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Old 11-20-20, 09:15 PM
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Movies with no protagonist/good guy/hero

So what movies do you like that have no good guy or someone to cheer for? For me it's a low-budget Japanese horror flick called "Versus." It really had no hero, only varying levels of bad guys in a gangster vs. gangster fight

So, what's yours?.
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Maybe Reservoir Dogs. Mr Orange and Mr White are probably closest to the protagonists, but there are enough leads that itís tough to put that role with anyone in part.

Mr. Orange is a cop, so seems to ostensibly be the good guy, but he also kills an innocent woman.

The other cop, Marvin Nash, seems to be a good guy, but heís not the protagonist.
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Based on a real person, but Raging Bull certainly has no protagonist/good guy/hero!
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Re: Movies with no protagonist/good guy/hero

There are nuances.
Koyaanisqatsi has no characters
The Wild Bunch has no main character, and the characters are charismatic but vile bad guys
Nashville has no main character, but some of the characters are sympathetic
Slacker (1990) has no main character, and you don't care about any of them

Godzilla movies have false good guys. You follow the handsome guy or the cute girl, but you're really supposed to root for the monster. Frankenstein movies, King Kong movies, and the first Jurassic Park movie work the same way. (I wanted the velociraptors to eat those kids.)

Heist movies, pirate movies, mob movies, and motorcycle gang movies are about criminals. I used to date someone who just couldn't identify with anyone in Ocean's Eleven (2001) because of that.
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pro∑tag∑o∑nist
/prōˈtaɡənəst,prəˈtaɡənəst/
noun
noun: protagonist; plural noun: protagonists
  1. the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.

protagonist = leading character

A protagonist does not necessarily need to be a "good guy" or hero.
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Maybe the Jonathan Pryce character is gullible but a good guy





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Clue, perhaps.
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Re: Movies with no protagonist/good guy/hero

Henry definitely is the protagonist of "Portrait of a Serial Killer"- the MPAA wanted to give that an X rating (it went out unrated; NC-17 hadn't been introduced yet) because of "moral tone".

I typically like movies where there's no real "main" character, just a bunch of other people.

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