When you get right down to it, Hollywood is a business out to make money above all else. As a result, any film that turns a profit, no matter how bad, will be propped up and rewarded, while movies that are financial failures will be shunned by the industry. But sometimes, a movie that flops at the box office gets discovered later and goes on to become a cult favorite, because let's face it, some movies should have been way more popular when they first came out.
These films were underappreciated upon their first release for a variety of reasons. Some were simply too far ahead of their time. Others were marketed poorly — or not enough. And some others were the victims of poor scheduling or developmental nightmares. And while the reasons for their financial failures vary, one thing remains the same: they are all now highly-regarded by loving and devoted fanbases. These are the films that Hollywood gave up on, but that people discovered anyway — even if it took them a while to do so. So take a look at the following 16 great movies that languished in theaters when they were first released only to be looked back at now as true classics of their respective genres.