10 Best Movies That Didn't Deserve to Bomb

by elcopy | created - 02 Jun 2011 | updated - 26 Feb 2012 | Public

They flopped at the box office, but they deserved better. Some bombs that were vindicated later in life and ended up making money (Office Space, The Big Lebowski) are not listed.

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1. Flash Gordon (1980)

PG | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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58 Metascore

A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Topol

Votes: 41,548

I can't believe this movie bombed. I guess the 1950s special effects didn't help on the year "The Empire Strikes Back" came out. Still, it's a classic.

2. Lord of War (2005)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.6
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62 Metascore

An arms dealer confronts the morality of his work as he is being chased by an Interpol Agent.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Bridget Moynahan

Votes: 263,784 | Gross: $24.15M

One of the best movies of 2005 and possibly the whole decade. Absolutely didn't deserve to bomb.

3. Streets of Fire (1984)

PG | 93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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A mercenary is hired to rescue his ex-girlfriend, a singer who has been kidnapped by a motorcycle gang.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Michael Paré, Diane Lane, Rick Moranis, Amy Madigan

Votes: 13,943 | Gross: $8.09M

This post-The Warriors Walter Hill rock opera was supposed to be part one of a trilogy, but people didn't go see it.

4. Planet Terror (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

7.1
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After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton

Votes: 178,890

For the record, its companion, Quentin Tarantino's god-awful "Death Proof" did deserve to bomb.

5. Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Romance

5.7
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45 Metascore

When a hypochondriac learns that he is dying, he accepts an offer to throw himself in a volcano at a tropical island, and along the way there, learns to truly live.

Director: John Patrick Shanley | Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack

Votes: 30,000 | Gross: $39.40M

If you take it as face value, it's just a dumb romantic comedy with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. The message of the movie, however, is deep.

6. Dragonslayer (1981)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a dragon which has been devouring girls from a nearby kingdom.

Director: Matthew Robbins | Stars: Peter MacNicol, Caitlin Clarke, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam

Votes: 11,930 | Gross: $14.11M

It was too dark and too violent for 1981 kids. The best dragon movie out there, but it bombed so bad it almost drove Disney studios to bankruptcy.

7. Gattaca (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.8
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64 Metascore

A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, Gore Vidal

Votes: 241,167 | Gross: $12.34M

What is it with director Andrew Niccol? He seems to make great movies that nobody cares to watch.

8. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

PG-13 | 112 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

7.5
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69 Metascore

Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.

Director: Edgar Wright | Stars: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Alison Pill

Votes: 305,833 | Gross: $31.49M

Not as good as the comic book, but it was close enough

9. Highlander (1986)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.2
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24 Metascore

An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart

Votes: 105,791 | Gross: $5.90M

A classic that somehow bombed, but turned into a franchise.

10. The Four Feathers (2002)

PG-13 | 132 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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49 Metascore

A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Mohamed Bouich

Votes: 29,703 | Gross: $18.31M