The second film from director Andrew Dominik, charting the rise of gang leader Jesse James (Brad Pitt), who's targeted for death. As the title suggests, it may just be at the hands of Robert Ford (Casey Affleck).
Released two whole years after it was completed, Jesse James suffered under its wordy, spoilerific title and its promise of hard-hitting drama.
Quite simply, it seems audiences didn't fancy a downer starring a beardy Brad Pitt, and people stayed away…
Why It Deserved Better:
Yes, it's long. Yes, it takes its sweet time. But Dominik's film is both arresting in its naturalistic visuals and crammed full of fantastic performances. By the end, it's like you've had a hearty (if mightily depressing) meal.