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, the Living
  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
  • Sleep
  • The House Is Black
  • Zombie Flesh Eaters
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Seeding of a Ghost
  • Hong Kong Godfather
  • Tony
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
  • Padak
  • The Devils
  • Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent
  • Batman: Under the Red Hood
  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Golgo 13: The Professional
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Creep
  • The Childhood of a Leader
  • The Seventh Continent
  • Knowing
  • Blue Valentine
  • Destroyer
  • Hardcore Henry
  • Pusher
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
  • Bring Me Home
  • Pixote
  • 9
  • Mississippi Burning
  • Locke
  • I Think We're Alone Now
  • An Ant's Life
  • In a Glass Cage
  • Schramm
  • Kotoko
  • The Taint
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Frankenstein's Army
  • Vulgar
  • Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
  • The Death King
  • The Gift
  • The Children
  • Survival Zone
  • The Mutilation Man
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • World's Greatest Dad
  • Nightmare City
  • Love Streams
  • I Promise You Anarchy
  • Chicken Little
  • Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
  • Wanda
  • Where Is Kyra?
  • In This World
  • Hot Saturday
  • A Short Vision
  • I Want to Live!
  • A Bittersweet Life
  • Burn After Reading
  • Kuso
  • Suburbia
  • Killing Them Softly
  • The Party's Just Beginning
  • Twentynine Palms
  • The Rental
  • Capernaum
  • Lord of War
  • Hud
  • Natural Enemies
  • The Decameron
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Life and a Day
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • The Man Who Wasn't There
  • In the Name of the Father
  • John Denver Trending
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • After the Storm
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
  • The Day of the Locust
  • The Fifth Seal
  • Fists in the Pocket
  • Bringing Out the Dead
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • This Magnificent Cake!
  • The Last Battle
  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
  • The Lower Depths
  • The Comedy
  • Once a Thief