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8 Most Underrated A24 Films, Ranking

Counting 112 film releases in completed production statusA24, the pre-eminent American independent entertainment company behind amazing cinematic masterpieces such as Hereditary, Lady Bird and Moonlight, has built a solid reputation over the years, captivating audiences with a wide range of fantastic films.

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There is enough of A24 Films that are greatly – and deservedly – appreciated. However, there are just as many films that deserve more recognition from the moment they premiere.

8) ‘waves’


Alexa Demie and Kelvin Harrison Jr. in Waves

During waves begins with a seemingly suburban and ideal family portrait as everything begins to crumble a controlling father (Sterling K. Brown) is trying to ensure that his children are named after his son (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) suffers a career-ending sports injury that ultimately affects everyone around him, including his girlfriend Alexis (Alexa Demi).

Like the ripple effect, which occurs when an initial disruption spreads to disrupt an ever larger part of the system, waves shows the endless consequences of wrong decisions. Through great acting Drew Daniels’ stunning cinematography and Frank Oceans discography, Trey Edward Shults delivered a beautiful and moving piece of cinema.

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7) ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’


Barry Keoghan and Colin Farrell in The Slaying of a Sacred Deer.

Martin (Barry Keoghan) is a fatherless teenager who gradually – and sinisterly – finds his way into the life of Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farell), a renowned heart surgeon who, with his wife (Nicole Kidman) and two children.

It’s a fact that Yorgos Lanthimos Movies aren’t for everyone, and Killing a Sacred Deer is no exception – expressionless, where no line is drawn between the normal and the supernatural. While it’s human and natural, it’s also terrifying and scary. It perfectly captures what folklore stories would look like in a more modern setting.

6) ‘First Cow’


John Magaro in the first cow

First cow follows the story of a quiet loner and skilled chef (John Magaro), who traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in the Oregon Territory. He connects with a Chinese immigrant (Orion Lee), who is also looking for riches, and the two hatch a tenuous plan to get rich on the frontier based on the secret use of a landowner’s prized dairy cow.

Beautifully shot through simplicity, this is where this film comes from Kelly Reichhardt serves as a close, intimate portrait of the friendship and a broader snapshot of America. Overall, this is an unstoppably exquisite film that explores the tenderness of the human and animal connection simultaneously, making it a solid one A24 have to watch.

5) ‘American Honey’


Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf in American Honey

Star (Sasha Lane) is a young girl with nothing to lose who meets a group of teenagers and quickly becomes attracted to one of them: Jake (Shia LaBeouf), a flirtatious young man who leads a traveling magazine sales team. To escape her miserable life, Star accepts Jake’s offer to join the crew and falls into a gang of misfits cloaked in a lifestyle of hard partying and law-bending.

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While not technically a romance film, there is a strong and undeniable attraction between Jake and Star that has developed from the moment their paths crossed – audiences get to experience the characters’ dynamics up close and personal, as if it were their own. It is a film that goes beyond young love and all that entails, exploring a personal and real narrative of self-discovery and emancipation. A24 is known for its visually stunning films and Andrea Arnolds American honey illustrates this strength.

4) ‘Come on, come on’


Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Norman in Come On, Come On

C’mon C’mon follows the story of Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his little nephew (Woody Norman) forge a tenuous but transformative relationship as they embark on a cross-country journey from Los Angeles.

This incredibly delicate Mike Mills Film feels like a warm hug and a pat on the back. This film emphasizes the importance of really questioning Listening to what others have to say and taking care of a child’s future, making sure they are properly nurtured and meanwhile nurturing their inner child. Both actors are great at it, and their characters do a fantastic job of trying to be nice to each other while not being very good at it at the same time. C’mon C’mon is truly a compassionate film that should be seen at least once.

3) ‘First reformed’


Ethan Hawke in First Reformed

a pastor (Ethan Hawke) a small church in upstate New York begins to lose control after a soul-shattering encounter with an unstable environmental activist (Phillip Ettinger) and his pregnant wife (Amanda Seyfried).

Paul Schraders First reformed is a beautifully made, powerful drama that may not appeal to everyone right away. Ultimately, however, the film delivers an incredible narrative that reflects on the Church, hypocrisy and climate change. Throughout the film, the characters seek answers to questions about a very real topic that speaks to our times.

2) “Women of the 20th Century”


Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Lucas Jade Zumann and Billy Crudup in Women of the 20th Century

Set in Santa Barbara in 1979, at a moment of cultural change and rebellion, this beautiful film tells the story of Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a single mother in her 50s who married Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), her teenage son. Fearing that she won’t be able to guide him on his path to adulthood, Dorothea enlists the help of two young women to help Jamie raise him – Abbie (Greta Gerwig), a free-spirited artist retiring to the Fields home, and Julie (Elle Fanning), a challenging and provocative teenage neighbor on whom the boy has a crush.

Another Mike Mills film (loosely based on the director’s own experience of being raised by his mother and sister) that’s as endearing as it is intimate; 20th Century Women explores what it’s like to raise a male feminist. Although the focus is on a teenager, Jamie’s personal development is not the focus of the film – it’s incredibly touching how well Mills writes these three vastly different women and how precisely he distinguishes their very different fears and concerns.

1) “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”


Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors and Danny Glover in The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

The last black man in San Francisco follows the journey of Jimmie Fails (who plays himself) who dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. His friend Mont (Jonathan Majors) accompanies him on his quest to belong to a city she seems to have left behind.

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Joe Talbots reasonable Piece of filmmaking illuminates the fear of being obliterated in such a startling way that audiences have a hard time believing it The last black man in San Francisco is indeed a debut feature. Talbot’s style feels like a breath of fresh air in a very different, impactful and meaningful film that really has a signature.

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