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.

  • 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
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • 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
  • Stalker
  • M
  • The Beast of the City
  • Kanal
  • Z
  • Frenzy
  • The Last House on the Left
  • The Crazies
  • Black Christmas
  • Dead of Night
  • Lancelot of the Lake
  • Carrie
  • Pennies from Heaven
  • The Plague Dogs
  • Psycho II
  • Threads
  • The Fly
  • Starship Troopers
  • Happiness
  • Little Otik
  • Hunger
  • Martyrs
  • Shame
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Munich
  • I Live in Fear
  • Blindness
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Spring Breakers
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • Bully
  • Alpha Dog
  • Cries and Whispers
  • Meek's Cutoff
  • Anomalisa
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Gomorrah
  • The Neon Demon
  • The Thing
  • The Life and Death of a Porno Gang
  • High Life
  • L'Avventura
  • La Dolce Vita
  • 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
  • Mandy
  • Climax
  • Benny's Video
  • Smithereens
  • The Entity
  • Ms .45
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Christiane F.