It is a dark comedy with an excellent Brendan Gleeson as the priest and great smaller parts for Chris O'Dowd and Aiden Gillen. Trailer: http://youtu.be/LGM5rq_vX4U
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    Dear White People (2014)
    A great, funny, and eye-opening film about the lives of four African American students at an Ivy League college, where racial tensions rise after white students organize a blackface party at a fraternity. It's a very well done social satire, with great roles for Tessa Thompson and Tyler James Williams. Trailer: http://youtu.be/OATfJ1SwnvQ
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    In A World... (2013)
    Written, directed by and starring Lake Bell as a vocal coach who wants to become a movie trailer voice over star, which is classically male-dominated. It's a great movie that's both intriguing and very funny. You'll also see a ton of familiar faces in it. Trailer: http://youtu.be/bZHBjLFu5is
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    People Places Things (2015)
    A very funny indie comedy starring Jemaine Clement, who plays a recently divorced graphic novelist who tries to find balance between raising his daughters, his teaching job, and trying to find new love. Other great roles are played by Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, and Stephanie Allynne. Trailer: http://youtu.be/Bawtuko5zYs
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    The Sapphires (2012)
    A true story about Australian Aboriginal women who travel to Vietnam to entertain the US troops as singing group The Sapphires. Though Chris O'Dowd is billed first, and he does a good job, his part is merely a supporting one. The real stars are Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, and Miranda Tapsell. The soundtrack is fantastic and soulful. Trailer: http://youtu.be/h2Ty4r6mvgg
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    The Skeleton Twins (2014)
    Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader play estrange twins who reunite after both cheating death on the same day. As they reconnect, they evaluate how they got to that point in life. It's a poignant movie that deals with issues like depression and suicide, but still manages to be funny. Trailer: http://youtu.be/fQJ6vb-Pzb8
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    Mystery Team (2009)
    Written by and starring Donald Glover and his old comedy group 'Derrick Comedy.' It is about a group of teenage detectives who try to solve a more aldult mystery. It's a lot of fun. Look for appearances by Aubrey Plaza, Ellie Kemper, and Ben Schwartz, among others. Trailer: http://youtu.be/nxx1vOhlqmM
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    Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    Based on a real ad the writer saw in a newspaper. It's about a team of journalists (played by Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson, and Karan Soni) investigating a man (played by Mark Duplass) who placed an ad seeking a companion for time travel. It's funny and touching at the same time, especially because of the bond between Plaza and Duplass. Trailer: http://youtu.be/73jSnAs7mq8
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    Adventureland (2009)
    Written and directed by Greg Mottola. It's about a college graduate (Jesse Eisenberg) who takes a summer job at a local amusement park to figure out his life and what he wants to do. Look for great performances by Kristens Stewart and Wiig, Bill Hader, and Ryan Reynolds. The soundtrack is very good as well. Trailer: http://youtu.be/gfPE_MEKipM
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    They Came Together (2014)
    A hilarious ode to romcoms directed by David Wain, and written by him and Michael Showalter. It stars Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, and basically employs every single trope of the genre in the best possible way. You'll see lots of familiar faces in the movie, like: Jason Mantzoukas, Ellie Kemper, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Bill Hader. Trailer: http://youtu.be/TPzHRXUcUWU
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    Hot Rod (2007)
    A comedy from the Lonely Island guys, written by Pam Brady, about an immature wannabe stuntman (Andy Samberg), who wants to prove himself by raising a ton of money for his stepfather's heart operation, with a death-defying jump. Also look for familiar faces like Isla Fischer, Bill Hader, and Will Arnett. Trailer: http://youtu.be/DhdrA9qz79o
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    The Double (2014)
    Written and directed by Richard Ayoade, based on the novel by Dostoevsky. It's a story of a government clerk whose life gets worse when someone who looks exactly like him, but is his is polar opposite personality-wise, starts working at the same agency. Both parts are played by Jesse Eisenberg. Mia Wasikowska is also excellent in it. It is dark, funny, and intriguing. Trailer: http://youtu.be/XG8qATRtNuU
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    The Overnight (2015)
    Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling play a married couple who just moved to LA with their son. They are invited over for a fun evening by a couple played by Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche, and crazy things happen. Trailer: http://youtu.be/R54tN3njkpE
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    Paper Man (2011)
    A special indie comedy about a washed up writer (Jeff Daniels) who develops a special bond with a young woman (Emma Stone) when he stays on Long Island. Oh, and he has an imaginary superhero friend, played very well by Ryan Reynolds. Lisa Kudrow also has a good supporting role. Trailer: http://youtu.be/81naJWXRuSk
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    The Vicious Kind (2009)
    A very dark comedy about a man (Adam Scott) who falls in love with his brother's (Alex Frost) girlfriend (Brittany Snow), when he actually wanted to warn him away from her. This movie really showcase how good an actor Adam Scott really is. Trailer: http://youtu.be/8WwgfenauD0
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    Friends with Kids (2011)
    Written, directed by and starring Jennifer Westfeldt. It's a romantic comedy about two platonic friends who decide to have a kid together. Is has an amazing cast: Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Chris O'Dowd, and Megan Fox all star alongside Westfeldt. Trailer: http://youtu.be/DTLI7R1VPUQ