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10 '80s Movies That Should Have Been Hits But Had Impossible Competition

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  • Posted on 01st Oct, 2022 08:43 AM
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Several incredible '80s movies deserved more popularity. Unfortunately, other blockbuster hits overshadowed them.

Thanks to the seemingly never-ending wave of '80s nostalgia, it's easy to forget that many movies cited as the decade's most defining works were major flops. At best, they barely broke even. While movie lovers may laud them now, many '80s films didn't see the appreciation they deserved during their initial release.

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These movies' failures are usually blamed on lousy timing — especially if they opened against bigger blockbusters they didn't stand a chance against. But other factors, like the audiences' unpredictable tastes, also contributed to their downfalls. No matter the reason, viewers generally agree that there are a whole host of films that had the potential to be hits if the competition hadn't swallowed them up.

Updated by Lauren Turner on September 15, 2022: The 1980s were a classic era for movies. Many films have become cult classics. However, while some films could shine, they were outmatched by other successful movies. Cinema lovers want to know more about these forgotten '80s films, so we've revamped this list with even more information.

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Heaven's Gate's infamy may make one question why such an expensive and self-indulgent flop was even greenlit, but with the proper context, it's easy to see why. Michael Cimino's Western was made when such movies were popular and at the tail end of the auteur-driven New Hollywood Era. Under better circumstances, it would've been a hit in 1980.

However, Cimino's excesses and pretenses didn't only doom Heaven's Gate's production, but also its reception. Word got out that the epicwas an ode to Cimino's ego, partly because critics and viewers shunned it in favor of the popular comedy Private Benjamin. The movie's failure killed Cimino's career, the Western film, and New Hollywood overnight.

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