We’ve all watched good or even great movies that left us with a terrible ending and a bad taste in our mouths. Whether it is a confusing ending, an ending that is too cute, a surprise twist that is not surprising at all, or an ending that is just lazy and seems tacked on to end the film at the appointed time. Whatever the reason, many movies that people really enjoy have endings that don’t do justice to everything that has happened in the film up to that point. So with that in mind, here is a list of 10 great movies that were ruined by terrible endings.
10. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
We were reluctant to put this movie on the list given its influence and appeal. But few films can claim to have a more ambiguous or confusing ending than the 1968 Stanley Kubrick directed movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film is broken into chapters that are connected by the appearance throughout of the strange black obelisk. And the movie seems to reach its peak when astronaut Dave Bowman, played by actor Keir Dullea, flies into the obelisk and audiences are treated to the mind tripping laser light show that is known as the “star gate scene.” But then we have an ending that is both opaque and left up to interpretation as astronaut Dave Bowman is seen living in a comfortable bedroom, wearing pajamas and slippers and eating gourmet meals served on silverware, before he dies and is reborn as a gigantic baby free-floating in space and referred to as the “star child.” This ending has perplexed moviegoers for nearly 50 years and been interpreted hundreds of different ways by film critics and scholars. Likely only the late Stanley Kubrick himself knows what the ending means.