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The Most Devastating Movie Endings Ever


Most of the time when you go to the movies,
you can expect the story you see on the big screen to be resolved by the time the lights
come up. Maybe not all the good guys will make it to
the end, but for the most part the world will be as it should be. But not every story can have a happy ending. Sometimes the price of victory is high, and
characters we learned to love are taken away from us. Other times the heroes don’t win at all, no
matter how much they sacrificed. Man on Fire may not have been a favorite of
critics, but Denzel Washington’s performance as alcoholic bodyguard John Creasy was one
of the most moving of his career. After years of booze and bullets, Creasy gets
a shot at redemption as a bodyguard for Pita, played by Dakota Fanning. When a powerful crime syndicate captures Pita,
Creasy buys pretty much every gun in Mexico and goes on a murder spree, eventually capturing
the kidnapper’s brother. Dying from a gunshot wound, Creasy trades
himself for the safety of his charge. But before handing himself over, he reunites
with Pita for just a few seconds. When he tells her goodbye, it’s a moment that
will make even the toughest action fan weep. “Where are you going?” “I’m goin’ home, too.” While the boxing drama Million Dollar Baby
may at times feel as inspirational as Rocky, Rocky Balboa never ended a movie quite like
this. Hilary Swank plays Maggie Fitzgerald, a backwoods
waitress hoping to make her name as a boxer, and director Clint Eastwood plays grizzled
trainer Frankie Dunn. Dunn is reluctant to teach a woman at first,
especially one as old as Maggie, but eventually her persistence wins him over. Maggie proves her worth, KOing her way to
a championship fight, and that’s when the movie takes a hard left turn. Maggie is paralyzed from the neck down when
her opponent illegally punches her after the bell. Our hero falls hard from the punch, smashing
her neck against a footstool. Maggie loses her leg, and she begs her trainer
to end her suffering. Dunn refuses at first, but agrees after Maggie
tries and fails to commit suicide. Before Dunn administers the lethal injection,
he tells Maggie the meaning of her Irish nickname. “‘Mo Cuishle’ means ‘my darling, my blood.'” Even steely-eyed Eastwood can’t keep the tears
back here, and you know if even Dirty Harry is getting weepy, there’s no way you’re going
to be able to hold it back. “Niagara Falls, Frankie Angel.” After the tragic death of bear-enthusiast
Timothy Treadwell at the jaws of a brown bear, director Werner Herzog assembled Treadwell’s
footage and created Grizzly Man, one of the most moving documentaries of all time. Grizzly Man follows Treadwell as he journeys
into the Alaskan wilderness, interacts with animals, and shares his unique view about
man’s place in nature. While Treadwell’s behavior is sometimes questionable,
it’s hard not to admire his passion. With the help of Herzog’s guiding hand, we
grow attached to Treadwell as Grizzly Man heads for its inevitable tragic ending. While we go into Grizzly Man knowing Treadwell’s
fate, it’s upsetting to finally say goodbye to such a unique soul. In the film’s last moments, we watch for the
last time as Treadwell wanders into the woods, accompanied by two fuzzy friends and a mournful
country song that feels like it was written just for him. While Wes Anderson directs comedies, there’s
always a deep sense of melancholy underlying his work. That’s especially true for The Grand Budapest
Hotel. Set in the fictional European country of Zubrowka,
the film’s narrative is nestled inside multiple timelines, with the bulk of it set during
the 1930s. Our hero Zero Moustafa played by both Tony
Revolori and F. Murray Abraham, works as a lobby boy at the Grand Budapest Hotel under
the guidance of flamboyant concierge M. Gustave, played by Ralph Fiennes. The plot involves a dead heiress, a missing
painting, and a family of greedy goons, but the drama revolves around the dark shadow
hanging over this dreamworld. In the 1930s, the hotel is an impossibly charming
world of pastel colors. As the story continues, both Zubrowka and
Grand Budapest are overrun by enemy forces, quasi-Nazis followed by quasi-Soviets. As the totalitarian horrors of the 20th century
creep in, M. Gustave’s civilized world starts to fade. Guests stop coming and eventually the building
is torn down. M. Gustave is killed during the war, communism
washes over Zubrowka, and Zero is left alone with nothing but his memories of better days. The film ends with the nostalgic author saying
over the closing frame, “It was an enchanting old ruin, but I never managed to see it again.” On its cold, gray surface, The Blackcoat’s
Daughter is a movie about a girl who’s demonically possessed. But under the slow-building dread and eerie
music, there’s a tragic story about a helpless child afraid of being alone. Played at first by Kiernan Shipka, and later
by Emma Roberts, Kat is a boarding school student with some serious abandonment issues. When her parents are late to pick her up for
the semester break, Kat freaks out. It doesn’t help matters any when she has an
unsettling dream about her parents’ untimely fate. Terrified her parents are dead and that she’ll
be all alone in the world, Kat literally makes a deal with the devil, allowing herself to
be possessed in exchange for companionship. She’s so afraid of losing the spirit’s company,
she beheads three people at its urging. When a priest exorcises the demon from Kat,
she’s so scared of being alone that she begs the beast to stay. Unfortunately, her pleas are no match for
holy water. Years later, an older Kat murders two new
victims and brings their heads back to the school, hoping her sacrifice will summon the
demon. When she realizes the evil spirit has left
the school behind, the movie ends with Kat sobbing and screaming into the wintry void. She realizes now that she’s truly by herself. Nobody will ever come to pick her up, and
even the devil doesn’t want her. Directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land follows
two star-crossed lovers: Emma Stone as aspiring actress Mia and jazz devotee Sebastian played
by Ryan Gosling. Mia and Sebastian enjoy the happiness and
heartache all long-term relationships face. Eventually, because of their conflicting ambitions,
they go their separate ways. Five years later, Mia is a movie star and
Sebastian runs a thriving nightclub. One night they lock eyes across a room, and
we’re treated to an elaborate dream sequence. It’s the kind of ending we expect to see:
the guy and girl end up with one another and live happily ever after, but the dream soon
comes to an end with Mia and Sebastian once again going their own ways. It’s a heartbreaking reminder that the choices
we make always leave the door open for regret. Before Tony Stark made his Iron Man suit and
before Christian Bale donned the Bat-cowl, there was Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Jackman played Logan to perfection, to the
point where it seems almost impossible that any actor could ever replace him in the role. He defined Wolverine for well over a decade,
appearing in every X-Men movie up until his blood-soaked swan song, 2017’s Logan. Set in the near-distant future, Logan follows
a dying Wolverine as he uses the last of his strength to protect the young Laura who Logan
eventually learns is actually his clone. A shady scientist wants Laura for nefarious
purposes, and he has the vicious cybernetic Reavers under his command. At first Logan is such a broken man that he
wants nothing to do with Laura, and only the aging Professor X convinces him to do the
right thing. Unfortunately Professor X doesn’t survive
the journey, but Logan continues to help Laura all the same. When Laura and other mutant children try to
escape into Canada, Wolverine makes his final stand in the woods to protect their escape. But even after fighting all the Reavers, Logan
still must face a clone made to be a stronger, younger version of himself. With the help of Laura and her allies, the
clone is killed, but Logan’s wounds are too much for him. Thankfully, after a brutal life full of hard
decisions, Logan enjoys a moment of fatherly love before shuffling off this mortal coil. In the film’s final scene, a tearful Laura
gives Logan the eulogy he deserves, quoting Alan Ladd’s final monologue from the classic
western Shane. “There’s no living with the killing. There’s no going back. Right or wrong it’s a rat. A rat that stinks.” After ending her speech, Laura tips the cross
on his grave over on its side, marking the Wolverine’s final resting place with an X. While the past few years have given us plenty
of amazing superhero movies, Logan was the first superhero film to truly make audiences
weep for such an iconic character. Since Thanos’ first MCU appearance in 2012,
Marvel fans couldn’t wait for the big purple baddie to throw down with the Avengers. The MCU filmmakers only gave us brief, teasing
glimpses of the Mad Titan; first a little bit in the initial Avengers movie, then a
lot more in Guardians of the Galaxy, and later in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Finally, six years after Avengers, Thanos
finally arrived with his Infinity Gauntlet, and Earth’s mightiest heroes were completely
overmatched. It looked like Thor was going to save the
day when he slammed Stormbreaker into the Mad Titan’s chest, but as the God of Thunder
quickly learned… “You should’ve gone for the head.” And just like that, with a snap of his fingers,
Thanos wiped out half the population of the universe, including the majority of our beloved
heroes. Along with most of the Avengers turning to
dust, almost all the Guardians fell victim to Thanos’ purge. Rocket was there to watch Teenage Groot fade
away, and to hear his final “I Am Groot.” Adding to the sorrow of many fans, Guardians
of the Galaxy’s writer and director James Gunn would eventually reveal that Groot’s
last “I am Groot” translated into the word, “Dad.” For many fans, Peter Parker’s death was the
most painful to watch. Even though he just fought the toughest villain
in the MCU, Peter’s still just a kid, afraid of fading away. Considering we know many of the characters
that died at the end of Infinity War have more solo films in their respective franchises
planned, it seems pretty likely Avengers 4 will undo a lot of Thanos’ damage. Still, you know things are bad when Captain
America, the team’s most optimistic member, is unable to do anything but whisper… “Oh God.” Infinity War might have the darkest ending
of any major blockbuster ever. There’s no moral victory; no feel good speech. For the first time, the Avengers have truly
lost, and it all ends with Thanos admiring his handiwork, smiling as the sun rises on
a “grateful universe.”

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Comments
  • These are nothing compared to the pain I felt when I watched grave of the fireflies. That was unbearable especially when you try to rewatch the beginning of it. You just cant do it. 😬😥😭

  • watch a person taking lethal injection it's not worse than the person taking gunshot or bleeding to death from gunshot wound and dying from being beaten to death because lethal injection is a painless death

  • When I watched Logan in the theater, I couldn't believe he was dead. At the end, as the camera was slowly zooming in on his grave, I was hoping to see some of the stones move…but thheeeyyy diiiidn't 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Peter Parker’s death had me bawling my eyes out, I’m even tearing up now writing this comment! 😭😭

  • Wolverine death was so devastating I still haven’t seen the movie. But I’d say heath ledger was the greatest actor of all time as joker. How he acted in that movie I refuse to watch any Batman movie that has a joker in it. That guy was amazing

  • 1. Is Marvel??? Are you kindding me? it was so predictible, the 10. choice was so more devasteting ending then the 1.

  • The devastating end for lala land was when they announced the wrong winner 🏆😕😕😕…still a great movie tho❤

  • This narrator needs to pause between movies. It sounds like one long movie ending instead of different movies. Each one just blends into the other.

  • First off, GREAT list. Second, let me preface what I'm about to say before the cellar virgins come out to troll: 'Logan' was an amazing film.

    That all said, Hugh Jackman did NOT play Wolverine to perfection. I mean, you are entirely welcome to your opinion, and I respect that, but Hugh is easily replaceable to me. He was WAYYY to weepy. It was a pretty weak version of Wolverine. I respect his place in Marvel movie history, but I'm not sad to see him go. Looking forward to seeing the MCU do right by the X-Men.

  • The end of the LOTR was long but I think it was the best of all recent movies of the past decade as it truly wrapped up the story fittingly. So many times movies get to the end and fail to answer the story and it makes them suffer for the most part. Great list! Once again you are on it LOOPER!

  • Everyones talking about movies that are pretty good, but the saddest one for me is Life Is Beautiful. It's a Italian Comedy-Drama that takes place in WW2.

    The main characters family is Jewish, snd they get taken away to a concentration camp. The main guy, Guido, pretends it's a game for his son Giosue.

    Anyways, Giosue nearly dies in the gas chambers but survives because he hid away, thinking it was a bath and he hated baths.

    At the end of the movie, the people try to run away. Guido says that it's the last part of the game, and the winner gets a tank. He hides his son and dresses uo as a woman to find his wife and daughter, when he gets cornered.

    The shoulders take him to a alley, where they pass his son who's hiding. He tells his son to stay there and come out when it's the morning. Then the scene cuts to seeing flashes and hearing bullets.

    The next day the boy comes out to see the camp in ruins, and American soldier's ride in on tank's.

    I swear my writing doesn't even come close to the movie the ending made me CRY and I didn't even cry during Boy in The Striped Pajamas.

  • Couple things with LOGAN, Laura's escape into Canada is an nod to Logan being born there (and escaping with his Sabertooth/Victor), Canada is also where he ran to have a moment of peace, leaving Styker's mutant hunt squad, even when he was trying to avoid the pain of Jean's death he was looking for peace in Canada.
    In WOLVERINE he'd been told "I saw you covered in blood, and your own heart in your hand". She's never been wrong on how someone dies. The only difference is his heart wasn't his organ, but the little girl who should have been brought up as his daughter.

  • Irreversible, when they have killed the wrong guy leaving the rapist getting away with the crime. Horrible

  • This narrator copied the narration for the infinity War part word for word, from another sad scene video. I think it was Miss Mojo, but I'm not sure

  • I wouldn't praise the guy in Grizzly Man in the least. If he had any respect for the aforementioned grizzlies, he wouldn't have put his girlfriend (or wife…I can't remember) in mortal danger and ultimately getting them both killed by trying to treat the Bears like they were in a petting zoo

  • It would be nice if u put the movies titles somewhere and put text on the screen when u say them. I mean comon. Or say them more than once. ANYTHING

  • I…not a single person mentions Buried? Like, seriously? Like the music alone is enough to traumatize me for days.

  • Ah jesus, I forgot about Million Dollar Baby. I went to the theater to see that with my goddamn Dad of all people. When he finally does end her life, don't pretend you didnt cry.

  • You could've added "The Good Son" when the mother is holding the kids from a cliff and has to make a choice to let go of one or else both will fall

  • Marley & Me (2008)
    Titanic (1997)
    My Girl (1991)
    Brian's Song (1971)
    Pay It Forward (2000)
    Arlington Road (1999)
    The Green Mile (1999)
    Road to Perdition (2002)
    The Mist (2007)
    Braveheart (1995)
    The Fault of Our Stars (2014)
    Brokeback Mountain (2005)
    Gladiator (2000)
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
    Ghost (1990)
    Se7en (1995)
    Eden Lake (2008)
    The Parallax View (1974)
    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

  • It must be devasating that its been almost a year and looper still hasnt fixed their spelling error. Devasating.

  • I still can’t watch the ending of Man on Fire without tearing up…. and I’ve never watched Million Dollar Baby again after the initial viewing.

  • I implore to look up grizzlyman death audio. Let me know if you are dumb enough to travel on foot thru bear territory without being armed.

  • it may not be completely DEVASTATING but Blue is the Warmest color always hurts me. Also Blue Jay because we don’t exactly know what happens with their relationship

  • The end of Requiem for a Dream is a thousand times more devastating than any of these movies.
    Irreversible is pretty soul destroying.

  • 'may at times feel as inspirational as Rocky' – bahaha! oh please. I turned it off… I'll come back another time and see if I can watch the rest.

  • What? No Life is Beautiful? I cried like a baby after that movie. Any film about the holocaust and Concentration camps is sad, obviously. Pay it Forward also.

  • I don’t understand why critics didn’t like Man On Fire. It’s simple amazing. Well written, not too long and even though their are twists and turns….I never was lost in the movie.

  • "Man on Fire" is one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. The ending is not devastating, it is utterly redemptive in that Greasy willingly gives his life to save the little girl that he loves with all his heart. There could be no other ending to this movie. For all the undercover death, pain and suffering Greasy has created in his career, this is the only way he can save himself. And save himself he does with the highest sacrifice possible, his life.

  • I don’t know…after working in Pediatric ICU for 30 years I think that there are enough sad endings in real life. Since movies are made up I’m thinking they should have happy endings, and
    superheroes should never die. Sometimes you just need everything to turn out alright and death to loose. Just saying.
    PS
    How can a “female” be a “males” clone? Not scientifically possible. Oh wait a minute…it’s make believe!!!!

  • The Mission (1986) with Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson. Not the most popular film, but the ending left me in tears.

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