The ending of a movie is one of the most important parts of the entire project.
As the old saying goes, it's how you leave 'em, and a bad ending has too often been the reason behind an audience souring on an otherwise good film.
The following ten endings aren't all bad, although some really stink. However, when you look at the alternative finales that were suggested or even filmed for them, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd been a little short changed.
Other endings for these ten movies do exist either on the page or on some film feel or hard drive somewhere. Some of them make minor tweaks to the story or just end their pictures in a more satisfying way.
On the other hand, some completely change the movie's narrative and will leave you shocked at how different some of your favourite flicks might have turned out.
Whatever the case, there's no denying just how intriguing these ten "what if?" movie endings are. It's just a shame that we'll never see a world in which Finding Nemo ends with Dory going on a killing spree.
That was a joke, not a spoiler.
The real list is here.
10. Clarence Dies - True Romance
A mafia crime movie with a smidge of romantic comedy thrown in for good measure, True Romance is the hard-hitting love child of director Tony Scott and writer Quentin Tarantino.
Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette star as two newlyweds who do very normal couple things like murdering pimps and stealing cocaine from crime families.
The film ends with Slater's character Clarence getting wounded in a shootout between cops and mobsters. Arquette's Alabama manages to save her hubby though, and the two flee to Mexico to start a new life.
This is nice and all, but it isn't very Tarantino.
The film was supposed to end with Clarence dying in the gunfight, leaving Alabama to soldier on alone. Yeah, it's bleaker, but it's way more in keeping with the film's dark themes.
True Romance is set in a world of gangsters, brothels, and hard drugs. Whilst the theatrical ending shows that love can blossom in an environment such as this, the original one is more true to life and would have provided an emotional gut punch of a conclusion.
But sure, keep your happy ending if you want to. Loser.