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Films with unhappy endings? (Potential Spoilers within)

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Iam, Jul 16, 2003.

  1. Iam

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    This has been in my mind since I watched "Manon des Sources" last night. It's pt II of "Jean de Florette" that I watched about 6 months ago. I'd delayed watching the second part as I was outraged at the ending of part 1 (really!).

    Anyway, I'm wondering if any films these days ever end unhappy.

    Closest approach to a sad end I can think of is "Saving Private Ryan", but even that's more of a heroic end.

    Is a happy ending essential?
     
  2. Dimmy

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    Army Of Darkness
    Dr Strangelove??
     
  3. MrFurious

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    THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK......classic ending.
     
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    O.H.M.S.S.: Girl dies, villain gets away (even though evil plan goes 'awry').

    Braveheart: The hero, Richard Lionheart, dies.

    others....

    Gladiator

    Leon: The Professional


    Depends what one takes to mean "these days", I've a memory, among other things (except skin), like an elephant.
     
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    If you want to see the most depressing, downbeat ending of possibly any film you will ever see, try "The Great Silence" (sometimes known as "The Big Silence").
     
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    Silver Dream Racer (or did they change it cos it upset David Essex fans!)

    I went to the cinema to see this :blush:
     
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    Barracuda! the first movie I ever saw where the good guys lost :)
     
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    The Vanishing USA = Happy Ending
    The Vanising Dutch = Sad Ending

    Don't you just love Hollywood!
     
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    Dead Poets Society - tears all round
    Se7en - head in the box/Brad out of a job/Morgan still in a job/Kevin dead. Classic ending to a classic movie.
     
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    Arlington Road.....a twist AND an unhappy ending. Loved it.
     
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    Message in a Bottle
     
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    Fight Club,Planet of the Apes,Sixth Sense....all with fairly downbeat endings..... :suicide:
     
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    i love films with unhappy endings

    my favs are (in fact the majority of my film collection i think!)
    dancer in the dark
    miracle mile
    fight club
    planet of the apes
    the vanishing
    the eye (stangely both happy and unhappy)
    thelma & louise
    the wicker man
    memento
    one flew over the cukoos nest
    invasion of the body snatchers
    the last seduction (not really unhappy as such but the bad guy, well girl really, gets away with it)
    dark star
    an american werewolf in london
    arlington road
    brazil
    fallen

    i'm sure there's more
     
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    Does it count if they start the film with the ending? Here are some more good Hollywood films with unhappy endings:

    American beauty
    Carlito's way
    Midnight cowboy
    American history X
    The deer hunter
    Road to perdition
    Donnie Darko
     
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    oh - some more obvious ones:

    Boyz n the hood
    Do the right thing
     
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    ????? Eh ??
     
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    He must be confused with Sean Connery's King Richard (probably the only King Richard played with a the Scottish accent) from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves.

    My name's Lionheart, Richard the Lionheart............FREEDOM!!!!!!!!
     
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    Matrix 2 - The sadest ending I have ever seen. Gloomy and incomplete.
     
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    Wot, no-one mentioned

    OLD YELLER

    Traumatised me for years that one did.
     
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    Actually no, I got the right film, wrong King. It wasn't of course Richard Lionheart, but Edward I - Longshanks (Pat McGoohan), the Hero of the movie Braveheart .
     
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    Aah - I know what you mean; I thought Tim Roth's character was the best thing in Rob Roy. Not a great fan of unambiguous heroes...
     
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    Cant believe no one has mentioned Titanic, now thats a sad ending!!!! :(
     
  23. Confucius

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    Although, as a counterpoint to the disaster at least Lady-Boy Caprio's character died.
     
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    Why are people mentioning Fight Club as an unhappy ending? He resolved his personal issues, got the girl and started a new world order. Sonuds happy to me.

    Technically Memento was unhappy but I think a real unhappy ending has to be when the main characters end up worse off than they were before and the bad guy is still around.

    That's why Monty Python and the Holy Grail counts :D
     
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    ? EH ? :confused:

    You must be a true patriot to consider Longshanks as a 'hero' in Braveheart!
     
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    How about Tarka the Otter ?

    :suicide:
     
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    Ring of bright water

    (boo hooooooo..... this really is tooooooooo much)

    must stop reading this thread.
     
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    Reminds me of Patriot (which I haven't seen) reviewed from the British side.
    Best bit was a Yank getting his head blown off.

    I find I always root for the British even when they are suposed to be the baddies!
     
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    Without getting ultra-nationalistic, I have noticed that Mel Gibson favours roles where he takes on perfidious Albion: Braveheart, The Patriot, even Gallipoli. In view of some of the excesses of our imperial past it's fair enough painting us as villains, but The Patriot went way over the top and is easily one of the most embarrassing and risible films I've ever seen.
     

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