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30 Overrated Classic Films Everyone Talks About

Shakespeare in Love

Why is this movie popular? Why did it win an Oscar? We have so many questions. It plays out like a typical love story that anyone could have seen in the ‘90s. The movie also didn’t age well. The best thing it had going for it was the costumes, which were only really displayed by Judi Dench’s character.

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Titanic

Would you believe me if I told you Titanic isn’t one of the longest films you’ve ever watched? Well, it might be, but it feels a lot longer than it actually is. Mostly because it’s insanely romantic and melodramatic. It’s just a movie that’s designed to play on your emotions, which James Cameron excels at. 

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Love Story

Love Story was alright when it came out, but come on – it’s not really that good. The dialogue is basically dribble, and the movie doesn’t even explain what’s going on. For a love story, there isn’t even much romance. The whole love in the movie didn’t come across well, and it’s just laughable.

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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is basically an American’s view of Austria. Even Austrians didn’t know about the film for a long time, which is the best point of how overrated it really is. It relies far too much on scenery, too, rather than content and dialogue – not that either are particularly bad. There’s just not enough of it. Julie Andrews was the only redeeming factor, and even that movie didn’t show off how great of an actress she really is.

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2001: A Space Odyssey

Sorry, Kubrick fans – 2001: A Space Odyssey is overrated. It suffers from being far too long and too boring, probably because there’s so much filler. Kubrick thought he was a genius, and tried to make this film as puzzling as humanly possible. Finally, the plot doesn’t actually come to a resolution. Nothing is worse than a movie that doesn’t actually end. We’re so done with this whole “make your own ending” garbage.

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A Clockwork Orange

How is this film about the violence and immorality of the ‘70s? Yeah, there’s a lot of violence and immoral actions, but it was made for the sake of shocking the audience. Even Kubrick asked not to have the film re-released, and it didn’t happen until 2000 – a year after Kubrick’s death.

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Scarface

Why is Scarface even a classic? It’s a bad movie. The soundtrack is crap, the dialogue needs some serious work, and it looks like an amateur made it. Ultimately, the movie is slow and boring, which is shocking for how dramatic it could have been. Cut an hour and unnecessary scenes, and then we’ll talk. What’s more insulting is that some people put Scarface in the same category as Scorsese and Coppola, which is an insult to both directors. 

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Raiders of the Lost Ark

Maybe it’s just a testament of its, but it shouldn’t be as hyped as it is today. After watching Raiders of the Lost Ark, it’s clear that it doesn’t deserve its title. An action movie like this shouldn’t be difficult to watch, but it was because it was so boring. Then, the special effects look like they were done by a toddler, and that may seem harsh, but Star Wars also came out in that era and blew Indy out of the water. Finally, the film is incredibly racist. It’s a product of its time that deserves to stay there.

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Citizen Kane

Stop saying that Citizen Kane is the best film in cinema history! A film can be good without being the best thing since sliced bread. Since so many people overhype it, anyone that watches the movie is instantly disappointed. It’s also overrated because of the techniques that were once trailblazing like the use of flashbacks, split endings, deep focus, and more. It was groundbreaking then, but it isn’t now. It’s a dime a dozen.

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Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is a film about the Holocaust, and is part comedy and drama. Sure, it was a fictional film, but does that mean it’s alright to make things up? No. No, it isn’t. There’s also a reason that there aren’t many comedy films about the Holocaust – it was one of the most horrific things to happen in human history. Millions died, and that’s somehow comedic?

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Othello

Orson Welles directed this piece and it was notoriously hobbled by budget issues and outside interference. Even if you can look past that, it hasn’t aged well. Orson Welles plays the lead, and even dons blackface for the part, making it unwatchable and incredibly racist. Even if you can possibly look past that as a “movie of its time,” you spend most of it watching him wandering around a castle while rattling off Shakespearean lines.

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All Romeo and Juliets

Every Romeo and Juliet is overrated – especially the one with Leonardo DiCaprio. The story has been told a thousand times, and it doesn’t need to be told a thousand more times. “Romeo and Juliet” wasn’t even Shakespeare’s best play. It was just a tragedy of two teens that had no brain.

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Rocky

There were a few decent scenes here and there, but Rocky is mostly crap. There’s a reason that Sylvester Stallone is a joke, now. People can’t understand him, and it wasn’t any different when Rocky came out. Anyone that says it’s the best movie of the ‘70s clearly didn’t see many films that decade.

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Taxi Driver

What is going on with Taxi Driver? The popularity of the movie doesn’t make much sense. It’s about a guy that’s incredibly unstable, talking about how he can’t sleep and chooses to drive a taxi. Most people focus on the scenes with Jodie Foster, but she’s hardly in it. Jodie Foster had hardly any screen time. In fact, it was mostly focused on Travis and some girl he fell in love with. Travis saving Iris feels like a byproduct.

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Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is fine at best. The plot is okay, but it’s far too overhyped and overrated. There are plenty of other movies that show the same ooey-gooey message without all the gimmicks. Also, the Technicolor on it looks bad, and they should feel bad about it.

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The Breakfast Club

At the root, it’s about a bunch of kids that messed up and get put in detention – something that isn’t too bad when you get down to it. Plus, the teacher in the film should be arrested for abuse. Oh, and the music? What is with the random scenes with music? Take the scene where Bender is describing his home life. Heavy guitar starts up out of nowhere and then wanders off randomly.

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The Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath is a school classic. Many children grow up watching the film. It’s supposed to show what it was like during The Great Depression. As a kid, it’s super boring, and as an adult, you can respect the historical significance, but that doesn’t mean you want to watch it. This movie gave me a great depression.

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The Mission

The Mission sounds like a pretty amazing film until you learn it’s about missionaries in South America instead of a better Mission Impossible reboot – no more Tom Cruise, please. Instead, you spend two hours watching two people walk around a forest while talking about religion cryptically.

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Dirty Dancing

Pushing Dirty Dancing as a classic is offensive, and what’s worse is that they rerelease it to get more money all the time – then there are the reboots. Ugh.  If you were a 10-year-old girl when it released, it was a huge deal, but now, it’s just famous because it’s one of those bad nostalgic movies. 

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Footloose

First, Kevin Bacon isn’t great to look at. Maybe, he’s a good actor, but stop putting him in every movie ever made. It pushes the goofy agenda far too hard. Roger Ebert said that it tries to do three things at once, and does them all badly – and he’s 100% right. If you want a music video, then make a music video, Footloose.

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Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle is a rom-com from the ‘90s that is so incredibly overrated. Despite the good cast, it can only be described as “typical.” The acting was so obvious that every move came off as fake. We can suspend disbelieve for a little, but the movie asks too much. Honestly, it makes a great movie for an insomniac – snoozeville. 

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Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind sucked when it came out, and it only got worse. The portrayal of slave-owners in the film seems like a pat on the back for being so benevolent – talk about white man’s burden. Plus, it’s so long. Like, really, really long, and tedious, which makes it seem even longer.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ferris Bueller was a horrible person, and the movie almost glorifies that fact. Anyone that watches the film usually walks away thinking that Bueller was awesome. The movie isn’t the worst thing ever made, but it doesn’t deserve the fame it currently has.

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Ghostbusters

The original Ghostbusters wasn’t horrible, but considering the cast – why wasn’t it funnier? It had some of the best comedians of its time, so it should have been a riot. If it wasn’t supposed to be a comedy, then why cast comedians? It makes no sense. The remake was funnier.

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Forrest Gump

Even if it isn’t a bad film, Forrest Gump is far too overhyped. Tom Hanks isn’t even really that great of an actor, mostly because the accent sounded like it came from a 10-year-old’s vision of the role. The Best Picture Oscar should have gone elsewhere, and it’s even more obvious when you watch it decades later.

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Doctor Zhivago

Can anyone tell us about what’s so romantic about a man leaving his wife? To make things even worse, he leaves them in the dead of winter. Why? To run off with another woman! That’s not romantic, it’s not sweet, and it’s not a good movie. It’s a representation of how messed up “romantic” movies can be.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

The message is on point, and it’s a literary classic because it teaches a valuable lesson. With that being said, why is it such a “good” movie? The book was a dozen times better, and the movie was just so boring that the message got lost when the audience fell asleep.

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Annie Hall

Why is anything by Woody Allen a classic? The man was horrible, and we’ve known that for decades now. Specifically, Annie Hall is painful to sit through, and it’s probably one of the worst comedies ever made.

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Nashville

Nashville, the 1975 film by Robert Altman, is shown in schools, but it doesn’t make sense. Why? The characters are so uninteresting, it’s no surprise that audiences walk out totally confused about what they just watched. If you know the plot of the movie, hit us up.

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The Philadelphia Story

The Philadelphia Story isn’t a classic just because it has an iconic cast. IT was supposed to be Katharine Hepburn’s return to success, and despite the Oscars is somehow managed to bag, it wasn’t that great. If you want to watch a good comedy, watch The High Society. It’s basically the same and done much better. While we’re on the topic, Grace Kelly > Katherine Hepburn.

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