The Most Controversial Movie Endings of All Time
While some movies thoroughly satisfy moviegoers with nuanced endings, others leave audiences arguing or flat-out unhappy. The end of a movie is arguably the most important part, yet not every film manages to land it.
From The Empire Strikes Back to Snowpiercer, some movie endings have always inspired debate. These films all had strong starts, but whether they ended well is something still debated today.
Based on the real-life sinking of RMS Titanic, 1997's Titanic became a box office smash. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, the film followed two completely opposite people falling in love during the tragic voyage. Titanic became the first movie to gross $1 billion.
2009's Watchmen deliver a unique take on the superhero genre. Based on the DC Comics series of the same name, the film was gritty and unafraid of pushing things to the limit. The film earned three Saturn Awards, including one for Best Fantasy Film.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Following the successful 1979 film Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Paramount Pictures released Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. The film found Khan Noonien Singh getting his revenge on James T. Kirk. Unlike in the first film, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wasn't part of the sequel.
The Devil Inside
2012's The Devil Inside told the story of filmmaker Isabella Rossi trying to find out what happened to her mother and subsequently going through a series of exorcisms. The film gained $102 million at the box office against a $1 million budget.
The Interview followed reporters Dave Skylark and Aaron Rapaport as they tried to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Unfortunately, the CIA wanted the two to join them in assassinating the leader. The film, which was released by Sony Pictures Releasing, was in development since 2010.
Blade Runner was the quintessential grim dystopian movie. Starring Harrison Ford, the film's concept didn't sit well with many upon its initial release. Over time, however, Blade Runner became a cult classic and the inspiration for numerous other films, TV shows and video games.
Monty Python's Life of Brian
1979's Monty Python's Life of Brian told the story of Brian Cohen, who was born on the same day as Jesus Christ. If that's not enough, Jesus Christ was also his next-door neighbor. Things got wild when he ended up getting confused for Christ himself.
Actor Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut was the 2015 psychological thriller The Gift. The movie followed a married couple (Simon and Robyn Callem) as they moved to Los Angeles to start a new life. Unfortunately, someone from their past (Gordon "Gordo" Mosley) made things awkward with random gifts.
The Wild Bunch
1969's The Wild Bunch followed a gang of outlaws traveling throughout the United States. With the world changing around them, they decided to go on one last mission. The film earned two Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score.
La La Land
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone delivered stellar performances as Sebastian Wilder and Mia Dolan respectively in 2016's La La Land. The film saw them falling in love while living in Los Angeles. The movie became an Oscar juggernaut with six wins, including one for Best Director.
Man of Steel
2013's Man Of Steel became the first film to kick off the DC Extended Universe. The film served as Superman's origin story as he struggled with their powers. Despite problems with its pacing, the film walked away with $668 million at the box office.
The Blair Witch Project
The Blair Witch Project helped influence a generation of found footage films upon its 1999 release. The movie depicted filmmakers trying to uncover information about the local Blair Witch legend. Unfortunately, they find it to be all too real.
Planet of the Apes
2001's Planet Of The Apes chronicled Captain Leo Davidson's accidental journey to a world filled with talking apes that enslave humans. With the assistance of an ape named Lori, Davidson struggled to free humanity.
The Sixth Sense
1999 psychological thriller The Sixth Sense introduced the world to actor Haley Joel Osment. He played opposite Bruce Willis’ character, psychologist Malcolm Crowe, as Cole Sear, a boy with the power to see the dead. Osment's performance landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Inception changed the way people saw their dreams. Released in 2010, the film followed thief Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), who retrieved secrets for clients by infiltrating people’s dreams.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey gained praise for its realistic portrayal of space flight and rich symbolism. The movie dealt with a trip to Jupiter and a rebellious AI, the computer HAL 9000 voiced by Douglas Rain.
No Country for Old Men
2007's No Country For Old Men brought 1980 West Texas to life with the help of the Coen Brothers. After stealing money from a drug deal, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) was hunted by Chigurh (Javier Bardem) and Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones).
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
1980's The Empire Strikes Back continued the successful Star Wars franchise with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia on the run from Darth Vader. The movie walked away with two Oscars for Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.
Psychological thriller Donnie Darko took 28 days to film, which matched the timespan in the movie. Jake Gyllenhaal played the title character, who had apocalyptic visions involving a crazed man in a rabbit suit, which became the film's unofficial mascot.
2004's The Village was about residents of a 19th-century local village who were fearful of mysterious creatures in the area. However, that didn't stop Ivy Elizabeth Walker, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, from traversing through the forest to grab some medicine.
Taxi Driver tells the story of Travis Bickle as an insomniac taxi driver. Things change when Bickle hatches a deranged plan to assassinate presidential candidate Charles Palantine to save 12-year-old Iris. This becomes part of Bickle's ongoing quest to become a hero to everyone.
Bonnie and Clyde
The legend of Bonnie Parker Clyde Barrow got the big-screen treatment with 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn. With Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the title roles, Bonnie and Clyde became a landmark film in Hollywood.
Snowpiercer told the story of the last remnants of humanity on the train Snowpiercer as tension builds between the upper and lower classes. The film gained a slew of nominations, including Best Director at the Director's Cut Awards.
Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee's comedy-drama Do The Right Thing dealt with the racial tension in one Brooklyn neighborhood. In the film, Lee played pizza delivery driver Mookie, who worked for vile pizzeria owner Sal (Danny Aiello). The latter earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars.
2016 sci-fi/romance film Passengers began with Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) awakening too early from hibernation on a ship with thousands of passengers heading to a planet 60 light-years from Earth. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Production Design and Best Original Score.
10 Cloverfield Lane
Eight years after 2008's classic Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane was just as confusing as the original. The film follows three individuals trying to survive in a chemically-destroyed Earth. As with the previous film, the plot’s details were kept secret before its release.
2013's Safe Haven focused on Katie Feldman, as she tried to make a new life for herself in Southport, North Carolina. While in town, her friend Jo set her up with a man named Alex. Unfortunately, Katie's past comes back to haunt her.
2011 survival film The Grey dealt with oil-men fighting to survive against wolves in Alaska. John Ottway (Liam Neeson) was known for killing wolves for the company, but after he and some co-workers crashed in the wilderness, they were all in over their heads.
The Dark Knight Rises
As the final chapter of The Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises was one of 2012's most highly anticipated movies. As Bruce Wayne and his alter ego, Batman, Christian Bale returned to the franchise to take down villain Bane (Tom Hardy). With a $1.08 billion box office, it was the seventh highest-grossing movie of all time.
Based on Stephen King's 1980 novella, The Mist focused on a supernatural (wait for it) mist rolling through town. David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his son Billy (Nathan Gamble) were trapped in the supermarket thanks to the weather condition, and they soon uncovered violent creatures outside.