While we're going through a bit of a drought at the moment, Hollywood puts out hundreds of films in a normal year, ranging from polished Marvel blockbusters to experimental low-budget horrors, and everything in between.
But unfortunately for the majority of these films, there's only so much attention and hype to go around, and the truth of the matter is that most of it gets sucked up by dominant brands like Star Wars, DC, Mission Impossible and Jurassic World. As a result, there are usually very few passengers onboard the hype train for Joe Arthouse's latest quirky drama, or Jodie Gorehound's upcoming micro-budget slasher.
On the plus side, this means that we often get movies that come out of nowhere and smack us in the face with their brilliance: films that were underhyped - or weren't hyped whatsoever - but managed to overcome that lack of attention, break out into the mainstream, and show everyone how amazing they are.
From terrific stories to inventive action sequences to heartwarming messages, these movies blew us all away, and due to various reasons, we never even saw them coming.