Here Are 24 Movies That Were SO GOOD...Until They Weren't

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Not too long ago, the cinephiles of Reddit shared some movies that they thought had AMAZING STARTS, but less-than-amazing. Needless to say, people had some opinions to share! Here are some of the best responses:

Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.

1.Sweet Home Alabama (2002):

Buena Vista Pictures

"Andrew's (Patrick Dempsey) mom (Candice Bergnen) was right the whole time...Melanie (Reese Witherspoon) used and hurt both of them men in her life — who were two great guys. It made me sad... especially when she dumped her entire family when she got successful."

suggested by hotpinkbunnychick

2.City of Angels (1998):

Warner Bros.

"What the hell was that...Seth (Nicolas Cage) gives up his powers and Maggie (Meg Ryan) still died. If miracles exist, then why couldn't he find the power to raise her from the dead? Lame."

suggested by hotpinkbunnychick

3.Savages (2012):

Universal Pictures

"The ending was straight up trash. I'm surprised it didn't make the [original] list."

suggested by vcantu0503

4.Night of the Hunter (1955):

United Artists

"Such a terrifying, thrilling, and haunting performance by Robert Mitchum and it ends with a cheerful Christmas party? One of my least favorite movie endings to watch."

suggested by paulab30

5.Downsizing (2017):

Paramount Pictures

"The premise was soooooo interesting and I was really excited for it, only for the movie to not have anything to do with the 'downsizing' and it was just preachy. I hated it. I hate that they destroyed such a promising idea."

suggested by erins424aa92ea

6.Interview with the Vampire (1994):

Warner Bros.

"They massively changed from the book, to the point where the subsequent books couldn't have made it into movies without a lot of plot gymnastics."

suggested by sassypants527

7.The 5th Wave (2016):

Sony Pictures

"It had a pretty strong start and a promising plot thrown away for teen romance."


8.World War Z (2013):

Paramount Pictures

"I always thought it had a shit ending with no real resolution or finality to it."

suggested by michellec43fe901e5

9.Big Time Adolescence (2020):


"This movie had me engaged the whole time and then ending was THE MOST frustrating!"

suggested by kyliegreeno1

10.Onward (2020):


"This is an awesome movie, but the ending sucks! I'm glad Barley (Chris Pratt) got to see his father, but it was really lame that Ian (Tom Holland) didn't get to meet him after all they went through."


11.Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019):

Sony Pictures

"This movie belongs on this list."

suggested by rickm16

12.Midsommar (2019):


"I just watched it with my sister today and I found it so boring! Nothing very eventful really happened, just some gruesome deaths and two people that went missing."


13.Wanted (2008):

Universal Pictures

"It started off alright, but the ending with the loom? Nah, not for me."

suggested by joolzr2

14.Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008):

Paramount Pictures

"And how has Indiana Jones and the kingdom of crystal scull not mentioned? I was SO excited about this, and all the way up to the last 20 mins half an hour, it was not too bad, but again the ending? They totally tanked it IMHO!!!!"

suggested by joolzr2

15.La La Land (2016):


"I still know it's an objectively great movie, and the fact that they don’t end up together isn't what bothers me, I just don't like the turn it takes in the second half. The beginning is so much fun and the musical part of it is great, but then it just slows down and there’s no more music. I just wish it kept the fun pace it had in the beginning."

suggested by haleyw4ae66dcb9

16.Batman v Superman (2016):

Warner Bros.

"It still infuriates me to this day."

suggested by mariead

17.The Rise of Skywalker (2019):

LucasFilm / Walt Disney Studios

"It was such an epic disappointment, ESPECIALLY the ending. I will never get over it and will probably never rewatch it."

suggested by ssdawn29

18.Toy Story 4 (2019):


"I thought that it was the perfect package, Woody and Buzz reunited and everything seemed to be lollipops and rainbows until Woody gave Jessie his badge and they separated, potentially for good. Worst ending and worst movie of 2019 (not as bad as Cats, though). There goes 17 years of my life down the tubes."

suggested by MemeLife2

19.The Lobster (2015):

Sony Pictures


suggested by Pickle-riiiiiiiick

20.Sorry to Bother You (2018):

Focus Features

"The whole film was well...a bit much, and the ending of the film didn't close any story lines."

suggested by somegoop

21.Law Abiding Citizen (2009):

Overture Films

"The ending completely ruined the entire movie."

suggested by Milad04

22.Yesterday (2019):

Universal Pictures

"I thought it would end with Jack waking up from his coma and finding that the entire movie was a dream. The actual ending of the movie, with him NOT being in a dream and it all being REAL, was so dumb to me. So much lost potential."

suggested by mikeyboi3000

23.Ex Machina (2014):


"Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) released a robot into the world and let himself get trapped like a bitch in the other guy's office until he starved to death. Very disappointing."

suggested by Nationalist_Patriot

24.Lastly, The Cabin in the Woods (2012):


"Part of what makes horror movie effective is the illusion of 'This might have happened somewhere at some point... and it might happen to you.' The last like... 30 seconds of Cabin in the Woods completely shattered that illusion beyond repair. That alone took what would have been a truly fantastic movie and made it just... terrible in my opinion."

suggested by FFirebrandd

Is there a movie that you think should have made the list? Sound off in the comments below.