Some movies are timeless. But even those can't help but be influenced just a little bit by the time period in which they are made. A film doesn't have to reference an event or a person that future audience may not understand in order to be a bit dated.
Over time, our values and what we accept and societal norms change. People that were historically disenfranchised slowly gain a voice in social discourse, and attitudes around certain topics shift along with that. As these things good things happen, jokes and movie plots that audiences may have not paid attention to or may have even laughed at now make us cringe when we give our old favorites a rewatch. These movies are ones that we noticed have not aged gracefully since their release.
- 15,530 VOTESPhoto: Paramount
From Redditor U/Evilbidowner:
Saturday Night Fever. They have their friend [Annette] take drugs, convince her that she should bone them while out of her mind, and she wakes up and starts sobbing and tries to push them off once the drugs ebb. They ran a train on their “friend” and thought it was hilarious when she was drugged AF. Not cool. Not cool at all.
- Actors: John Travolta, Karen Lynn Gorney, Barry Miller, Joseph Cali, Paul Pape
- Released: 1977
- Directed by: John Badham
- 23,864 VOTESPhoto: RKO Radio Pictures
From Redditor U/moondog8:
That one where John Wayne plays Genghis Khan
From Redditor U/KonaKathie:
The Conqueror. One of the worst movies of all time, and the most terrible thing is: it was mostly filmed downwind of a nuclear test site. Then, the producer, Howard Hughes, had tons of dirt from the same place shipped back to Hollywood so the color would match. A huge percentage of cast and crew died of cancer that they contracted at a young age. The Duke, of course, got lung cancer. All for that stinker of a movie.
- Actors: John Wayne, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Pedro Armendáriz, John Hoyt
- Released: 1956
- Directed by: Dick Powell
- 34,228 VOTESPhoto: Buena Vista Pictures
From Redditor U/halel27443:
Blank Check. An adult woman kisses the little boy on the lips for waaaay longer than I'm comfortable with. Imagine if the genders were reversed.
- Actors: Brian Bonsall, Karen Duffy, Miguel Ferrer, James Rebhorn, Tone Loc
- Released: 1994
- Directed by: Rupert Wainwright
- 44,149 VOTES
From Redditor U/ridome9299:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Those ginger fellas literally went one by one and abducted the hottest chicks from some town, then held them hostage for months until - through Stockholm Syndrome - the women all fell for them.
- Actors: Howard Keel, Jane Powell, Russ Tamblyn, Jeff Richards, Tommy Rall
- Released: 1954
- Directed by: Stanley Donen