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 Brighter Summer Day
  • 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
  • Ringu
  • 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
  • The Godfather: Part II
  • The Irishman
  • Birdboy: The Forgotten Children
  • Wanda
  • Where Is Kyra?
  • In This World
  • Hot Saturday
  • A Short Vision
  • I Want to Live!
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • Planet of the Apes
  • A Bittersweet Life
  • Burn After Reading
  • Kuso
  • Suburbia
  • Killing Them Softly
  • The Party's Just Beginning
  • Kagemusha
  • Twentynine Palms
  • Julien Donkey-Boy
  • The Rental
  • Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
  • Capernaum
  • Silence
  • Lord of War
  • Hud
  • Natural Enemies
  • The Decameron
  • The Canterbury Tales
  • Watchmen
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
  • Spotlight
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Blade Runner
  • Ex Machina
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • City of God
  • Life and a Day
  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Babel
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • The Man Who Wasn't There
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • In the Name of the Father
  • Dog Day Afternoon
  • Dark Waters
  • John Denver Trending
  • Maps to the Stars
  • Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • Last Exit to Brooklyn
  • Shoplifters
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • 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
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • This Magnificent Cake!
  • I, Daniel Blake
  • The Last Battle
  • The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
  • Throne of Blood
  • The Lower Depths
  • The Comedy
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Once a Thief
  • The King of Comedy
  • Nostalgia
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Spree