15 Great Movies That Crumbled in the Final Act

Jurassic World_ Fallen Kingdom (2018)
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We have all been there — invested hours of our lives into a movie, only to be left with a sour taste when the credits rolled. Here are fifteen great films that, according to members of an online forum, crumbled in the final act.

1. They’re Watching (2016)

They're Watching (2016)
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They’re Watching starts as a promising found footage film with a camera crew in an Icelandic village. But in the final act, it takes an unexpected turn, revealing the killer to be a witch with terrible CGI powers. One user shares, “She takes the film crew’s camera and magically flies it through multiple villagers’ hearts, and we see all of this from the point of view of that camera.” That is one bizarre twist.

2. How It Ends (2018)

How It Ends (2018)
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A well-thought-out ending can change the whole experience. One user’s comment sums it up aptly: “The last 20 minutes or so just felt rushed compared to the rest of the film.” What a disappointing end to what could have been a highly satisfying ending.

3. Grease (1978)

Grease (1978)
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Grease is a beloved Hollywood iconic musical, but some members find the ending a bit “whack.” One mentions an interesting fan theory that suggests Sandy drowned at the beach, and the entire film is her dream. This could provide a substantial explanation for the flying car at the end.

4. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
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Bridge to Terabithia starts as a Narnia-like adventure but takes a dark turn, exploring the unfairness of life. Then, in the final minutes, it veers back into the fantasy realm, confusing viewers. A person says, “It was just a series of whiplashes.”

5. The Happening (2008)

The Happening (2008)
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M. Night Shyamalan is known for his twists, but this one left people perplexed. The twist turns out to be less supernatural, as one member had been genuinely hoping for, and more about a “crazy character” who had it all figured out from the start.

6. Now You See Me (2013)

Now You See Me (2013)
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An unexpected ending is always good for a movie, but not if one has to have multiple rewatches to make some sense of the movie. Without giving away too much, the twist at the end reveals the true mastermind behind the act and their motivations. Many felt that the ending was too complicated and left many questions unanswered.

7. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
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Jamie Foxx’s character’s last-minute moral victory in the film frustrated viewers who were expecting a more satisfying resolution in a movie centered around rightful vengeance. The ending felt like a half-hearted lesson in morality that did not align with the film’s tone.

8. A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)
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Despite being well-received overall, A Quiet Place divided people with its ending. Some found it cheesy and illogical, particularly when the father sacrifices himself instead of finding less drastic ways to distract the creatures. This left viewers questioning the character’s choices and the overall impact on the family.

9. The Martian (2015)

The Martian (2015)
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While The Martian was a generally well-executed adaptation of the book, the ending deviated massively from the book. The character development of Commander Lewis and a crucial scene was altered, leaving some fans of its written version very disappointed.

10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Jurassic World_ Fallen Kingdom
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The first half had an exciting premise with the volcanic eruption, but the film lost momentum once the characters reached the mansion. The decision to release the dinosaurs because “they’re alive, just like me” felt forced and undermined the film’s tension.

11. Titanic (1997)

Titanic (1997)
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For all the praise Titanic has received for its cinematic excellence, some viewers were unsatisfied with its ending. The revelation that Rose had the valuable jewel and discarded it for sentimental reasons left many members feeling that the entire story and build-up was for nothing.

12. The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985)
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This film delivers a powerful and important message about not judging people superficially and breaks down societal labels. However, its ending leans towards a conventional and unrealistic territory as one character undergoes a makeover, and everyone pairs off romantically. A user feels that the film “undoes it all because we have to have a happy ending where Ally Sheedy gets an ugly duckling makeover and everyone finds a partner.”

13. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
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The conclusion of this much-celebrated film left many viewers frustrated. One shares that instead of quitting her job due to personal growth and self-respect, the protagonist quits because of pressure from her boyfriend and her envious friends. Members feel that this change in motivation undermines her character’s development.

14. Sunshine (2007)

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Sunshine starts as a classic sci-fi film with stunning visuals and suspense but takes a jarring turn towards the end, transitioning into a slasher/horror film. This drastic shift in the tone left many disappointed.

15. Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

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This action-comedy adaptation of a lesser-known comic book delivered an entertaining blend of humor and action. However, the film’s final minute includes a cruel joke that feels out of place, tarnishing the overall experience.


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