9 Movies That Disappeared And Were Rediscovered Again

When we think of films, we must remember that before technology was used to archive these masterpieces digitally, films were archived physically. So, in the pre-digital world, movies often disappeared or got lost over time – this was a common thing that happened during the silent era. However, happy coincidences happen all the time, and sometimes, they result in the rediscovering of these lost films!

1. Wake in Fright (1971)

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This psychological thriller is set in Outback Australia, revolves around a teacher stranded in a strange town where he loses all his morals. When it was released, 15 minutes of the film were cut because of the graphic content. In 2004, the movie's director found its negatives in a shipping container labeled “For Destruction” in Pennsylvania. Despite its rediscovery, people were disappointed because searching for it was more fun than the movie!

2. Deranged (1974)

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As the name suggests, Deranged is a violent and gruesome thriller about a serial killer based on Ed Gein. Soon after the film's release, it was found to be lost. No one knows why it disappeared; maybe it was due to too much violence or failure at the box office. No one knows how, but 20 years later, the movie's uncensored version was found in Florida.

3. The Amusement Park (1975)

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The director of this movie, George A. Romero, is best known for starting the zombie genre. But before that, he created this film about an older man's horrific day at an amusement park. It might not have been the best film, but it was lost for 50 years. It was only found in 2017, after Romero's death, but it's available to stream today. Surprisingly, this film was intended to educate people about elder abuse.

4. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

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This film is dubbed one of the greatest silent films ever. Despite that, it has an exciting rediscovery story. Contrary to lousy preservation, this film was believed to be lost because of the strict censorship laws in France at the time due to its sensitive topic. The film was rediscovered 15 years later at a psychiatric hospital. Even today, it is a fantastic watch and is surprisingly radical for its time. 

5. Wings (1927)

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Wings won the Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Still, despite the prestigious position, the film was lost only after a few years! It would have been a significant loss to the industry if it had remained lost because it's a fantastic war film with drama and romance. Some of its aerial combat scenes are spectacular even now. Thankfully, it was eventually found 60 years later. 

6. The Old Dark House (1932)

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This movie is a light-hearted horror movie from the 1930s. The Old Dark House is well-known for its lively presentation and dark comedy. Despite the excellent publicity, critics and audiences were still determining what to do with the film, which is why it was eventually forgotten or lost. But thankfully, it was rediscovered in the late 1960s, almost 30 years after being lost. After its rediscovery, the film has garnered a cult-like following.

7. The Grim Game (1919)

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Critics claim it is one of the silent era's best and most important films. It is believed to be Harry Houdini's most excellent film, yet a copy of it has yet to be known to exist. However, in 2015, a film restorer from Turner Classic Movies (TCM) stopped by Hourdini'd museum, where he met a man who claimed to have the original copy of the film. After negotiations, the film premiered at the TCM Film Festival in 2015. 

8. Nosferatu (1922)

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Nosferatu is believed to be an unauthorized adaptation of the original Dracula film by Bram Stoker. The maker of Nosferatu allegedly only changed the characters' names, while the plotline remained identical! This meant the movie and its creators were sued, so all the copies of this film ceased and eventually were destroyed. Later, it was discovered that a few copies were saved from being destroyed and rediscovered later. 

10. The White Shadow (1923)

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Alfred Hitchcock was the film's assistant director about twin sisters, one introverted and one extroverted. The sisters were competing for the love of the same man, who did not know he was dating two women. A film collector in New Zealand owned the original copy of the film. It was discovered after 22 years by an American archivist who looked through the collection. The video was labeled as “Twin Sisters” rather than its actual name, which caused the mixup. 

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