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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.


DISCLAIMER: This list started off as the first fifty-ish. 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,…

  • Satantango
  • First Reformed
  • mother!
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Werckmeister Harmonies
  • Hard to Be a God
  • The Turin Horse
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Damnation
  • Loveless
  • Leviathan
  • Possession
  • Taxi Driver
  • Tyrannosaur
  • Antichrist
  • Se7en
  • The White Ribbon
  • In a Year with 13 Moons
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Only God Forgives
  • Winter Light
  • Battle Royale
  • Son of Saul
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Veronika Voss
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Halloween II
  • November
  • The Tribe
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Dogville
  • La Haine
  • The Merchant of Four Seasons
  • Day of the Dead
  • Shame
  • Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • High-Rise
  • Violent Cop
  • Kids
  • Secret Sunshine
  • Ju Dou
  • Ran
  • Suicide Club
  • Noriko's Dinner Table
  • Angst
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Videodrome
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer
  • The Banishment
  • Come and See
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Anomalisa
  • Harakiri
  • Snowtown
  • Midnight Cowboy
  • Amores Perros
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Time of the Wolf
  • Peppermint Candy
  • Melancholia
  • American Psycho
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  • Wake in Fright
  • The Nightingale
  • Burning
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Joker
  • Caché
  • From What Is Before
  • The Painted Bird
  • Vox Lux
  • Cannibal Ferox
  • The Killing Fields
  • The Platform
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Les Misérables
  • The Lower Depths
  • Kisapmata
  • Hour of the Wolf
  • The Cremator
  • Ugetsu
  • Mystic River
  • Prisoners
  • Kalel, 15
  • The Lighthouse
  • Cure
  • The Wailing
  • Collective
  • Atlantis
  • The Wolf House
  • New Order
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Reflection
  • Natural Light
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Funny Games
  • Melancholia