22 Movie Endings That Would Be Better If They Weren’t So Happy

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ didn’t need that last shot of Bruce
22 Movie Endings That Would Be Better If They Weren’t So Happy

For the most part, when we watch a movie, we know we’re not getting a perfect snapshot of real life. Think about your average day: The alarm clock pulls you out of your nest of frizz and drool, you push buttons for eight hours, then you come home, fail to pour yourself a glass of wine without spilling it, and watch TV while picking your nose and scratching your butt, probably a lot more than necessary. Hardly cinematic.

That means even the most realistic movies have to turn up the dial at least a little, and a big part of that is the happy ending. With few exceptions, everything always seems to work out in the end because if you watched a ragtag band of misfits struggle for two hours only to fail, you’d be hopelessly depressed. Sometimes, though, a mixed or even gloomy ending could have enhanced a movie, ascribing it a deeper meaning or just giving a bunch of assholes what they deserve.

You can tell Reddit has thought about this a lot, because when user xvrwltr asked r/AskReddit, “What movie would be better if it didn’t have a happy ending?,” thousands of Redditors had ideas for bleaking shit up.

My Fair Lady

First Blood


Men in Black 3

Wonder Woman

The Dark Knight Rises


The Game

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

The Devil Wears Prada

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Leap Year

Something Borrowed

A.I. Artificial Intelligence



Law Abiding Citizen

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

My Sister’s Keeper

The Iron Giant

War of the Worlds

Back to the Future Part III

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