So Vertigo -- a 1957 flop that was greeted with bad reviews ("another Hitchcock-and-bull story") -- is now apparently the greatest film every made. It has beaten the long-standing champion, Citizen Kane -- also a flop when it was released in 1941. Both of these films were made in the Hollywood studio system, so Hollywood isn't all bad -- and even the "greatest" films aren't always hits. You probably know that Blade Runner, Fight Club and It's a Wonderful Life were not successful when they were first released, but the same is true of classics in every decade. Even going back to the 1920s (The General, Pandora's Box), future classics would be dissed by critics and dismissed by audiences. What movie will we next be reassessed? Ignoring foreign arthouse films (which is a topic for another article), here are some American movies from the past 20 years, either ignored or badly reviewed (or both), that might one day be reevaluated as misunderstood classics. Or at least, much better than we thought they were.
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