5 Endings That Ruined The Movie

Kelly Michele

Kelly has been a lover of movies since she was little. Although her movie tastes have changed a little since her younger days of Carebears and Mary Poppins, her love of film hasn't. She can generally be found watching any horror movie she can get her hands on, but will occasionally throw an indie film or documentary into the mix to shake things up. She speaks in movie quotes and uses film references in daily conversation; and she does all of this while attempting to change the world's negative opinion of fangirls.

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67 Responses

  1. Eric says:

    Great list, Kelly.

    Yeah the ending for IT was a bit of a disappointment but I still like the movie. I don’t know why people have a problem with clowns.

    They mostly irritate me. Always feel like punching them on their big nose and stepping on their big shoes…..Wait… maybe I do have a problem with clowns.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Regarding Citizen Kane, actually in the original Wells version, Rosebud was Kanes girlfriends clitoris. But you can see how that would not have gone over too well with the puritanical audiences of the day.

    • Kelly says:

      AHHHHH. I should’ve done my research before I bashed the ending of that movie. Yes, I can see now why THAT wouldn’t have gone over well. Thanks for the info!

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s incorrect. Rosebud refers to the clitoris of W.R. Heart’s lover, who Kane is based on.

  3. Gyokuran says:

    You kind of missed the point of “what dreams may come”… and the ending of “the mist” underlined the sense of dread and despair that made this movie so good.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree that “The Mist” was a great movie. But the ending just left me ANGRY… which I guess is maybe the point.

      As for “What Dreams May Come”, I LOVED the movie; I love the PREMISE of the movie. But for it to be tied up into a nice neat bow at the end ruined it for me.

      When you talked about the ending of “The Mist” and how it added to the dread and despair of the film (which it TOTALLY did); what did the ending of “What Dreams May Come” provide in your opinion? I’d be curious to hear what you got from it! 🙂

      • Gyokuran says:

        The interesting thing about “What Dreams May Come” was that it wasn’t a religious movie – not in a judeo/christian/islamic sense – yet it managed to show a self-contained vision of afterlife. Basically, the “ghosts” or “souls” lingered among souls with similar personalities or states-of-mind at the moment of their death. The anguished and hopeless gathered in the wretched ruins of their dreams while those filled with love and hope would dwell on blissful meadows, i.e. what we do in life and how we feel while dying defines literally what happens afterwards, without a reference to a higher being or some judgement. This couldn’t have been shown if the wife had lived on :-p Yes they are all dead but that doesn’t change the fact that love conquers death.

        • Kelly says:

          ahhh. See? I just needed a little explanation as to why the movie wasn’t ruined by the ending. The “love conquers death” thing was lost on me, so you’re right – I probably DID miss the entire point of the movie. Maybe I should go back and rewatch.

          Thanks for the comments!

      • Anonymous says:

        Just because the ending made you angry, that doesn’t neccessarily mean that it ruined the movie. The fact you were angry means it provoked an emotional response, thus you are still talking about it!

  4. Sandie says:

    Great list Kelly! For me one of the endings that ruined the movie for me was Gone Baby Gone. Not that it seemed rushed or anything, but it made no freaking sense, and while I loved the movie up to that point, that ending totally ruined it for me.

    But now let’s talk about your pics:

    IT – Well IT was so scary to me that I never really thought about whether the ending made sense or not. But now that I think about it, it was a pretty weird ending. Giant spider, really? We’ve seen those in Harry Potter… how scary can they be? 😉

    What Dreams May Come – To be honest I don’t really remember the movie, but what I do remember is that I read the book first and loved it so much that I watched the movie when it came out, but didn’t like the movie. And funny enough, one of the reasons I loved the book so much was because of the ending, but they totally changed that in the movie. So my advice to you, if you like the premise, read the book, it’s fantastic.

    The Mist – Haven’t seen that one. But after reading the ending, I would probably be one of those people who loved the ending! I love that it’s not the typical cliche ending where they all get saved or all die. No it’s tragic! I almost want to see it now 🙂

    The Village – The first time I saw it, I was so disappointed by the ending and thought it was the stupidest thing, mostly because I was expecting an actual creature. That said, I have since rewatched the movie and fell in love with it. Now I love it! It’s so good, but I think I ended up loving it, because the second (and third and fourth) time around I didn’t have any expectations.

    Citizen Kane – Yeah, I’m with you on that one. Didn’t really like the ending, then again I wasn’t too in love with the movie itself anyway (yes, I said it!). Haha!

    Anyway, that was a fun read 🙂

    • Kelly says:

      I will have to grab the book to “What Dreams May Come”! I’ve never read it, but I’ve heard REALLY good things about it.

      As far as “IT” goes – the spider thing has been done and it made NO SENSE in the context of the story!

      “The Mist” – normally I’m all for endings that aren’t cliche and leave everyone happily ever after. And when I saw the movie, I loved it… but the more I thought about it the angrier I became…which is what made me put it on this list…lol. Maybe it wasn’t necessarily that it RUINED the movie, it was just so OUT there and INFURIATING because help was, LITERALLY, right around the corner!

      “The Village” – When I told my roommate that I put this on my list she immediately said to me “You didn’t understand the movie, that’s why you hated the ending.” I understood the movie perfectly, I was just DISGUSTED that I wasted the time I did watching that story when it was JUST PEOPLE. That said, and based on your comments, maybe I will give it another watch.

      I’m THRILLED that someone else didn’t enjoy “Citizen Kane” and will admit it! 🙂

      • Michelle StJames says:

        Count me in as someone who didn’t like “Citizen Kane.” In fact I think it took me three tries watching the movie to even get to the end.

        I haven’t seen “IT” and plan to keep it that way. 🙂 I do love “The Village,” ending and all, but I completely agree about the ending of “What Dreams May Come.” Sandie’s right that the book is amazing, by the way. The movie as a whole is such a disappointment compared to the book, but it still makes me cry like a baby. The end of “The Mist” was appalling to me. I so wanted my hour and forty-five minutes back after that.

        I never liked the end of “Pretty in Pink.” I know that it was changed because the original ending didn’t test well, and it definitely feels tacked on and rushed, but mostly I just didn’t think it made sense with the rest of the film. I also hated the end of “Boxing Helena,” but then I’m rarely a fan of the “it was all just a dream” shtick.

        • Kelly says:

          Pretty in Pink is a GREAT addition. Who didn’t want Ducky to get the girl? Aside from test audiences apparently.

          Since you’re the second person in a few hours to say the loved “The Village” I feel the need to watch it again.

          I’m going home and downloading “What Dreams May Come” to my nook so I can start reading it right away.

          • Sandie says:

            Well count me as part of the test audiences because I LOVE the ending of Pretty in Pink, I think it’s the only reason I love the movie so much. Not sure I would have liked it as much if she ended with Ducky. Or maybe it’s just that I had a crush on Andrew McCarthy 😉

      • Brian Stiles says:

        In the novel “It,” the clown is just the manifestation of the spider-being, which we are led to understand is about the same age as the Universe. Trust me, in the context of the novel, it makes absolute sense and the ending is way more cosmic and kickass than the truncated, watered-down film ending. Being a TV movie, they had to make some sacrifices, but without all the cosmic stuff, they shouldn’t have used the spider ending.

        • Kelly says:

          And I read the novel when I was literally about 11 or 12 so I’m POSITIVE a lot of it was lost on me; it is one that I want to read again eventually.

  5. Sandie says:

    Yeah, clowns always make me think of IT. I think I had issues as a kid, because although that movie totally scared me, I watched it I don’t know how many times. However, nowadays I would totally change the channel 🙂

  6. Anonymous says:

    In The Village, they knew about the village, the park rangers I mean.

    • Kelly says:

      Did they?! It’s been so long since I’ve seen it – and I think I blocked out most of it.

      • Sandie says:

        I don’t remember the park rangers knowing about the village. Actually I thought they were surprised to see her there dressed the way she was. However if I remember correctly the reson why nobody had found the village yet, was because that part of the woods was protected and nobody was allowed to go in. But I could be wrong.

        • Anonymous says:

          I don’t think they quite knew what went on inside, but they knew not to go in and not to let anyone in. Planes weren’t allowed to fly overhead. They don’t get too deep into it, but it’s made clear that when they set up the village, they did their work to protect it.

          • Sandie says:

            Ah ok that explains it. All I remembered was that no one was allowed to go inside.

          • Kelly says:

            Do they ever go into how much money or resources that the founders had? Probably not, and I’m probably REALLY overthinking this, but wouldn’t going through all the hoops to make the area a “no fly zone” or whatever be REALLY expensive?

        • Brian Stiles says:

          I believe it was a large private reserve that William Hurt inherited from his mega-rich daddy. I tend to go easy on this movie as a huge William Hurt fan, but yeah it gets a little improbable once they subtract the fantasy element in the third act.

  7. Octagonproplex says:

    No Country For Old Men.

    • Eric says:

      Yes. That ending was awful.

      • Anonymous says:

        I don’t like the criteria here for “ruined a movie”. An ending that upsets you doesn’t necessarily ruin the movie. In my opinion, ruin means ruin. As in destroys the rest of the movie. An abrupt ending like in No Country doesn’t ruin the first two hours. Same with The Mist.

        Something like Sunshine, where the third act actually does devalue the first two acts should be on the list. Not just endings you didn’t like.

        • Eric says:

          Great point. My point is that he whole movie was set up as a build up to what could have been a climatic ending but instead we had something unfinished.

          I hate those kind of “Soprano” like endings. I committed to this movie with the understanding that there would be an ending. I felt robbed.

        • Kelly says:

          An excellent point, but when the ending of a movie is horrible I personally (and it’s just my opinion) feel that it DOES ruin the movie. But I do see what you mean about the ending changing the other acts of the film; and maybe that’s another topic to cover!

    • Kelly says:

      That was one that I was going to add to the list as well!

  8. Atfaurote says:

    Ever thought that the crazy religious woman in the grocery store was just right about The Mist? Kill the kid and it will all be over. We just have to sacrifice the child.

  9. Liam says:

    Hi Kelly!
    Really great list and I completely agree on all but one. I thought the ending to The Mist was perfect. Yes, it’s a downer and it makes you angry and it was a miscalculation and etc etc etc. But that’s what made it so powerful (imho). Doing the best you can to survive, making an impossible choice… and moments later finding out it was the wrong one. Brilliant.
    Yeah it makes you angry, but I think that it’s supposed to. 😉

    • Kelly says:

      Which I agree with. It is supposed to make you angry, but I was FURIOUS. So I guess it achieved the purpose!

      • Sandie says:

        I agree with Liam, Kelly! As I mentioned before I haven’t seen The Mist but that ending to me would probably have redeemed the movie. Sure I would have been shocked, but it’s so unexpected I think I would have thought it was brilliant too.

        But like you said, with The Mist, people probably either loved it or hated it. Maybe you should watch it again, now that you’re prepared for the ending you might like it more 🙂

  10. Ripleyy says:

    Knowing – The ending made me want to murder myself. Aliens!? Oh come on! OH COME ON! How can you do that!? And what? They all DIE!? Oh this is…ugh.

    Buried – I just watched an 80 minute film, with a guy in a box, just to die there. I was like “You…gotta…be…kidding me”.

    The Mist, however, I will stand my ground – I loved it. 🙂 I loved the ending. I thought it was awesome.

    • Eric says:

      I actually liked the end of Buried. It was a realistic way to end the movie.

    • Kelly says:

      I’ve never seen Knowing! But I might have to pick it up because your comments made me LAUGH.

    • Anonymous says:

      Not that I’m saying that Knowing was a great movie or anything, but the ending made perfect sense to me the and I saw it coming from a long ways off. The idea that the bible is a primitive understanding of humans encountering ufo’s in the ancient past is a fairly well trodden path for conspiracy theories. The multiple references to “Ezekiels chariot” were kind of a huge give away.

  11. Spiralarchitect1009 says:

    This is a well conceived but poorly argued list.

  12. Wes says:

    Great list. Stephen King owns this. I threw the book “The Stand” when I got to that ending!

    • Kelly says:

      I haven’t read that one yet – but I think a lot of his books give you that “WHAT THE HELL” feeling at the end.

  13. Gerdwilden says:

    Holy shit, you are a completely demented retard. At first i almost got angry at your stupidity, but then reminded myself that you regard What fucking Dreams may fucking Come as “an overall great film” and found solace in the fact that you have obviously been braindead for years.
    Got “angry” at the mist for not ending like any other hollywood movie. What a fucking idiot.

  14. Kevin Weldon says:

    “that’s 119 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back.”

    How DARE you call yourself a writer and use that unimaginative hack phrase. That’s writing on the level of an AICN talkback.

    • Kelly says:

      Oh my goodness! I’m really sorry if I you didn’t like the article or if my writing wasn’t what you expected. Honestly, that statement is EXACTLY how I felt after I watched “Citizen Kane”!

      • Anonymous says:

        Even though I disagree with your view of Citizen Kane, I thought that phrase was a clear and simple way to communicate your opinion of it. Whining about that phrase being over used is one step away from saying “that sucked” shouldn’t be used to describe something because it’s “too mainstream”. There’s a reason that cliches become cliches in the first place and it’s that they usually work.

        • Kelly says:

          I appreciate your statement. I really didn’t have a better way of explaining how I felt about “Citizen Kane”!

  15. CaptinPeppy says:

    Whoever wrote this article is a fucking idiot! go back to watching Jersey Shore reruns please.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I was also angry with the ending for The Mist, but upon further reflection I think it works better on screen than the original ending from the novella would have.
    SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK
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    The entire story is in first person narrated by the main character, who turns out to be writing on a typewriter he found when he and his companions hole up for the night after refueling. In the morning they’re going to go to Hartford to see if anyone has survived there, and he’s leaving the manuscript for anyone that might come along. A haunting end to be sure, but I think that would have been a bigger let down for movie goers than the savage ending the director concocted. For the record, King agreed that Darabont’s ending worked better for the film.
    *****************************************************************************************************

    Also I think you missed an important part about the ending for what dreams may come. At the end Robin Williams and his wife discuss the idea of “trying again”. The final scene shows a little boy and a little girl smiling at each other when they meet at a lake. It mirrors the opening scene where he and his wife are in their twenties and meet at a lake even going so far as to repeat the opening line “When I was young, I met this beautiful girl by a lake.”

    What this indicates is that after all their struggles and trials in the afterlife, the lover are reincarnated in the realm of the living and meet again at a much younger age than the last go around. That was a pretty uplifting way to close the story, love conquers all and if things don’t work out in one life there’s all of eternity to try again.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi there! I appreciate your explanation of What Dreams May Come and if I do take the time to watch it again after reading the book, I will watch it with these points in mind!

      The Mist is another one that I didn’t read, so I wasn’t aware of the ending in the book – and I do think that an audience probably would’ve seen the original ending as really anti-climatic; so for the sake of the film the ending that was shot is a better choice.

  17. D.Vader says:

    Clearly you weren’t paying enough attention if you think the kids created IT (he’s always existed but only kids can see him and he prefers the form of clown), if no one noticed or cared about the people in the woods of The Village (the ranger’s made sure no one went near it; William Hurt’s character was the land owner), or that Rosebud was “just a sled” (it was a symbol of Kane’s poor childhood, the sole possession that brought him happiness). I’m inclined to believe you just don’t think enough or aren’t very observant when going to the cinema.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Cbake. I think I’m pretty observant when I watch movies…but I will grant you that it has been a while since I saw IT.

      However, if you read my point about Citizen Kane, you’ll see that I actually did mention that I knew what the sled symbolized.

      The Village is one that other comments stated the point that you mentioned, which I did reply to, but thank you very much for your comments!

  18. Cbake says:

    Clearly you weren’t paying enough attention if you think the kids created IT (he’s always existed but only kids can see him and he prefers the form of clown), if no one noticed or cared about the people in the woods of The Village (the ranger’s made sure no one went near it; William Hurt’s character was the land owner), or that Rosebud was “just a sled” (it was a symbol of Kane’s poor childhood, the sole possession that brought him happiness). I’m inclined to believe you just don’t think enough or aren’t very observant when going to the cinema.

  19. Cbake says:

    An ending that made me really upset was “Mystic River” (No spoilers). All the cathartic release we could have felt was absolutely ruined and thrown out the window by Laura Linney’s character, leaving me angry that by the end no one really changed.

  20. Polydactyly says:

    This article is shit.

  21. Dom says:

    Remember Me was made for this list

  22. Max Berger says:

    Ok so I think you could of picked a diff pack of filmes. It is a good pick and the ending does fall short of how scary the rest of the films is.

    However I think your points with What Dreams May Come and The Village ae a little silly. The Village lets you know that the Monsters aren’t real way before she goes on her mission and for me that is why the film totally drops the ball. The ending is super silly, but as you said yourself its hard for a movie to be ruined by the ending when its already on a slope. The Wife dies in the middle of What Dreams May Come and that movie is built around a take it or leave it premise they were not coming back to life, the important thing is she doesn’t rot in hell. 

    The Mist is a sweet ending. I think the film was pretty silly but that is a super good twist. What you are infuriated about is part of what makes it so good. 

    Citizen Kane. Well Im not touching that.

    For me the worst ending of all time has to be Pay it Foward. For me a movie really has to jump shark at the end for it to become ruined: Like it turns out it was Aliens! (The Forgotten, A.I.) http://www.cracked.com/article_15621_the-10-most-asinine-movie-twist-endings.html

    But Pay it Forward super jumps the shark. Kids homework is change the world. His Idea every person helps 3 more people. Cheesy but Ok. We see his story unfold as pay it forward spreds throughout California. Problem in the last ten minutes of the movie he dies paying it forward! Why would I choose to particpate in a movement where the creator died in the process. Its not like he died so others could pay it forward, all i realize is that you would have to be a moron to attempt to pay it foward because paying it forward is dangerous!