What are the ALITAS of every year? (Now with the Seventies!!)

What is an Alita? It’s a high-budget, effects-pushing genre film that isn’t expected to succeed critically or financially. Practically all of these films go on to be “disappointments” if not outright bombs. However, there are rare exceptions where a movie thought doomed to fail exceeds the financiers' wildest expectations, such as Avatar and Star Wars.

A good Alita has the spirit of Blank Check behind it. This means a film that’s either an original idea, or an incredibly risky adaptation. Franchise films, superhero films, and sequels only count if they are so bizarre or out of left field that nobody knows how to deal with them.

Currently this list goes up to 1970, but hopefully it can be expanded to…

  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Eternals
  • Dune
  • Tenet
  • Dolittle
  • Cats
  • Gemini Man
  • 2.0
  • Mortal Engines
  • Aquaman
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Annihilation
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Monster Trucks
  • League of Gods
  • Warcraft
  • Gods of Egypt
  • Fantastic Four
  • Tomorrowland
  • Chappie
  • Jupiter Ascending
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Noah
  • 47 Ronin
  • Elysium
  • Snowpiercer
  • Pacific Rim
  • Life of Pi
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Dredd
  • John Carter
  • Real Steel
  • Cowboys & Aliens
  • Sucker Punch
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • TRON: Legacy
  • Robot
  • The Wolfman
  • Avatar
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • District 9
  • Watchmen
  • Delgo
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Babylon A.D.
  • Speed Racer
  • The Golden Compass
  • Beowulf
  • Evan Almighty
  • Dragon Wars
  • The Fall
  • The Fountain
  • A Scanner Darkly
  • Southland Tales
  • Ultraviolet
  • Æon Flux
  • Stealth
  • The Island
  • The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
  • Alexander
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Catwoman
  • I, Robot
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • Troy
  • Van Helsing
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Hulk
  • Equilibrium
  • Treasure Planet
  • Solaris
  • Pinocchio
  • The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  • Rollerball
  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Titan A.E.
  • Battlefield Earth
  • Titus
  • The 13th Warrior
  • Wild Wild West
  • The Matrix
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Small Soldiers
  • Godzilla
  • Lost in Space
  • Dark City
  • Starship Troopers
  • Titanic
  • Spawn
  • The Fifth Element
  • Mars Attacks!
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau