Movie Endings: Troubled Resolutions

Many narrative features face the problem of how to end their narratives, or how to resolve in a convincing way the dilemmas or conflicts upon which they are based.

The endings of many mainstream Hollywood pictures strongly or partially reaffirm the monogamous heterogeneous couple, but sometimes the affirmation is troubled.

Then there are films, which just end, without resolving satisfactorily the narrative tensions

Relevant Films with Problematic Endings (in alphabetical order)

Alice Adams, 1935

The Bad Seed, 1956

The Birds, 1963

Brazil, 1985

Broadcast News, 1987

The Children’s Hour, 1961

Countdown, 1968

The Crowd, 1928

Elephant Walk

The Eve of St. Mark, 1944

Fatal Attraction, 1987

The Fly, 1986

The Fortune Cookie, 1966

Fury, 1936

Hunt of the Last October, 1990

Invasion of the Body Snatcher, 1956

A Letter to Three Wives, 1949

The Magnificent Ambersons, 1942

Meet John Doe, 1941

Peggy Sue Got Married, 1986

Places in the Heart, 1984

Pretty in Pink, 1986

Pygmalion, 1938; My Fair Lady, 1964

Roxanne, 1987

A Soldier’s Story, 1984

Sweet Bird of Youth, 1962

Talk of the Town, 1942

Thelma and Louise, 1991

The Third Man, 1949

Woman of the Year, 1942




Elephant Walk:

The speech of old woman about it in book store, where Elizabeth Taylor works.

The Third Man

Ann (Alida Valli) just walks away, ignoring Holly Martin (Jospeh Cotten) and the camera.