Special Report

Once Popular Movies That Are Now All But Forgotten

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

50. Quo Vadis (1951)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 4,252.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $578.6 million (63.2 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 7.2/10 (14,854 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 73% (3,736 reviews)
> Starring: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn

This historical epic takes place in ancient Rome and chronicles the spread of Christianity through the story of its two romantic leads. It went big on spectacle and became the highest-grossing film of 1951. The title is Latin for “Where are you going?”

Source: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

49. Come September (1961)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 4,295.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $138.5 million (15.1 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.9/10 (3,521 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 78% (3,062 reviews)
> Starring: Rock Hudson, Gina Lollobrigida, Sandra Dee

This lighthearted romantic comedy follows wealthy industrialist Robert L. Talbot (Hudson) to the Italian Riviera, where he tries to win back his mistress. With the arrival of teenage tourists comes an exploration of generational differences. The film was remade multiple times in India.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

48. Valley of the Dolls (1967)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 4,298.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $333.6 million (36.4 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.0/10 (8,474 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 58% (5,598 reviews)
> Starring: Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke

This star-studded drama centers around three aspiring female entertainers who grapple with drug addiction. Despite negative reviews, it was a resounding commercial success. It was later parodied in the 1970 musical satire “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls,” from a script by Roger Ebert.

Source: Courtesy of American International Pictures

47. The Wild Angels (1966)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 4,304.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $116.7 million (12.7 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 5.7/10 (2,960 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 45% (1,841 reviews)
> Starring: Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern

Before starring in “Easy Rider,” Peter Fonda played a Hell’s Angel in this biker outlaw film. The story weaves a tale of vengeance while offering a stark glimpse into 1960s counterculture. Directed by Roger Corman, it was the highest-grossing low-budget film of its time.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

46. Best Friends (1982)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 4,355.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $114.3 million (12.5 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 5.5/10 (2,864 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 29% (3,947 reviews)
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy

This endearing romantic comedy sends a screenwriter couple (Reynolds and Hawn) through the wringer as they try their hand at marriage. It holds a paltry audience score of 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Barry Levinson co-wrote the script and Norman Jewison directed.

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