I have always wondered what separates the theater going audience with the people who vote on IMDb. Common sense suggests that they shouldn’t be any different, except that the latter is a subset of the former. So, why do so many films with such high IMDb ratings were box office flops? In fact the highest rated movie on IMDb, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ was a box office flop. Does that mean people discovered the movie later. Or should it interpreted as the film got better on second and third viewing. Whatever conclusion you arrive at, the truth is we will never know exactly why do some great movies flop at the box office. For now, let’s look at 13 such flop movies that are rated 8.0 or more on IMDb.
13. Harold and Maude (1971) – 8.0
A young man in his twenties caught up in a romantic relationship with a 79-year-old woman. Not something that would go well with the viewers. And unsurprisingly, it didn’t. The film is a dark romantic comedy that explores the themes of life and death through people from seemingly different phases of life. ‘Harold and Maude’ was a critical and commercial failure during its time and was pushed to the forgotten corners of cinema only to be revived years later by cinema enthusiasts, developing a strong cult following years after its release. Many critics now have now re-evaluated the film and it has since featured in many “all time best” lists, most notably at number 45 on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 Funniest Movies of All Time.