Special Report

Once Popular Movies That Are Now All But Forgotten

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35. The Bible: In the Beginning… (1966)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,326.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $262.1 million (28.6 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.2/10 (5,372 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 55% (8,490 reviews)
> Starring: Michael Parks, Ulla Bergryd, Richard Harris

Director John Huston interprets the first 22 chapters in the book of Genesis in this religious drama. All but forgotten to today’s audiences, it was the second highest-grossing film of 1966.

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34. A Hole in the Head (1959)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,359.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $123.2 million (13.4 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.3/10 (2,509 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 49% (2,233 reviews)
> Starring: Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker

Star Frank Sinatra performs the Oscar-winning song “High Hopes” in this adaptation of a Broadway play. Some scenes were shot on location in Miami Beach, where Sinatra reportedly butted heads with the local press. It was the penultimate film of director Frank Capra (not counting an industrial film made for Martin Marietta and shown at the 1964 New York World’s Fair).

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33. Semi-Tough (1977)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,513.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $152.8 million (16.7 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 5.9/10 (3,025 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 31% (1,308 reviews)
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh

From the director of “The Bad News Bears” comes this sports comedy about the love triangle between two football pros and the team owner’s daughter. It was later adapted as a TV pilot starring Bruce McGill and David Hasselhoff.

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32. Freebie and the Bean (1974)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,550.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $145.4 million (15.9 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.6/10 (2,860 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 66% (1,446 reviews)
> Starring: Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit

This outrageous crime comedy stars Alan Arkin and James Caan as two San Francisco cops who unleash chaos in their pursuit of a local kingpin. Fan Quentin Tarantino relishes the film’s unabashed depiction of brutality, which forces discomfort upon the viewer.

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31. Starting Over (1979)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,595.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $141.7 million (15.5 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.4/10 (2,764 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 58% (1,373 reviews)
> Starring: Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen

Hollywood veteran James L. Brooks wrote the screenplay for this blockbuster comedy, based on a Dan Wakefield novel. It follows a middle-aged divorcee (Reynolds) as he tries to move past his previous marriage and forge a new romance.

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