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.


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.

  • Atlantis
  • A Private War
  • In the Fade
  • Wind River
  • Axolotl Overkill
  • Catfight
  • Picco
  • Are We Not Cats
  • The Alchemist Cookbook
  • Blind Mountain
  • Audition
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • The Music Room
  • 25th Hour
  • I Melt with You
  • Hunting Ground
  • Ménilmontant
  • American History X
  • Whiplash
  • Closer
  • The Silence
  • Turtles Can Fly
  • Bullet Ballet
  • Deadbeat at Dawn
  • Franz Kafka's a Country Doctor
  • The Lottery
  • Tokyo Fist
  • The Wrestler
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • Nowhere
  • The Scary of Sixty-First
  • Miss Violence
  • Cruising
  • Simshar
  • The Wolf House
  • Wild Things
  • Black Rock
  • Best Friend
  • Valentine
  • Murder Death Koreatown
  • The Turning Point
  • Happiness
  • The Village
  • Are you lost in the world like me?
  • Through a Glass Darkly
  • Regression
  • The Goodbye Kiss
  • New Order
  • The Mack
  • The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
  • The Big Shave
  • Honest Thief
  • Chicuarotes
  • The Club
  • Cabin Fever
  • Until Sbornia Do Us Apart
  • This Transient Life
  • Mandala
  • Poem
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I
  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
  • The Tenant
  • Repulsion
  • Death and the Maiden
  • In the Presence of a Clown
  • Torment
  • Samurai Assassin
  • Burning Snow
  • Killer Constable
  • The Beast to Die
  • Midnight in a Perfect World
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • Dumplings
  • Victim
  • Evil Dead Trap 2: Hideki
  • Grateful Dead
  • Infection
  • Brothers from the Walled City
  • Runaway Blues
  • Psychic Vision: Jaganrei
  • Shooting Dogs
  • 3-Iron
  • The Florida Project
  • Pig
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • Santa Buddies
  • O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization
  • The Student
  • Baishey Shravana
  • Vertigo
  • Seconds
  • Branded to Kill
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • El Topo
  • The Wicker Man
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Wicker Man
  • Oculus
  • The Hateful Eight
  • The Empty Man