Unfinished or Unreleased films...

Most of this films are unavalible to the public for whatever reason. The reason for many of them is that they were never finished but, refusing to die, still pop up in IMDB. Others are just private films or have legal issues that won't let them touch the silver screen.

Whatever the reason, I laugh at many of them, since they could be the masterpieces of an alternate universe, cult films in a stranger region of our multiverse or just normal movies that otherwise would not have been relevant and forgotten in time.

Please, enjoy.

List created at April, 2012.
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1.
The Day the Clown Cried (1972)
A circus clown is imprisoned by the Nazis and goes with Jewish children to their deaths. (90 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ The Quintessencial Unreleased Film. Jerry Lewis put his soul in this piece of forgotten silver as a clown in a Nazi camp.

I guess it was not so funny after all... ” - elderesek
 
2.
Movie 43 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
A series of interconnected short films follows a washed-up producer as he pitches insane story lines featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. (94 mins.)
“ A great cast... a great idea (the ultimate parody fanfilm) but after the proyect was sold to another produtcion company, there's still no real reason to believe this is going to be released.

My theory is that it's stuck due copyright issues with DC Comics. ” - elderesek
 
4.
Falling (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Drama chronicling the tragic mental and spiritual collapse of a Hollywood videographer.
Director: Richard Dutcher
“ Director Richard Dutcher has declared that this film will never be released in domestic format, due the extremely personal content it has. Only a couple of public screenings have take place after its short theatrical run, but it's officially unavailable to the public. ” - elderesek
 
5.
The Fantastic Four (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
In this Marvel Comic adaption, four astronauts get bombarded with cosmic rays when an accident occurs... (90 mins.)
Director: Oley Sassone
“ Never intended to be released. It's just a chunck of a film, made to preserve copyright issues.

Still, bootlegs are common and easy to find. Watch it and ralize This: Tim Story's films are not THIS bad at least... ” - elderesek
 
6.
Theresienstadt (1944 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Nazi propaganda film depicting the notorious Theresienstadt concentration camp as a sort of idyllic rest stop, in an attempt to convince world opinion that there was no such thing as Nazi death camps. (28 mins.)
“ "The film was intended to be shown in neutral countries to counter anti-Nazi propaganda about the persecution of Jews coming from the Allies. Influential organisations such as the International Red Cross and the Vatican would be given screenings. However, the progress of the war in that period (late 1944 to early 1945) made that impossible. After an initial screening in early April 1945 to senior members of the government and SS there were a few other screenings to international humanitarian groups in Theresienstadt in April 1945. Further distribution was halted by the defeat of Germany." (Taken from wikipedia article) ” - elderesek
 
7.
Cocksucker Blues (1972 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their... (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Frank
“ "The film is under a court order which forbids it from being shown unless the director Robert Frank is physically present.[1] This ruling stems from the conflict that arose when the band, who had commissioned the film, decided that its content was embarrassing and potentially incriminating, and did not want it shown. Frank felt otherwise — hence the ruling." (Taken from wikipedia article) ” - elderesek
 
8.
Dark Blood (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower... (86 mins.)
Director: George Sluizer
“ River Phoenix died before the film was finished. Director George Sluizer said it's going to be recut and released in 2012.

I doubt it, since the late actor's family is against that. ” - elderesek
 
9.
The Last Film Festival (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
There are 4,000 film festivals around the world. Where would you go if your film was turned down by 3,999 of them?... (90 mins.)
Director: Linda Yellen
“ Dennis Hopper (the main lead) died and principal photography was never finished. It's just chuncks of celluloid somewhere, waiting to be stock footage or combustible...

I've wondered why it keeps showing in IMDB... ” - elderesek
 
10.
Broken (1992 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Trent Reznor presents his dark vision of the EP 'Broken' by telling the story of a man kidnapped and forced to watch Nine Inch Nails videos... (20 mins.)
“ Experimental 20 minutes long videoclip by Trent Treznor. Extreme violence and industrial metal all over the place. It seems to me that he released the almost full high quality bootleg that anybody can find. ” - elderesek
 
11.
Foodfight! (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.7/10 X  
The evil Brand X joins a supermarket that becomes a city after closing time. (91 mins.)
“ "At the time Foodfight! was announced, the film was denounced for taking product placement to the extreme, and doing it in a film targeted at children. Celebrity voice talent was announced and scenes utilizing motion capture animation were filmed." (taken from Wikipedia article)

Still, Logorama made it to the Oscars... ” - elderesek
 
12.
Filming 'The Trial' (1981 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a screening of 'The Trial' at the University of Southern California, Welles discussed with the public and tried to answer their questions. (82 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Orson Welles was THAT ahead of his time that he shot a making of for "The Trial", but it went unfinished... just like his own life. ” - elderesek
 
13.
Game in the Sand (1964 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
(14 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ The title means "Games in the Sand", and Wikipedia claims it is about "four children and a rooster in a cardboard box, and includes a scene where the chicken is buried in sand up to its neck."

Werner Herzog has said this is never going to be released as long as he's alive. In other words, we'll watch it in about 20 years, being optimistic. ” - elderesek
 
14.
Gengis Khan (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Ken Annakin
“ Three different directors, several screenplays and $55 millions later, the film was shut down. The problem? A regionalistic story, hard to follow for an international public, as it was the intention.

A Russian coup d'état attempt in the middle of production didn't help either. ” - elderesek
 
15.
“ It was shut down several times until the involved people just got tired of trying put it on film.

The filmed cans are lost from MGM vaults somehow... ” - elderesek
 
16.
Hippie Hippie Shake (2010)
An account of counterculturalist Richard Neville's misadventures in London at the end of the 1960s.
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ In production since 1998, this film has so many troubles (actor's personal life's scrutiny, low budget, director after director leaving the proyect, extreme rewrites, bad screening sessions) that it's a prime example that producers are morons when they don't let a film die when it refuses to survive. ” - elderesek
 
17.
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. (169 mins.)
Director: Thom Andersen
Stars: Encke King
“ Stock footage of Los Angeles from several different films (see the full list here: http://www.twotreatises.org/409). Since it's not cleared for commercial purposes in the copyright viewpoint, chances are this is never going to be attended anywhere but in the director's house or in art house cinemas.

In the other hand, it must be boring to dead. ” - elderesek
 
18.
The Magic 7 (2009 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The six arch enemies of earth are challenged by two kids and a five- toed dragon.
Director: Roger Holzberg
“ Animated ill-fated film. An actor died. Several rewrites ondergoing for almost 20 years and still no footage has been animated and still it's considered a film. Why? ” - elderesek
 
19.
Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story (1971 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
This mockumentary follows the fictional career of Harvey Wallinger, ostensible chief aide and adviser to Richard Nixon... (25 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Woody Allen wanted to mock Richard Nixon, but the powers-that-be were not so powerfull, fearing that the goverment would cut off its aids to them.

Conclusion: This film never shined thanks to Tricky Dick. ” - elderesek
 
20.
My Best Friend's Birthday (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
It's Mickey's Birthday and his girlfriend just left him, so that's when his friend Clarence shows him a birthday he'll never forget. (69 mins.)
“ "Quentin Tarantino has referred to this film as his "film school". Although the film was by his own admission very poorly directed, the experience gained from the film helped him in directing future films." (taken from Wikipedia article) ” - elderesek
 
21.
Moby Dick (2000 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(22 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Orson Welles paying all characters from Moby Dick himself, with a a fake sea behind him. Nobody knows why on Earth's sake he shot this footage. My guess is that enjoyed wasting celluloid. ” - elderesek
 
22.
Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A play-within-play of Moby Dick by Orson Welles.
Director: Orson Welles
“ Yet another Orson Welles / Moby Dick crossover. The guy must have been obssessed with Captain Ishmael's obssession with the while whale.

This time, its a theater company improvising the story with barebones scenary and propmastery, and speaking bad about the director (Welles himself) in his back.

Maybe this film was a real rehearsal for a meta-film. Maybe Welles was just nuts. Maybe both. Maybe none. Who cares! This film won't ever be seen in IMAX... ” - elderesek
 
23.
Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Orson Welles was a big fan of magic and in this television broadcast develops a number of traditional tricks. (27 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ Once again, Welles. This time in an unsold TV special full of magic tricks.

Welles... Welles... too much in one mind, so little of relevance. ” - elderesek
 
24.
The Other Side of the Wind (2016)
The story of a legendary director named J.J. "Jake" Hannaford, who returns to Hollywood from years of semi-exile in Europe with plans to complete work on his own innovative comeback movie-also entitled The Other Side of the Wind.
Director: Orson Welles
“ This has been called the best film ever left unfinished. And it was shot by Orsen Welles, once again.

Actually, I think this could be interesting. Far before "Adaptation.", this could have been a meta-film as no other before. A small piece of footage can be seen here: http://youtu.be/D0kdTPd5XJM ” - elderesek