Heaven's Gate (1980)
Budget: $44 million
Domestic gross: $3.5 million
Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino's Western carried such an expensive price tag, took so long to film due to indulged perfectionism (rumor goes that by Day 6 the movie was already five days behind schedule), and was such a disaster at the box office that it singlehandedly sank its studio, United Artists, in 1981. But you know what's great? Heaven's Gate. Brownish hued and dusted, as if dug up from the Earth, the movie, set in 1870, follows Kris Kristofferson's Harvard-educated Jim, who stumbles into a class war when he becomes Marshal to a developing patch of Wyoming. There are romantic trysts, shootouts, Christopher Walken monologues, and multiple scenes of roller skating. Cimino's gluttonous approach to movie-making is our gain; while far from a high-octane adventure, every second of Heaven's Gate mesmerizes the senses.
Where to watch it: Stream on Fandor; rent on Amazon, iTunes, and YouTube