Filmmaking is an unpredictable industry. People will spend years of their lives and millions of their own savings trying to make their dream project a reality, only to lose it all when audiences decide their dream project isn't worth leaving home for. Other times, Hollywood hacks and industry sell-outs will lazily throw together a half-baked moving picture that can barely be considered a film, and it will break box office records.
Of course, that's not always how it goes down. Occasionally, the fates will align and a genuinely good movie will become a genuine success. More often than not, however, if your ambitious blockbuster isn't breaking a billion at the box office, it may as well have never existed.
If your film is a financial flop, however, all is not lost. Sometimes a movie can slip through the cracks. Sometimes a movie can become so beloved, so influential, and so critically successful that people never even notice it made sweet Fanny Adams in the first place.
Here are ten films that everyone loves, despite them getting no love when they were originally released.
Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish comics enthusiast and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics (available on all good podcast platforms).