The 80s was a great time for movies. We saw The Empire Strikes Back, Aliens, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Raiders of the Lost Ark—and that's only scratching the surface. However, for every great hit, there was one that didn’t quite make it. Take our advice and avoid these flop flicks, unless you just want to see a great episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
1 of 30 Heaven’s Gate
Heaven’s Gate cost $44 million, but not because it had such great special effects. The director was a perfectionist, so he required reshoot after reshoot. Talk about a huge waste of money. Then, when it finally reached theaters, it was four hours long. Naturally, it was called “an unqualified disaster” and “the most scandalous cinematic waste I’ve [Roger Ebert] ever seen.” It also won a 1980s Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director.
Thanks to the negative response from critics and audiences, it had a negative impact on the film industry. The original studio that owned the film was sold off to MGM, which ultimately ended the studio’s existence. This flop also led studios to limit budgets to films that were director-driven, which affected movies like Star Wars. Finally, it impacted the Western genre, which wouldn’t see a revival until the 1990s with the introduction of Tombstone, Dances with Wolves, and Unforgiven.
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