The Most Controversial Movie Endings Of All Time

The Most Controversial Movie Endings Of All Time


It’s been said that you can’t please everyone
all of the time. That’s especially true for movie endings. Hollywood history is full of shocking finales
that have left people confused, made moviegoers mad, or sparked fierce debate between critics. From decades-old films to modern-day blockbusters,
here are some of the most controversial movie endings of all-time. Major spoilers ahead, obviously. Monty Python’s Life of Brian Want a surefire way to stir up controversy? Make a movie about Jesus. It worked for Mel Gibson, Martin Scorsese,
and of course, Monty Python. Okay, technically Life of Brian isn’t about
Jesus at all. It’s about a guy named Brian who gets mistaken
for a messiah and ends up getting crucified. And while our reluctant hero dies a painful
death, all the guys hanging on crosses around him launch into an upbeat musical number. “Always look on the bright side of life!” Needless to say, Life of Brian made some people
pretty upset. Protesters sang hymns outside movie theaters,
and the film was banned in some countries for decades. The Catholic Church jumped in and made up
their own rating for Life of Brian: a “C” for Condemned. Harsh. But despite the notoriety — or more likely
because of it — Life of Brian has since become a comedy classic. Titanic Sure, Titanic is still the second highest-grossing
movie of all-time, but those billions of dollars couldn’t save the film from endless scrutiny. According to countless fans across the world,
the ending of Titanic is nothing short of a disaster. After the boat goes down, Jack and Rose find
themselves stuck in the freezing cold waters of the Atlantic. Then, Jack freezes to death. It’s this scene that’s sparked most of outrage. Wasn’t there room on that piece of wood for
the both of them? The debate was so intense that in 2012, Mythbusters
dedicated an entire episode to discovering the answer. With the help of director James Cameron, they
determined that if Rose had just tied her life jacket to the underside of the door,
there would’ve been enough buoyancy to hold them both. But Cameron doesn’t buy into that argument,
saying that, “The script says Jack dies, he has to die. Maybe we screwed up. The board should have been a tiny bit smaller. But the dude’s going down.” In other words, true love is a lie and you
should never hope for happiness. Geez, Cameron… Blade Runner By this point, there are seven different versions
of Blade Runner available to watch, and thanks to all that tinkering, sci-fans have spent
countless hours discussing whether or not Rick Deckard is actually a replicant. So what’s the correct answer? Well, if you go by the original ending, it’s
a straightforward “no.” The theatrical cut ends on an upbeat note,
with Deckard and his robotic lady love escaping into the mountains to live a long and happy
life. However, that all changed with the Director’s
Cut. That’s the version in which Scott added Deckard’s
unicorn dream and cut the happy Hollywood ending. This time around, the film ends with our protagonist
finding Gaff’s origami message, implying the cop knows what Deckard dreams about — because
Deckard’s memories are implants, thus making him a replicant. Ever since, people have argued about Deckard’s
true nature. Even Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford don’t
agree. The director firmly believes Deckard is a
machine, while the actor fought to keep his character 100 percent human. “So I resisted the idea of being a replicant,
I suppose, as a replicant would.” That settles it then. Or does it… The Mist The ending of The Mist is one of the bleakest
finales ever put to film. Directed by Frank Darabont, The Mist focuses
on a group of New Englanders trapped in a grocery store by a mysterious fog. The titular mist is full of horrifying monsters,
but things aren’t so great inside the store either. Once people start getting sacrificed, Thomas
Jane’s character, David Drayton, makes a break for freedom with a small band of survivors,
but unfortunately, there’s no happy ending here. Lost in the mist with no hope in sight, David
performs a mercy killing to spare his friends — and his own son — from the oncoming
creatures. And then, just a few painful seconds later,
a group of army guys show up to save the day and look for survivors. Yeah, it’s bleak, grim, and completely different
from Stephen King’s novella, but the author loved Darabont’s twist, saying, “Frank wrote
a new ending that I loved. It is the most shocking ending ever.” Watchmen Even though Alan Moore’s Watchmen is widely
considered the greatest graphic novel ever written, it took quite awhile to get a movie
adaptation up on the silver screen. At one point, Terry Gilliam took a crack at
the material, but when that didn’t pan out, it eventually fell to Zack Snyder to get the
thing made. The result was a film that was pretty faithful
to the book…except for one giant, major change. In Moore’s original story, the villainous
Ozymandias destroys New York with a mocked up alien squid. The arrival of the monster convinces the world’s
superpowers that extraterrestrials are going to attack, forcing the US and the USSR to
put aside their differences and band together in order to face the otherworldly foe. However, Snyder totally dropped the whole
alien sea beast angle. Instead, Ozymandias blows up New York and
frames the omnipotent Dr. Manhattan, tricking America and the Soviet Union into becoming
friends to defeat the naked blue superhero. “Millions of lives were suddenly ended, in
an act of evil perpetrated by Dr. Manhattan himself.” Snyder has since said that the squid was cut
out so more time could be spent building the characters of Manhattan and Rorschach. For his part, he’s also acknowledged that
the altered ending was “the biggest knock against the movie.” So there’s that. The Dark Knight Rises Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy was
a game-changer for superhero movies, and, as the final film in the series,The Dark Knight
Rises had a lot to live up to. But instead of diving headfirst into the darkness,
the third Nolan film ended on a much happier note, with the Caped Crusader saving Gotham
from a nuclear bomb before giving up his vigilante ways to travel the world with Selina Kyle. As a result, many fans wondered if this was
some sort of Inception-style dream sequence. After all, the scene plays out exactly like
a fantasy described by Alfred earlier in the film. “I had this fantasy that would look across
the tables and I’d see you there with a wife.” Christian Bale, on the other hand, insist
Batman’s happy ending is completely real: “My personal opinion is no, it was not a dream,
that that was for real.” Some people thought the movie should’ve gone
in a more depressing direction by killing the superhero, while others were glad that
Bruce Wayne finally got a happy ending. And really, we shouldn’t have been surprised
by the film’s upbeat finale because, as Harvey Dent once explained it: “The night is darkest just before the dawn.” This was the dawn audiences had been promised. The Grey Set in Alaska, The Grey follows a hunter named
John Ottway, played by Liam Neeson, who’s stranded in the wilderness with a group of
oil workers. While he starts the movie suicidal, Ottway
slowly regains the will to live — which is too bad since he winds up in the middle
of a wolf den. Ready to fight, Ottway tapes a knife and broken
bottles to his hand, but before the final confrontation can start, the screen cuts to
black. Movie over. “WHAT?!” “WHAT?!” “Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa….” Audiences were sharply divided. Some people though the ending was perfect,
while others felt cheated. As for director Joe Carnahan, he cut the wolf-fighting
finale because the film had already reached its “emotional conclusion,” and he also worried
that the sight of CG canines might ruin the scene. However, Carnahan admits the promotional material
“was the enemy of the film in a lot of ways. I guess it created a promise that people felt
the movie didn’t live up to.” Snowpiercer Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is set
in the middle of a wintry post-apocalypse with the last of humanity on a train that
travels around the world. Unfortunately, living conditions aren’t a
picture of equality. Folks in the tail end are treated like prisoners,
while the people in the front live like kings. So a group of rebels, led by Curtis, played
by Chris Evans, fights their way up to the front of the train, hoping to overthrow the
head honchos. But when Curtis makes his way into the engine,
he learns the train operates using child slave labor. Realizing the entire system is corrupt and
impossible to save, Curtis destroys the train, possibly killing everyone on board, except
for two kids. Emerging from the rubble, a teenage girl and
a young boy find themselves Adam and Eve of a frozen world. And as they step into the snow, they see a
polar bear, a sign the world is thawing out and that maybe there’s hope after all. Well, that’s what Bong Joon-ho intended anyway,
saying, “It’s a very hopeful ending…those two kids will spread the human race.” But many people had trouble getting past certain
plot issues. As plenty of critics have pointed out, those
two kids have lived their entire lives on the train, so they’d have no hope of surviving
the frigid wasteland. That is, if that big ol’ bear didn’t eat them. He’s gotta be pretty hungry. Passengers On paper, Passengers should’ve been one of
the biggest blockbusters of 2016. It starred Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence
— two of the biggest stars in the business — and it was based on a screenplay that
many hailed as one of the best scripts in Hollywood. But the sci-fi flick was a flop, grossing
$100 million domestically on a $110 million budget. So what went so terribly wrong aboard Passengers? Well, moviegoers were expecting to see a story
about two beautiful people who accidentally wake up from suspended animation while traveling
to a new planet. Unable to return to their pods, the two are
fated to spend their lives together on the spaceship. But the trailers were more than slightly misleading. As it turns out, Chris Pratt’s character,
Jim, wakes up after his pod malfunctions. Unwilling to spend his life alone, he selfishly
releases Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Aurora, against her will. Even the robot bartender was surprised. “Who’s the lucky lady?” “This is Aurora.” “Aurora…” Admittedly, the movie could’ve done something
interesting with this premise. But instead of dealing with Jim’s decision
in a mature, complex way, the filmmakers have Aurora fall in love with the guy and decide
to spend her life with him…even though he’s essentially kidnapped and murdered her. When the rest of the passengers wake up nearly
90 years later, they find that Jim and Aurora lived a long, happy life and grew a bunch
of trees on their spaceship. As a result, critics hit the movie hard, and
audiences decided to stay away from theaters. Thanks for watching! Click the Looper icon to subscribe to our
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  2. I thought a cool fix for "Passengers" would have been for Aurora to have been an onboard security person the ship itself woke up after it discovered a saboteur (Pratt) and was unable to deal with him itself.

  3. I don't understand why the movie passengers is pretty much panned by all. Its an amazing movie. It has Sci-fi, drama, and has a good rational ending. What else is wrong with it? Even if the movie takes up more of a Sci-fi than drama, there are plenty of movies out there that are in the same way. The only way the movie could have a dark ending is the Bartending robot falling in love with Jenifer Lawrence and it kills Chris Pratt. Is that the ending you guys hoping for?

  4. Worst ending in all of movie history: The Cube. Save yourself hours of misery and never watch The Cube. Seriously, I was screaming at my TV after watching it and still think about it years later.

  5. The only good thing about the mist was the ending! Watched that on a first date with some girl and we both only made i through to the end due to politeness!

  6. If it took mythbusters to convince some people it was possible then it is hardly fair to conclude that 2 young (lets say average intelligence) people who have just been through several near-death experiences AND are currently freezing to death would not know it was possible. Not a fan of titanic but i'll defend that scene at least

  7. titanic? are you kidding me? it was a really good ending – and one of the few endings what I really like!
    and no, the movie does not end when jack dies. it ends when rose dies.
    maybe you should have rewatched the movie before including it to this list…..

  8. What bugs me is Prometheus from the Alien movie universe. It is full of incompetent, brash, selfish characters with limited cognitive abilities. How did they even qualify for this mission? Many of the dangers in the movie wouldn't have happened if they had just followed the most basic safety protocols. If it takes years to vet a planet then going down to a new planet with minimal protection seems pretty stupid. At the end of the movie everything relies on two androids (One is good the other bad.) who have similar outer appearances and no one can tell them apart even though they have had very different experiences. In the end no one ever think to check if they have the right android on board. A deadly mistake for a ship of 2000 people. The movie is full of this crazy writing.

  9. Passengers was one of my all time favorite movies. Too bad it got bad reviews from critics who could not acknowledge that a fairly high percentage of people would've done the same thing the Chris Pratt character did eventually.

  10. The 'Titanic' one never made sense to me either. I mean Jack, and Rose were running through the ship being shot at, and trying to avoid drowning. Than the ship breaks in half, and than Jack has to save Rose from someone dragging her under the water. I don't see how any of them could have thought rationally. Not only that, but Rose was also lucky she didn't freeze to death on that door! She was still soaked in water!

  11. I liked the grey. I thought Snyder did a good job with Watchmen.
    Thoes two kids in snowpiercer are bear food.

  12. I knew there was a reason I hated Watchmen's ending, thnx for clearing it up. Good thing I didn't bother with "The Grey". I've seen endings like that before, and have hated every single one of them. The ending of Snowpiercer and The Mist look very similar to me, also Hilarious as hell.

  13. The premise of Snow Piercer, that all people, plants and animals on Earth are dead except for those on a never-stopping train, is ludicrous. The movie's premise is that all plant life, sea life and animal life necessary to support the humans are conceived and grown on the train, is absurd. And the premise (at the end of the movie) that two young children, literally the last two people alive on an entirely ice-bound Earth, could survive and recreate the human species, with no training, no food or shelter, no weapons or equipment, and no knowledge, skills or experience, is the most fantastically stupid and insulting thing I have ever seen in a movie.

  14. There's that fucking "Nucular"" word again.  For God's sake, stop using that idiot Dubya's grammar. Nucular isn't a word, nor is Normalcy.

  15. I call bullshit on titanic, Leonardo must die in order to please women nature of male servitude to them it’s Red Pill knowledge 101

  16. Bottom line, changing "Watchmen" from the squid to Jon made no difference: Rorschach's journal will still blow up Oz's plan.

    "Snowpiercer" & yet another Adam & Eve ending is a sign Hollywood screenwriters should just stop doing SF at all. That has to be the single most overused trope inthe history of the genre.

  17. Looper…seriously….did you not remember when the studio announced HF being a replecant in the late 90's? ….

  18. The problem with Passenger was not the ending it was the Prologue which should have been at the beginning of act three. It gave away the plot to early' would like to see a cut of the movie with it restored to that.

  19. The Mist Ending = When you buy a product then realize the next day it's placed 50% off on the same store.

  20. OK do people understand that the ending of TDKR is the ending that they had been building up to ever since Batman Begins??? It was real there is no reason to suspect it wasn't.

  21. And not to mention the fact that at some point they're going to be related and they're going to interbreed with each other isn't that incest

  22. On Blade Runner: A genetically modified or created human is no more a robot than any other GMO – it is a misnomer to call them robots – altered clones would be closer in description – they have been designed at the cellular level to appear human but have attributes of their humanity altered improved or eliminated – but they aren't robots!

  23. Wrong on Passengers.
    Aurora and Jim fell in love before she found out he caused her pod malfunction. What came next was a normal reaction given the circumstances. At the end, she gets to choose whether to stay with Jim or go back to sleep.

  24. The ending of the grey is not him prepared for the fight, ready to go.
    The end comes after the credits, when you see both man and wolf lying together, and what looks like breath misting from Neeson's mouth in the cold air.
    Perfect ending.

  25. Titanic is now the 3rd highest grossing movie of all time endgame passed it and you guys are all about movies and you didn't know this

  26. i dont know what people think is wrong with passengers. i hear it the first time. the fact that he waked her selfishly up is the WHOLE point of the story. a crucial point in his loneliness and the struggle of his life. and further on it is her struggle with the truth that is a strong point in the plot. what would be the arc of suspense when both would have been woken up together? bullshit.

  27. Early in the titanic scene Leo DCaprio tries to jump on the peice of wood but it nearly overturns implying that both of them couldn't rest on it at the same time.

  28. I have to disagree with the Passengers criticism. Pratt made a flawed, but human decision to not live alone. They dated and fell in love long before the truth was found out, making it plausible that Lawrence would be conflicted. In the end … if Lawrence hadn't have been woken up, no one on the ship would have survived, because it took more than 1 person to fix the situation. Knowing that would have changed the judgement. Pratt repents and offered her a choice, which she refused. I think living a life of love would have been better than returning to earth with everyone you have known long dead (which was Lawrence's original plan). I think the controversy is mostly a "me too" kind of controversy, trying to say an empowered female would have chosen differently. I think it ended reasonably … as the opposite would have been. 1 dark ending or 1 happy ending … I think this is the choice that anger offers everyone.

  29. Ending should have been save the ship, Aurora never forgive Jim, kills him, gets lonely, awakes another passenger, that passenger kills her for awakening her, then that passenger gets lonely and awakens another passenger and the pattern gets repeating itself

  30. The Grey ending was perfect.
    If you want to see someone fighting a CG-Opponent just watch an other movie. like transformers for example. Or watch The Revenant.

  31. Passenger’s ending is awesome, feel do I. The script does great job of puting the guy in a monumentally insane situation of being alone for a full year, before he awakens the girl.. Sure it was a horrendously evil choice, yet the character can easily be understood as regaining his sanity when he at least has another human with whom to communicate. People often ignore how fundamental “social” is to the human consciousness. Humans who have grown alone from even 1-10 years old, have a life long disability with trying to communicate with other people.

    The problem with the trailor is that it asked a completely different Dramatic Question, than the movie. The trailers made it seem as if the guy was with lawn enforcement on some sort of assignment, think do I. Despite that, the movie was still enjoyable to me. Critics are bought shills, and should be absolutely ignored. Sure they may not be paid ‘all’ the time but how is the reader supposed to know when the ‘critic’ is giving an honest review? Regardless, they typically live in a New York, L. A., Hollywood, or et cetera bubble and have very little knowledge of the thoughts favored by the supermajority of citizens.

  32. Of course this stupid propaganda channel called Passengers a bad movie. They are leftists that think being stranded alone for years while around thousands of other people that you have the power to wake up, is somehow SO bad that the female character (that was also basically alone if she doesn't choose to be with Pratt) should've left Pratt and they should've been alone for 90 years. LOL. Any human would've done the same thing. Especially because they are both hot (no homo). I'd bet anything that if the female was the one that did the "bad, unforgivable" thing, no one would've said shit.

    And, it didn't do that bad. Better than most of the feminist flops that they keep pushing out. And, that had nothing to do with how the movie did anyway. More propaganda. It was more likely because the movie was kind of boring. There was nothing special about it.

    Fucking looper and their propaganda. I hate this channel.

  33. “The grey” if I remember correctly you watched pass the credits you hear breathing or panting. From human or wolf? 😄 the mid shocked me the first time I watched it I think I cried.

  34. Well, I really did like the movie Passengers. and I never thought I'd say this but I truly think Stephen King's an idiot for liking Frank darabont's version of his movie better than the original. The screenwriter was a complete hack

  35. Jack dying was sad, but when Rose threw that necklace into the ocean and let that, “ooop” out, I wanted to choke her out.

  36. When the director say, "oh you think that was a happy ending, well screw that". We get Directors Cut and to hell with happy endings.

  37. At the end of Snowpiercer, the kids look up and see a polar bear, a sign of hope that survival is possible. The bear looks back at the kids and thinks, "Thank God, finally something to eat."

  38. it's got to be difficult to choose a sampling of ten flicks to represent the most shocking endings ever. However, your choices don't come close to shocking…. none of them. You don't include the Omen? Butterfly Effect alternate ending? the Gray Zone? Even The Road Warrior is better than any of your choices.

  39. The ending to the mist was absolutely amazing. Up until that point I didnt really care for the movie, but after the ending…. it's now one of my favorite movies.

  40. It just goes to show how far James Cameron has fallen. We've been waiting a ridiculously long time for the Avatar sequels to the point that I honestly don't give a crap about them anymore. Billions of dollars will be spent on them and they probably won't be successful as the hype train is out of steam on that franchise.

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