25 Great Movies That Flopped

BladeRunner

It’s hard to believe that some of our most beloved movies failed to set the world on fire upon their initial release.

Many movies make hundreds of millions of dollars in their opening weekend and then quietly fade into oblivion.

Others slowly build up a cult following after a disappointing debut and are later regarded as visual masterpieces.

The following 10 movies were unappreciated in their time but have since found their place in Hollywood’s proud history.

1. Blade Runner (1982)

Incredibly, one of the greatest science fiction films ever made was actually a financial flop. It’s said that audiences wanted their universes brighter or they were simply tired of sci-fi which was coming fast and furious after the release of “Star Wars.”

Whatever the reason, critics and audiences weren’t impressed. However, the years since its original release have been very kind to the film.

Many prominent critics (including Roger Ebert) who panned it when it was originally released have long since come around to hail it as a classic in the science fiction genre.

There are also seven different versions available to watch. Blade Runner is set in a dystopian future where robots known as “replicants” are employed for menial labour on other planets.

“Replicants” are forbidden to set foot on Earth, and those that defy the rules are hunted down and terminated by “Blade Runners.” Harrison Ford plays a weary yet talented “Blade Runner” who takes on one last assignment.

The movie is based on the novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. It has become such an important part of American movie history that the Library of Congress chose to preserve it in the National Film Registry due to it being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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  • Dwayne

    Blade Runner suffered from bad reports coming out before it was released, reports about having to add a narration so the audience could follow the story, or to make it “noir-like”. Reports of production problems always lead audiences to believe the movie will be no good.

    • Locode

      Blade runner suffered from being a terrible film. Totally overrated junk.

      • Iam_Spartacus

        Basically you just don’t like movies that make you think, Mr. Brain-numb.

        • Locode

          no, I don’t like movies that suck, Mr.A Jack.

          • robthom

            And I dont like ignorant smart mouthed children with internet access.

            I guess its a good thing that you dont get to decide what movies get made, and I dont get to decide who’s children are allowed to breathe.

          • Locode

            Sorry Ridley, your film is crap. Copy your brother, willya?

          • sunsmasher

            It doesn’t suck. It’s just not to your liking.

      • Patricia Stilwell

        I don’t think it was in the top 10 movies of all time, but I enjoyed it as an action film. And I love how ahead of its time it was vis-a-vis the computer effects the main character used. I surely wouldn’t call it terrible.

        • Locode

          This list isn’t the Top 10 of all time.

      • robthom

        Its certainly no resident evil sequel,
        but every list of all time great Sci-Fi movies and the national film registry disagrees with you.

        I’m sure that you would think that Casablanca was boring and didn’t have enough explosions.

        • Locode

          Who cares? I think it’s a crap overrated film that a lot of people only claim to like because it’s supposed to be good. It isn’t good. It sucks.

          • robthom

            “Who cares”
            Exactly.

            Everybody who knows what they’re talking about thinks you’re wrong.
            So it doesn’t matter what you think.
            Who cares.

          • Locode

            If it doesn’t matter what I think, why the fark are you commenting?
            Sorry Ridley, I just don’t like your crap film.

          • Benno

            Why don’t you like it?

          • Kadongo

            Yeah … You’re right, nobody loves you. Bravo you are a big tough boy, with your literal avatar…
            You can die now.
            Troll.

          • jake481

            “the fark”?
            I get it. We’re debating film with a twelve year old.
            Go to bed. The grown-ups are talking.

          • jake481

            When your entire critical vocabulary is “it isn’t good, it sucks”, you might not be equipped to appreciate some things.

            Don’t worry. The world needs ditch diggers too.

      • mplo

        I agree with you wholeheartedly about “Blade Runner”, Locade. I also think, however, that Ben Affleck’s 4 year old movie, “The Town”, which, imho, is also an overrated, hyped-upm cartoon-like piece of junk which is more like a feature-length soap opera than a regular movie, should’ve also made that list.

      • Mark Mayfield

        It was one of those type of movies that you needed to read the book first to understand it. The director’s cut is better, they left out the narration. If they made the other 2 movies, everything would’ve been made clear about BR.

      • catalinda8

        No way – I loved Blade Runner when I first saw it, I was just a kid then. I’ve watched it many times since. An amazing film with such memorable acting. Rutger Hauer’s best role.

  • Dwayne

    Some movies just aren’t intended to reach a huge audience. Brazil is certainly one. It’s smart, quirkly and it’s humor is decidedly dark. It’s certainly the result of the director’s personal vision.

    • Patricia Stilwell

      Ouu I thought it was incomprehensible. I think that’s why it did poorly. Of course, I didn’t like Citizen Kane either despite all its kudos.

      • Abbé Faria

        Citizen Kane is one of those movies that pretentious people pretend to like.

        • John Beam

          Project much?

          • Abbé Faria

            I know film students.

          • Rob Dotzler

            I’m sure it would have struck a note for you if Orson would have just exposed his chest for half the movie and he was covered in glitter. He was a young man at the time after all. I enjoyed it, I’m not a film student nor am I pretentious. I am 51 years now, so I don’t have such a narrow view of the world. I did see Citizen Kane for the first time in my mid 20′s. I enjoyed it then but I enjoy it more now, it might have to do with the fact I’m not a shallow little jerk, who knows.

        • My Name Is Chris

          Haha give it up. It’s not even an art film, it’s old Hollywood at its best – and the blueprint for the bulk of American film that would follow it. It’s mainstream, easy to understand, and always entertaining.

      • jake481

        Incomprehensible? Really? Brazil is a pretty straightforward story. The endings a little weird but it’s not Memento.

    • Louie in Longmont

      Takes an intellect to appreciate Brazil.

    • AJ75

      Brazil is brilliant. Terry Gilliam is a true artist.

    • jake481

      Brazil is brilliant, but no one thought it was going to be a huge hit. One look and anyone could tell it was just too odd for mass consumption.

  • UN

    whats worse is how while these great movies flopped twilight franchise made billion…

    • Michael Sokolowski

      i’m not a twilight fan. but picking on it got old awhile ago and take little to no thought

    • Abbé Faria

      Most of these movies are not for a mainstream audience. I mean have you actually watched most of these movies? Twilight is a bad movie that I’ve watched several times because they are fun. How many times have I watched Citizen Cane? Once, and I will never watch it again. And while I love Das Boot, it it 3 and a half hours long and in German. And a number of these movies are only considered classics because of nostalgia.

      • UN

        i have seen 6 of these movies….while there are 3 i have never heard of so maybe you’re partially right

        • Abbé Faria

          English isn’t my first language either, and I do speak German. Just not military german all that much.

      • Brian

        I’ve seen Citizen Kane (that’s how it’s correctly spelled) at least 5 times– it’s pure genius and a pleasure to watch. I’ll never subject myself to the excrement that is the Twilight franchise.

        • Abbé Faria

          Sure, and that’s you. My comment was to UN. And UN admitted to never having heard of 3 of the movies on the list, so my point about who the movies are made for still stands. And I know it’s spelled Kane, take it as a commenting at 2am fail and don’t be such a douche. In addition, what’s with crapping all over movies you haven’t even watched? That’s decidedly hipster judgmental of you.

          • UN

            neither is english my first language so whats ur point?

          • Abbé Faria

            Sorry, I answered the wrong comment. Answer was to Christopher Luther who said there was an English languaged version of das boot. Sorry for the confusion.

          • jake481

            Accept it. You’ve got shitty taste in movies.

            There’s nothing wrong with enjoying bad fun movies. The Twilight series takes itself WAAAY too seriously for that.
            The acting is actually a lot better than the material but if you’re not a tween swooning over the leads, the movies just have nothing going for them.

        • Ken

          Sure you have Brian……..you remind me of every film student I’ve ever spoken to…..or like the many actors I’ve met over the years who say “oh, I am all Stanivlaski….like, he is my mentor, you know? Method? Oh yeah. Nothing else like it. Pure genius”.

          • Pino

            Yeah, he must be one of those jerks that likes good movies- can’t stand them!!! He will never know the genius of Twilight. I mean, “Kane” is in black and white. HELLO?!?!?!?!?!? How can you even watch a black and white film for more than 2 minutes? Movies from the 1700′s suck, they didn’t even have good CGI back then. God forbid you even mention a good director these days, everyone will jump at you for the audacity of knowing about film as art as opposed to marketing.

          • Kerry White

            how can you even watch a black and white movie?!?!? are you serious? How is anyone supposed to take you seriously on topics like this if you summarily refuse to watch some of the greatest movies ever made because they aren’t in color. My God! the ignorance! I will never understand the tiny mentality it takes to say “oh it’s not in color I can’t watch it”. It boggles the mind – correction – it boggles the intelligent mind

          • Videoguy

            Someone missed the sarcasm

          • AJ75

            Someone has no sense of humor.

          • mikinzla

            I’m grateful you will never be in the audience watching true cinema masterpieces.

            Stick to your video games little boy.

          • Miss Y

            You really couldn’t tell that Pino’s comment was intended as sarcasm? wow

          • Sarah E. Grove

            The “genius of Twilight?” Ok, now you’re making me laugh out loud.

          • Chuckie T

            But…Strasberg was the father of “The Method.” Stanislavski created a loose system to approach acting. Lee Strasberg WAS influenced by Stanislavski, though.

            Citizen Kane IS pure genius, though.

            ~An actor.

          • Adastra

            You’re exactly right, including the point that most people who adore Stanislavsky can’t even spell his name.

        • Brandon Roberts

          on twilight agreed and orson welles may have been an insane con artist but he was talented

        • Hum

          So you’re pretty much saying that you wont subject yourself to a movie franchise … because of what other people have told you?

          Sounds really stupid for someone to say something is garbage with out actually having seen it… regardless thou it’s all about the audience it’s intended for… just like i have no interest in watching magic mike… i’m not going to say the movie is awful thou i just dont want to watch it.

      • Christopher Luther

        Just FYI, there’s an English version of Das Boot, with nearly all of the actors providing their voices. The German version was actually dubbed, too.

      • AJ75

        Twilight movies are literally unwatchable for me. And that’s not to say I didn’t try. As a fan of all things undead, I truly gave it several chances. Never made it through awake.

    • http://thisaintnarnia.com/ Andrew Littler

      What the hell are you trying to say?

    • mike

      yea but that is all due to inflation

    • festie

      twilight’s success capitalized on the continuation of the dumbing down of the American psyche.

      • Hum

        Or if capitalized on the fact that people going to movies are getting younger and parents are getting more tired of having their kids around so they send them to the movies more(jk)

        But twilight is a good movie for the generation… they capitalized on being able to sell sex to kids…. they had the taboo of shirtless guys that normally they wouldn’t be able to see.

        • Eddie Munster

          Why not there parents did the same to them its what the older gen taught them….

        • Mike Mcdaniel Sr.

          TROUBLE IS, MOST OF TODAY’S ACTORS CAN NOT, COULD NOT, OR WOULD NOT BE ACTING IF THEY COULD NOT BE VAMPIRES, WEREWOLVES, TRANFORMERS, ZOMBIES, OTHER MONSTERS, OR THEIR HUNTERS.

        • Scott Herdliska

          No, it’s a terrible movie for any generation. Problem was that they started the movies before the books really took off. Poorly acted, poorly written, poorly executed. All the hallmarks of Hollywood sellout cinema.

      • Mike Mcdaniel Sr.

        I AGREE 100%

    • Hattorikun

      Twilight made money money because teenage girls desperately want to have sex with gay men.

      • Scott Herdliska

        OK, that’s funny

  • Thomas L. Goodie Jr.

    Big trouble in little china is classic…’nuff said!

    • MrsMommy

      WHATEVER. I’m watching it now and I can see why it flopped. Smarmy 80′s schlock.

      • Ray Butler

        Really? A fantasy adventure comedy action, you take it that seriously? You’re smarmy 80′s schlock :p

        • Dr Snake

          Now boys, play nice or I’ll make you watch Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man–on a loop.

          • Ray Butler

            Lets not get carried away, each to their own I always say, whatever floats your boat, just don’t say anything about Return of the Living Dead and we’ll be fine ;)

      • Jackiechanfan

        You obviously have no idea what a good movie is. Stop watching them.

      • Michael

        Some of us just don’t have good taste.

      • Mystified

        It’s honestly hard to imagine how people who have ever consumed books, players, television or movies don’t understand the kind of movie Big Trouble in Little China is. Look, lady, if you don’t get it, but just about everyone else does, maybe you’re the one with the problem.

      • Scott Herdliska

        Wow. you are correct, it will never play on Lifetime Movie Network, thank the stars.

        It’s a great film. I’m guessing you don’t like much of anything John Carpenter did. It’s probably just not for you.

    • Chuckawobbly

      Sorry but that movie sucked.

    • Not2obvious

      The uber talented Kim Catrell. Ugh.

  • Gary Eberly

    Said the same people who thought Twilight and Spiceworld were quality

  • Gary Eberly

    This really pisses me off Mr. Burton to no end!!

  • Kirk Mailloux

    Joe VS the Volcano SUCKS

  • Agassifan

    I’m unaware of anyone who ever thought Joe vs the volcano was even okay

  • Daddie Tang

    The Great Santini !!!! USMC at its best!

  • Adam Vinnie Campetti

    Would be cool to see links to old reviews. I mean if somebody had the old paper and news paper articles to upload. I’d love a retro site like that. Highlighting all reviews to older movies. Somebody.. make it happen. Thanks for this post. I remember watching Big Trouble in Little China on VHS when it was brand new. I can’t believe it was a flop, but then again I don’t remember it being advertised much on TV before it was out on VHS.

    • AJ75

      Try Google.

  • Martman46

    I remember seeing Joe vs. the Volcano and thinking that it was easily the worst movie I had ever seen.

    • Scott Arnold

      You’ve obviously never seen “Comin’ at Ya!” in 3-D. I remember seeing it with a friend when it came out in 1981. We both agreed that it was so bad that we couldn’t leave the theater without seeing another film to get the bad taste out of our mouths. Our second choice was better: An American Werewolf in London.

      • catalinda8

        My worst movie ever: Zardoz, with Sean Connery.

        • jake481

          That movie is so weird it’s worth watching.

          ZARDOZ!

    • AJ75

      Clearly anyone who uses the phrase “worst movie ever” has never seen Troll 2. Having not seen that, the default worst movie ever is “Plan 9 From Outer Space”.

  • fairportfan

    I’ve seen all of these films except Joe vs the Volcano

    I’d watch most of them again – some multiple times – except The Wizard of Oz (which completely screwed up its source material) and It’s a Wonderful Life (horrifyingly saccharine schmaltz that would be dangerous for diabetics).

    Blade Runner is a muddled film that never really hits the notes squarely. Citizen Kane is very much a film of its time, but if you know the period, it’s fascinating.

    Iron Giant is simply brilliant; like Disney’s earlier Return to Oz it suffered badly because the studio failed to get the word out. (In the case of IG, it was simple incompetence, apparently – in the case of the Disney film, it was intentional, due to studio politics).

    • Merano

      You’re exactly right about Disney politics. SPIRITED AWAY ought to be on this list, too, an incredibly brilliant film Disney deliberately tanked it so it wouldn’t compete with their own product (as they do with all Studio Ghibli films in the US)

      • nevilleross

        That and the fact that another Studio Ghibl movie hasn’t been released by them because it has a scene in which the main character has her period, which sickened Disney executives.

  • Skyhawk

    Blade Runner was a singularly brilliant film. The bleakness, sadness and desperation was shockingly real and had a visceral impact on me. Amazing work.

    • Mark Mayfield

      The director’s cut is outstanding. They stayed true to the book. I wish they would’ve made the other 2 books into movies. Talk about plot twists.

      • stormwyrm

        You probably have never read the book then. While the film indeed stayed true to the *spirit* of Philip K. Dick’s vision, and in large part transcended it, it really wasn’t that faithful to the actual story. No word of the religion of Mercerism, which was a key element in the original Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, or even the titular electric sheep. No sub-normal character based on J.R. Isidore who helps the androids. The term ‘replicant’ comes from the film, the book just calls them ‘androids’.

        This is not to say that Blade Runner was not a brilliant film. It absolutely was, probably the greatest work Ridley Scott did since Alien.

        • Bob Smith

          wasn’t the little scientist can’t remember his name that brought Priss home based on JR, storm? I admit it has been way too long since I read the book or saw the film soo…

        • Tom Ellis

          “probably the greatest work Ridley Scott did since Alien…”

          It should be…it was his very next project. It could have totally sucked, and still would have been his best work since Alien, as it was his only work since Alien.

    • kirkmcloren

      Me too. Only movie I ever went back to see after seeing it. Went by myself. A first.
      BRILLIANT!

  • JT

    The Wizard of Oz was nominated for Best picture and lost to Gone with the Wind. I hardly consider that a flop

    • mplo

      “The Wizard of Oz” is a wonderfully fun movie. I thought that “Gone With the Wind” was very, very overrated, however.

      • catalinda8

        I hated Gone with the Wind until I read the book, and then I enjoyed the movie.

  • JoeD

    Blade Runner sucked then and it sucked now!

  • Ben Caesar

    Interesting list. Cheers.

  • Paul Jacobs

    Blade Runner is not one of the greatest Sci Fi films ever made, but the Director’s Cut of Blade Runner is one of the very finest films of any genre ever made. It seems like that distinction gets forgotten because nobody watches the theatrical version any more, which was unpopular because of the bad editing and terrible decision to include voice over narration.

    • Billy___Bob

      I liked the narration.

      • Geoff

        I too liked the narration. I liked Harrison Ford’s subdued delivery (I read he didn’t like doing it – but to me that only added to the overall atmosphere of the movie). I liked the music score, and backgrounds for the same reason. I also loved Rutger Hauer’s performance, persona. In fact, I thought all the characters were so creative, and memorable (Daryl Hannah is forever a mermaid, and Pris to me). The mystery of Gaff. The vulnerability of JF Sebastion. The genious/pride/arrogance of Tyrell. The story itself. I even liked the ending with Rachel and Deckard off to an unknown, but hopeful destination. Maybe because I saw it when I was the right age (18), but it will always be one of my favorite movies (I understand and liked the changes to the later versions, but I have no problems with the original, as it stands).

  • Andy D

    No shawshank redemption??? :/

    • AJ75

      Because it wasn’t a bomb at the box office. Maybe you misunderstood the list.

      • Smithian

        It grossed $3 million more than its budget (pre-marketing dollars) at the box office, the studio doesn’t get all of that back. It was a bomb.

  • Bored With Fame

    Movies I love don’t have mainstream recognition, whaaaaaaa. An Oscar doesn’t prove anything other than one’s ability to suck Hwood. If you want Hwood validity, go make a shit ton of money and buy it. That’s how it works. Or, hey, FUCK Hwood and go make your own damn movie! Or play critic and feel self righteous. Whatever works for you.

    • jake481

      Yeah, just look at The Artist and Twelve Years a Slave!

  • Marstan Jenson

    i decided to watch Big Trouble in Little China (1986) a while back with my older couzin who had seen this when he was little. thank you megashare. i really enjoyed it xD

  • Top_Jimmy

    Big Trouble in Little China basically was a blue print for Tarantino, Stephen Chow and others to make the action/comedy/kung fu movies. It was too far ahead of its time and the studio did not know what to make of it and failed in its advertising. Pre-screenings had some of the highest audience ratings they had seen and yet the movie failed. Cripes, as a kid in 2nd grade I knew Blade Runner was like no other movie I had ever seen when my dad took me to it, I loved it. 20 years later people started to re-discover that masterpiece and now it’s regarded as one of sci-fi’s best. Good job people, you caught up to a second grader…morons.

    • Ed

      This comment is brilliant

  • Cherise Mcenerney

    My absolute favorite movie- no amazing in it’s visual effects-so beautifly written and acted-and as someone who “read the book” before the movie- the movie was visually better-which usually never happens-I don’t care what anyone thinks- if I hear someone did’t like the film- I have them over to watch it- and 100% seriously changed their minds-It will forever go down as my favorite movie-<3

  • Chris Starkiller

    They forgot about the original PREDATOR it finaly started to make a profit in 2001 loll !

    • catalinda8

      I loved Predator!!

  • http://randonshots.org/ Mike von bach

    just passing threw reading stuff nothing to say really .i mean if i had something to say i would say it ..BUT i dont. So i wont take up any more of your valuable time.thanks and have a great day.

    • richteacher

      Pass through next time…

  • Savannah Green

    I LOVED & STILL LOVE Kiss Kiss Bang Bang! Thanks for giving it a nod!

  • Danny

    All of those movies are considered Cult classics.

  • Barbara Edwards

    Loved Big Trouble In Little China! It had everything comedy, action and scifi.

  • Raptor Jesus

    Blade Runner looked great and rewards multiple viewings with it’s rich set and costume design and special effects.

    But frankly the script was a mess and the third act just falls apart.

    It’s not a mystery why this one failed at the B.O.

  • James H Watschke

    Joe vs. The Volcano blew chunks!

  • kycatfan

    Loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, found it in the bargain bin.

  • John Taylor

    Blade Runner was great? Must not have read the book. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was a great book. Had they made the movie more like the book, it might have been great. Of course that can be true of most movies based on books. Look at Starship Troopers. One of Heinlein’s best and the result is a movie that resembles the book in title, but little else.

  • farenbalanced

    Joe Versus the Volcano was a great, offbeat movie. Not only was Tom Hanks terrific, but the first time around I didn’t realize the three women in his life were all Meg Ryan! The movie was written by the great John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt). Yeah, they obviously ran out of money and had to tack on a quick ending, but it’s still well worth it.

  • http://tarskiblog.blogspot.com/ Tarski Merceda

    Interesting list.. can’t believe all these great films flopped..

  • macguffin54

    Joe vs the Volcano was a disappointment since expectations were high for Hanks, but, as I recall, the film was actually a modest success. It made money over time, not a a lot, but a decent amount. Cute little dark, comic fairy tale.

  • Diavolino

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for including Joe Versus the Volcano! I’ve always thought that was one of the most underrated movies of all time!

  • Jim E

    Rustlers Rhapsody (1984). Great movie the everyone hated.

  • WellhungHippie

    Joe Versus the Volcano….great???? It sucked when I paid $3.00 to see it and it sucks now.

  • Steve Ayres

    It is perhaps telling that none of these are in my movie collection.

    • dcnrmn

      Telling what?

  • Chaz

    Vin Diesel voicing the Iron Giant was amazing. I love that movie!

  • Bill C.

    Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang was terrific … also loved Big Trouble In Little China … missing from the list is AI, which apparently most people hate, but which I love, though it could be, say, 10 to 20 minutes shorter.

    • AJ75

      I was with ya till AI.

  • wrath_of_fett

    There were a LOT of big science fiction movies the same summer as Blade Runner. Being rated R didn’t help.

  • Bill

    OK, let me be very very clear …. Joe vs. the Volcano was without question the worst movie ever made. It was so bad that Tom Hanks actually apologized for it while hosting Saturday Night Live.
    So bad that even after Sleepless in Seattle, fans would not forgive Hanks and Ryan until they made You’ve got Mail.
    THEN all was forgiven and the sight of Abe Vigoda as a pacific island chief could finally be washed from our collective minds.

    • richardstarr

      The worst? Harsh dude. Yeah, it was pretty stupid, but I’m sure you can think of worse if you really want to.

      • AJ75

        Easy: Troll 2.

    • Smithian

      “Sleepless in Seattle” made more money than “You’ve Got Mail,” I think fans forgave them. For all its sins, the film does showcase their chemistry.

    • ThatWriterDude

      “So bad that even after Sleepless in Seattle, fans would not forgive Hanks and Ryan until they made You’ve got Mail.” Do you have a version of this sentence that makes sense? Sleepless in Seattle made over $100 million at the box office and became this big cultural thing for a while. Doesn’t seem like much “not forgiving” in that…

  • Brandon Roberts

    yeah and all these movies did well but you forgot willy wonka and the chocolate factory

  • Zippy&theCandles

    Wizard of Oz was a flop?! Definitely one of my top 10 movies of all time. Makes you wonder about current movie flops.

  • NelsonRobison

    Another one of the greatest movies that never made it past the critics because of another film, is Dark City. Dark City is much better and better written all around then the box office success The Matrix.

    • RogueAmerican

      Great comment. Dark City is an absolute FANTASTIC film that did nothing at the box office and is a movie that most people don’t even know and talk about.

      I wouldn’t compare Dark City with the MATRIX though. The Matrix in 1999 when it first came out was one of those groundbreaking movie moments like Jurassic Park or T2 that were just visually out of this world and conceptually was like nothing else before.

  • Samuel K

    It’s a Wonderful Life only became a classic because the studio let the copyright lapse, and television stations around the county used it to fill airtime at christmas free of charge. It’s a classic because of repetition, not content.

  • Joseph Thornton

    The 1995 Judge Dredd movie was a real flop, but the flying motorcycles should’ve been included in the 2012 version.

  • Joseph Thornton

    Big Trouble in Little China must be where they got the idea for Raiden And Shang Tsung from Mortal Combat.

  • CareBare Hair

    It’s A Wonderful Life got shitty reviews because it was an anti-capitalist story and the owners of the media weren’t taking that lying down.

  • RandomUser

    01 Blade Runner is the greatest sci-fi movie ever filmed.
    02 Citizen Kane. Way too old.
    03 The Iron Giant. Yes, the robot sacrificing itself.
    04 It’s a Wonderful Life. Refer to number 2.
    05 Big Trouble in Little China. When Asians were actually cool. Good movie indeed.
    06 The Wizard of Oz. My mother and sisters like this movie.
    07 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. If I’ve seen it I forgot about it. Which means…?
    08 Brazil. I just don’t know.
    09 The General. 2 and 4 come to mind.
    10 Joe Versus the Volcano. Tom Hanks is overrated. Although Forrest Gump was ok.
    11 Obviously someone was on a break from here on.
    12

    • richteacher

      Age has nothing to do with quality, watch Kane when you are an adult and you can better appreciate how important and influential it is to great films right up to today as well as how amazing it shows the human condition. It is brilliance personified.

    • AJ75

      Uh… read the title of the article.

  • CAV

    Big trouble still one of my favorites. I still watch it from time to time

  • libertyluvur

    Looper is also very good

    • Ushio

      Looper didn’t flop it made $176 million on a budget of $30 million that’s fantastic.

  • ClarkMa

    Big Trouble is Little China Town is comedy, and those who did not like it, did not get it…. over the top John Wayne.

  • richardstarr

    Loved the Iron Giant. Was really ticked off that they did not market it right.
    When it did not perform, they closed the animation section instead of firing
    the marketing department.

  • Glen

    Ishtar is awesome. Truly underrated. In fact, they’re making a documentary about it: Waiting for Ishtar

  • http://batman-news.com harbo

    It’s a wonderful life is STILL horrible. I think people that say it is their favorite Christmas movie are either laughing at it, don’t get it, or are just oblivious to how bad it is. The only reason it has become a “Holiday Classic” is because of how cheap it was.

    • AJ75

      Totally agree. It’s A Wonderful Life is painful to endure. So glad “A Christmas Story” replaced it as the overplayed (but still great) holiday staple.

    • Spacetoad

      “It’s a Wonderful Life” is not, and never was, a Christmas movie. The reason it has become a “Christmas” staple is because the climax takes place during the Christmas Holiday and the reasons given in the article. I first saw it in July on a 3 o’clock movie call-in show. Long before Oprah and Phil Donahue dominated afternoon tv. Liked it as a child, hate it as an adult.

  • avnrulz

    “The film is narrated by Robert Downey Jr. who plays a petty thief that
    accidently becomes an actor after stumbling into an audition.” Look for ‘The Stuntman’ with Steven Railsback and Peter O’Toole.

  • Anita Maria Lopez

    To this list I would add my favorite movie, The Night of the Hunter. The only movie Charles Laughton directed. I heard its failure broke his heart & he never directed again. How much we missed.

    • Miss Y

      That was a FABULOUS movie, truly creepy, even for being so old.

  • 18235

    I’ve always hated BLADERUNNER—-seems like an old TWILIGHT ZONE episode, with some new effects added to it.

    • AJ75

      You mention Twilight Zone as if it were a negative quality.

      • Al Scarbrough

        Twilight Zone was some of the greatest TV science fiction of all time. So connotations that are negative in regard to it are just not right. But everyone has their opinion. Anyone that does not enjoy The Twilight Zone is missing out on some great SF.

  • unsocial

    I couldn’t finish Joe vs The Volcano the 1st time I tried to watch it.. Haven’t tried since.. Also Tom Hanks was hugely sucessful before winning Oscars… Splash? Big?… Tom Hank’s 1st dramatic turn on film won him an Oscar so now it’s largely forgotten that he was a comedic actor for well over a decade before turning to drama..

  • Amy Chastain

    I can agree on Joe vs The Volcano cause it sucked BUT Big Trouble in Little China? No f%^&in way! It was/is badass! Kurt Russell rocks!

  • kirkmcloren

    Blade Runner was truly awesome. I went back and watched by myself. Star Wars was a fairy tale. The obvious hands down sci fi winners are Blade Runner and Firefly.

    • Senor Bacon

      Star Wars is a western set in space.

  • Momus

    Joe versus the Volcano was a terrible movie and so was It’s a Wonderful Life. Big Trouble in Little China was not a great film, it was a bad movie that was so over the top it was funny.

    Kids Kiss Bang Bang on the other hand was a fantastic film.

  • Rus

    I was with this article until it got to the last movie. “Joe vs. the Volcano” was pure crap. Pedestrian screenplay. Sloppy comedy. A waste of Tom Hanks’ talent. It was a total disappointment. I thought it did okay at the box office. I’m glad to know it didn’t (though it stole my $5.00 back in the day).

  • AmericaGoneNutz

    You all are sooo wrong about Joe versus the Volcano. Read Ebert’s review. Its a movie you either get or don’t get. If you don’t get it, I feel sorry for you.

    • Al Scarbrough

      So I guess your opinion is what everyone should have as their opinion? Saying you feel sorry for us if we do not “get it” is a bit extreme. I definitely “got it”, but it could have been adapted with MUCH more quality than it was. There are too many serious quirks in it to make it a good adaptation to the big screen as a movie. If everyone had the same opinion about every single thing, what a boring and frightening world we would live in.

      • AmericaGoneNutz

        Way to get defensive and hostile for no reason. When did I say that everyone should have my opinion? I just said that I felt that you were wrong and I pointed you to another take on the film that you may not have read. I’m sorry if you find a simple disagreement to be “extreme”.

  • Frankie

    Look, there are lots of reasons to watch a movie. When we watch for entertainment we want whatever appeals to us (ie. Action/romance/adventure/sparkle-y vampires, whatever your thing is). If we want to watch movies for the art factor then we delve into the depths of cinematic beauty, gravitas of the actors or skill at some production quality. You simply CAN’T compare Twilight and Citizen Kane. As much as many, myself included, hate Twilight, it did is job. It entertained enough of a audience to make the studio money. Was it cinematic at or brilliant acting? Definitely not. But then again I’m not entertained in the same way by Citizen Kane that I am by Iron Man or something similar.

    Arguing Citizen Kane against Twilight or anything in the Marvel franchise is like comparing apples and oranges. It’s Film vs. Blockbuster. Art vs. Profit. So don’t go blue in the face adding where it doesn’t warrant it. Calm thyselves. A Twilight reboot/sequel will never get bumped out of production by a re-rendering of Citizen Kane. And Twilight is never going to be a challenge to the All-time #1 movie slot.

    • skwash83

      Agreed. I tried watching twilight by I’m not a teenage girl. So didn’t speak to me. We all have our movie that most people hate that we like.

  • Binx Bolling

    Just to clarify, “Brazil” did not have its first public screening at USC. The school cancelled the showing after being pressured by Universal. The first screening of the film – full-length and uncut – took place later that same day at California Institute of the Arts with Terry Gilliam in attendance.

  • richteacher

    Great then even better now. Influenced great films for over 70 years.

  • Jack

    Shawshank Redemption was a huge flop… Now rated #1 on IMDB.

    • Rayvyn

      To be fair, Shawshank flopped because it was up against Forrest Gump at the box office. It was the most rented movie of 1995. It is actually a great movie and a great story.

  • Edward J. Cunningham

    If Buster Keaton’s character attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army, he wouldn’t have minded if Union troops stole the locomotive and would have tried to help them out. Since he fights them, it’s clear that he is a Confederate, as his name “Johnny Gray” implies.

  • Edward J. Cunningham

    Joe Vs. The Volcano is OK, but this is NOT an overlooked classic. If this film has been successful on VHS and DVD afterwards, it’s not because it’s a great film in and of itself but because of Tom Hanks’ popularity.

  • Bernice Frona

    I thought I was the only one who liked ‘Joe Versus the Volcano”.

  • Vikas Sarwa

    Most of the movies from this list were not so good

  • tevra

    i still don’t understand the craze for Citizen Kane. it is the perfect night time soap opera but if you have insomnia there no better way to guarantee a good nights rest than to watch that snooze fest.

  • Jerry Jerry

    I watched Blade RUnner when it came out. Having seen Jaws, The Towering Inferno and Star Wars, Blade Runner was way underdone and too dark. Was like sitting in a funeral home watching a bad movie for two hours. Rutger Hauer is a great actor, they could have done Blade Runner a lot better.

    • jake481

      Well of course Blade Runner would seem underdone if you’d already seen Jaws AND the Towering Inferno.

  • Jerry Jerry

    I just watched Citizen Cane on Hulu. One thing I do not get is why it is considered the greatest movie of all time. The same night I watched Citizen Kane I also watched the original 1913 silent version of A Christmas Carol, a far better movie than Citizen Kane.

  • Jerry Jerry

    Its a Wonderful Life is a great movie, plain and simple.

  • Chris Inman

    Joe versus the volcano is truly an awful movie. No matter what this list says, it’s terrible lol.

  • Garygon

    John Carter of Mars will be on this list in a few years. The “critics” blew it big time!

  • choklitcheeka

    I have no response for this…..must be my brain cloud

  • Greg

    Vin Diesel has a lot more than ‘a single line’ as The Iron Giant. Maybe you should have watched the movie?

  • Pa`Lante

    Big trouble in little china

    Despite failing to reclaim its production costs at the box office, the movie became a huge hit after being released on DVD.

    actually in VCR format, blockbuster stores, the 80`s

  • Al Scarbrough

    I definitely agree with you. What little special effects had to be used in it, like the scene where they are on the raft out on the water, were absolutely awful. The story, acting, premise, and everything about Joe Versus The Volcano was just terrible. It isn’t even fun to watch in a Mystery Science Theater 3000 type of way. The ridiculousness of it isn’t even fun to make fun of. There’s just nothing redeeming or valuable in it. So some of these lists that are here on this site that are in regard to awful movies are totally missing this complete bomb and dud. Tom Hanks probably wants to just forget he ever made it.

  • TEXIZZ

    A movie is great only if the public pays to see it! Don’t try to tell us otherwise!

  • Gary Cangemi

    Claiming that Citizen Kane is the greatest film ever made is tantamount to stating that Hollywood hasn’t been able to make a better film ever since, clearly untrue. David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg were far superior filmmakers, to name a few, each of whom directed at least one film that was better than Citizen Kane.

    • joebud

      Opinions are plenty.

      • Rayvyn

        And most of those film makers say Orson Welles influenced them, too.

  • Spacetoad

    “The Wizard of Oz” flopped because it was released the same year as “Gone with the Wind”. “Nuff said.

  • cj

    love iron giant

  • Tammy

    Big trouble and Wizard of Oz are brilliant movies total classics Joe Vrs volcano bored me to tears !

  • hank

    you lose all credibility when you list Joe v the Volcano in the same article as Blade Runner, the Wizard of Oz, etc.

  • zoom

    Iron Giant great cartoon movie ..

  • gloriabundance

    hated it

  • gloriabundance

    I’m with the original viewers on Citizen Kane. Sorry. It just doesn’t do it for me. Blade Runner either. Just sayin….. Can’t wait to see the rest of your lame list.

  • Smithian

    Re: Chaplin vs Keaton: No one denies Buster Keaton was the more impressive stuntman, but the reviewer makes it out that Keaton is the better all around filmmaker. Chaplin’s films are much weightier and stand the test of time with their emotional impact, direction and music as well as comedy. His stash of awards can’t all be dismissed.

  • ellenger

    Get Joe vs. the Volcano off this list! It was SO BAD. The rest of these I agree with! #credibility

  • mph23

    I wouldn’t call Big Trouble in Little China a ‘great’ movie. But it is exactly the definition of perfect ‘so bad it’s good’ camp. I saw it last night on TV, actually…and it held my attention, made me laugh, and the D&D-looking beholder-type monster was a great bit of 80′s F/X.

  • Andrew

    Great movies

  • spd

    I loved the movie “The Iron Giant” It would have been a great live movie with the same actors

  • Learn Then Write

    Dear Whoever Wrote Up Citizen Kane,
    Orson Welles did not “read” The War of the Worlds on the radio. It was a dramatization, something that was done with startling regularity on network radio in the days before television. Thousands and thousands and thousands of such shows can be heard today. It’s called broadcast history, or entertainment history, to take a broader view. If one is going to write about entertainment, one really should understand its history so one doesn’t come across as a superficial know-nothing.
    You’re welcome.

    • jake481

      He read it. From a script, just like everyone else who performed on the radio back then.
      Are you familiar with a “table read”? Are you under the impression that anything being performed can’t be “read”?

  • FreeSpeechOrDieHarder

    The “happier” cut of Brazil is a travesty.

  • Joseph Hargrove

    Big Trouble In Little China, A Bomb, you meant the Bomb, I loved it

  • steamboat

    You had me in agreement until the end. Joe versus the volcano was a complete DUD !

  • matthew erickson

    And people laugh when I say Joe Vs. The Volcano is my favorite Tom Hanks movie

  • Michael Hendrick

    One correction about it’s a wonderful life. The studio didn’t voluntarily abandon the rights to the movie because it was terrible. It was a clerical error that caused them to overlook it when they were renewing their IP rights. They never intended for that to happen.

  • Nellie

    I know people (my daughters, included) who have the tradition of seeing IT”S A WONDERFUL LIFE every Xmas time. Over and over and over.

  • Red

    Epic fail. Where is The Shawshank Redemption on this list?

  • William Brown

    Good to see someone appreciated the underrated “Joe vs. the Volcano.”

  • schemaXYZ

    Add Memento to the list

  • harkin

    Big Trouble, Kiss Kiss and Blade Runner (with Ford’s derpa derp narration) being compared to The General, Citizen Kane and The Wizard Of Oz? LOLOLOLOLOLOL

    • joebud

      I don’t remember any of them being compared to anything.

  • jake481

    It’s definitely a straight forward story, but it’s got vast moral, scientific, religious and humanistic implications. It’s the rare sci-fi-mystery-adventure-shoot-em-up (with boobs!) that veers enormously into the Big Questions.

  • I’d smoke it

    You’re a clown mate.

  • ThatWriterDude

    The Iron Giant has more than one line. He doesn’t speak much, but he has more than just that one line.

  • Sarah E. Grove

    A few of these movies deserve the headline, but in others, the “critic/author of this piece. . .. . couldn’t have gotten it more wrong! Amadeus? Gone with the Wind? The Sixth Sense? Schindlers List? Are you joking?

  • Deitwiler

    BLADE RUNNER…sat through two screenings when it was released (you could actually sit through screenings all day if you wanted to in 1982). Went back the next week to see it a couple more times; took relatives to see it; bought a copy of the original cut. Obviously I like this film a lot. Harrison Ford’s narration was snipped in the “director’s cut” version put out several years after initial release and the film lost that great voice-over with Ford’s lazy timbre. The only film I’ve seen more times is CASABLANCA.

    • mollydtt

      Do you remember the line in Men in Black, when T. L. Jones says, “I guess I’ll have to buy the White Album again…”
      That is what Blade Runner was to me. I bought the VHS tape, the DVD, then the Blu-Ray.
      I guess when it arrives in 4K format, I’ll have to buy it again, too!

  • Kenobi

    I thought Big Trouble in Little China was super boring…

  • PubDefender

    The Librarian of Congress that chose Blade Runner as one of the top movies ever is James H. Billington, the brilliant Russian scholar. Blade Runner is a great work of art.

  • David Groves

    Great movie concept http://www.area51dreamland.com must see!!!

  • cobra5000

    Joe vs. the Volcano? That movie was terrible!

  • http://www.runawaydaily.com/ Floyd Earl Smith

    “The movie tells the life story of Charles Foster Kane after he passes away at his sprawling estate after uttering his mysterious last word, “Rosebud.””
    That would be a really short movie!

  • Jesse Schutz

    How did Big Trouble in Little China get on this list? That movie is terrible. It just is. Special effects and some action can’t save a bad movie.

  • Rayvyn

    It isn’t on this list because it made a profit. Not a HUGE profit, but a profit nonetheless. $4m on a $2.9m budget.

  • Brian de Castro

    John Carpenter’s The Thing (which you mentioned with Big Trouble in Little China) was trashed by critics and shunned by audiences alike when it came out in 1982 (on the same release date as Blade Runner). People didn’t want an ultra-gory, nihilistic alien movie at a time when E.T. ruled theaters. Now, The Thing is hailed as a classic, and one of the greatest horror films ever.
    Another film, William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, also bombed at the box office, in 1977 in the wake of Star Wars. It was an expensive flop that has recently been remastered and released again to theaters and overwhelming acclaim. These are two films which were up against feel-good behemoths that shattered attendance records, and they didn’t stand a chance. But, today they are hailed as classics of their genre. A lot of times, it is just a matter of timing.

  • Eric Van Bezooijen

    Then you missed this: “I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… [contemptuous laugh] Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like [small cough] tears… in… rain. Time… to die…”

  • Rayvyn

    Oh, I totally agree with you!

  • Gene Ricky Shaw

    I’m glad BTiLC is on this list. It’s a GREAT movie and so few people seem to know it.

  • MasonMcD

    Iron Giant has only one line? Iron Giant has multiple lines before the end – “Rock… Tree…” “No Atomo – Superman!” “I am not a gun” “You stay… No following!” and others.

  • Nostromo

    The Wizard of Oz was that yearly ‘event’ presentation prior to the advent of VCRs; now well over thirty years ago. Today, with everything at our fingertips, there tends to be a jaded take on classics and with films that grew into their classic status over the decades from the pressure of everything that is competing for our time and attention. There’s just too much to wade through and expect to get anything done. I like owning my slew of classics. I like knowing that these are there if/when I choose to view them.

  • RoseKnows

    I love Blade Runner! I think it is one of the most poetic movies ever made.

    “I have witnessed things you would have never imagined. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain.” -Rutger Hauer

    I don’t remember the exact quote but man that line really hit me.

  • Gracchus

    Remember that the original release of ‘Blade Runner’ was a studio recut hatchet-job that had that awful voice-over by Harrison Ford. When most people say they remember it as a great SF film, they’re talking about the director’s cut.

    • Jerry Baustian

      Sometimes the studio release turns out to be a better film than the director’s cut that comes later. I’ve seen the ‘Blade Runner’ director’s cut and prefer the studio version.

      Another example is “Apocalypse Now.” I liked the director’s cut because it answered questions which the original release barely touched on. But if I’m just going to watch the movie for enjoyment, I prefer the original release.

  • Carol Knapp

    What about Fantasia by Disney ? It was a huge flop when first released.

  • John Maddin

    The studio was so pissed off at Welles, and scared of William Randoph Hearst’s ability to critically destroy Citizen Kane, that they purposely undermined Welles next film, The Magnificent Andersons (the studio chopped up Welles cut, re-shot some scenes to give it a happy ending, and then destroyed all of the cut scenes, apparently by tossing them in the ocean), and never gave him the autonomy he had on Kane. The few films he made afterwards that he had some measure of control over (Macbeth, Othello, Chimes at Midnight, others) were made without Studio money or support. His original cut of Ambersons was reputedly as brilliant as Kane. Probably his best film afterwards is Chimes at Midnight, but you have to search hard to find a copy.

  • TC Smith

    The Iron Giant, so many feels with that movie I will always love it

  • Keyser Soze

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang rules so hard

  • sailordude

    I keep reading that Blade Runner was a flop but when I watched it the theater was very full. Weird. BTW, I like the first version better then the altered one with Ford’s narration added. Not sure about the other 5 versions, never saw them.

  • Dick Smalley

    A movie that seemed to fly under the radar, but is quite enjoyable is “From Hell” starring Johnny Depp. Depp plays a police detective investigating the Jack the Ripper movies. I don’t know if it flopped financially, but you never hear about it.

  • Dick Smalley

    To all the Blade Runner fans on this thread, I know this is subjective, but which is the best version? I’ve seen many here say it’s better without the narration (director’s cut) and at least one person say it’s better with.

    • kenzo77

      I’ve seen it many times and love it either way; I don’t think the Deckerd voiceovers interfere with the film at all…but it was NOT director Scott’s idea to include them I believe. Since the film does tip its hat to American film noirs of the 40s-50s–where several great movies used voiceovers effectively, I never found it to be a problem…and first time out, it did make a few things clearer….even the one which closes the film in that first version works for me. This may be heresy to many people though.

  • Yaahaha

    You must be an extreme narcissist to have such a warped view of a great movie. It is wonderful to do things for others instead of focusing on your own needs for happiness– very selfish.

    • Obamunist_Party

      Altruism doesn’t exist, really. It’as wonderful to do things for others – because it brings you happiness. And if you focus on your own happiness you will do the most good for yourself and others.

      • NarpathWarpath

        So says Ayn Rand, anyway. Another view is that an altruistic act is one that arises out of the finding of happiness in a selfless concern for others. Primary concern for one’s own happiness does not necessarily lead to the most good for all parties, though. Not by a long shot.

  • Glyph14

    Brazil is not a great film, it’s not even a good film, it is a pretentious film. Critics, like college sophomores, are among those who can’t tell the difference. Audiences can’t be fooled that way.

  • Kevin Herman

    Joe versus the Volcano was actually a very good little movie.

  • v s

    Joe Versus the Volcano? Did I somehow make it onto the list of “flops that deserved to flop”???

  • yodecat

    ‘Penultimate’ doesn’t mean what you think it does.

    • realetybytes

      INCONCEIVABLE!

  • http://yumehi.me/ C.S. Jones

    In fact, they predate shirts.

  • Gregory Brown

    “Brazil” simply leaves one desolate. A very powerful movie.

  • Jerry Baustian

    Johnny Gray was turned down for enlistment because the Confederacy needed him as a railroad engineer; but no one ever bothered to tell him the reason, so he thought he was a failure.

    The story really wouldn’t have worked if he had been a Northerner trying to enlist in the Union army.

  • DesertRover

    I couldn’t even watch Joe vs. the volcano, it was so bad. Boring, insipid and stupid.

  • Don’t be a Dick Morris

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was crappola. A waste of Val Kilmers time.

  • dcnrmn

    One shouldn’t admit to some things – the kind of things that make one look shallow and superficial, for instance.

  • Scott Herdliska

    Flash Gordon could be on the list. Very disappointing at the Box Office, amazing for real. Probably belongs on here instead of Joe V Volcano (which I like, but not nearly as much as the rest of the great films here)

  • TGrade1

    Blade Runner. Rutger Hauer. I have seen things that you have only dreamed of….

  • Dennis H.

    I’m Guilty. I not only watched “Captain Ron”, but I also bought the DVD. (Smile)

  • vortex100

    I have never made it through Citizen Kane without falling asleep. Rosebud.

    • Matt Edwards

      That sucks. I’ll spoil it for you though, Rosebud was Kane’s robe, he just didn’t want to get out of bed without it.

  • vortex100

    I always get so angry with the uncle who loses the bank deposit I want to beat him to death. I turn off the movie and scream “Idiot!” and have a bad mood the rest of the day.

  • Conan the Republican

    Blade Runner is one of my top 5. Best damn science fiction film EVER done. But don’t see the idiot “director’s cut”. It’s CRAP. Cuts out the Harrison Ford voiceover, which COMPLETELY and utterly ruins the film.

  • Ponyrunner

    The trouble with John Carter was that the storyline was not true to the books. It was almost a completely different plot. Other than that it was good.

  • WaterlilySan

    I’m so glad someone else loves Big Trouble in Little China and The Astronaut’s Wife as much as I did. Both were really good films in my opinion.

    • ra44mr2

      Love Big Trouble in Little China, anytime i catch it on i watch it.

      • realetybytes

        watched it again on netflix last night!

  • BigGuy

    None of these films flopped. They were not profitable when they were initially released. Most of the films were profitable before deducting the money spent on advertising and distribution. Some of the films cost much to much to produce. Nearly all the films — more than 20 of the 25 — will be profitable after being rented for cable and broadcast TV and being sold as DVD’s,

    The major flaw in these films is that the story is hard to follow or the premise is not creditable. What that means is that the time to test things out is BEFORE the money is spent to produce the film. People who are not involved in the movies at all, except for watching them should be asked if they can follow the story BEFORE the money is spent.

    The reason the Coen brothers’ film plots are easily followed and the reason the films seem tightly controlled is that the Coen brothers act out every scene and camera angle as they write the script together. They think everything through before the money is spent to make the movie. In most of Hollywood, that hardly ever happens, since everyone knows that as long as too much money is not spent on advertising and distribution, after cable and broadcast rights are rented and dvds are sold, nearly every film at least breaks even.

  • Mat Masher

    The John Carter books were awesome. The movie was a politically correct mess.

  • Skaught

    I can tell you exactly why R.I.P.D. failed: It looked like a straight-up MIB ripoff.

  • Callawyn

    I saw R.I.P.D recently. It was garbage. Maybe that’s why it flopped.

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was probably the worst performances, ever, for both of the actors.

    The John Carter movie was… odd. Way too much CGI “action”, and the plot was full of holes. Huge ones.

    Citizen Kane – the movie was hugely important for its innovations from a film making perspective. But, to sit and watch it? Ugh.

  • laustcawz

    I think the only worthy choices here are “Gremlins 2: The New Batch” (terrific satire of the original) & “Big Trouble In Little China”. As for Will Ferrell “creating” the idea of “so ridiculous, it’s funny”, PLEASE!!! What’s ridiculous is that this ass has any kind of career in entertainment. My own list of “Great Films That Were Flops” or, in some cases, even “Great Films That Were So Low Budget, Independent, Or Off The Beaten Path That They Didn’t Even Qualify As Flops” would include “White Man’s Burden”, “Stiff Upper Lips”, “Primer”, “Short Cuts”, “Head”, “Buffalo ’66″, “The Last American Virgin” & “A Christmas Story”, among others.

  • Bob Ross

    The first 10 films on the list were legitimately great, but after that? Land of the Lost? RIPD? No one but this guy thinks those movies were even mediocre, not alone “great”

  • Dwayne Keith

    The 1985 movie Into the Night with Jeff Goldblmm, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Aykroyd, Richard Farnsworth, Bruce McGill, Irene Papas, Vera Miles plus cameos including David Bowie, Carl Perkins, John Landis (who directed) plus a who’s who of other famous directors. Loved this flick and I know it didn’t make much money. The most underrated movie from the 80′s IMO.

  • Harry S. Sebastian

    Bladerunner – the greastest Sci-fi flick ever made. RIPD? Are you kidding me? It ranks among Battlefield Earth and Plan 9 as one of the worst piles of garbage put on film.

  • ra44mr2

    I enjoyed RIPD, its a fun movie to watch. Nothing heady or any great literary work, its a fun kinda silly action movie. Also loved John Carter im rather disappointed it didnt do better i would have loved to have seen a sequel.

  • nonsenseyousay

    The initial critics of Citizen Kane were right. It was a terrible movie.

  • realetybytes

    Hearst loved to demonize what he couldn’t make money from. It was he and Charles Dupont that destroyed our environment cutting down trees and polluting rivers with disgusting paper mills, after Dupont came up with a chemical formula to make paper from trees. Hearst promoted the name “marijuana” for hemp to demonize it and make it illegal in his papers, so he could corner the paper market, (all paper having been made from hemp until then, naturally with water, renewable in 6 months). Hearst badgered a weak Attorney General to make hemp illegal. It never had anything to do with health.

  • realetybytes

    Great Movie! But did it flop at the time of release?

  • jgmurphy

    Hugo was terrific. The rest, except for It’s a Wonderful Life, which as you know is also great, and the Wizard of Oz, I don’t know too much about. But why Hugo was not a success I could only imagine.

    But Hey, I liked Wayne’s World, too….

  • LasagnaSonja

    Wizard of Oz was a flop because it had to compete with Gone with the Wind!! & there is no beating that!!