Top 10 Worst Ways to End a Movie

These are some of the worst ways I can think of to end a movie.
The Top Ten
1 Cutting off a sentence and cue the credits

The Spongebob episode about the Krusty Krab ended with the narrator saying "The secret Krabby Patty formula i..." then credits.

It's a pretty lazy way to end any movie.

2 Killing off the main characters

Even though it's not a movie, Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is a great example of how killing off the main character at the end can ruin something.

That happened in a recent film. Not saying what it was.

3 Ending on a cliffhanger

Especially if a sequel will never be made.

4 Making a terrible pun before the end credits appear
5 Using a cheap jumpscare to scare the audience

Done to death in horror movies, especially Unfriended...

6 Making the plot convoluted for no reason other than to quickly end the movie
7 Having it all be a dream

One of my least favorite cliches, this is just a cheap way to pull an ending to a movie out of thin air.

8 Having a dance party

While the Shrek movies used this method a lot when concluding their stories, it's been done to death in many other animated movies. Most of the time, I'm fine with it if it's relevant to the plot or well-executed. However, other times it just feels tacked on and more like kid-pandering. That means you, The Emoji Movie...

9 Making the screen go static

No movie I can think of has done this yet, but still, it would be a cheap way to end a movie.

10 Making the main character learn nothing at the end

Protagonists learn and change like normal people. If they don't learn or improve, then they're terrible protagonists.

If this happens in a movie, you know you screwed up.

The Contenders
11 Explaining the entire plot when the viewer already understands it

Imagine that you're watching a movie, and you understand the plot before the ending. Then, the movie concludes with a 10-minute monologue explaining the entire plot, giving you the exact same information that you already found out yourself.

12 Having a generic and predictable plot twist
13 Ending with a cheap explosion

There have been enough Michael Bay movies like that.

14 Changing the plot, tone and setting of the movie for no reason
15 Adding a random scene with no purpose
16 Having a happy ending

Some movies do deserve an ending where the protagonists achieve what they set out to do and are rewarded. Many great works like "The Shawshank Redemption", "The Lord of the Rings", and many of the Mario games have happy endings and wind up praised.

Yes, there are darker endings that work as well, but happy endings are sometimes deserved depending on the genre of the fiction.

17 Having the characters split up

Like what happens in every Disney sequel from Wreck-It Ralph 2 onwards. Even Frozen 2 had this.

18 Having an unfinished story and cueing the credits

This happens in Earwig and the Witch where it ends with Erica Wigg seeing her mother and that's it.

19 Having the villains win
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