The Shocking Truth About These 10 Box Office Bombs—They’re Actually Must-See Movies

Have you ever wondered how many great films fly under the radar because they didn’t earn much at the time of release?

I recently came across a post where someone asked the Internet, “what’s a movie that bombed at the box office but was actually good?”

Here are the  top-voted answers.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

People in the thread recalled a “wonderfully terrifying” scene involving a beheaded chicken; just one of its many unpredictable plot points.

The Thing (1982)

This engrossing horror film is now studied in schools for its special effects and ability to invoke a creeping sense of paranoia in movie-goers.

Tremors (1990)

This horror movie starring Kevin Bacon didn’t draw in many attendees at the time of release, but those who did see the film enjoyed it immensely.

Office Space (1999)

This comedy may have performed poorly at the box office, but sustained relevance in the long term.

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption is a film that was notorious for flopping at the box office but later went on to receive critical acclaim.