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Movies with ambiguous endings?

so recently i saw two movies back to back with these "open to interpretation" endings: Rampart and Shame.
Both ok movies with that ambiguous ending that leaves it open to more than one finality.

i think more and more movies, well, indie, art house movies, with some mainstream dabbled in there are ending this way and i think it is fascinating.

so what are some other movies with these types of endings that you like or dislike and why?
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Take Shelter was an amazing movie with an ambiguous ending. Was he crazy? Did he really foretell disaster? What is the storm... is it the end of the world? Lot of questions left unanswered, but not in an annoying way.

Also Inception. Did the spinning top fall over or not?
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American Psycho

Mulholland Drive

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Mystic River
No Country For Old Men
Inception
Total Recall
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The Wrestler
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The Quiet Earth
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Re: Movies with ambiguous endings?

Martha Marcy May Marlene -- Won't spoil it for you but I just didn't really care for the ending. Superb movie though.

Also, I didn't think there was anything ambiguous about Inception's ending. Take Shelter is up for small debate but I think the director leans heavily towards a specific direction.

The best use of an ambiguous ending goes to Another Earth. It's the perfect ending, and definitely leaves room for discussion.
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Originally Posted by Dr. DVD View Post
American Psycho
I read an interview with the director where she laments that the ending comes across as ambiguous. She was trying to be playfull with the narrative and ultimately muddled the fact that
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he did kill all those people.
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Originally Posted by Dr. DVD View Post
Mulholland Drive
Wrong! But that's for another thread.
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I just watched The Grey and that ending was very ambiguous.
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Highlander

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The ending of the movie left me with the impression that Connor was the last and won the Prize. But then all these sequels turned up...
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Mulholland Dr had the LEAST ambiguous ending imaginable, given its story. Everything was pretty much wrapped up succinctly.

My vote is for Cache... that particular ending frustrated me to no end.
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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy View Post
My vote is for Cache... that particular ending frustrated me to no end.

Great choice Hokeyboy. I was definitely taken aback once the credits rolled. A fantastic film though and thoroughly riveting.

This is an interesting interpretation of the final sequences...

http://vanessa-appassamy.suite101.co...n-2005-a210383
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The Quiet Earth
Love that movie. Not many people saw it. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants an end of world movie, told on a personal scale.

I really liked how the ending felt. But it made absolutely no narrative sense to me.
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I've never seen Quiet Earth....I'll look into it.
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A surprising number of the anime movies that got popular here:
  • End of Evangelion
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghost in the Shell 2
  • Akira (it's not, but it comes across this way in the Streamline dub)
  • Perfect Blue (IIRC)
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Love the ambiguous ending but can't say I really understand it.
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Too many unanswered questions left behind at the end of The Lost Room. They should've made a follow-up movie. -kd5-

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