25 Movies That Bombed in Theaters But Are Actually Great

Fight Club (1999)

Director: David Fincher
Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
Budget: $63 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $37 million

Mishandled to the extreme when it came to the marketing approach, Fight Club fought an uphill battle before finding success in living rooms across America, a new classic once it hit DVD.

Based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club told the story of a man (Edward Norton) who sees little significance in modern life. Then he meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), who understands his problem and has the solution: grown men hitting each other to feel things. Oh, it's hard to be a white man, isn't it?

Jokes aside, the movie is a technical tour de force, with impeccable cinematography and smoldering performances. It's become one of the defining films of the '90s, muddled message be damned. Turns out that ultimately nobody paid attention to the golden rule: "You do not talk about Fight Club."

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