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.

  • Simon Killer
  • Polytechnique
  • Wild Tales
  • I Am Legend
  • 28 Days Later
  • Boyz n the Hood
  • Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
  • Narc
  • Belladonna of Sadness
  • Mermaid
  • Bones
  • The Battery
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice
  • Rope
  • The Telephone Box
  • The Beguiled
  • Messenger of Death
  • Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot!
  • The War of the Roses
  • Lover
  • Children of Men
  • The Grey
  • Caligula
  • Guinea Pig: Devil's Experiment
  • Scum
  • The Killing Fields
  • The Ordeal
  • Sea Fog
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Shivers
  • Death Wish
  • Terrified
  • The Platform
  • At Close Range
  • King of New York
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Texhnolyze
  • Serial Experiments Lain
  • Variola Vera
  • Vivarium
  • Room 8
  • Killer Ratings
  • The Belko Experiment
  • Deathgasm
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Out of the Furnace
  • The Woodsman
  • To Be Twenty
  • Occult
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • A Better Tomorrow
  • [REC]²
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Bug
  • Les Misérables
  • Je t'aime moi non plus
  • The Nun
  • Phaedra
  • Private Property
  • Private Property
  • Devils on the Doorstep
  • Tokyo Twilight
  • Charulata
  • Yearning
  • The Middleman
  • The Unscrupulous Ones
  • Katalin Varga
  • Loves of a Blonde
  • The Hill
  • China Is Near
  • Violence at Noon
  • Bitter Sugar
  • Shadow Kill
  • Mukhamukham
  • Lady in a Cage
  • Larks on a String
  • Thérèse Raquin
  • Edmond
  • The Sunset Limited
  • The Amusement Park
  • Planet of the Humans
  • Executive Action
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Neighbours
  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Lodge
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • There Will Come Soft Rains
  • The Wayward Cloud
  • Uski Roti
  • The River
  • Stray Dogs
  • Touki Bouki
  • Sunshine
  • Wedding in White
  • Neighboring Sounds
  • The Bothersome Man