Wrongfully Flopped Movies That Are Actually Pure Gold

500 Days of Summer

This 2009 critically acclaimed com-edy-drama was an instant success upon its release. According to the New York Observer, the feature was one of the most successful sleeper hits of the year.


According to media reports, this black-and-white feature was nearly an instant success, grossing roughly $3 million in its opening weekend.

The film won the Award of the Youth and the Mercedes-Benz Award at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Kevin Smith worked at the store where they shot the film. They shot for 21 straight nights. He would clock in at 6 AM and finish working at 11 PM. They would then shoot until 4 AM, after which he would sleep for an hour or two and then go back to work.

Paranormal Activity

This 2009 low-budget horror film received positive reviews upon its release. According to Los Angeles Times, the film was nominated for Best First Feature at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards.

Mr. Nobody

A science fiction drama by Jaco van Dor-mael thrilled the audience with its edgy, thought-provoking concatenation of scenarios that culminated in an even deeper philosophical climax. Although not largely known to mainstream cinema goers, the film was well received by critics and fans alike.


Insidious was highly received by the movie-going masses largely due to its intricate plot and well executed performances. According to THR.com and WorstPreviews.com, despite its low budget, the feature was the most profitable film of 2011.

American History X

Critics and fans praised this 1998 drama as an exceptional cinema piece. Edward Norton’s performance earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Ninety-six percent of audience members, according to the Rotten Tomatoes website, gave the film a positive review. Before filming began, Edward Norton and Edward Furlong shaved their heads for their roles. Norton also gained 30 pounds of muscle. Because of editing issues, Tony Kaye wanted to get his name removed as director. He wanted his name changed to Humpty Dumpty, but he ultimately failed.

Mary and Max

This 2009 clay-animated Australian black comedy-drama film stole the hearts of critics and fans in the first several weeks of its initial release. The film was showcased at multiple international film festivals and was awarded Best Animated Feature at several of them.

Requiem for a Dream

This psychological thriller by Darren Arofnsky depicts different forms of addiction. The film received positive acclaim from critics and audiences. Despite its low budget, the feature was labeled as the second best film ofthe decade by James Berardinelli.

Secondhand Lions

This 2003 comedy-drama by Tim Mc-Canlies is an audience favorite due to its relatively blunt and straightforward message about how to be a better person, live courageously, and squeeze the last bit of excitement out of life.

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