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Movies with Ambiguous Endings

I watched Ammonite the other day (OK movie, but not great) and Lourdes (on the recommendation of a Datalounger on the French movie thread), and I was disappointed in their ambiguous endings. I mean, not every movie has to end with a happily ever after or a hand coming out of the dirt (remember "Carrie"?), but it would have been nice to have some kind of resolution happen at the end of the two movies above.

What movies have you seen with ambiguous endings, where you basically have to come up with the way you think it would have/should have ended? Endings that simply left you hanging? Were you annoyed? Did you make a decision about how the movie should have ended, or did you prefer to leave it ambiguous?

by Anonymousreply 4205/05/2021

Did they live or die at the end of Thelma and Louise?

by Anonymousreply 105/04/2021

Inception is an example of a movie whose meaning and entertainment value is dramatically increased by the ambiguity of the ending.

by Anonymousreply 205/04/2021

The original Black Christmas has a great one where the heroine has survived her ordeal, but killed her boyfriend who she believed was the killer. It's implied that she was wrong and the real killer might still be hiding in the attic, waiting to finish her off. Really chilling.

by Anonymousreply 305/04/2021

R3, I disliked that film for never revealing what the hell was going on. And the character played by Margot Kidder was all over the map.

The ending of The Birds got a big "huh?" from me when I first saw it, but I prefer it now to what they had planned.

by Anonymousreply 405/04/2021

Martha, Marcy, May, Marlene

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by Anonymousreply 605/04/2021

The ending of Cruising. A lot of people seem to think Al Pacino was the killer. I think he realized he's gay.

by Anonymousreply 705/04/2021

Lord. These threads.


It's a great thing, a good thing, a lazy cheat or perhaps the OP just thinks a movie does not have a sharpened ending.

So many possibilities...............

by Anonymousreply 805/04/2021

R5, ooh good one, I loved that movie, Olsen’s performance, & that creepy ending.

by Anonymousreply 905/04/2021

That one freaked me out R9.

Another good one is Take Shelter.

by Anonymousreply 1005/04/2021

Albert Finney reaching for Diane Keaton's hand at the end of Shoot the Moon.

by Anonymousreply 1105/04/2021

Valentine (2001)- Was the cunt Dorothy involved in some of the killings?

by Anonymousreply 1205/04/2021

[quote] Did they live or die at the end of Thelma and Louise?

They lived, Rose. The convertible converted into a hovercraft, shocking everyone.

by Anonymousreply 1305/04/2021

Entre Nous, an is-she-or-isn't-she a lesbian, from her child's POV.

I choose to believe she was, though I've never heard that that's been established.

Wonderful movie.

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by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021

"Hello, Dolly!"

Was she really Dolly Gallagher Levi, as she claimed to be, or was she a disguised serial killer?

by Anonymousreply 1505/04/2021

I just saw one called "The Assistant" and in the end you don't know if she's going to quit her job due to a Harvey Weinstein-type boss- or keep on working there to further her career. She just walks down the sidewalk.

by Anonymousreply 1605/04/2021

FWIW, I thought the ending of Ammonite was pretty unambiguous.

by Anonymousreply 1705/04/2021

Pan’s Labyrinth

by Anonymousreply 1805/04/2021

Did she make it home with the painting intact?

Did they ever get together again?

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by Anonymousreply 1905/04/2021

Two great Coen Bros. movies:

No Country For Old Men

A Serious Man

by Anonymousreply 2005/04/2021

The Incredible Shrinking Man

What happens when he goes through the window screen and leaves the house for good?

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by Anonymousreply 2105/04/2021

"A League of their Own" -- Dottie drops the ball, meaning her team loses and her sister's team wins. Did she drop the ball on purpose?

by Anonymousreply 2205/04/2021

R21. It's good ending, but I don't think he survives. Probably eaten by an insect or another spider.

by Anonymousreply 2305/04/2021

Blade Runner, especially when you add in the director’s cut.

by Anonymousreply 2405/04/2021

GWTW -- Does she get Rhett back or not?

by Anonymousreply 2505/04/2021

Center Stage

by Anonymousreply 2605/04/2021

The Black Hole. Not a great film of a great ending, but certainly ballsy by Disney standards.

by Anonymousreply 2705/04/2021

R17? I wouldn't live with a woman and her husband, even if he's in the other bedroom.

by Anonymousreply 2805/04/2021

Grease, because other than the fact that they spontaneously sing and dance and change costumes, it wasn’t a supernatural film. But it ends with the car flying off and up. Huh?

by Anonymousreply 2905/04/2021

The Innocents (1961)

by Anonymousreply 3005/04/2021

All the french movies.

by Anonymousreply 3105/04/2021

[quote] Grease, because other than the fact that they spontaneously sing and dance and change costumes, it wasn’t a supernatural film. But it ends with the car flying off and up. Huh?

Clearly they both died the previous summer when Danny tried to save Sandy from drowning at the beach. Everything we’re seeing is their vision of the senior year they could have shared.

by Anonymousreply 3205/04/2021

Limbo (1999), directed by John Sayles. A slow-burn thriller that ends on a quiet but disturbing note: is David Straithern about to be rescued--or has his past finally caught up with him?

by Anonymousreply 3305/04/2021

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - somehow Palpatine doesn't die.

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by Anonymousreply 3505/04/2021

The Children's Hour. When Audrey Hepburn's character walks off after the funeral, James Garner is walking far behind. Do they reunite? Is she too bitter about what happened? Does she think she's gay?

by Anonymousreply 3605/04/2021

R36 Because that wasn’t in the original play, so they didn’t know how to end it

by Anonymousreply 3705/04/2021

R31, I remember Cache was like that as well. You never find out who it was who was filming the house.

by Anonymousreply 3805/04/2021

Stranger By the Lake

by Anonymousreply 3905/04/2021

The ending of "Ammonite" wasn't ambiguous at all - Mary Anning turns down the offer of a married woman's spare room, and goes back to living her life and being herself.

Now "The Innocents", that's the mother of all ambiguous movies and the best! With "Mulholland Drive" right after! Most movies that try for that sort of thing don't really make it work, like "Donnie Darko", "2001: A Space Oddessy", or "Lost in Translation". Most of them end up somewhere between a quirky good movie, and an interesting failure.

by Anonymousreply 4005/04/2021

There's a horror movie that came out a few years ago called Cam. It starred Madeline Brewer (Janine from The Handmaid's Tale) as Alice, a camgirl. She is determined to break into the top 50 on her camsite, but when she does she discovers that a doppelganger has taken over her account and performing shows (and getting all her tips), while doing things she would never do. She finds out that one top girl died years ago, but some sort of AI makes it look like she's doing new shows. There's also an obsessive fan and a big spender she interacts with. It's never explained why a girl's account gets taken over, or who is doing it. Is the big spender orchestrating it, or the fanboy, or the site itself? It all seems a bit half-baked but it's still a good movie, mostly because of Brewer's performance.

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by Anonymousreply 4105/04/2021

The original ending of The Descent before Lion's Gate got nervous and ended it a minute or so before. We're not sure if the heroine will snap out of her madness long enough to get out of the cave and save herself.

by Anonymousreply 4205/05/2021
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