While some of us prefer a happy ending to a compelling story, others can settle for a not so happy one, provided that all loose ends have been tied well. This is much like widowers dating – perhaps not all events in the arc of the story were happy ones, but the story is, however sad, still explicable.
On the other hand, there are movies that give us endings that are neither good nor bad. Instead, these films end in such a weird and question-provoking way that people watching them can’t help but wonder what the hell has just happened once closing credits start to roll. In that name, here are the top 4 films with inexplicable endings.
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
For many of us, the “2001: A Space Odyssey” was the first glimpse of what sort of wonders and amazement the sci-fi genre had to offer. In this ’68 sci-fi cult, we get to witness the discovery of a mysterious artifact on the surface of the Moon. But as it turns out, that artifact is actually a baby!
While there’s no denying that this movie has a pretty interesting and original story, we aren’t quite sure what’s the point of sitting through this 160 minutes sci-fi flick. Eventually, the protagonist will find himself as an old man, then as an even older man, and, ultimately, a baby. What the ****?!
2. Donnie Darko (2001)
Have you ever been persuaded by an imaginary talking bunny into committing a series of crimes? If your answer is yes, then you can certainly relate to “Donnie Darko.”
Nobody is quite sure if “Donnie Darko” is a movie about the subconscious, time travel, guilt, or even perversion, but one thing’s for sure – it’s a weird movie about a weird guy who goes through some weird stuff!
And it ends quite weirdly, too. After doing some pretty bad things throughout the entire film, the protagonist eventually finds a time vortex. He goes through it, ends up in the past, and prevents everything we’ve seen from happening. What’s the point? We’re not sure!
3. No Country For Old Men (2007)
Many believe that Javier Bardem had the role of a lifetime in “No Country For Old Men,” where he plays a serial killer who’s after Josh Brolin and wants to kill him with his pressurized air tank.
Furthermore, it’s Bardem’s utter insanity and the weirdness of his character that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats throughout the movie. In the end, our hero manages to escape Bardem and his pressure tank, only for Tommy Lee Jones to somehow ruin everything for us.
There’s a certain feeling of accomplishment most people get when they finally figure out what happened in a complex and intense movie, but “No Country For Old Men” manages to snatch that from the audience by giving them Lee Jones and his incoherent babble about his weird dreams.
4. American Psycho (2000)
Even though “American Psycho” gives us the only version of Christian Bale we would run away from, it still has one of the best cliffhanger endings you’ll ever see.
Bale’s character Patrick Bateman is a banking executive by day, serial killer by night. You might think you know what he’s doing and why he’s doing it, but in truth, we never actually find out. Bale is so brutal, yet so subtle at the same time, that the audience isn’t quite sure what his motives are.
We see Patrick Bateman murder and mutilate a dozen people in the “American Psycho,” but nobody can say for sure if that’s for real or in his head, and if it’s real, was he really a serial killer or was he killing only the people he shared his fears with?