Throwback Thursday: Flops Then, Popular Now

Sometimes movies are like wine – they take some time to be appreciated by the viewers. One of the reasons for this is probably because the visionary film makers who made the movies ahead of their times. Also, some movies have to be viewed multiple times to understand the deep, hidden meaning they carry. Some of the classic cult movies that you watch today were actually classic flops when they were first released. It must be difficult to believe that these movies failed to please the audience as much as they please us now. Presenting to you 10 of the many more films that are the pride of Hollywood now, but not when they released.



Citizen Kane (1941)

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This movie is now included in the syllabus of the students who wish to learn film making. But when it released in 1941, it bombed at the box office. The primary reason for the failure was that William Randolph Hearst was very upset about how the movie represented him and refused to feature any ad or promotion material in his newspapers. It also went against the term The American Dream and made it a very lonely goal to the top.



Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)

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All your childhood memories are associated with this movie and the repeated telecasts you saw on the television. Surprisingly, this is one of the reasons why it is so popular today.



The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

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Another one of those movies that became popular because of repeated telecasts. Dorothy may not be in Kansas anymore, but her adventures are a wonderful delight for us.



Fight Club (1999)

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A surprise addition to this list considering the popularity it has gained now. The fast-paced movie, with shades of dark comedy took time to make a place in the hearts of the people.



Office Space (1999)

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How bored are you of your job? This movie might be the answer you were looking for. But unfortunately, people at that time didn’t think so.



The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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The film is an impressive, engrossing tale adapted from Stephen King`s novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption which was published in 1982. It took a while for the people to understand and appreciate the deep meanings explored in the movie.



Clue (1985)

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Based on a board game Cluedo, this classic who-dun-it movie was appreciated a long time after it first released.



Hugo (2011)

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Although Martin Scorsese’s Hugo didn’t rake in the dough during its theatrical run, it stands as one of the director’s most celebrated films with 11 Academy Award nominations in 2011. One of the reasons why Hugo is perceived as a failure is because of its box office competition. (Which was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One, Yep)



Blade Runner (1982)

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The year it released put out to be a reason why the people didn’t appreciate it at the time of its release. Because that year Star Trek and E.T. Were the talk of the town and this movie was considered just another sci-fi movie. It took the DVD release to convince people it was not.



Brazil (1985)

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This movie was released amidst of controversy, when Universal refused to release it with the original ending and asked the director, Terry Gilliam to edit it. Terry had generated good faith for himself at that time and released it independently with a single screening. Universal later edited the ending and released the movie and it did not do well at that time.





These are only a few of the many movies that were not appreciated when they released. But now, are one of the many cult classics which have a special mention in the history of Hollywood. What do you think of the list? Did a few shock you? Write in the comments below and don’t forget to share with your friends. If you would like the Bollywood version of this list, you can find it here.

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