Greatest Box-Office Bombs, Disasters and Flops

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1. Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916)

Passed | 197 min | Drama, History

92 Metascore

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Lillian Gish, Robert Harron, Mae Marsh, F.A. Turner

Votes: 13,067 | Gross: $2.18M

2. Freaks (1932)

Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror

80 Metascore

A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, Olga Baclanova, Roscoe Ates

Votes: 39,101

3. Duck Soup (1933)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, War

93 Metascore

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx

Votes: 52,899

4. A Damsel in Distress (1937)

Passed | 101 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Lady Alyce Marshmorton must marry soon, and the staff of Tottney Castle have laid bets on who she'll choose, with young Albert wagering on "Mr. X". After Alyce goes to London to meet a beau... See full summary »

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Joan Fontaine

Votes: 1,636

5. The Conqueror (1956)

Approved | 111 min | Adventure, Biography, History

Mongol chief Temujin battles against Tartar armies and for the love of the Tartar princess Bortai. Temujin becomes the emperor Genghis Khan.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Pedro Armendáriz, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 2,870 | Gross: $4.50M

6. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 27,007 | Gross: $57.78M

7. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Approved | 188 min | Drama, History, War

The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman Empire.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason

Votes: 7,574 | Gross: $4.75M

8. The Chase (1966)

Passed | 134 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The escape of Bubber Reeves from prison affects the inhabitants of a small Southern town.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford, E.G. Marshall

Votes: 9,327 | Gross: $5.00M

9. Doctor Dolittle (1967)

Approved | 152 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

34 Metascore

After the animal communicating veterinarian goes too far for his clientele, he and his friends escape their hometown to the sea in search of the Great Pink Sea Snail.

Director: Richard Fleischer | Stars: Rex Harrison, Samantha Eggar, Anthony Newley, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 7,762 | Gross: $9.00M

10. Candy (1968)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Candy Christian (Ewa Aulin), an innocent high-schooler, encounters numerous colorful characters and humorous sexual situations while attempting to find meaning in life.

Director: Christian Marquand | Stars: Ewa Aulin, Richard Burton, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando

Votes: 2,486

11. Hello, Dolly! (1969)

G | 146 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

51 Metascore

Matchmaker Dolly Levi travels to Yonkers to find a partner for "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder, convincing his niece, his niece's intended, and his two clerks to travel to New York City along the way.

Director: Gene Kelly | Stars: Barbra Streisand, Walter Matthau, Michael Crawford, Marianne McAndrew

Votes: 12,412 | Gross: $33.14M

12. Paint Your Wagon (1969)

PG-13 | 164 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

50 Metascore

Two unlikely prospector partners share the same wife in a California gold rush mining town.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, Jean Seberg, Harve Presnell

Votes: 11,272 | Gross: $31.68M

13. Myra Breckinridge (1970)

R | 94 min | Comedy

After undergoing gender reassignment surgery, an aspiring actress travels to Hollywood, where she also wants to make a claim on her wealthy uncle's estate.

Director: Michael Sarne | Stars: Mae West, John Huston, Raquel Welch, Rex Reed

Votes: 2,677 | Gross: $3.00M

14. Lost Horizon (1973)

G | 150 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy

Votes: 2,014 | Gross: $8.28M

15. The Great Gatsby (1974)

PG | 144 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Karen Black

Votes: 22,285

16. At Long Last Love (1975)

G | 118 min | Comedy, Musical

This film was Peter Bogdanovich's homage to musical comedies of the 1930s. A millionaire named Michael Oliver Pritchard III and a singer named Kitty O'Kelly meet and fall in love. Meanwhile... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Cybill Shepherd, Madeline Kahn, Duilio Del Prete

Votes: 994 | Gross: $3.27M

17. The Wild Party (1975)

R | 95 min | Drama, Comedy

An aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: James Coco, Raquel Welch, Perry King, Tiffany Bolling

Votes: 477

18. The Message (1976)

PG | 177 min | Biography, Drama, History

This epic historical drama chronicles the life and times of Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 40,694

19. Sorcerer (1977)

PG | 121 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

68 Metascore

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal, Amidou

Votes: 15,437 | Gross: $12.00M

20. Moment by Moment (1978)

R | 102 min | Drama, Romance

A lonely socialite and a young drifter enter into a May-December romance.

Director: Jane Wagner | Stars: Lily Tomlin, John Travolta, Andra Akers, Bert Kramer

Votes: 996 | Gross: $10.96M

21. Sextette (1977)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

On the day of her wedding to her sixth husband, a glamorous silver screen sex symbol is asked to intervene in a political dispute between nations, which leads to chaos.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Mae West, Timothy Dalton, Dom DeLuise, Tony Curtis

Votes: 1,113

22. 1941 (1979)

PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War

34 Metascore

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams, Nancy Allen

Votes: 29,635 | Gross: $31.76M

23. Can't Stop the Music (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Comedy, Musical

A pseudo autobiography of disco's The Village People.

Director: Nancy Walker | Stars: Ray Simpson, David Hodo, Felipe Rose, Randy Jones

Votes: 3,403 | Gross: $2.00M

24. Heaven's Gate (1980)

R | 219 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

57 Metascore

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Sam Waterston

Votes: 12,565 | Gross: $3.48M

25. Popeye (1980)

PG | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

64 Metascore

The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley

Votes: 27,403 | Gross: $49.82M

26. Raise the Titanic (1980)

PG | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

To obtain a supply of a rare mineral, a ship raising operation is conducted for the only known source, the R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, David Selby, Anne Archer

Votes: 3,639 | Gross: $14.82M

27. Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)

PG | 107 min | Action, Comedy

Ticlaw, a small town in Florida, has only one attraction: a safari park. The government constructs a freeway that passes near Ticlaw, but decides not to put an exit into the town. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: David Rasche, Paul Jabara, Howard Hesseman, Teri Garr

Votes: 835 | Gross: $2.00M

28. Roar (1981)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Thriller

65 Metascore

A family goes to Africa to meet their father who lives with wild lions.

Director: Noel Marshall | Stars: Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall, Melanie Griffith, John Marshall

Votes: 2,574 | Gross: $2.00M

29. Inchon (1981)

PG | 140 min | Drama, History, War

During the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur masterminds the amphibious invasion of Inchon in September 1950.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 603 | Gross: $5.20M

30. One from the Heart (1981)

R | 107 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

57 Metascore

A couple has a fight after living together 5 years in Las Vegas. They go out and celebrate 4th of July, each with a new partner. Breakup?

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Frederic Forrest, Teri Garr, Raul Julia, Nastassja Kinski

Votes: 4,725 | Gross: $0.64M

31. Yes, Giorgio (1982)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Musical

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Pamela Taylor, whom he falls in love with.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Kathryn Harrold, Eddie Albert, Paola Borboni

Votes: 604 | Gross: $2.28M

32. Krull (1983)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A prince and a fellowship of companions set out to rescue his bride from a fortress of alien invaders who have arrived on their home planet.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis

Votes: 28,273 | Gross: $16.52M

33. Staying Alive (1983)

PG | 93 min | Drama, Music, Romance

23 Metascore

It's five years later and Tony Manero's Saturday Night Fever is still burning. Now he's strutting toward his biggest challenge yet - succeeding as a dancer on the Broadway stage.

Director: Sylvester Stallone | Stars: John Travolta, Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Steve Inwood

Votes: 13,486 | Gross: $64.89M

34. The Cotton Club (1984)

R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

The Cotton Club was a famous night club in Harlem. The story follows the people who visited the club, those who ran it, and is peppered with the Jazz music that made it so famous.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Diane Lane, Lonette McKee

Votes: 15,153 | Gross: $25.93M

35. Dune (1984)

PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

40 Metascore

A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Virginia Madsen, Francesca Annis, Leonardo Cimino

Votes: 113,414 | Gross: $30.93M

36. Revolution (1985)

PG-13 | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A trapper and his young son get pulled into the American revolution early as unwilling participants and remain involved through to the end.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright

Votes: 5,990 | Gross: $0.36M

37. Howard the Duck (1986)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

28 Metascore

A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop a hellish alien invasion with the help of a nerdy scientist and a cute struggling female rock singer who fancies him.

Director: Willard Huyck | Stars: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale

Votes: 40,446 | Gross: $16.30M

38. Shanghai Surprise (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

16 Metascore

Shanghai, 1938: A missionary woman hires a fortune hunter to help her find 1100 lbs. opium lost, as wounded need the morphine. Adventure and romance follows.

Director: Jim Goddard | Stars: Sean Penn, Madonna, Paul Freeman, Richard Griffiths

Votes: 4,759 | Gross: $2.32M



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