The 2014 Sundance Film Festival starts today, and with the opening of theater doors, hundreds of brand new movies will be revealed to the world. Some we’ve already heard of and are excited for — The Raid 2 and Life Itself come to mind — but the majority of them are wholly unknown. They’re films most audiences don’t yet know anything about, with massive stars, from famous directors, or featuring exciting premises..

Below I’ve pulled the titles of 25 2014 Sundance Films you may not have heard of yet, but sound absolutely amazing for one reason for another.

Films that aren’t on this list include The Raid 2, Gareth Evans‘ follow-up to his action epic, Life Itself, the Steve James-directed documentary about Roger Ebert, Wish I Was Here, Zack Braff‘s Kickstarter film, Jim Jarmush‘s Only Lovers Left Alive (which Angie named one of the year’s best) and Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood. Those all sound fantastic, and we’ll be covering them, but they’re a bit too well known for this list.

As for the rest of these films, we don’t know if they’re good yet – we’ll tell you over the next week – but, for one reason or another, we think they sound awesome.


Frank – Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy star in a movie about a young man who joins a band with a lead singer (Fassbender) who wears a giant head. Read more here.


Rudderless – The directorial debut of William H. Macy follows a mourning father who makes his dead son’s music popular with the help of a budding musician. Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Macy himself star. Read more here.

Life After Beth

Life After Beth  – A zombie romantic comedy about a boy (Dane DeHaan) who gets to make up for his regrets when his girlfriend (Aubrey Plaza) comes back from the dead. Read more here.

Kumiko Treasure Hunter

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter – After watching a popular Minnesota-based American film over and over again, a lonely Japanese girl (Pacific Rim‘s Rinko Kikuchi) creates a treasure map and travels to the United States. Read more here.

Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins  – SNL alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig play estranged siblings in this dramedy produced by the Duplass brothers. Read more here.


Whiplash  – Miles Teller plays a man hellbent on being a world class drummer who seeks tutelage from a brutal teacher played by J.K. Simmons. Read more here.

They Came Together

They Came Together – David Wain‘s “phenomenal homage to the iconic romantic comedies of American cinema” with Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, basically, playing Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in You’ve Got Mail. Read more here.

Ping Pong Summer

Ping Pong Summer  – “The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: Ping-Pong and hip-hop.” Susan Sarandon and Amy Sedaris co-star. Read more here.

Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower  – Do you owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in college debt? The new documentary from the filmmaker behind Page One: Inside the New York Times examines the terrible American higher education system. Read more here.

I Origins

I Origins – Michael Pitt and Brit Marling star in a sci-fi love story from the writer director of Another Earth about a man who falls in love with a girl based on her eyes and an existential scientific discover. Read more here.

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