Great Movies Unappreciated for Decades

  1. Metropolis (1927) - One of the most influential films of all time was thought an experiment gone wrong until its style of genre-mixing finally became popular as late as the 1980s!!!!
  2. Sunrise (1927) - Actually the first sound-on-film, released days before The Jazz Singer. A poetic melodrama with impressionistic photography and a moving camera (rare at the time), this oldie wasn't recognized until movie critics really stared digging into film history in the mid 90s.
  3. Citizen Kane (1941) - Orson Welle's masterpiece is widely regarded as the greatest film of all time, and yet it didn't even make Sight & Sound Magazine's decennial movie poll for the ten best movies ever until the 1960s (it has been #1 since then).
  4. Battleship Potemkin (1925) - Reviled as the piece of propganda it is, Battleship Potemkin's contributions to cinematic technique weren't recognized until the late 40s.
  5. Brief Encounter (1945) - This quaint romance was loved for years after its release, but inexplicably faded into oblivion in the 1960s, and wasn't truly rediscovered by a large audience until the 1990s.
Author Comments: 

Since I was born in 1985, it's possible I don't have the greatest knowledge of film history, but this is how I've read it. Feel free to comment.