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.

  • A Short Film About Killing
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Love in a Fish Bowl
  • Beatriz at Dinner
  • The Whistleblower
  • Krisha
  • Pentimento
  • Who Can Kill a Child?
  • Nobody's Daughter
  • Eureka
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • The Red and the White
  • Fauve
  • The Skin
  • So Long, Stooge
  • Peppermint Candy
  • Helpless
  • Bleak Night
  • Dogman
  • A Touch of Sin
  • Incendies
  • 3096 Days
  • Martha
  • The King
  • Utopia
  • Osama
  • Descent
  • Cyclo
  • Men Behind the Sun
  • Baise-moi
  • Forbidden Games
  • The Doom Generation
  • Excision
  • Ken Park
  • The Goat Horn
  • Disco Pigs
  • Mysterious Skin
  • The Dead Girl
  • Our Children
  • Funny Games
  • Fat City
  • Chronic
  • The King of Pigs
  • Silent House
  • Melancholia
  • Marketa Lazarová
  • Falling Down
  • Still Life
  • Aniara
  • Out of the Blue
  • U Turn
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Mean Creek
  • Open Water
  • Wolf Creek
  • Ace in the Hole
  • American Psycho
  • Sarah's Key
  • Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  • Frownland
  • Bob Roberts
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • The Others
  • A History of Violence
  • Nightcrawler
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Sonatine
  • The Sword of Doom
  • 1945: The Savage Peace
  • Taipei Story
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Rome, Open City
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Scarlet Street
  • The Road to Ruin
  • Germany Year Zero
  • Shoeshine
  • Punishment Park
  • Rabid Dogs
  • Brute Force
  • Sorcerer
  • Graduation
  • Bleak Moments
  • Child's Pose
  • The Major
  • The French Connection
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Oldboy
  • The Last Wave
  • Red White & Blue
  • The Vanishing
  • Dekalog
  • How to Make a Monster
  • Head-On
  • Save the Green Planet!
  • Landmine Goes Click
  • A Separation
  • Happy End
  • Very Bad Things