5 Huge Hit Movies That No One Ever Talks About Anymore

Success and quality don't always go hand-in-hand, so when I started researching the biggest-grossing films of my lifetime, I was expecting to find lots of awful movies. Instead, I was shocked by how almost all the biggest films of the last 40 years are still very much part of our culture.

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Thanks to this barely functioning mechanical shark, I still freak out when seaweed brushes my foot.

But there were a handful of films, not necessarily terrible, that did not age well. Films that, despite making a ton of money and being the big movie of their time, just fall more soft and silent with each year. So here are five hugely successful movies that no one cares about anymore:

#5. Twister

Warner Bros.

This seems like a great place to start, because it proves that it's not necessarily true that the oldest movies on this list are the most forgettable. In 1996, the theaters were packed with people who apparently wanted to watch a movie about storm chasers Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. To translate that to today, that's like someone making a blockbuster about extreme fishermen Anna Faris and John Krasinski.

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"I'm gonna catch that killer CGI fish or die trying!"

But despite having a plot that boiled down to an estranged couple teaming up to drop a computer program into a killer tornado before a d-bag rival scientist does, Twister was a massive hit -- one of the top-grossing movies of the decade.

Why Did So Many People Go To See It?

Twister benefited from the Jurassic Park bump, because it involved Steven Spielberg, Michael Crichton, and a metric fuckton of CGI. Except Spielberg produced, not directed; Crichton wrote the script, not an underlying book; and the CGI was of a tornado, a thing people can see on the news or from inside of it when they get sucked in. But the CGI spectacle of it was new enough to get people in the theaters.

What Do We Remember About It?

Not surprisingly, no one quotes lines from Twister, no one has Twister-watching parties, and no one recalls with fond admiration any of the performances. Mostly, if anyone speaks about Twister at all it's to say, "Hey, remember that scene where the CGI cow goes flying by?" Yeah, that's about it.

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Best of Twister in three seconds.

#4. Smokey And The Bandit

Universal Pictures

It might seem hard to believe, but there was a time when Burt Reynolds was the biggest star in the world. Yes, the guy from Boogie Nights. No? Um, the guy doing the voice of Burt Reynolds in Archer? OK, cool. Well, yeah, he used to be huge. And when he decided to play an outlaw with young, cute Sally Field while outsmarting Jackie "Bang Zoom" Gleason as a redneck sheriff, moviegoers made it the second-highest grossing film of 1977.

Why Did So Many People Go To See It?

Boy, that's hard to say. Unlike some of these blockbusters, it wasn't based on a really successful book. You're pretty much going to have to accept that, for a period of time, this country just absolutely loved Burt Reynolds. Oh, and more importantly, car stunts. America loves car stunts, and this movie was directed by stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham. So I guess it actually makes sense. If the Fast & Furious movies can be hits starring actors with zero charisma, think about what happens when you add a few stars with actual comedic ability.

What Do We Remember About It?

Well, years later, the Dukes Of Hazzard TV show kind of tweaked the formula of a fast-driving outlaw thwarting a redneck sheriff, but for the most part, the most memorable part of this bygone Burt Reynolds era is Norm Macdonald's SNL impression.

More Burt than Burt.

#3. Love Story

Paramount Studios

Hey, remember Titanic? Of course you do. It was the love story of the '90s. But your kids won't remember it. Why? Because Titanic sucks. It's a garbage love story, packaged in a CGI spectacle. In 20 years, the only thing people will remember about Titanic is the line "I'm the king of the world!" Except they won't remember exactly why they know it or what it means. And that's what's become of arguably the biggest love story of the 1970s, unimaginatively entitled Love Story. It's the story of a rich Harvard boy who falls for a plucky working-class girl. That's the dullest-sounding movie in the world. That sounds like a sandwich made of white bread, mayo, and unsalted crackers. Also, she dies of cancer because that's what happens when writers of love stories can't think of an ending -- just give the girl cancer. Boom! An ending is born!

Why Did So Many People Go To See It?

Well, it was a best-selling novel, and once every decade, people like to see a bad movie about two lovers in which one of them dies. Blame Romeo And Juliet. But whereas in a good tragedy a death is inevitable, in a cheap and easy melodrama death is used an excuse to heighten stakes and bring forth easy tears. Think Beaches or anything by Nicholas Sparks. Also, it has a killer theme song.

What Do We Remember About It?

One sentence that no one understands: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." What does that mean? Hard to say, but everyone seems to agree on one thing: It's stupid and wrong. Is that two things? Who cares? Now that's something to not be sorry about.

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