Even Sean Connery Is Here: Movies from the 20th Century That’ll Make You Cringe

When the rise in classic cinema began in the early 1900s, the world took notice. And while we believe that no Hollywood director ever sets out to make a terrible movie, most critics will tell you that there are movies from the 20th century that might make you think twice.

Hollywood has always been blessed with talent, from legends like Sean Connery, George Clooney, Christopher Reeve, Sandra Bullock, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. They are all incredibly talented at what they do.

Sean Connery in "Highlander II: The Quickening" by Russell Mulcahy avec Sean Connery, 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Sean Connery in "Highlander II: The Quickening" by Russell Mulcahy avec Sean Connery, 1991. | Source: Getty Images

However, these actors have something else in common apart from their legendary status. They have all been in movies so cringeworthy that they could make you stand up, throw away your popcorn, and walk out of the cinema in the middle of the movie.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

"Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” is arguably one of the worst films ever made. The movie, which stars the legendary Christopher Reeve, is based on a classic comic book. And audiences expected the producers to do it, especially since it was the last movie in the franchise.

Actors Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve and actress Mariel Hemingway in a scene from the Warner Bros. movie "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" | Source: Getty Images

Actors Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve and actress Mariel Hemingway in a scene from the Warner Bros. movie "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" | Source: Getty Images

Unfortunately, not only were they disappointed, but they were left more confused than when he entered the theater. The movie’s script didn't seem to have any clear plot whatsoever. It was a cringy end to Christopher Reeve's time as Superman.

Street Fighter

Turning a classic video game into a movie was never going to be easy. There's never really been a good film adaptation of a video game. However, this movie had the potential to change that and start a new trend in Hollywood. 

Jean-Claude Van Damme in New York for ‘Street Fighter' | Source: Getty Images

Jean-Claude Van Damme in New York for ‘Street Fighter' | Source: Getty Images

Unfortunately, it failed to convince the audience—everything from the fighting sequences to the dialogue. The movie was just a long winding mess. Some critics suggested that the movie tried too hard to mimic the video game and was bitterly disappointing.

Speed 2: Cruise Control

This movie should've probably been renamed into something more appropriate. The movie is meant to be about speed, but all audiences are treated to is a depressingly slow sequel of a classic action movie. 

Sandra Bullock & Jason Patric during "Speed 2: Cruise Control" Los Angeles Premiere at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinema in Century City, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

Sandra Bullock & Jason Patric during "Speed 2: Cruise Control" Los Angeles Premiere at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinema in Century City, California, United States. | Source: Getty Images

The first Speed was jam-packed with tingling action to get your heart pumping. And somehow, everyone involved in the film managed to turn a solid plot into a depressingly slow second movie. If you're going to make a movie called "Speed 2," the least you can do is make the boats move a little faster.

Jaws: The Revenge

If you enjoyed the “Jaws” franchise, then you should probably not watch this film. This movie had the potential to become a box office hit. And it had everything a director would need to turn it into one. But "Jaws: The Revenge" is without a doubt a truly terrible movie.

People try to swim away from the shark in a scene from the film 'Jaws: The Revenge', 1987. | Source: Getty Images

People try to swim away from the shark in a scene from the film 'Jaws: The Revenge', 1987. | Source: Getty Images

Michael De Guzman gave audiences an underwhelming storyline and an obviously fake Great White Shark you could see in black and white. “Jaws: The Revenge” is "not simply a bad movie, but a stupid and incompetent one," according to film critic Roger Ebert

Plan 9 From Outer Space

Unlike some of the movies we’ve already spoken about, no one expected this film to break any box office records. However, the movie’s use of stock footage, dialogue, and terrible special effects can come off as entertaining to some. 

Plan 9 from Outer Space, USA, 1959, Regie: Edward D. Wood Jr., Darsteller: Vampira, Tor Johnson. | Source: Getty Images

Plan 9 from Outer Space, USA, 1959, Regie: Edward D. Wood Jr., Darsteller: Vampira, Tor Johnson. | Source: Getty Images

“Plan 9 From Outer Space” is a box office paradox. You can either look at it as a brilliantly terrible movie or just a hopelessly terrible movie. One of its redeeming features is that the film has the potential to make you feel warm and cozy. 

Highlander 2: The Quickening

There’s a reason why people say some movies should never be turned into sequels. The original Highlander movie wasn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece, but people didn’t hate it. Regardless, making a sequel of it wasn’t the best decision by Russell Mulcahy. 

Sean Connery in "Highlander II: The Quickening" by Russell Mulcahy avec Sean Connery, 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Sean Connery in "Highlander II: The Quickening" by Russell Mulcahy avec Sean Connery, 1991. | Source: Getty Images

Highlander 2: The Quickening” is a cinematic disaster. It is simply impossible to sit through it and understand what is going on. The immortals in the movie aren't actually immortals, and Highlander wasn't actually from the Highlands. The movie completely veered away from the original narrative of the first film.

Heaven's Gate

Michael Cimino is responsible for bringing "Heaven’s Gate" to life. The film was meant to be a Western, but when people saw Jeff Bridges throw up while on roller skates, they knew they were in for a long ride, and that's exactly what this film was.

Horses and carriages stopping in the street of a small town in the film Heaven's Gate. USA, 1980. | Source: Getty Images

Horses and carriages stopping in the street of a small town in the film Heaven's Gate. USA, 1980. | Source: Getty Images

"Heaven's Gate" is notoriously hard to sit through. In fact, when the film premiered, most guests refused to drink champagne at the viewing because they claimed that “they hate” the movie. The movie was a complete and utter disaster across the board. 

Raise The Titanic

"Raise The Titanic" was directed by Jerry James, and he was given an expensive budget to allow him to produce a great film. However, when the movie premiered at the box office, it was a complete and utter flop. 
Professional frogman Courtney Brown tows a 55 foot scale model of the sunken liner Titanic during work on the film Raise the Titanic!  | Source: Getty Images

Professional frogman Courtney Brown tows a 55 foot scale model of the sunken liner Titanic during work on the film Raise the Titanic! | Source: Getty Images

Some critics even said that it would’ve been cheaper to raise the actual titanic instead of making this film. Others claimed that the movie was boring and unimaginative. To this day, no one is sure how Jameson managed to mess up with such a big budget. 

Batman and Robin

"Batman and Robin" was originally meant to be a classic. The director, Joel Schumacher, teamed up with George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and everyone expected them to create magic. Instead, they created something no one expected.

The stars of the film "Batman & Robin," actors Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and George Clooney (R) pose with their costumes Mr. Freeze and Batman 06 June at Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills  | Source: Getty Images

The stars of the film "Batman & Robin," actors Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) and George Clooney (R) pose with their costumes Mr. Freeze and Batman 06 June at Planet Hollywood in Beverly Hills | Source: Getty Images

The movie turned out to be a complete flop. The script was terrible at best, and the infamous 'Batnipples' costume took the movie from being horrible to completely and utterly cringy. The movie almost killed the entire Batman franchise before it began. 

Battlefield Earth

When it was first announced that “Pulp Fiction” star John Travolta will be a part of the sci-fi film “Battlefield Earth,” audiences everywhere waited with excitement. The movie was based on the works of Rob Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. 

John Travolta in scene from the film 'Battlefield Earth', 2000. | Source: Getty Images

John Travolta in scene from the film 'Battlefield Earth', 2000. | Source: Getty Images

However, what was supposed to be a classic sci-fi film turned out to be a poor imitation of "Star Trek.” The horrendous alien costumes, ridiculous storyline, and poor choice of characters all worked against the film. “Battlefield Earth” is now considered one of the worst movies of all time, and it almost ended John Travolta’s career.

Most of the actors in these movies went on to redeem themselves. However, the films themselves will still go down in history for all the wrong reasons. This shows that it doesn't matter how talented the actors are or how big the budget is; any movie can quickly turn into a flop.

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