As a director, Mel Gibson was coming off the biggest hit of his career, the bloody religious epic "The Passion of the Christ," and decided to follow that up with something even weirder (and more amazing). Shockingly released by Disney, "Apocalypto" followed a Mayan warrior as he fights for the life of his wife and evades enemies on all sides. It's dizzying and surreal, an action movie of unequaled caliber.
And yet, when it first came out, nobody paid much attention. Through the years, though, a critical reappraisal and cultish following have lifted the movie out of history (and past the quagmire of Gibson's bad behavior). Good luck watching the movie, though, it's unavailable on digital platforms and Blu-ray copies go for around $100.