Forgotbusters

A feature on the movie website The Dissolve where critic Nathan Rabin takes a look at some films that were ranked among the 25 highest grossing films of the year that have been either terrible or pretty much been forgotten in the years since.
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1.
The Golden Child (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A private detective specializing in missing children is charged with the task of finding a special child who dark forces want to eliminate. (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
2.
Godzilla (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city. (139 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
 
3.
Disclosure (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A computer specialist is sued for sexual harassment by a former lover turned boss who initiated the act forcefully, which threatens both his career and his personal life. (128 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
4.
Rising Sun (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When an escort girl is found dead in the offices of a Japanese company in Los Angeles, detectives Web Smith and John Connor act as liaison between the company's executives and the investigating cop Tom Graham. (125 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
5.
Space Jam (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Pytka
 
6.
Congo (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
When an expedition to the African Congo ends in disaster, a new team is assembled to find out what went wrong. (109 mins.)
Director: Frank Marshall
 
7.
Hannibal (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced F.B.I. Agent Clarice Starling, and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim. (131 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
8.
Jack (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Because of an unusual aging disorder that has aged him four times faster than a normal human being, a boy enters the fifth grade for the first time with the appearance of a 40 year old man. (113 mins.)
 
9.
Dragnet (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The equally-straight-laced and "by the book" nephew of Joe Friday must work with his more laid-back partner to solve a mystery. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom Mankiewicz
 
10.
Psycho II (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After twenty-two years of psychiatric care, Norman Bates attempts to return to a life of solitude, but the specters of his crimes - and his mother - continue to haunt him. (113 mins.)
 
11.
The Secret of My Succe$s (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A talented young man can't get an executive position without rising through the ranks, so he comes up with a shortcut, which also benefits his love life. (111 mins.)
Director: Herbert Ross
 
12.
Days of Thunder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
 
13.
Bringing Down the House (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
When a lonely guy meets a woman on the internet who happens to be in prison, she breaks out to get him to prove her innocence, and proceeds to wreak havoc on his middle-class life. (105 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
14.
The Toy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An underemployed reporter finds himself literally purchased as a toy for a rich spoiled brat. (102 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
15.
Eraser (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons. (115 mins.)
Director: Charles Russell
 
16.
Shark Tale (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
When a son of a gangster shark boss is accidentally killed while on the hunt, his would-be prey and his vegetarian brother both decide to use the incident to their own advantage. (90 mins.)
 
17.
What Women Want (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. (127 mins.)
Director: Nancy Meyers
 
18.
Wild Hogs (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A group of suburban biker wannabes looking for adventure hit the open road, but get more than they bargained for when they encounter a New Mexico gang called the Del Fuegos. (100 mins.)
Director: Walt Becker
 
19.
The Four Seasons (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three middle-aged wealthy couples take vacations together in Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Along the way we are treated to mid-life... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Alda
 
20.
xXx (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission. (124 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
21.
The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
After Billy Jack in sentenced to four years in prison for the "involuntary manslaughter" of the first film... (170 mins.)
Director: Frank Laughlin
 
22.
10 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A Hollywood composer goes through a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated with a sexy, newly married woman. (122 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
23.
Tango & Cash (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Two cops are framed and must clear their names. (104 mins.)
 
24.
Hot Shots! (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A parody of Top Gun in which a talented but unstable fighter pilot must overcome the ghosts of his father and save a mission sabotaged by greedy weapons manufacturers. (84 mins.)
Director: Jim Abrahams
 
25.
Fun with Dick and Jane (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When an affluent couple lose all their money following a series of blunders, they turn to a life of crime to make ends meet. (90 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
 
26.
Indecent Proposal (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A billionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married couple for one night with the wife. (117 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
27.
Failure to Launch (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A thirty-something, is still living at home until his parents hire an interventionist to help him graduate out of the house. That's when the fun begins. (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Dey
 
28.
Cobra (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A tough-on-crime street cop must protect the only surviving witness to a strange murderous cult with far reaching plans. (87 mins.)
 
29.
Hancock (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Hancock is a superhero whose ill considered behavior regularly causes damage in the millions. He changes when the person he saves helps him improve his public image. (92 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
 
30.
Convoy (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Truckers form a mile long "convoy" in support of a trucker's vendetta with an abusive sheriff...Based on the country song of same title by C.W. McCall. (110 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
31.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus. (92 mins.)
Director: Tim Story
 
32.
Conspiracy Theory (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A man obsessed with conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of his theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, in order to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is. (135 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
33.
Jingle All the Way (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas, however, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one. (89 mins.)
Director: Brian Levant
 
34.
Four Christmases (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
A couple struggles to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas. (88 mins.)
Director: Seth Gordon
 
35.
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
 
36.
Boomerang (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A successful executive and womanizer finds his lifestyle choices have turned back on him when his new female boss turns out to be an even bigger deviant than he is. (117 mins.)
Director: Reginald Hudlin
 
37.
Wanted (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities. (110 mins.)
 
38.
Michael (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Two tabloid reporters checking out a report of the Archangel Michael living with an old woman find that it's true. But that's not the only surprise. (105 mins.)
Director: Nora Ephron
 
39.
Phenomenon (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis. (123 mins.)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
 
40.
Antz (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (83 mins.)
 
41.
Turner & Hooch (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help him find the murderer. (97 mins.)
 
42.
Hooper (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Hollywood aging stuntman Sonny Hooper wants to prove that he's still got what it takes to be a great professional in this risky and under-recognized line of work. (99 mins.)
Director: Hal Needham
 
43.
The End (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Slapstick black comedy about a man (Reynolds) who finds that he hasn't much longer to live and has bungled his attempts at suicide. (100 mins.)
Director: Burt Reynolds
 
44.
Monster-in-Law (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
The love life of Charlotte is reduced to an endless string of disastrous blind dates, until she meets the perfect man, Kevin. Unfortunately, his merciless mother will do anything to destroy their relationship. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Luketic
 
45.
Double Jeopardy (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him. (105 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
46.
Wolf (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Publisher Will Randall becomes a werewolf and has to fight to keep his job. (125 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
47.
Biloxi Blues (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
48.
Sleeping with the Enemy (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young woman fakes her own death in an attempt to escape her nightmarish marriage, but discovers it is impossible to elude her controlling husband. (99 mins.)
Director: Joseph Ruben
 
49.
Me, Myself & Irene (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A nice-guy cop with dissociative identity disorder must protect a woman on the run from a corrupt ex-boyfriend and his associates. (116 mins.)
 
50.
S.W.A.T. (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An imprisoned drug kingpin offers a huge cash reward to anyone that can break him out of police custody and only the LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics team can prevent it. (117 mins.)
Director: Clark Johnson
 
51.
Legal Eagles (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A New York district attorney works and flirts with his adversary and her kooky artist client, who is on trial for a murder she didn't commit. (116 mins.)
Director: Ivan Reitman
 
52.
City Heat (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A slick private eye and tough police lieutenant--once partners, now bitter enemies--reluctantly team up to investigate a murder. (93 mins.)
 
53.
Unlawful Entry (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
After a break-in at their house, a couple gets help from one of the cops that answered their call. He helps them install the security system... (117 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Kaplan
 
54.
HouseSitter (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Con artist Gwen moves into Newton's empty house without his knowledge, and begins setting up house posing as his new wife. (102 mins.)
Director: Frank Oz
 
55.
Nine Months (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
When he finds out his longtime girlfriend is pregnant, a commitment-phobe realizes he might have to change his lifestyle for better or much, much worse. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
56.
Flubber (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber", a rubber-like super-bouncy substance. (93 mins.)
Director: Les Mayfield
 
57.
Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation. (108 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
 
58.
America's Sweethearts (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A movie publicist deals with the messy public split of his movie's co-stars while keeping reporters at bay while a reclusive director holds the film's print hostage. (102 mins.)
Director: Joe Roth
 
59.
Inspector Gadget (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
A security guard's dreams come true when he is selected to be transformed into a cybernetic police officer. (78 mins.)
Director: David Kellogg
 
60.
The Little Rascals (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Alfalfa is wooing Darla and his "He-Man-Woman-Hating" friends attempt to sabotage the relationship. (82 mins.)
 
61.
Outrageous Fortune (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Lauren and Sandy are total opposites who end up in the same acting class and who don't know they are sharing a lover... (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
 
62.
Uncommon Valor (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos. (105 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
63.
Casper (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A paranormal expert and his daughter bunk in an abandoned house populated by three mischievous ghosts and one friendly one. (100 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
 
64.
The General's Daughter (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point. (116 mins.)
Director: Simon West
 
65.
Van Helsing (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The notorious monster hunter is sent to Transylvania to stop Count Dracula who is using Dr. Frankenstein's research and a werewolf for some sinister purpose. (131 mins.)
Director: Stephen Sommers
 
66.
The Pacifier (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Shankman
 
67.
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  
While on an African expedition with her father, Jane Parker meets Tarzan, and the two become fascinated by each other. (107 mins.)
Director: John Derek
 
68.
Bird on a Wire (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys. (110 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
69.
Dennis the Menace (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When his parents have to go out of town, Dennis stays with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson. The little menace is driving Mr. Wilson crazy, but Dennis is just trying to be helpful. Even to the thief who's arrived in town. (94 mins.)
Director: Nick Castle
 
70.
Sommersby (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A farmer returns home from the Civil War, but his wife begins to suspect that the man is an impostor. (114 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel
 
71.
The Specialist (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A woman entices a bomb expert she's involved with into destroying the mafia that killed her family. (110 mins.)
Director: Luis Llosa
 
72.
The Haunting (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When Eleanor, Theo, and Luke decide to take part in a sleep study at a huge mansion they get more than they bargained for when Dr. Marrow tells them of the house's ghostly past. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
 
73.
Entrapment (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An insurance agent is sent by her employer to track down and help capture an art thief. (113 mins.)
Director: Jon Amiel