25 Movies That Bombed in Theaters But Are Actually Great

Vertigo (1958)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Stars: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes
Budget: $2.5 million
Domestic Box Office Gross: $2.8 million

Newly selected as the greatest film of all time by Sight & Sound, Vertigo received mixed reviews upon its initial release, with many critics decrying its pace. Guess they were too busy checking watches instead of observing the gorgeous cinematography, or appreciating the film as the ultimate expression of cinema's love affair with the image.

Eventually, Vertigo did break even, but it made significantly less money than Hitchcock's preceding films, making it an ugly duckling. The cantankerous director, who always stood by the picutre, blame much of the film's failure on Jimmy Stewart being too old for the role, and appearing strange next to Kim Novak, who was 25 at the time.

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