“Happily ever after” is a typical ending film fans often prefer to see. Audiences root for the average Joe to get the girl or for the superhero to save the day. People don’t usually seek out a depressing end to a movie, but films that conclude in such an emotional way often have a long-lasting effect on us.
5 “The Mist”
This 2007 film starring Thomas Jane was written and directed by Frank Darabont. More importantly, it was adapted from a Stephen King novella, which certainly correlates to its notoriety as a film with one of the most depressing endings ever. This spiritually charged, supernatural movie reaches a climactic ending in which a father must make a difficult choice between succumbing to a certain, gruesome end or taking the quick and easy way out with a bullet. If only he could have seen moments into the future before making his choice.
4 “Million Dollar Baby”
This 2004 drama starred Clint Eastwood as an iconic, aging boxing trainer who relents to the ambitions of a female boxer played by Hilary Swank. Initially reluctant to train a girl, Eastwood’s character soon relishes in the grit and determination of his rising star. Unfortunately, the film’s setup and the boxer’s accomplishments only strengthen the emotional impact of its depressing end.
3 “Revolutionary Road”
This 2008 romantic drama from director Sam Mendes starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. While you wouldn’t think such an attractive film couple would have much to worry about, this movie is loaded with intense personal drama and struggles. Most importantly, this tale of woe only gets worse, and more depressing in the end.
Direct David Fincher broke all the rules in his 1995 film “Se7en,” which starred Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as detectives trying to track down a sinister serial killer played by Kevin Spacey. Gwyneth Paltrow starred as Pitt’s wife. This movie is an intense drama that plays out in a series of slayings tied to the seven deadly sins of the Bible. It was the final act that shocked film fans and sparked one of the most depressing film endings ever.
1 “Snow Angels”
Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell star in this film, written and directed by David Gordon Green, about an estranged couple and how their lives become interwoven with that of a teenager played by Michael Angarano. This 2007 film seems like a simple drama about a mother’s desire to protect her young daughter, until the unthinkable happens and no one comes to save the day in the end.