20 Amazing Movies That Don’t Have Happy Endings

Gone Girl (2014)

“The ending was amazing. A full-on, heavy-as-lead, ‘Oh s@#t, these poor saps are deeply and truly f@#ked’ ending. I loved it!”


No Country For Old Men (2007)

“No good ending, no bad ending. Just an ending, and life goes on.”


There Will Be Blood (2007)

“It’s one of my favorite endings ever! The main characters are both horrible people, who we see interacting in the movie over the course of many years/most of their lives. One becomes a merciless, vindictive oil baron and the other becomes a smarmy, hypocritical radio evangelist. The ending consists of the evangelist going to the baron to beg for money to support his fraudulent lifestyle, where the baron drunkenly mocks and belittles him, then beats him to death with a bowling pin.”


Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

“I mean, sure, it was happy for Thanos…”


The Lighthouse (2019)

“What a strange way to end an already strange movie.”


The Mist (2007)

“Not the best movie, but the most, ‘I can’t believe it ended that way’ shockingly unhappy ending. My jaw hit the floor as the credits ran and I just sat there.”


Parasite (2019)

“That final pan away from that house on the hill into that s@#tty little sub-basement just crushed any hope at a good ending for that poor kid. “


Atonement (2007)

“That s@#t still f@#ks me up. No it doesn’t make it better after what you did!!!!!”


Shutter Island (2010)

“It was a pretty massive, mind-bending experience with that ending. Excellent movie.”


Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

“I love the ending and always will. The perfect way to end a comedy.”


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

“For sure one of the saddest endings.”


The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

“It was a very special movie with regards to tearing down the borders of genres. The end was also definitely not happy. What a roller coaster!”


Dark Skies (2013)

“it has the most disturbing unhappy ending of all time, in my opinion.”


Hereditary (2018)

“From a horror fan perspective, that one f@#ked with me a bit. I loved it.”


Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

“That ending haunted me for years afterward.”


Edward Scissorhands (1990)

“I continued crying until the end of the credits.”


Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

“It’s one of Steve Carell’s more serious roles, too.”


The Dark Knight (2008)

“The Joker pretty much wins.”


The Green Mile (1999)

“I’d say this one for sure.”


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

“The movie ends with the whole world being destroyed by nuclear war. The final scene is strangely funny and optimistic, though.”


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