Eight Movies with Horrible Endings Featuring Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Nicolas Cage and More
This is an article about eight movies that have bad endings. The movies’ stars include Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Nicolas Cage, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Liam Neeson, Kevin Costner and more.
I previously published 2 articles about movies with fantastic endings. The first article is called Top 5 Movie Endings and it features trailer and info (without spoilers) for Memento, Se7en, The Man from Earth and 2 more movies. The second article is called 9 Movies with Awesome Endings and it features Primal Fear, Tangled, Ben X, 24th Day and more.
So now it is time to talk about the terrible endings. Some movies are pretty engaging up until the very end and then they completely spoil a good story by ending really badly (stupidly or expectedly or unexpectedly-in a bad way) or some just take a turn for the worse for the second part of the story. Here are
- City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan
Cover of City of Angels (Snap Case)
I hate this movie’s ending. It is an effort to make the audience cry, but it feels so silly that you just end up feeling disappointed. For a detailed review of the movie (featuring spoilers), you can read the full review: City of Angels starring Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan
- Knowing starring Nicolas Cage
Cover of Knowing [Blu-ray]
Another Nicolas Cage movie with a bad ending. I usually love Nicolas’ movies, from beginning to the end. And while City of Angel’s ending was disappointing, the movie as a whole is a nice effort at a romantic drama. However, there is a chance Knowing will make you feel cheated if you are a fan of Alexis Proyas, the man who directed Dark City and The Crow. Knowing starts out just fine and then before you know it, the director takes you into mixed themes that lack freshness.
- Message in a Bottle starring Kevin Costner and Robin Wright Penn
Cover of Message in a Bottle (Snap Case)
Message in a Bottle, Nights in Rodanthe and Dear John are all based on Nicolas Sparks novels. Nicolas Sparks loves creating emotionally intense stories and then killing off a leading character or two in the end. And in the one film where he doesn’t, he refuses to give the characters happy endings again. You haven’t caught the theme yet? Or you did and you do want to rant? You can check out my Nicolas Spark vs Happy Endings article. The guy seriously seems to have something against them!
Message in a Bottle is a good movie, with a good cast. It’s a very emotional journey about a man who lost his beloved wife and a single mother who falls in love with this guy because he has loved someone so deeply. It is not for the drama/romance intolerant and it is definitely not made for most men but it is a very decent film up until the end.
- Nights in Rodanthe starring Diane Lane and Richard Gere
Nights in Rodanthe progresses pretty much at the same good pace with Message in a Bottle. The stories are different but guess what the endings have in common?
- Dear John starring Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum
Dear John is a movie that must be featured in my sequel to 5 Movies to Watch on Fast Forward Article. There are only so many star-crossed-lovers- stories that you can take from one author. This one isn’t as engaging as Nights in Rodanthe or as tender as Message in a Bottle. But if it is your fast Nicolas Sparks adaptation movie, it may not feel so bad.
- Chloe starring Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson
Cover of Chloe
This movie doesn’t just have a bad ending. Despite being original, the plot takes a ridiculous turn with the characters’ actions, sexuality and motives. Then it goes for the very typical ending for the character that “disturbs” the happy family, and then tries to make an unusual turn as with the character’s final reactions. This is a movie that makes you say “Seriously?” way too often.
- Blindness starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo
Cover of Blindness
The movie is off to an impressive start and concept, but then as it gets dark and depressing, it also gets very ridiculous for its own good. Not all movies are good getting into the dark nature of the humans, and sometimes what seems like a realistic observation to the screenwriter can come off as pretentious and his characters as a parody.. After the first 10 or 20 minutes, this movie should be watched on fast-forward.
- Shelter –starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Julianne Moore.
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Well, this movie doesn’t just have a bad ending but also a horrible second half. An intelligent drama/thriller turns into religious +witch-related thriller which ends up being boring, a little disgusting and well, not really smart or original.