Apr
14
2011

Top 10 Movies flops that are now considered classics

These movies may have bombed at the box office, but they’ve gone down in history as great films.

10. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

This classic musical now has a dedicated fan base who dress up as the characters, attend sing-alongs and wear out their copies but when it was released, there was little interest.

9. It’s A Wonderful Life

It's A Wonderful Life

When it was released, film critics were not kind, most found it inoffensive enough but nothing spectacular; now it is a classic movie.

8. Donnie Darko

This cult classic only made half a million dollars during the few months it was on show. It was only through word of mouth and the DVD release that people sought it out.

7. Hedwig and the Angru Inch

Hedwig and the Angru Inch

A musical about a transgendered rock star was always going to be a hard sell but this film is fast becoming the next Rocky Horror and rightly so!

6. Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

One of Martin Scorsese’s favourite movies, most people avoided seeing this movie due to it’s shocking subject matter. It is now considered a classic.

5. Blade Runner

Blade Runner

The cut which was released in cinema’s was not the one director Ridley Scott wanted; it was a travesty and did not do well. However, various re-cuts have went on to be hugely successful.

4. The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

The film cost $2.8 million to make and only just covered its costs,; bringing in $3 million.

3. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

I would go as far as to say this was a perfect film, definitely better than 99% of the other offerings in 2010, yet hardly anyone saw it when it was in the cinema.

2. Fight Club

Fight Club

The movie only made around $37 million when it was released but has since gained momentum on DVD and is a firm staple on many cult classic lists.

1. Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

William Randolph Hearst offered RKO $1 million to destroy this movie, after he was lambasted in the screenplay. He didn’t get his way, but he needn’t have worried; the film was a flop.


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