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10 Movies With Great Second Halves (But Awful Firsts)

Good things come to those who wait.

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Though movies are typically divided into three acts, it's nevertheless common for them to unfold as stories of two halves, with the latter 50% of the movie taking a more action-orientated turn or even switching perspective to a new character.

And while we've all seen promising first halves fumble the ball in the back-end - because writing a compelling ending is way harder than an enticing opening - it's less frequent that an initially rough film settles into genuine greatness later on.

But as evidenced by these 10 films, it clearly does happen. These movies all lost audiences early with their frustrating storytelling, poor direction, and patent lack of expected action.

And yet, they managed to win back a sizable chunk of viewers - those who hadn't yet left, anyway - with a second half which delivered everything fans wanted to see in the first place.

Was it enough to redeem the entire movie? In some cases just barely, in other cases not quite, but whatever the overall reception, these films left all their quality content waiting for audience members prepared to tough it out to the end...

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