Special Report

Once Popular Movies That Are Now All But Forgotten

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

30. The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,603.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $267.1 million (29.2 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.1/10 (5,204 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 53% (1,286 reviews)
> Starring: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner

As he lies dying at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, a writer (Peck) wades through a sea of memories in this adventure drama. It’s based on a short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway.

Source: Courtesy of Buena Vista Distribution Company

29. Follow Me, Boys! (1966)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,624.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $121.7 million (13.3 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 7.2/10 (2,362 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (2,089 reviews)
> Starring: Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Kurt Russell

This family drama stars a young Kurt Russell in his first of many film roles for Disney Studios. It tells the story of a small-town scoutmaster (MacMurray), who puts his other plans on hold to lead a newly formed troop.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

28. Sayonara (1957)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,916.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $364.3 million (39.8 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 7.1/10 (6,722 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 79% (3,551 reviews)
> Starring: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens

Reassigned to Japan during the Korean War, US Air Force Major Lloyd “Ace” Gruver (Brando) falls in love with a Japanese entertainer (Miiko Taka). The pair’s subsequent romance tackles themes of prejudice head-on, making this a unique drama for its time. It won four Academy Awards.

Source: Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

27. Masquerade (1988)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 5,960.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $204.1 million (22.3 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.0/10 (3,739 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 51% (1,537 reviews)
> Starring: Rob Lowe, Meg Tilly, Kim Cattrall

After inheriting her mother’s fortune, a woman (Tilly) gets ensnared in a dangerous game of seduction. So goes this erotic mystery starring Rob Lowe at the height of his movie career. He appeared alongside James Spader in the similarly twisty (and largely forgotten) thriller “Bad Influence” the following year.

Source: Courtesy of Magna Theatre Corporation

26. South Pacific (1958)
> Ticket sale to IMDb review ratio: 6,181.1 tickets per review
> Inflation-adjusted box office: $496.0 million (54.1 million tickets)
> IMDb audience rating: 6.8/10 (8,760 reviews)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 69% (12,466 reviews)
> Starring: Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr

Not so much forgotten as it is relegated to the lower tiers of movie history, this smash musical spent multiple weeks at No. 1 at the domestic box office. Based on a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical and loosely inspired by a collection of James Michener short stories, it chronicles an island-bound romance during WWII. The adjoining soundtrack album was likewise a massive success.

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