What’s the Worst Movie Ending of All Time?

We all know the feeling of being let down by the ending of a movie. It’s not nearly as much of a sting when everything that precedes the climax is disappointing, too; the film fan’s deflation is most acute when a picture, up until the closing moments, has actually been good.

With that in mind, let’s proceed to see what movie gets the scarlet mark when we Ask Movie Irv to name the most disappointing movie ending in his personal cinema history:

Yes, I was a little surprised, too. (And I’m not sure I agree, but that fight will now be conducted off-camera) Now it’s your turn. Blast away at the biggest letdowns you’ve experienced just before the credits rolled.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    Irv, could that unsatisfactory ending not also mean you take one part sneak/pre-marketing responses and one part ‘creative imagination’ from the suits at studios like Warner Brothers (who distributed the film) and ipso facto – said song ends said movie? Just a thought.

  • mike j

    2001 space oddessy—what kind of ending is that? never could figure that out. thats why will never watch it again. once is enough.

    • Wayne P.

      Good point…but maybe that is the point…Kubrick films, by and large, require a bit of thinkng “outside the box” of normal conclusions on how an ending of a movie should be…but, at least, hes consistent because a lot of his other works have the same effect on me even though theyre all so different…I like the involvement in the creative process personally but the stories themselves are either love ’em or hate ’em…theres not much middle ground…I would recommend his early works like Killers Kiss and The Killing for more conventional, but still entertaining finales, which is what a story should be all about anyway, right?!

      • mike j

        killers kiss, and the killing to, me are great film noir movies, a far cry from 2001 odessey. they are probably two of the best. even though I said that I only would watch it once(2001) I have watched it several times to see if I missed anything. so I guess that might be the catch to this movie.

        • billyweeds

          For me, “The Killing” is still Kubrick’s best movie. He never topped this brilliant noir, and neither has anyone else working that genre. Interesting to compare “The Killing” with “The Asphalt Jungle”–same star, same genre–and see how much more ingeniously Kubrick handled it than did Huston. It’s always been annoying to me how “Jungle” has been more lauded than “The Killing,” mainly because Huston was already a superstar when it was released and Kubrick was a newbie. Well, time was on Stanley’s side.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-West/802238280 Jack West

      Read Arthur C. Clark’s Childhood End then watch it for the ending. Kubrick visualized Clark’s ending from that story=The Star Child is man reborn in space. OR Christian symbolism=Christ returning to earth.

      • Wayne P.

        Interesting…you may know that the idea for 2001 came from Clarkes short story The Sentinel…where the Monolith showed up in pre-historic earth to give early man the knowledge those aliens had and then whisked away to the moon to see if they had really learned anything…of course, it only took “millions” (why not billions?) of years to find it and Kubrick took it from there after the transmission to Jupiter.

        I like the Christian allegorical tale better and have always visualized the monolith as symbolic of a monotheistic religion…one God…who needs aliens when you can go right to the original Creator?…thats real intelligent design!

      • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

        That thought actually occurred to me as I watched the movie. I could not make that thought work, though. For that to be the ending, something had to be in the movie that would co-oberate that thought, I didn’t see it. I could have missed it, but, I was looking for it. I even watched it again with that ending in mind, trying to find that thread of logic in the rest of the movie; I still haven’t found it. What did I miss?

        • Wayne P.

          Christianity-based symbolism would require the picture to be re-made with that in mind. This was a movie made by evolutionists, since that is the subject matter of the Dawn of Man sequence. There is a school of thought that has evolution to be compatible with Creation Science but, as I noted below, Intelligent Design Theory mandates a Creator and thats an precept Clarke and Kubrick couldnt entertain as they were most likely also atheists, or agnostics at best.

          • Zippy

            Are you kidding me? The whole point of the obilisks or whatever you want to call the black things, is that they influenced development. That is, you guessed it, intelligent deign not evolution you nit.

          • Koob

            Ease up, guy. So maybe he’s wrong. Don’t get all tense and stupid about it.

          • BBailey

            So omnipotent/omniscient god needed to create obelisks in order to force an australopithecus to evolve and then needs more obelisks to turn Jupiter into a mini solar system. Sounds more like an extraterrestrial science experiment than “intelligent design”.

    • Canzady

      The whole movie was a snore anyway…would never watch it again.

    • zippy

      If you didn’t understand 2001, that is what 2010 is for. It actually explains the whole thing.

    • ganderson

      I’ve never been a fan of 2001, but it certainly was an ‘event’ back in 1968. I read Clarke’s book – it was an expansion of his own short story and was published in conjunction with the debut of the film. It does help explain an otherwise stupifying ending: the first obelisk changes apes into men and the second obelisk changes men into gods. Still pretty ho-hom. I always thought it was a mistake for Kubrick to leave the ending a mystery when he could have easily tidied it up.

  • Ron

    Worst movie endings: MULHOLLAND DRIVE had a stupid ending, WOMAN IN THE WINDOW had a rotten cheat of an ending, and LORD OF THE RINGS, part three had 5 endings and never seem to end at all.

    • nick

      Intriguing film with weird ending. Some critics consider MULHOLLAND DRIVE one of the greatest movies ever made. It is an intriguing film, but one that just seems to lose it towards the end.


    2 films for me>>> As a kid, the ending to “INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS” irked me to no end (no pun intended). The whole film, it turned out, was just to get the authorities to believe Kevin McCarthy’s wild story he was telling in flashback. The counter attack vs the aliens of the title simply had to be imagined at the end.

    Also…”DR. ZHIVAGO” ….. a sad let-down to an incredible love story, although I guess it must have been faithful to the book, which I never read.

    ============== JIM DRISCOLL =============

    • nick

      The ending of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS was done that way because the orginal ending was Kevin McCarthy shouting on the highway “Your Next”, and was considered too depressing at the time.

      • ganderson

        True — The intro and closing scene were both added later by the studio to give a little element of hope to the proceedings. But I remember seeing the original version as a kid, without the frame story, and boy was that a downer!

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    There was one movie I saw just a few years ago, but it was so badly ended, I erased it form my memory! It was a bout a man that discovered his bank was covertly backing contract killers in Europe. He was so outraged, he started to track them down. He went to Europe, across Europe, and finally ended up chasing one man to the top of a roof (supposedly the one responsible for all this), and ……that’s the end of the movie. I sat for nearly 2 hours, and in the end (that never came) I sat in tears, for having wasted so much time for nothing!

  • Wayne P.

    Under the heading from that to whom much (praise in this case) is given, much is expected…I respectfully submit for consideration a movie which has, by a lot of viewers and critics alike, been proclaimed one of the best of all time: Citizen Kane. This is no doubt something of a spoiler alert but most of us have probably heard the story by now if not seen the film itself. How can the burning of a boys sled in a fireplace at the films conclusion be of any consequence to all that preceded it in this movie, even if told in flashback form? I mean, whats that got to do with all the “really bad stuff” caused by this guys desire for power and/or glory and its effect on himself and others as portrayed?…maybe I need to read the book to get the true meaning of that sad, in more ways than one, ending of a picture which had, until then, great potential written all over it!

    • Steve in Sacramento

      While this is certainly reductive (I think the reporter character even says toward the end of the movie that no one word can sum up a man’s life, or something to that effect), isn’t Rosebud meant to suggest Kane’s lost childhood, i.e., all that he had taken away when he was wrenched away from his family to be (essentially) raised by the bank? It’s as if everything (or so much) of what he’s done in his life is an attempt to regain that childhood: all of his possessions, his need to be loved, etc. Again, that kind of explanation can certainly slip into the realm of cliche, but I personally think it works quite well in the movie. At the very least, it’s an image of innocence lost, and that innocence can be ours (e.g., beholden to the culture rather than to ourselves) as much as Kane’s.

      • Wayne P.

        Yes, Steve, thats right…he probably didnt get enough love as a child…of course, I preferred that sentiment much more coming from Beulah Bondi in a nice, homey Christmas movie called “Remember the Night” when she said that to Fred MacMurray about Barbara Stanwyck as if to explain why she became a serial shoplifter! It just doesnt seem to go over so well in explaining away Mr. Kanes delusions of grandeur, however. Maybe the point would be, that regardless of a good upbringing or the lack thereof, is not the best way to show you have moral character in his situation really just to try and overcome a poor past by proving to yourself, if not others, that you can do it honestly?

        • Steve in Sacramento

          Wayne, yes, that would be the ideal, but not always the reality. And you could make a case that Kane and Stanwyck’s character from “Remember the Night” (I love that movie!) are more similar than not, that their differences are more quantitative (a matter of relative degree) than qualitative. Also, I’m not sure I see “Citizen Kane” “making excuses” for Kane’s behavior (or even thoroughly explaining it): of course Rosebud is meant to at least PARTLY explain it, but I think the reporter’s comments also may remain true as well. To me, the movie seems both sympathetic (or empathetic) AND unsympathetic toward Kane (who was based on William Randolph Hearst, as you probably know).

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-West/802238280 Jack West

      Rosebud the sled was the one object Kane loved in his whole life and he remembers this love and the moment he was seperated from it. Psychologically speaking, it may have been the underlining motive for his success. At the end of his life, he died without the love he needed. “What would it profit a man if he gained the whole world but lost his soul?”

    • George Matusek

      Kane was raised by a banker whom he grew to despise. As his mother handed him over to the banker the child Kane hit him in the stomach with the sled. At the end workers are tossing into a furnace all of the possessions of Kane’s mother that he kept in storage — the sight of the sled burning, the revealing of the meaning of Kane’s dying word, the smoke issuing from the chimney, the “No Trespassing” sign, and the great music of Bernard Hermann all work together to form one of the most powerful movie endings of all time. It may be a bit simplistic, but I think it’s the perfect summation of the entire two hours that preceded it. To me, it’s very satisfying artistically.

      • George Matusek

        Correction — the composer’s name should be Bernard Herrmann.

    • nick

      I love the ending, as this is the reporters quest to find out what Kane meant by his last word “Rosebud”. We as the audience get to find out. ALso never mentioned, really the last thing we see is the sign we saw at the beginning ‘Do not Enter’. Yet we the audience disobeyed that sign and got to see this mans life.

  • Blair Kramer

    Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS! It just ends! There is no resolution, no explanation, and ultimately, no logic!

    • Steve in Sacramento

      As much as I love both of these movies, both SHADOW OF A DOUBT and VERTIGO (also Hitckcock) have pretty abrupt endings as well.

      • billyweeds

        “Psycho”–one of my favorite movies–has that long, lame “explanation” scene by Simon Oakland right before the excellent fadeout. It’s the only false move in the movie, but it’s a biggie.

        • William Sommerwerck

          Hitchcock wasn’t happy with the explanation scene, and the film could have worked without it. However, I feel it improves the film. Partly because it provides a brief respite from the preceding tension. But mostly because it attempts to give a rational explanation for the irrational — which for me makes “Mother’s” final monologue all the more effective.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

        You know in “Shadow of a Doubt” that the uncle is going to try to kill the girl. Once he
        traps her on the train, it’s a foregone conclusion. And an audience at that time would not have accepted the uncle succeeding. In “Vertigo”, the woman failed in her job and the
        guy would have wanted no parts of her. She had to die.

    • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

      I love Hitchcock! I still have to admit you’re right about Birds. I loved the movie, at least until the end. I kept waiting for something to be said about why it happened; what happens now that it is “resolved”. I was crushed!

      • nick

        Hitchcock had wanted to film a scene with them approaching the Golden Gate Bridge, but it is filled with birds. At the time, without the modern CGI we have today, it was far too expensive. I still think the ending is good though. After his Hitchcocks film Vertigo, I think many of his films expressed a certain pessimism, such as Psycho,

        • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

          I think I need to watch it again. Like I really need a reason to watch Hitchcock! I want to really pay attention to the ending, I may have missed it.

    • lmurp02

      The Birds should end ambiguously, that’s where the suspense is created. Because the viewer and the characters do not know why the attacks occurred or stopped, it could happen again. Anytime, anywhere.

      • Rookaloo

        The ending is not ambiguous. They took their pet birds with them and those birds were calling the other birds. The same actions would be repeated wherever they went as long as they kept the caged birds with them.

      • john300000000

        Nope. Blair Kramer is right. Worst ending ever.

    • Pmeis

      That movie needed a lot of cats, and I don’t even like cats.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      The answer is right in front of your face. Hitchcock is telling humankind to stop messing around with Nature or Nature will start messing back. Using birds was a good idea, since it was so unexpected.

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry J. Cox

    Have always wondered what DeMille was thinking with the short scene at the end of Samson and Delilah after the Temple Crash, when Saul and Miriam are sitting on a rock and he says “He was so brave; why did he have to die?” and she says “His name will live forever.” and the movie ends. How to end a movie about Samson might puzzle world class writers, but DeMille and his whole crew of writers could not come up with anything but this 2 minute bit.

    • OZ ROB

      Mercia and Marcus choosing death over life was a disappointing outcome in The Sign of the Cross also from DeMille

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  • Jackie

    The movie”The Knowing” has the ABSOLUTE worst ending ever..my grandaughter and I were so disappointed in this movie!Does anyone out there agree with us??

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Terry-Dean/574302103 Terry Dean

      Definitely. When I read the link it was the first movie I thought of. I remember it was the film I really wanted to see at the time. It was great and then it ended. What a complete crock of shit. Worst ending ever!!!

      • Jackie

        Thank-you,Terry..I was really excited to see it ,too and enjoyed it until it abruptly just ended..STUPID and DisappointingI

    • http://www.facebook.com/allan.j.krueger Allan J Krueger

      Disagree – they were starting over… What would you have done?

  • Max Roberts

    Terminator 2 with Arnold dunking himself in the molten steel while flashing the thumbs up.

  • CarlosZ

    Punch drunk love, definitely. I’m still confused by that one.

    • TracyQ

      I agree.

  • TracyQ

    The Matrix Reloaded.. Seriously, no ending at all. They should have just combined Reloaded and Revolutions into a single movie.

    • Zippy

      Thats basically what they did, that is why there is no ending. Just 5 hour movies don’t do so well.

      • Richy P.

        A controversial ending: A Thousand Clowns. Happy-go-lucky free spirit Jason Robards joins the dreaded workaday world to save his relationship with a kid. The ending freeze-frames his running to work. Some say it’s sad, others it’s about time. To some extent defines who you are…

  • Jerry Bash

    “Seven” was definitely the worst ending out of many stupid endings I have seen in my life. Someone who badmouthed the ending of “The Lord of the Rings” has it all wrong. There are only 3 endings, none of which have anything to do with the actual ending as described in the actual book.

  • Andy

    The star child, as made clear in the book, is Bowman evolved to the next stage of human evolution & on Earth look for the flashes of nuclear bombs going off

  • Jean-Pierre

    One of the worst endings for me was the Hitchcock film ‘Suspicion’ based on the novel by Frances Iles where the husband is actively trying to kill his wife. However, because Cary Grant was a big star the studio heads didn’t want his image ruined by having him playing a wife killer, so the ending was changed into a weak, watered down version of the character, where you are not quite sure whether he is a wife killer or not. Not Hitchcock’s fault, blame the studio system.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ivan.edelman Ivan Edelman

      I’ve read that Hitchcock disliked the tacked on ending to “Suspicion” as well. Cary Grant played a heel throughout the film, yet redeemed himself in the last seconds before the end of the film.

  • Lmurp0

    There are two films which, for me, were given awful “happy” endings. First, the tacked-on ending that the studio imposed on Ridley Scott for the original release of Blade Runner. This was somewhat corrected by the Director’s and Final Cuts of the film. Second, the ending of AI, in which the robotic boy is found underwater by advanced future robots (which resemble aliens) and re-united with a robotic version of his human mother. It is an awful sappy ending which makes no sense whatsoever.

    • Glitterkitty

      I hated AI as well, but the ending is even worse than being just sappy. If you recall, the aliens are basically keeping the robot boy in a zoo and the mother that was recreated for him can only live for a few hours. Even though the replica will soon die, the kid still wants to have that short time of happiness with her. I just threw up a little in my mouth.

  • stevendoyle

    Among recent movies, “The Brave One” let me down. Great performance by Jodie Foster, but her character should have been either dead or under arrest at the end. They established a great interplay between her and Terence Howard’s detective character; he should have stuck to his principles.

  • http://twitter.com/GrannyMumantoog Granny Mumantoog

    (SPOILER ALERT!) There are many movies with horrible endings, but the one that came to mind recently was the 1998 version of Les Miserables. Victor Hugo would surely flip over in his grave if he saw (SPOILER ALERT!) Jean Valjean watch as Javert kills himself and he does nothing about it. Then he strolls merrily down the street with a smile on his face. Anyone who read the novel found this ending hideous and it completely missed the point one of the best novels ever written! In contrast, the new Les Miserables is beautifully done.

  • Jimma

    I have always been upset by the ending of “Here Comes Mr. Jordan”. Why erase Joe Pendelton’s memories? The whole movie is about rectifying him being screwed out of his body and in the end he gets screwed out of his mind!

    • Cinemaniac

      I do agree 100%. That always miffed me too. What was the whole point of the movie then if Joe Pendleton “dies” in mind if not body. The same goes for the lesser remake, “Heaven Can Wait”.

    • nick

      Have to agree with you on that.

    • Glitterkitty

      Agree. Not very satisfying.

  • Oldmoviebuff

    I was disappointed with how “The Eiger Sanction” ended. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the movie to post details, but I remember seeing it more than once, reminding myself why I didn’t want to see it again.

    • Glitterkitty

      It was just a cliche ending with Eastwood’s trusted friend betraying him. The rest of the film was pretty awful too. Lots of homophobia!

  • duke1029

    I think this much too vague question would make more sense if it was clarified as “the most disappointing ending to what was otherwise a great picture.” Cetainly,i if couched in those terms, the “criric’s” choice of THE KILLING FIELDS makes more sense. Certainly there are thousands of bad movies with even worse endings. Was the ending of CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON better than THE KILLING FIELDS? Given those parameters the endings of great movies like WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, THE BIRDS, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, APOCALYPSE, NOW, STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR, THIS LAND IS MINE and others can be reasonably be brought nto the conversation.

  • Dave Ecklein

    If there is a national award for good movies with bad endings, it should go to France! One classic example is “Wages of Fear” (1953). After bonding with the heroes as they survive a dangerous road adventure, the connection with the viewer is spoiled in the final minute of the film by a gratuitous accident. Another is “The Last Train” (1973), where the principal characters, after cleverly fleeing from the Nazis for most of the film, give themselves away too easily in an interrogation at the close. There are many other examples – I think French filmakers either have a sadistic streak towards their public. or they forget an entertaining story (as opposed to reality) requires an opening that inspires interest, a body that sustains it, and a finish that somehow resolves and satisfies that aroused interest. Most of the time, they seem to get only the first two.

    • nick

      I think that the French, and some other European films have a certain pessimistic streak, and could also be look at estentialistic. See the ending of Friedkin’s version THE SORCERER.

  • Gonnaplotz

    Why, oh why, wasn’t Pepe LeMoko (Charles Boyer) allowed to skin past the police and join Hedy Lamarr, to run off into the sunset? Barring that, why wasn’t the Lamarr character allowed one last glimpse of him from the boat, so she’d know what happened? And why didn’t someone kick that stupid, trigger-happy gendarme off the pier? The sign of a great movie, to hold the tension right up to the very end — but they deserved to be together. Rats! Is this movie in DVD format, or will it ever be?

  • tsh85

    The Deer Hunter (1978)……..and Contact (1997)

  • Heathery

    Stephen King’s “It”. Penny wise the clown was truly terrifying, and the fact that it ended up being a spider was ridiculous and disappointing. I first saw it as a 10 year old and thought it was lame then!!!

    • Glitterkitty

      Hands down one of the lamest endings to a (rare) scary King tale. I think you could hear the entire viewing audience across the country groan at the “big reveal”!

  • Pat S

    My choice would be “The Remains of the Day” with Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. My daughter and I watched it when she was in high school….a girls’ night just for us. While it was a visual feast, after awhile the incessant “stiff upper lip” of Anthony Hopkins’ character and the lack of action on either of their parts began to wear on us. I kept saying, “Let’s just stick with it. That’s the beauty of these British films, they take time to build characters’…..and then it ended. Nothing happened between them, neither one ever declared anything that might move the other to take some sort of action….they just let it go. After stealing 2 1/4 hrs. of our lives that we will never get back.

    When it ended, there was a moment of stunned silence on our parts and then we both started yelling at the TV…..”That’s IT?????? After all that, that’s IT??????” That was at least 15 years ago and when it comes up in conversation, my now-English literature teacher daughter and I are STILL outraged at the ending!

    • Glitterkitty

      Oh boy, you aren’t kidding! I saw this film once, ages ago, and I still remember how much I hated it. Just a whole lotta nothing.

  • Shadow

    Jake, It’s Chinatown. Leaving that little girl with her child molesting, incestuous grandfather pissed me off no end.

  • William Sommerwerck

    One of the rules of screenwriting is “make the viewer work”. That is, don’t explain everything — force the viewer to think about what’s going on. Some of the comments here are from people who — forgive me — have not been paying attention.

    There’s a certain kind of “bad ending” film in which everything up to the end is arbitrarily manipulated to force that ending. This, of course, is true of ALL fiction. I’m talking about stories in which it’s so clumsily handled that it’s embarrassingly obvious.

    One of these is “Signs”. Another is “My Cousin Vinnie”, in which Vinnie’s girlfriend just happens to be an expert on transmissions and differentials.

    For me, “Field of Dreams” is the king of bad-ending films. The story itself verges on the incoherent, and is loaded with non-sequiturs and self-contradictions. My understanding is that Ray is supposed to be reunited with his father for a reconciliation (of some sort). This never occurs.

    The meaning of the end of “Citizen Kane” should be obvious to anyone — there are important things in life that all the money in the world cannot buy.

    • Wayne P.

      I cant speak to all the comments or their authors lack of understanding, but if its my observation on the weakness of the ending of Citizen Kane, youre missing my point, at least. Its not that I dont understand the ending or the reasoning for it because I do completely. Symbolism is an excellent choice, especially for a film told in a flashback sequence. However, I question the basic premise…that Kane had a bad childhood, no love from parents or anyone else…therefore, he was incapable of love. All actions have consequences, but he could have overcome his bad beginnings and developed character on his own or chosen even Divine assistance perhaps! Its just a personal preference…I dont have much use for pretense or excuses, but both at the same time are inescapably lacking in moral virtue and worthy of commenting on. I would have chosen the most disappointing ending rather than the worst as the topic of the article…that way, the subjective nature of our responses would be more clearly defined rather than the potential that exists to outdo other readers with a typical worst-of listing 😉
      Finally, I also take exception to your saying that Ray didnt get his anticipated reconciliation with his father near the end of Field of Dreams…that was accomplished with the game of catch he had with him, to my mind…just saying…On the plus side, I do agree that movie makers would do well in their story telling to get the viewer to think independently on their projects…thats one reason why I love Stanley Kubricks visual stories so much-that, and theyre all so different-one of the variations on that theme is this very well attended but not always (though mostly) well articulated blog…happy new ‘movieing’ year!

  • Kurt

    The Talented Mr. Ripley was terrific until that cop out ending.

  • kjam

    I like to get off the track a bit and nominate 2 mini series Rome and Deadwood. I think they were much more disappointing as a bad movie wastes only 2-3 hours of your time those MS cost me years.

  • Cinemaniac

    Without a doubt, No Country for Old Men. Unless I missed something, ol’ Javier, bitten and bloody, is allowed to carry on his murdering and mayhem while whimped out constable Tommy Lee Jones just throws in the towel. After an intense plot, this story just fumbles with five yards to go.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=512485767 Gary Clure

      I liked the movie and book, but I agree, the end was a bit of a puzzler.

    • http://twitter.com/JJinLA43 John Rivera

      This was the first movie I thought when thinking about this topic. Great film, intense and dark , but that ending was like.. HUH ? WHAT? did I miss something ?

  • Anne-Marie

    Bridges of Madison Country was the most boring movie I ever saw. It put me to sleep and I am insomniac.

  • Kathy

    “They shoot horses don’t they”? …Dumbest movie I ever saw..slow throughout, but the ending was a total let down!

    • Pmeis

      That communist , Fonda, should be strung up from the nearest tree. I will get the rope.

    • Glitterkitty

      Agree! What a load of road apples!

  • Brian

    My answer is lesser known: Decision at Sundown. It’s in the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott box set. The ending of that movie sucked so bad that I went on a 30 minute long tirade about how horrible it was.

  • Foolsgold22

    Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines ending was disappointing. I would thought Connor has stopped Skynet for good instead it was a nuclear war that was predicted from the first Terminator by Reese. Ugh.

    • Ben YourTurn Drowned

      What’s worse is that nobody bothered to explain why the ending of Terminator 2 didn’t stop Skynet. All they said was that they just postponed Skynet. Um……..why?

  • Steve

    Blazing Saddles – PU!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

      I loved the movie, still keep hoping I can find a descent reason for the ending, make it easier to say I loved it.

  • Susan

    It has got to be “The Wicker Man”!! My husband and I were both really upset at the end of this movie!!

  • Stan

    Worst ever? This one is easy. The Dead Zone by far. Great story line but the end is written as if they ran out of ideas.

  • AGB

    I have to agree with Heathery…………Stephen King’s IT…………..had to be the worst ending to earn it two more letters in front of the title!

  • norman gillen

    “Buffalo Bill” (1944 version with Joel McCrea). At the end, Buffalo Bill has just concluded his Wild West Show in front of a big-city audience. He rides to the center of the arena to give a farewell speech to the crowd, ending it with the words, “God bless you.” Then, a boy on crutches stands up and sniffles, ” And God bless you, Buffalo Bill!” The End. The film’s director, William Wellman, told critic Richard Schickel that after he wrapped that scene, he went out the back of the studio and vomited…I can see why.

    • William Sommerwerck

      The kid wasn’t named Tiny Tim, was he?
      You might want to take a look at “The Great Moment”, Preston Sturges’ film about the discovery of ether anaesthesia. (It is, by the way, largely a comedy.) The ending scene (accompanied by Victor Young’s dreadfully uplifting music) appears to be Sturges’ slap at the kind of sentimentality that caused Wellman to “fwo up”.

      • norman gillen

        I did see that recently. I would agree w/your assessment, though it would be easy for some viewers to reach a different conclusion, and believe instead that Sturges really believed in the sappiness of his own ending scene as well as the one before it, with the little girl on the cot, anticipating the pain that awaited her in the operating theater.

  • Jakey

    Has to be Alfred Hitchcock’s “Suspicion”…the ending made no sense whatsoever! What a let down! Somebody at the studio had to meddle with Hitch…he never would have allowed such a stupid, insipid ending to such a great film.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      I think the studio made him change the ending from the way it is in the book. He kills her.
      Hell, that would have been a relief if they did it that way in the movie. All that tension
      released. Letting them drive off all lovey dovey was a real letdown. Lots of people complained at the time.

  • Edmund Miller

    The ending is troubling in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the symbolism is not the problem, nor is the overall explanation. The problem is that the aging of the austronaut does not make narrative sense. In the accompanying novel that Clarke wrote, the astronaut is being understood and unraveled by the alien intelligences. His essense is being what we would now call digitalized. This make perfect sense. He grows younger and younger and then becomes a pure spirit. In the movie he becomes older and older and then suddenly metamorphoses into a child in the sky. This visualization would work if he had been getting younger and younder all the time. Edmund Miller

  • JesseS

    Lots of good candidates here, but my pick of recently seen films would undoubtedly be “There Will Be Blood”. After watching a film that felt pretentious and too in love with itself – Look at me, look at me!! I’m ART!!!! – the final scene is a visually ill composed stinker. “There Will Be Snores” would have been a better title.
    After the end, my friends and I blinked, looked at each other, and said “That was it? What the heck was THAT about?” Just an awful picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=512485767 Gary Clure

    Funny Games (American Version). I wanted to punch those kids in the face.

    • http://twitter.com/IrishGermanToo James Reagan

      I have to agree. Bought the movie for $1.00, but to sit through it and endure, not only the movie iteself, but the ending, someone should have been paying me for my time and pain and suffering..Horrible movie.

  • Un gwrthun

    I HATE that COMMIE song “IMAGINE”. That song would have ruined ANY movie for me……..

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      I love it.

  • NancyW

    The ending of Stella Dallas had Barbara Stanwyck walking away, smiling, happy as a clam,after seeing her daughter being married with her stanting in the rain, that just did not do it for me. Left me hanging.

  • Koob

    2001 Space Odyssey’s ending was baffling to me, but I wouldn’t have thought of it had I not read comments below. French Connection’s ending was disappointing–but only in the sense that I felt so much for the character.
    If you’re talking about a real weak, stupid ending to a film, what leaps to mind is “Superman,” where the Caped Crusader reverses the spin of the world and turns back time. Now THAT was lame.

    • nick

      As a young 11 year old I was certainly bothered by the ending of 2001, but it certainly does nt bother me now. Many films had ambiguous endings back then, such as Lee Marvin in Point Blank. Also the ending of French Connection I had not problem with at all. Recommend that you do see the DVD with the extra’s that were cut out, as it presents Popye Doyle as a real scum bag.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      I think he was flying around it in reverse. What you’re saying would have wiped out the Earth’s entire population.

  • Pmeis

    Have you seen The New Centurions? At the end of that movie, I started hollering at the TV, and my mother, who was in a wheelchair, leapt to her feet. What a stupid ending. You have to see it. Ugh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gary.bilczo Gary Bilczo

    Pocahontis…Movie showed so much love between the two…Hated the ending…

  • Brian

    “Savages” had an ending sequence and then all of a sudden it’s “no that’s not the REAL ending” and then it does it all over again with a different outcome. Completely Sucked. And “No Country For Old Men” has a stupid ending that ruins an otherwise good picture.

  • Mimi

    It’s a tie – Summersby and Cold Mountain. After all the angst how could they kill the men?

  • FredM

    For me, it has to be “No Country For Old Men”. Terrific movie as it went along, with a fascinating hit man character pursued by a gnarly old cop. But when the credits rolled, I couldn’t believe it was over. Was there another scene after the credits? (I waited, but, no.) Did the director accidentally leave the final scene on the cutting room floor? Frustrating beyond belief!

    • Glitterkitty

      Another one that I couldn’t understand what all the critical acclaim was about. I hated this film from beginning to end…especially the end! Mostly though it was sooooooo boring.

      • William Sommerwerck

        Ouch! Boring?

        The novel — by Cormac McCarthy — is a jeremiad on the self-destruction of this country by its grotesque maerialism. If the point isn’t obvioius, McCarthy underlines it in a scene in which Bell discusses Mammon with another policeman.
        The novel //reads// as if had been written by the Coens, which might have been what attracted them to it. Unfortunately (and despite lifting 99% of the dialog from the novel), their film emphasizes the “kinky crime caper” aspect of the story, while not paying enough attention to the social commentary.

  • ariel

    City of Angels. Pointless movie, even stupider ending. Is it too late to get my $7.50 back?

    • Glitterkitty

      Really? I rather liked this film, even though I usually can’t stand love stories or sad endings.

  • dilon 007


    2001 A Space Odissey is the KING of all movies in movie making History, did you like it or not.
    Absolutely without contestation.

  • Gayle D

    Thelma and Louise had the worst ending!

    • Glitterkitty

      Yeah, the only way they could beat male domination was by killing themselves? Thumbs down.

  • http://twitter.com/hersky Brian Herskowitz

    I might have to vote for the John Cusack disaste (in more way than one) 2012 when having survived the Mayan propehcy John stands overlooking his new world with his son who proudly decalres that he didn’t piss his pants.

    • Glitterkitty

      That whole film was utter nonsense. I still can’t get the scene of Cusack dodging a rain of flaming boulders in a crappy old camper out of my head. Come on!

  • mikeweston

    Two films that haven’t been mentioned are “My Fair Lady” and “Saving Private Ryan.” In the former, I was really pissed that she picked Henry Higgins, when he had done nothing but be a horrible person throughout the film. And the bookends in SPR turned a good (not great, except for the D-Day scene) movie into a bad one, to me.

    • nick

      Originally I believe Geroge Bernard Shaw had her leave Higgins, and that ending has been done sometimes. See the original Pygmillion with Leslie Howard, the ending there has really dark overtones. I agree with you about the ending of Saving Private Ryan.

      • William Sommerwerck

        Shaw’s point in having Eliza leave Higgins has little to do with Higgins as an appropriate mate, and everything to do with her need to establish herself as an individual, independent of her “creator”. (If you don’t understand why the play is titled “Pygmallion”, look it up.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

        I love the Leslie Howard version. And, that reminds me – when the heck will Pimpernell Smith ever be released?

    • Glitterkitty

      SPR was a powerful film, and I suppose the ending (and beginning) was more realistic, but I was incredibly heartbreaking. I can’t watch it ever again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      In “My Fair Lady”, Liza had learned enough and knew Higgins enough to realize that he really did love her and she could twist him around her finger. Of course, it worked out differently in the plays.

  • schernoff

    The Firm. The movie ending makes no sense whatsoever – Tom Cruise’s character is hiding from the mafia and he just goes back to life as usual???? They should have just left it as it was in the book.

  • sumcoo

    The” way we were “,is very sad how it ends,bothers me every time I watch it !

  • Bartstarrr

    Gran Torino-I didn’t like the fact Clint’s character was killed in the end. Was hoping he was gonna kick some a**.

    • Glitterkitty

      Totally agree with you. I still don’t understand all the high praise this film received. Yawn!

    • Nick

      I liked Gran Torino alot. First I think Clint realized that he is getting old (Hell John Wayne barely made it past 70) and that his kicking ass would have looked silly. He was dieing, and he wanted to leave something better for the young man he had helped.

  • nick

    The two films that come to mind for me are a Rainer Werner Fassbender film THE AMERICAN SOLDIER, and David Leans PASSAGE TO INDIA. The film should have ended with the ending scene of the trial, and the guy being hoisted on people sholders and the denouncement by one of the characters to that guy. The added on epilogue was stupid and pointless. Have not seen the film since its original release. I would recommend THE AMERICAN FRIEND with it’s noirish black and white photography. But after the climactic scene, the following part of the film is just embarassing without giving anything away.

  • vinniejoe

    I did not like the ending to Hardcore, where the Scott character basically walks away from the hooker after promising her a better life for helping him find his daughter. But I might be remembering that wrong. I saw that movie once and it was 30 years ago. But that ending stuck with me.

  • Glitterkitty

    “Brokeback Mountain” had a dreadful ending. What? Gay guys can’t live happily ever after? Not only was it sad but it was overly brutal, imo. If you want to see a lovely (gay romance) film where the ending is actually happy and satisfying, check out “Maurice”. It’s far better than BM!

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      Sounds like you never did see the entire movie. The Elf King’s home was no where near Mt. Doom. The Hobbits had a long way to go to get there.

    • William Sommerwerck

      Annie Proulx wrote “Brokeback Mountain” partly to evoke sympathy for homosexual men living in a homophobic society. What she forgot is that gay men aren’t visible unless they’re “obvious” (effeminate). Jack and Ennis aren’t. “In real life”, after their divorces, they would have set up their “calf & pony” operation and settled down. Ms Proulx injects the brutal murders of the “Tough Old Birds” (I assume the description is not meant ironically) to scare the crap out of Ennis so he cannot comfortably accept his relationship with Jack. Again, in real life, people do not generally go around murdering their neighbors, including ones whose “eccentricities” are tolerated by the community.

      I’ve written two revisionist historical Western screenplays (one quite serious, the other lighter in tone) in which two men eventually settle down into a permanent relationship. No one is interested, because the stories are (I believe) historically correct, and therefore not negative enough.

  • http://twitter.com/IrishGermanToo James Reagan

    Two movies with horrible endings, not that they are masterpieces even with different endings, but “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers” (1989) and “Brokedown Palace” (1999). Both were horrid and stick out in my mind, even after all these years.


    Message in A Bottle. Last Kevin Costner film I will ever watch.

  • Leslie

    Two nominees: first, the dull flop of an ending to Monty Python and the Holy Grail which lacked all the imagination and wackiness of the rest of the movie. Second, Ilse leaves Rick who truly loves her to go off with her indifferent cardboard-cutout husband – who can like that ending? It has ruined Casablanca for me forever.

    • Frosty

      I beg to differ. Please review the closing speech by Rick. Sometimes doing the right thing for the right reasons is more important than the desires of two people for each other. These characters are to be admired for their unselfishness and answering the call to a greater good. Casablanca may just have the greatest ending in film history.

      • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

        I completely agree. And I love the closing scene of Rick and Rene walking off together.
        You know they’ll be fighting the Nazis together.

    • William Sommerwerck

      Frosty is correct. There’s also the fact that the Breen Office would never have allowed a “happy” ending with a married woman running off with another man.

  • Beatlephantom

    I Robot. I prefer the alternate ending. It made more sense and was consistent with the rest of the movie

  • Lynnem

    “White Heat” – when Jimmy Cagney goes psycho and blows himself up, the film should have ended there, but no, they had to have the good guys get the last (rather banal) word in. Spoiled the whole ending.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.mashburn.1 Jared Mashburn

    the first “Hulk” movie. It was not a good movie to begin with but good enough to make you think about another one until it became Hulk fighting lightning and clouds and whatever that was…

  • Danaboo

    2001, first viewing when I was in college; was confused from the cartoon. Viewed the movie years later and I guess I didn’t learn enough in college to understand it even after I earned my degree.

  • Luis V

    I’ll go with Contact and the Tom Cruise version of War of the Worlds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/seth.balaban Seth Balaban

    “The Grey”. A good movie but the ending ruined it, because there was no ending. Did Liam Neeson kill the Alpha Wolf or vice versa? We don’t know, the screen just goes dark, and the post-credits scene doesen’t answer the question with certainty either. The viewer spent the entire film developing sympathy for Neeson’s character, and was never given an ending.

    I understand that the co-writer/director Joe Carnahan later spouted some drivel about not wanting to lead the viewer around by the nose.

    Providing an ending to your film is no such thing, Mr. Carnahan. It’s simply part of telling a story!!

  • Denny Packard

    I have seen Hal Ashby’s great film “Being There” with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine dozens of times, but I always cringe at the ending when Chance walks on water. Somehow I want to believe that the whole story is possible, but this ending ruins it for me.

    • William Sommerwerck

      You aren’t the only person who feels that way. The movie somewhat distorts the novel. In the novel, there’s nothing intelligent or heroic about Chance. His meaningless remarks are “tabulas rasas” on which the other characters write their own views.

  • TomB

    Cold Mountain. No connection between next-to-last scene and the last. And the bad guys won.

    • William Sommerwerck

      I haven’t seen the movie, but the novel left me outraged. After repeatedly defending himself against attacks by multiple home-guard posses, the nominal “hero” is killed by a youngster he’s looking directly at (and who has to pull his gun from his belt to fire). The author apparently wanted to get rid of the hero, and couldn’t think of a plausible way to do it. (Is the scene with the mother bear going over the side of the cliff in the movie?)

    • Dana Thompson

      That movie stinks, I hated it

  • William Sommerwerck

    I’ve noticed that many people posting comments in Movies Unlimited seem to be folks who don’t do much reading or thinking. A movie (or a book, or a piece or music, or a work of art) is something that simply washes over them, and they reflexively respond to it, without bringing anything other than a knee-jerk reaction to the experience. “Duh… I liked it.” “Duh… it sucked.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Rogers/1398622328 Mike Rogers

    It’s not that popular a movie but there is a movie called Rat Race. It was a pretty funny rip off of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. A Casino owner played by John Cleese has six of his customers (all with hard luck stories) race to claim a duffel bag with 2 million at a train station. In the meantime Cleese and his rich friends are gambling on who will win. It turns into a “rat race” with lots of gags that work (and a few that don’t) and like IAMMMMW, they go crazy, break laws and pull assorted shenanigans to claim the money. SPOILER TIME: They all pretty much reach the money at the same time and find themselves smack in the middle of a charity concert hosted by Smashmouth. They end up, each of them, deciding to give the money away. it was the biggest cop out of an ending I ever saw. It sank the movie like a rock for me. These people were greed crazed, ended up injured and some will probably go to jail for what they did to get to the money and they suddenly snap out of it and release it to charity? I think one reviewer said it best “Greedy people are funny only if they stay greedy”. the movie was a farce and a fairly good (if unoriginal) one and decided to go preachy “message against greed” at the end. IAMMMMW did that much more effectively by maintaining the farce to the bitter end.

  • Rob in L.A.

    My personal worst: Mike Figgis’ “One-Night Stand,” a 100-minute set-up to a two-second punchline (instead of exploring what the characters do in the climactic moment, the film opts for a “humorous” lacuna in the narrative). I also need to acknowledge the infamous tacked-on endings of the otherwise excellent “The Last Laugh” and “The Magnificent Andersons” — as well as every movie in which Anna May Wong had to die because the man she loved was white.

    • Rob in L.A.

      Ambersons, not Andersons. I’ve been watching too much “Father Knows Best.”

  • http://twitter.com/JJinLA43 John Rivera

    Aside from New Country for Old Men, I have never liked the ending to Dr. Zhivago, I was like… 3+ hours for that ??? WTF ? Watching Omar Shariff chasing that bus and collapsing, just never thought much of that ending.

  • Deb

    “The Life of David Gale” terrible movie – terrible ending. I was so mad I stormed out of the theater without my purse. Thankfully when I went back in it was just where I left it.

  • Charlie Ray

    I’d vote for Red River. A great, great western (John Wayne, Montgomery Clift) with a terrible ending. Wayne gives an incredible performance, and the film builds massive tension between the two men. (SPOILER ALERT!) Wayne has sworn to kill his adopted son (Clift) and shows up to make good on his threat . . . but a good tongue lashing from Joann Dru makes them shake hands and make up. It’s great until then, but what a letdown!

  • eccolima54@yahoo.com

    The most disappointing movie ending I have seen is in Wolfgang Petersens movie “Das Boot”. Just from a clear sky with no connection to the movie plot at all comes a fighter plan that guns down all the movie characters.
    But then again, most – if not all – of Wolfgang Petersens movies have sad endings.

  • moonweaver

    One of the movie endings I hated was War of the Roses. I couldn’t believe I watched that whole movie only to have it end like that

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Gaffney/1450547336 Matt Gaffney

    No Country For Old Men.

  • tyefyter

    I would have to say in more recent films, the worst eding would have to go to Stephen King’s : “The Mist”. I mean the scene in the car with the escapees from the grocery store.SPOILER ALERT!! The father , with pistol in hand shoots and kills everyone in the car; including his own child!! I can only assume he did this in preference to being eaten by the unseen horrors that came through the “portal” in the film that the army was playing with. The father of course survives and realizes the horror that he didn’t need to kill them after all the Army guys won the battle of the creatures,the world is saved once again! I liked the alternate ending ,(like in the book), in which once the survivors escape the store they are just simply seen driving into the mist going down the interstate, fade to black. At least there was some hope in that ending.

  • tyefyter

    In response to Bartstarr and Glitterkitty on Gran Torino, Clint’s character knew he was dieing of end stage lung cancer, he was not going to survive. He wanted to see to it once and for all that the boy and his family would nolonger suffer attacks from the street gang that was terrorizing them. So he went to where the gangs hang out,called em’ out and with an imaginary gun began shooting the gang members, the gang members retaliated by turning poor ol’ Clint into swiss cheese,…with real bullets in front of lots of witnesses that would come forward and ultiimately send the thugs to prison.

  • mite4Him

    Phantom of the Paradise was the worst movie I have ever seen, which makes the ending just as bad as the beginning and the middle. SO WEIRD! It’s more than weird, it’s indescribably awful! I do agree with Mike J. about 2001 Space Odyssey. It wasn’t until 2010 that I could follow any of the story line.

  • mike48128

    Worst ending ever: Sophie’s Choice. Finding out that she had to choose which of her children would live or die. I never will watch that film again.

  • Mike

    Titanic! Obviously.

  • Todd

    “No Country for Old Men” was an awful ending. The worst that I can remember. It made absolutely no sense to me nor my friend.

  • kc88

    There are several movie endings that have disappointed me over the years; one is The Conversation directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Gene Hackman. It’s one of the most brilliant films of the 70’s, but that ending with him just sitting there alone in his torn apartment just pissed me off. It feels like all this was for nothing.

  • azviewer

    I still couldn’t figure out the “Blair Witch Project.” Just looked like they all ran into a corner at the end…goofy!

  • Barbara

    My vote is “Andromeda Strain”. It had such a nice suspenseful build-up of scientific and personal details, and then it was like the author had painted himself into a corner, and the organism JUST HAPPENED to mutate into a benign form at the last minute! I could have SCREAMED!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.pody Steven Pody

    OMG (literally). Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade… After a few hours of adventures and sleuthing, with a great story and cast, the last few minutes have our hero find both the Holy Grail and an immortal knight. …And then, in mere minutes, the knight is wanely waving to his first visitors in 800 years as they ride off after having flushed the Grail down the proverbial toilet to Hell (oops) and completely destroying the knight’s home and life. Bye-bye, bye bye… Wow, sucks for him.

  • Cara

    The Magnificent Ambersons, the great Orson Wells film whose ending the studio gutted. And Suspicion with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. Cary Grant was the villain but the studio didn’t think the audience could stand that, and the movie pulled its punches at the end. The ending makes the entire movie very strange and, for me, unwatchable.

  • Nick Z.

    Worst movie ending ever – Suspicion. Hitchcock builds two hours into making us believe that Cary Grant’s disreputable gigolo will murder his wife, played by Joan Fontaine with a poisoned glass of milk because she has ceased to be his cash cow after being written out of her father’s will, then attempts to tell us that the heroine was just paranoid all along and that Grant’s the good egg he’s always been in his movies, saving her from falling out of a moving car. Please!!!!!!!

    Granted, Hitchcock was forced to change this from his original ending which did have Grant poison Fontaine and then inadvertently mail the letter she’s written to her mother in which she confesses she knows Grant is going to kill her, thereby implicating him in the crime he thinks he’s gotten away with. But no, the ending as it stands had and has me fuming. I love the rest of the movie so much. Why did the censors have to impose such schlock on Hitchcock?

    Second worst movie ending for me – Eyes Wide Shut – Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise in a toy store. He asks her “Where does that leave us?” and she says “I don’t know” and the screen goes black. Okay, confession – I hate this movie in its entirety, so the ending didn’t make or break my opinion of the film. But it’s still a dumb ending.

    • GeorgeDAllen

      Unusual to see someone name a Hitchcock as having the worst ending ever — it’s definitely true that if you really like a movie up to that point, even a somewhat disappointing ending can become infuriating.

      Now, just for the record, “I don’t know” isn’t Nicole Kidman’s final line of EWS (though as you say, for you it wouldn’t have made a difference)–perhaps you were watching a network TV broadcast? (talk about a movie that would be butchered)–it’s the far more prosaic (or poetic, depending on your taste) and blunt “F**k.”

    • Dana Thompson

      I think that was the ending of their marriage, perfect, where does that leave us” , I don’t know, so happy she got away from that nut

  • Amy Green

    Vertigo comes to mind.

  • Raysson

    I never understood the ending of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001”……seen the film a dozen times,three times in the theatres during its re-release,and it was confusing. I never understood the ending to 2010 neither.

  • Raysson

    The ending scene of the original PLANET OF THE APES

  • Antone

    No doubt about it. Suspicion was a couple of minutes short of being a Hitchcock classic. Then the bean counters insisted on tacking on a happy ending, which made the rest of the movie a giant red herring.

    The worst ending chosen by the director may have been Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace. The play ended with the little old ladies bumping off the sanitarium superintendent. Capra chose to insert one of his “aw shucks, ain’t life grand” endings. I realize this was popular during the depression, but a dark ending was more appropriate–and funny–in this dark comedy.

    • Dana Thompson

      But really it would be tough to see Cary do such an evil thing, ha ha, I agree with you

  • Dana Thompson

    Irv, I can’t find the spot, but my favorite films from my birth year 1955 are Marty, Picnic, Splendor in the Grass, Summertime, Love is a Splendored Thing and I’ll Cry Tomorrow

  • Patrick

    Chinatown. Everything goes wrong at the end.

  • JD

    Without a doubt, “Vertigo.” Obviously the film in the camera ran out before the end of the scene and Hitch was not about to spend another dime and/or Stewart had to leave in a hurry. The worst non-ending of all time for what should have been a great film. Absolutely absurd!!