Posted on 24 August 2010.
The overall popularity of the films in this article is determined by the rating given to them on popular film websites such as IMDB and the like. The following won Oscars but got very dismal ratings.
1. Terms of Endearment
This film won an Oscar for Best Picture and beat movies like The Dresser and Tender Mercies. The star cast included Jack Nicholson and Shirley McLaine. It is an ordinary film about a mother and daughter duo and their journey as they try to find happiness and joy in very different ways.
2. Chariots of Fire
This film is about two athletes, Eric and Harold. They reach some sort of compromise and manage to run during the 1924 Olympics. It stars Ben Cross and Ian Charleson and was directed by Hugh Hudson. It beat other deserving movies like Reds and On Golden Pond.
3. An American in Paris
An American in Paris is laced with romantic complications because while Jerry, an artist falls in love with Lise, a French girl, an heiress falls for Jerry. A very messy triangle is formed and the movie is quite a snooze-fest. Many people agree with the fact that Quo Vadis should have won.
4. Gentleman’s Agreement
Gregory Peck plays the character of a journalist at a well-known magazine in New York. He gets a break and decides to be Jewish for a while so that he can write about bigotry and its effects. The rest of the movie is about how he is denied certain basic rights and refused a job.
Most people will be appalled to see this movie on this particular list because people all but fawn over it till date. It’s basically about the unsinkable ship that ends up sinking. Leonardo DiCaprio plays his part perfectly and so does Kate Winselet. But then again, it mustn’t be all that hard to pretend to be filthy rich, right?