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.

  • You Were Never Really Here
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • The War Game
  • When the Wind Blows
  • Come and See
  • Utøya: July 22
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Biutiful
  • Stroszek
  • The Sweet Hereafter
  • Apocalypse Now
  • L'Argent
  • Gertrud
  • Some Came Running
  • The Great Silence
  • High Plains Drifter
  • The Last Picture Show
  • The Man Who Sleeps
  • The Grey Zone
  • The Mist
  • The World of Kanako
  • Confessions
  • The Counselor
  • Cosmopolis
  • Eden Lake
  • Safe
  • Entertainment
  • Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four
  • Man Bites Dog
  • La Grande Bouffe
  • A Serbian Film
  • The Young and the Damned
  • M
  • The Beast of the City
  • Kanal
  • Z
  • Frenzy
  • Black Christmas
  • Deathdream
  • Lancelot of the Lake
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • The Plague Dogs
  • Threads
  • Starship Troopers
  • Happiness
  • Little Otik
  • Hunger
  • Martyrs
  • Shame
  • Munich
  • I Live in Fear
  • Blindness
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Bully
  • Alpha Dog
  • Meek's Cutoff
  • Anomalisa
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Gomorrah
  • The Neon Demon
  • The Life and Death of a Porno Gang
  • High Life
  • I... For Icarus
  • Nothing Bad Can Happen
  • The Last Circus
  • Elephant
  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Harakiri
  • The Player
  • Dog Days
  • Snowtown
  • Little Children
  • Climax
  • Benny's Video
  • Smithereens
  • The Entity
  • Ms .45
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Christiane F.
  • American Gigolo
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • Kes
  • The Swimmer
  • Straw Dogs
  • Ayka
  • Oslo, August 31st
  • Hostel
  • The Fifth Season
  • The Seventh Victim
  • Cold Fish
  • Midori
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Titus