The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
While Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray is a classic of literature, one of its best cinematic adaptations is less well known by far than it deserves. The dark gothic look befits the tale in a way that would be hard to replicate in the modern era, and the final painting of Dorian Gray was specifically created for the film by Ivan Le Lorraine Albright (now part of the collection at the Art Institute of Chicago). It lost money on its initial theatrical run, and consequently never fully reemerged in the popular consciousness even after horror films became increasingly prominent in the U.S. Nonetheless, an underrated early film that deserves a second look.