25 Movies That Bombed in Theaters But Are Actually Great

Bringing Out the Dead (1999)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Goodman, Ving Rhames, Tom Sizemore, Patricia Aequette, Marc Anthony
Budget: $55 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $16.8 million

Released in 1999, Bringing Out the Dead is one of Scorsese's last New York films (Gangs of New York [2002] was filmed at CinecittĂ  Studios in Rome, so it doesn't quite count). It also marks the last pairing of Scorsese with Paul Schrader, the screenwriter he collaborated with on Taxi DriverRaging Bull, and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988).

The film surreally chronicles a few days in the life of a paramedic all but wrung out by insomnia and guilt over a girl he couldn't save. Bringing Out the Dead opened to fair reviews, but box office was not kind. What's more, the ensuing years have not been very kind to it. It's been all but forgotten, which is unfortunate for such a visually bold film. Nicolas Cage turns in a strong performance as well. Perhaps one day it'll find supporters. Fans of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son should check it out.

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