While some films become instant classics and are widely remembered, others tend to fall under the radar and are forgotten over time. According to a Movie Suggestions forum, these are the top ten greatest movies that have been erased from the cultural lexicon.
1. Mystery Men (1999)
A group of amateur superheroes with unusual powers, including a bowling ball-wielding hero and a man who can turn invisible but only for a few seconds at a time, must save their city from a supervillain named Casanova Frankenstein.
Despite having a star-studded cast and a unique take on the superhero genre, Mystery Men was largely forgotten due to its mixed critical reception and box office disappointment.
2. Doc Hollywood (1991)
A hotshot young doctor (Michael J. Fox) finds himself stranded in a small southern town and must work off his debt by serving as the local doctor. Along the way, he falls in love with a beautiful ambulance driver (Julie Warner).
Despite being a charming romantic comedy with a charismatic lead performance by Michael J. Fox, this film has been overshadowed by other popular romantic comedies of the era.
3. Seven Psychopaths (2012)
A struggling screenwriter (Colin Farrell) gets drawn into a criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved dog. The film is a meta-commentary on the crime genre and features a talented ensemble cast, including Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson.
Despite receiving critical acclaim, Seven Psychopaths was largely forgotten by mainstream audiences and overshadowed by other higher-profile crime films of the year.
4. Marty (1955)
A lonely, overweight, and middle-aged Bronx butcher named Marty (Ernest Borgnine) falls in love with a shy schoolteacher named Clara (Betsy Blair). Despite its small-scale story and lack of big-name stars, Marty won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. However, the film has largely been forgotten by modern audiences due to its age and lack of flashy spectacle.
5. Mars Attack (1996)
In this campy sci-fi comedy, an array of eccentric characters, including the President of the United States (Jack Nicholson), a dim-witted TV journalist (Sarah Jessica Parker), and a Southern belle (Natalie Portman), must fight off an invasion by Martians with a penchant for destruction.
Despite its star-studded cast and darkly comedic tone, Mars Attacks! received mixed reviews and was a box office disappointment upon release.
6. Pacific Heights (1990)
A couple (Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith) purchase a beautiful Victorian house in San Francisco and rent out the top floor to a seemingly perfect tenant (Michael Keaton). However, things quickly turn sinister as the tenant begins a campaign of terror against the couple.
Despite having a talented cast and being a well-crafted thriller, Pacific Heights has been overshadowed by other higher-profile thrillers of the era.
7. Death to Smoochy (2002)
A disgraced children’s TV host (Robin Williams) seeks revenge on his replacement, the cheerful and optimistic Smoochy the Rhino (Edward Norton). Despite having a talented cast and a darkly comedic premise, Death to Smoochy was a critical and commercial failure upon release and has largely been forgotten.
8. Monster Squad (1987)
A group of pre-teens must save their town from classic movie monsters, including Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and the Wolfman. Despite having a loyal cult following, The Monster Squad was a box-office disappointment upon release and was largely forgotten by mainstream audiences.
9. Homeward Bound (1993)
In this family adventure film, three pets, including two dogs and a cat, embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness to return to their human family. Though known as a beloved childhood classic for many, it’s has been largely forgotten by modern audiences due to its age and lack of big-name stars.
10. Oliver & Company (1988)
In this animated musical, a young orphan kitten named Oliver falls in with a group of street-smart dogs led by the charismatic Dodger (voiced by Billy Joel). The film is loosely based on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and features memorable musical numbers and a talented voice cast, including Bette Midler and Cheech Marin.
However, Oliver & Company has been overshadowed by other classic Disney animated films of the era, such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
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