The World is Hell: Hopeless Cinema

Pessimistic worldviews. For when you want to wallow in despair.

It doesn't matter if we all die.

Suggestions welcome.

A reverse list.



DISCLAIMER: This list started off as the first fifty. All subsequent films are suggestions. I have therefore not seen all films on this list.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: This list has grown way beyond what I expected. I also understand that some are dissatisfied by the films in this list. I sympathise. This was not the list I set out to make. Sátántangó and Salò are not the same as Fight Club. But every single one of these films was suggested by someone. To someone, each of these films matched the title of this list. So this isn't my personal project any more, this is a community list. I continue to maintain it, but this is for all of us.

  • Satantango
  • First Reformed
  • mother!
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Hard to Be a God
  • The Turin Horse
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Damnation
  • Loveless
  • Leviathan
  • Possession
  • Taxi Driver
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Antichrist
  • Se7en
  • The White Ribbon
  • In a Year with 13 Moons
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Only God Forgives
  • Winter Light
  • Battle Royale
  • Son of Saul
  • Poetry
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Veronika Voss
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Halloween II
  • November
  • The Tribe
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Dogville
  • La Haine
  • The Merchant of Four Seasons
  • Day of the Dead
  • Shame
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • High-Rise
  • Perfect Blue
  • Violent Cop
  • Kids
  • Secret Sunshine
  • Ju Dou
  • Ran
  • Suicide Club
  • Noriko's Dinner Table
  • Angst
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Videodrome
  • The Green Mile
  • Melancholia
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Network
  • Frost
  • Still Life
  • A Serious Man
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Hell or High Water
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Sicario
  • The Silence
  • Chinatown
  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God
  • Deliverance
  • The Road
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • The Lobster
  • Us
  • West Side Story
  • Zodiac
  • Gone Girl
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • Funny Games
  • Memories of Murder
  • I Saw the Devil
  • The Banishment
  • Elena
  • The Hunt
  • Inland Empire
  • The Return
  • Revanche
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Tokyo Story
  • Winter Sleep
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Lilya 4-ever
  • Mouchette
  • The War Zone
  • Gummo
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl
  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
  • Black Rain
  • Irreversible
  • The Devil, Probably
  • Cold War
  • I Stand Alone