10 Movies That Didn’t Get the Recognition They Deseved

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Photo credit: New Line Cinema

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It’s pretty fair to say that not every movie is created equal. The big-budget blockbusters, for example, are always going to blow the indie arthouse flicks out of the water, while foreign movies just aren’t going to do as well over here as our native productions. And some movies just wind up lost in the mists of time, trapped in a world where they remain completed underrated (number 5 is the most criminally forgotten, as far as I’m concerned). So why not do your part to remedy that by giving them the recognition they deserve….by reading this list and watching our suggestions? You’ll feel more cultured in minutes. Promise.

1. The Long Kiss Goodnight

Hey, remember when the Bourne series was just a rip-off of a cooler, nineties version of the same story? No? Well, that’s probably because Long Kiss Goodnight wound up in the cinematic scrapheap, despite the similar plot- Geena Davis as suburban housewife Samantha Caine spends most of the movie trying to work out why she’s suddenly fantastic at marksmanship, picking locks, and looking great while sprinting around. Chuck in Samuel L. Jackson and some kick-ass fight sequences and there’s really no reason that the Bourne movies did so much better than this.

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  • Bill McCormick

    I found Velvet Goldmine to be bad on so many levels that it makes me question the rest of this list.

  • Charlie Loves Merlot

    I’m a huge fan of ’70s Glam Rock, and “Velvet Goldmine” isn’t that great. Even if the plot/pacing issues were worked out, the film would still only attract a niche audience.

  • http://www.wineandwatch.com/ Wine and Watch

    The fact that you refer to Christopher Walken as Christian Walken automatically discredits your entire list

    • http://itsumademo.livejournal.com Tri

      Aside from the typo in the headline.

      • http://www.wineandwatch.com/ Wine and Watch

        That too!

  • lakawak

    Most of these got EXACTLY the attention they deserved…being put on many Worst Movies Ever list.

    • Darrell Parks

      right on!

  • nancydarby

    What does Tony Curtis have to do with Velvet Goldmine? And is it so hard to proofread one paragraph?

  • Joseph Heavey

    Pretty sure the Bourne series is based off of a relatively popular series of books, thus they would have a bigger audience than the long kiss goodnight.

  • PointCtrPoint

    No Speed Racer, not a real list.

  • Shazza

    It’s Larenz Tate and a lot of POC know it.

  • http://itsumademo.livejournal.com Tri

    Deseved. Is the meaning of that word anything like ‘deserved’?

  • puremercury

    Gotta love any movie with “Christian Walken.” That definitely “deseved” more recognition.

  • Darrell Parks

    Balls of Fury? Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 1. Nuff said.

  • Darrell Parks

    The lack of recognition for these movies? Impossible to get that many potheads full of Thunderbird into a theater.

  • Keith Casey Ahlas

    I would add “The Cable Guy” to this list.

  • Christine

    It most certainly was written hastily. However, overlooking the poor grammar and spelling; Maybe English isn’t their forte? This is an informed list of some notable movies and performances, that I agree with the writer, were most certainly overlooked. ; )

  • pocketdare

    Wow – it’s as if you chose 10 movies at random from the Rotten Tomatoes 20% or lower list, read the descriptions and made up a poorly spelled, grammatically criminal defense for each of them just to get me to view some advertisements… oh wait. Hmm. Well done.

  • Okc Dave

    or maybe they were all just crap. I might recognize what’s in my toilet but that doesn’t mean I want to dwell on it.

  • Peter David

    You know there should be an R in deserve, right?

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