movies for adults: studio auteur oddities, 2004-2018

recs welcome, added at my discretion. looking for a certain vibe. prestige movies that weren't actually prestige movies, maybe? middlebrow, mid-tier, "movies for adults," Acting, helps if it flopped or had a middling critical reception. maybe it was nominated or won some awards but nobody remembers it (argo won best picture but when was the last time you watched argo. i've never even seen argo tbh.)

a lot of these are cable/streaming classics

at some point this list got really out of control. sorry