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.

  • American Gigolo
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant
  • Kes
  • The Swimmer
  • Shoah
  • Straw Dogs
  • Ayka
  • Oslo, August 31st
  • Hostel
  • The Fifth Season
  • The Seventh Victim
  • Cold Fish
  • Midori
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Titus
  • The Element of Crime
  • Fugue
  • Lessons of Darkness
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Age of Cannibals
  • Black Tide
  • From Inside
  • Time Share
  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Hold the Dark
  • It Comes at Night
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • The Reflecting Skin
  • Combat Shock
  • Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre
  • Crash
  • City of Life and Death
  • Hounds of Love
  • The End
  • Fury
  • Les Misérables
  • The Quiet Earth
  • Eye of God
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes
  • Walkabout
  • Guilty of Romance
  • Kiss Me Deadly
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Heaven's Gate
  • Upgrade
  • Blow Out
  • Zero Day
  • The Descent
  • Johnny Got His Gun
  • Blue
  • Eraserhead
  • Blue Velvet
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • The Ice Storm
  • April 9th
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Poison
  • Exotica
  • The Fire Within
  • Amores Perros
  • Last Days
  • Manila in the Claws of Light
  • Hereditary
  • The Divide
  • Landscapes in the Mist
  • The Brown Bunny
  • 21 Grams
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • The Match Factory Girl
  • Fat Girl
  • Naked
  • Trash Humpers
  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Mark of the Devil
  • Love
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Divines
  • The Chaser
  • Black Swan
  • The Sea Inside
  • The Wages of Fear
  • Starred Up
  • The Night Porter
  • Hail
  • The Boys
  • The Proposition
  • Little Fish
  • Berlin Syndrome
  • Suburbicon
  • Sombre
  • A New Life
  • Enter the Void
  • Tokyo Sonata
  • Snowpiercer
  • Pale Rider
  • River's Edge
  • Silent Running
  • A Boy and His Dog
  • Time of the Wolf
  • These Final Hours