Misery loves company. There are so many great films which made history and are loved by the audience since the first day. Rarely, once in a blue moon, a great film fails to bring the audience into the theatre. Maybe because of poor trailers or failed marketing. People realize they have missed a great movie when it’s too late. You will be shocked to know that these amazing films that changed our lives failed to succeed at the box-office.
The film which inspired a new generation of filmmakers, including Christopher Nolan was initially a flop. Blade Runner changed the perception of the future among society and hit hard on the issue of an identity crisis. The last scene of the film is still considered one of the greatest closing moments ever.
Unbelievable right? But it is true. Fight Club changed people lives and liberated them and failed to make even half of the budget at the Box Office. The movie later made a profit on TV rights and DVD. I wonder where they were unable to sell this gem of an idea.
The Oscar-winning film that killed racism with a complex script and brilliant performances was a colossal flop. If you have not seen Crash, it should be the first movie you should see. Crash is about the unpredictability of life and the truth that we should accept humanity as one species, racism is cancer, and it is depicted so in a fair manner.
The Shawshank Redemption
I am serious. The greatest movie of all time was a flop. I have no idea why people didn’t go to the theatre, probably because of the long run time. But you cannot contain great art. The Shawshank Redemption is one of the most inspiring and beloved movies of all time despite not making enough money at the box office. You can watch it a hundred times and not be bored.