8. 'After Hours'
Martin Scorsese's career hit a bit of a slump in the mid-1980s. After The King of Comedy landed with a thud, he was unable to secure funding for The Last Temptation of Christ. He wound up signing onto this wonderfully bizarre movie about a professor who meets a girl in a coffee shop and winds up having the strangest night of his life as he tracks her down to Soho. The black comedy wasn't a huge box-office hit, but critics were rather impressed. Scorsese played ball with Hollywood the next year and directed The Color of Money, and by 1988 was able to finally get a green light for The Last Temptation of Christ.