Unconventional and gloomily-themed works that star little-known actors are the most prone to this.
Inevitably causes most critics to rush to hail them as classics that were grossly misunderstood in their time, but now can be worshiped as the masterpieces they truly are.
Most works that are well-received remain so, long after they get released, eventually being acclaimed as classics.
However, some works that are well-received at their debut will fade into the mists of time as the public moves on to the newest thing, doomed to obscurity. A few exceptional (or lucky) works with unexceptional debuts will be re-discovered and re-analyzed and become critical darlings after about twenty years, as well as timeless classics in the eyes of the public, usually when their authors/producers are no longer around to bask in their belated fame.
Contrast Deader Than Disco (something that goes from insanely popular to a popular target of mockery), And You Thought It Would Fail (a work that's expected to be a flop instead becomes a smash hit).
Compare Acclaimed Flop, when the work is a critical success but a commercial failure when it comes out.
A Sub-Trope is Vindicated by Cable and Vindicated by Reruns; also arguably, as already mentioned, Better on DVD.
Often these works were the victim of an Award Snub.
The Hardy Boyz used a cruiserweight, fast-paced high flying style in their matches, often leaping from great heights to do damage to their opponents (and themselves in the process).
Although Jeff was better known for his extreme moves, Hardy was a prodigious high-flier himself.
The Real Life counterpart of It Will Never Catch On.
It can also lead to Follow the Leader, Hype Aversion, Hype Backlash.
Hardy continually wrestling with the WWF sporadically, including matches against Hunter Hearst Helmsley and "The Ringmaster" Steve Austin.