12 ‘Forgotten’ Movies No One Seems to Care About Anymore

What movies were a big deal when they came out but kind of faded away over time? Someone on a popular online forum asked for examples of “movies that exist but we don't care about anymore.” Here are 12 of the top responses.

1. The Italian Job (2003)

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One person admitted, “The 2003 version of The Italian Job comes to mind. It seemed like a decent hit at the time and maybe it just made me more aware of them, but it seemed to contribute to the increased popularity of Mini Coopers in the United States.”

Another person said, “Italian Job is the most ‘watch on TV with Dad' movie in history. Or, at the very least, it shares that honor with The Shawshank Redemption.”

2. Eternals (2021)

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One movie fan shared, “Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Marvel’s Eternals is quickly heading down that path.” Another agreed, adding, “I think this might be the only Marvel movie that qualifies for this.”

A third person pointed out, “The fact you forgot to include Edward Norton's The Incredible Hulk here means it's already achieved this status.”

3. La La Land (2016)

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Someone said La La Land. They explained, “Maybe I’m being unfair, but it’s not my intention because I love the film. I know it gets a lot of hate from film geeks, but I stand by it. But I think La La Land might be at least approaching not existing. It was a big hit, had a bunch of Oscar nominations… but nobody ever talks about it. Would you even use it as a ‘you might know them from… when talking about Emma Stone or Ryan Gosling?”

4. The Right Stuff (1983)

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“The Right Stuff,” shared one movie fan. “I was binging old Siskel & Ebert episodes. In the Best of the 80's special, they discussed this film like it was already a definitive classic, a masterpiece, and a film that will be celebrated for generations.”

The film fan added, “They were not alone in that praise because it cleaned up critically and with the Academy. I don't want to say that everyone was wrong, but I've never seen it or heard it mentioned outside of that special.”

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

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“You could single out a lot of 2010s live-action Disney, but I'm going to put in a shout-out for Pirates Of The Caribbean 4,” one person said. “It made over a billion dollars. It was part of the post-Avatar 3D boom. People saw it, but no one cared when part five rolled around.”

6. The Intouchables (2011)

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“The Intouchables is on the IMDb top 250. It's ahead of Rear WindowApocalypse NowRaiders of the Lost Ark, Alien, and The Shining, to name a few,” one movie fan pointed out. “Yet, it is nothing more than a Parisian fluff piece. And I never hear anyone going to bat for it.”

They added, “I don't dislike the film, but its high regard and simultaneous disappearance fascinate me.”

7. The Divergent Trilogy (2014, 2015, and 2016)

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One film fan said, “It will forever be hilarious to me that they tried so hard to make a part two of Divergent in multiple formats. But then they gave up and nobody noticed or cared. If Dark Universe is the King of Baffling Abandoned Failures, Allegiant Part 2 is at least a Duke.”

Another added, “I love that Shailene Woodley said she didn't want to do a TV movie of the last movie because she didn't want to do TV… only to turn around and make Big Little Lies. Good on her.”

8. Pearl Harbor (2001)

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“I think Pearl Harbor qualifies,” one movie buff shared. “It made like $450 million and had a sizable cast of big stars. I remember advertising being everywhere as a kid. Meanwhile, I don't think anyone has given it a second thought since '02.” 

Another person said, “My wife and I saw it when we were dating. And its enduring contribution to our lives is our continued use of the phrase Doolittle raid to refer to a movie with a clear ending. But they had another thirty minutes tacked on for no discernible reason. The Batman, for instance, has a textbook Doolittle raid.”

9. The Hobbit Trilogy (2012, 2013, and 2014)

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The Hobbit trilogy made $2.9 billion worldwide and no one has ever watched those movies more than once,” one movie lover claimed.

Another added, “We saw the first in a packed theater. We saw the third in an empty theater and one undergoing some renovations and missing a third of the seats. So that seems about right.” 

10. Hope and Glory (1987)

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“John Boorman's 1987 film Hope and Glory was nominated for 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay. It is rated 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and I don't know a single person who has seen it (myself included),” one person admitted. 

11. Dinosaur (2000)

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Dinosaur,” one person said. “I remember the hype for this Disney animated film. The epic trailer. The photorealistic animation was supposed to be groundbreaking. Then it came out, made over $100M, and was never mentioned again.”

12. Love Story (1970)

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Love Story is baffling to me,” someone admitted. “It was a huge best-seller, the highest-grossing movie of that year. It was nominated and won some Oscars, and now, sure, ‘Love means never having to say you're sorry' is a line that people know.”

They added, “But, still, no one ever talks about that movie. They never include any footage when they make the history of movies montages at the Oscars.”

Source: Reddit.