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Old 12-30-07, 02:25 PM
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Bleakest ending to a movie?

It used to be movies would come out and no matter how dark or disturbing, the film would have that so called "happy ending".

Many more movies in this century at least have totally broken the mold and leave the ending to interpretation or leave it understandably bleak or befuddling.

Of course, there are many classics of yesteryear that have also broken tradition. I like those movies, the ones that make you think and don't always offer up that cookie cutter moment.

"The Descent", since I am watching it now, is one that springs to mind with an ending that is dark and bleak for the most part (at least the Unrated version). This is one that stays with me long after it is over and makes it such a better movie than if they were to show the sun shining and the birds singing.

"Planet of the Apes" (1968), "Citizen Kane", "Easy Rider" are also ones that pop in my mind that have that dour, leave you with angst endings. I know there are so many others...

What do you think are some movies that fit this bill??
**(doesn't have to be limited to movies that are more recent)**

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the last picture show? the sixth sense? suburbia?
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Forget it scott1598, it's Chinatown...

And I find the ending to Solaris (1972) to be bleak, among another things...
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Some recent ones off the top of my head:

The Departed
No Country For Old Men
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
300
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
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The Skeleton Key come to my mind. There are few others, but already named in here.
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Requiem for a Dream
Dancer in the Dark

The Sixth Sense didn't have a bleak ending, imho.
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While it doesn't come across as a 'bleak' ending... Charlie Wilson's War. The last quote.
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Gallipoli had a downer of an ending.
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Requiem for a Dream was the first movie that came to mind
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Night of the Living Dead was pretty bleak.
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The ending of Sweeney Todd silenced the whole damn theater when I saw it. Pretty dark stuff.
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One of my favorite unhappy endings is the ending to The Quiet Earth.
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Dancer in the Dark had a pretty bleak ending
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Originally Posted by McHawkson
The Skeleton Key come to my mind.
I kinda disagree on this one. The ending brought a smile to my face.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo
I kinda disagree on this one. The ending brought a smile to my face.
Except for you.

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