Movies With Bad Endings
- Stardust Memories (1980) - I just saw this movie today; in fact, the ending of the movie gave me the idea for this list. The ending of this movie is completely nonsensical and random.
- A Fish Called Wanda (1988) - I mostly enjoyed the rest of the movie, but the ending was corny and stupid. Ken's revenge wasn't nearly good enough for the cruelty inflicted upon him throughout the rest of the movie.
- Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) - Throughout the whole movie, the movie builds and builds towards the obvious conclusion; and just when you think it's going to go that way, it jerks back and goes in a different direction. Well, the ending at least surprised me, but I didn't buy it.
- Murder by Death (1976) - A hilarious movie it is, a great mystery it ain't. The solution to this mystery is stupid and nonsensical. I'd still highly recommend this movie, though, as it's very funny.
- The Big Lebowski (1998) - This movie has a "twist" in the end that has nothing to do with the rest of the plot and completely comes out of nowhere. It does nothing to answer any questions or move the plot or help the characters grow - it seems like it was just added at random last-minute. "Big Lebowski" is still recommended for lovers of the bizarre, though. I thought the movie was pretty funny.
- The Heartbreak Kid (1972) - I didn't really like the rest of this movie, but the ending was unquestionably the worst part.
- 40 Days and 40 Nights (2002) - For most of this movie, I thought the writing was actually quite witty. Then the ending came. The ending of this movie is so obscenely bad that I figured the writers of the movie must've just gotten lucky for the rest. This is probably the worst ending to a movie I've ever seen (compared to the other material, at least), although I haven't seen "Planet of the Apes" (2001) (see below).
- L.A. Story (1991) - This is probably the movie on this list I liked the most (with the possible exception of "Murder by Death"), but I gotta admit the ending is very anticlimactic. The ending wasn't as bad as some of the others here, and the rest of the movie is great. I'd still recommend it.
- Red River (1948) - I agree with jgandcag on this one. Even such an acclaimed classic is not free of a corny studio ending. Oh, well.
- Clueless (1995) - It comes out of nowhere, and... well, it's just plain icky.
- Pushing Tin (1999) - The more I think about it, the more this ending is like that of "Red River." Spoilers for both movies: It starts off with two rivals, and then all of a sudden, with some cheesy studio ending, they're friends. Gimme a break.
- The Natural (1984) - The book's ending was better, and the book's ending made more sense. Well, I haven't actually read the book, but I know the ending in the book. Why does Hollywood feel they always have to give us a happy ending?
- Army of Darkness (1993) - I didn't mind the ending, but the original ending was much better.
- 12 Angry Men (1957) - This is one of my favorite movies, but the very last scene annoys me. I'll tell you what happens, since it doesn't give away any of the plot: after the trial, two of the jurors introduce themselves to each other. But the beauty of the movie was the anonymity of the jurors! Why is this last scene there, anyway? It doesn't add anything to the movie, and I think it wasn't in the original play.
- Minority Report (2002) (thanks to JohnnyW) - see below
- L.A. Confidential (1997) (thanks to jgandcag)
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (thanks to lukeprog)
- Easy Rider (1969) (thanks to jukejoint)
- The Abyss (1989) - "An abysmal ending" (thanks to jim)
- Planet of the Apes (2001) - "The ending of Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes is even worse - perhaps the worst ending I've seen." (thanks to jim)
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) - "It effected the dating scene like 'Psycho' did with taking showers." (thanks to temporary)
- Vanilla Sky (2001) - "Sometimes, a confusing ending can just be downright pretentious" (thanks to pivvclam)
- A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) - "would have been better if the final third had been left out" (thanks to hot_wasabi)
- Apocalypse Now (1979) (thanks to jgandcag)
- The Game (1997) (thanks to lbangs)
- The Contender (thanks to JohnnyW) - see below
- Contact (thanks to openstacks)
Note that I could include virtually all of the movies on my "Some of My Least Favorite Movies" list, but this list is reserved for movies where the ending is worse than the beginning or middle of the movie.
I'd gladly accept contributions to this list, but if I haven't seen the movie, then you'll have to write the comments. Also, feel free to defend any endings of movies on this list, if you wish.
Note that I haven't seen the last 9 movies on this list.