50 Most Illogical Movie Endings

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    • Bandit1

      Feb 1st 2013, 7:25

      Wow....there were a lot of classic, great movies on this list. What's with all the sudden hate for their endings? I never understood the big deal about the poster in "Shawshank": The poster is hanged with two pins on top...none on the bottom, Andy just lifts it and crawls into the tunnel. From its own weight a poster would hang pretty straight just with top pins. I also wouldn't call the scene you described in "Indy 3" as an illogical ending...just a minor goof...really. But "The Shining", "Fight Club", "The Game", "Jacobs Ladder"...so many classic and GREAT endings! I also never understood the hate for "Hide and Seek"...not a masterpiece, but enjoyable enough. "Last House On The Left" was a lot worse than the original, but to just kill of Krug would be too easy: If I watch a movie like this I wanna see blood...lots of it and I want creative deaths!

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    • omgitsgray

      Feb 1st 2013, 7:55

      Could Harry, in the graveyard, have disapparated?

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    • prime43

      Feb 1st 2013, 8:05

      Today I learns that Total Film don't understand the concept of cliffhangers, plot twists and ambiguous endings.

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    • SteveWev

      Feb 1st 2013, 8:43

      Hard as it is to believe, there have actually been documented cases of animals (mostly fish, but also frogs, spiders and even jellyfish) raining from the sky, so Magnolia's ending isn't entirely unthinkable in real life. It's just a very rare occurrence.

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    • SteveWev

      Feb 1st 2013, 8:43

      Hard as it is to believe, there have actually been documented cases of animals (mostly fish, but also frogs, spiders and even jellyfish) raining from the sky, so Magnolia's ending isn't entirely unthinkable in real life. It's just a very rare occurrence.

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    • SteveWev

      Feb 1st 2013, 8:46

      There have actually been a few documented cases of animals raining from the sky - not just frogs, but also fish, worms, spiders and jellyfish - so the ending of Magnolia isn't totally unthinkable in real life

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    • Mysterio22

      Feb 1st 2013, 9:07

      "as we know, time travel require plutonium".... Or, for the people that have seen the whole trilogy - A bolt of lightning! Also, you've kind of overlooked that the doc explains that they've already been to the future - perhaps that's where they "spirited the spare plutonium"?

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    • gwales

      Feb 1st 2013, 10:00

      Point taken on Shawshank - but for some reason it's always bugged me. No hate intended though - its an excellent finale regardless

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    • FBSRowe

      Feb 1st 2013, 10:49

      Number three is flawed... They carry the flyers in bags as the swat team entered the vault.

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    • Senver

      Feb 1st 2013, 11:47

      If you think the ending to IT the miniseries is bad you should read the book.

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    • Gindalf0492

      Feb 1st 2013, 12:10

      My understanding is Thade used the spaceship to go through the vortex which takes him years in the past, The thing that I dont get, is the holy water Indy drinks and gives to his dad, shouldnt that make him immortal, or is it I havent watched the film for a while, due to the knight being "gifted" long life.

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    • jameskeely

      Feb 1st 2013, 13:41

      The ending of Grease is easily explained if you just take it that they were all high. What's more illogical is Sandy's whole transformation. She goes from good girl to complete s**t. I don't know what their all so happy about. That's pretty downbeat if you ask me!

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    • MikeyRix

      Feb 1st 2013, 13:43

      I don't remember Jack Nicholson's Joker being in "Batman Begins" (#31)!

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    • SiMan

      Feb 1st 2013, 14:08

      Tha Back to the Future one - doesn't Doc say at the beginning of part 2 taht in the future they'd come up with a way of recycling old rubbish into a power source a-la the 'Mr Fusion' reactor he uses.....Surely therfore he'd have the knowledge to build another fusion reactor for his train?

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    • philmorewest

      Feb 1st 2013, 14:11

      @gindalf0492 The Knight explains that the immortality doesn't extend beyond the wall of the cave. As to the Back To The Future one....it is possible that the doc had spare plutonium on board the DeLorean as seen in part 1. Then used that to build the locomotive or he could have known weather patterns to predict lightning storms necessary for the jiggo watts to charge her up.

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    • metalgatesolid

      Feb 1st 2013, 14:20

      In regards to Shawshank, Could he not have just held the poster up, all the while attached to the wall, and let go once he was inside? Similar to looking behind your curtains

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    • Buffy0320

      Feb 1st 2013, 14:21

      Ummmmm.....Sophia Bush did kill the hitcher in the end. Dude come on you are the only writer who makes mistakes like this all the freaking time. Do your job.

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    • FilmFlamFan

      Feb 1st 2013, 15:17

      You completely left out the most obvious one. The Da Vinci Code, At the end they get to the old church is Scotland and the old lady fills them in on the family History. If It had made sense The Old Guy in the Louvre Would have said before He died " Go and talk to Your Granny, She has the full SP on what's going on" It would have saved Us all a lot of wasted time looking at that movie.

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    • jessekellestine

      Feb 1st 2013, 15:21

      A lot of these are just silly.

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    • Welchy

      Feb 1st 2013, 15:23

      I have to nominate 'Knowing' for this one. Yep...it was aliens all along....

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    • Ianr62

      Feb 1st 2013, 15:41

      Absolutley ridiculous top 50!! So i've read to number 40 and felt I needed a rant. Jacobs Ladder!! We see Jacob get stabbed with a gigantic bayonet at the beginning of the film!! Clearly the ending is plausible, how does whoever wrote this article know what happend to your mind on your death bed!! Seriously the kids that are writing for Totalfilm these days have none of the talent or knowledge of their predecessors!! Do you want me to help you out?!!

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 1st 2013, 15:48

      Why Didn't Indy just let Hitler take the Ark of the Covenant, knowing what would have happened? Jones could have ended the war sooner!

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    • franciscomoraga

      Feb 1st 2013, 16:48

      great film country for old men, but weird finale, the planet of the apes ending is pretty cool and clear to me. marky mark arrived to an alternate planet earth where Thade actually won, simple as that, at least for me.

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    • FBDMorris

      Feb 1st 2013, 16:54

      Number 1… events of this film take place during the more recent Rise of the Planet of the Apes i.e. TV and papers during that film show the launch of Walberg's ship aka he returns after it all kicks off. President Thade may be a relative of future Thade? Shawshank Redemption… surely the poster was only pinned at the top and naturally fell back in place – gravity is good like that. Oceans Eleven… the flyers are in the SWAT bags Back to the future... surely his parents just thought it was an uncanny resemblance as how else could it be same person? i.e. they would have to know about/believe in the invention of time travel. Also they would most likely forget details of a face in 30 years. The hangover… the guy has sun stroke and has been out cold from the roofies with no water so is probably entitled to be somewhat sluggish on his feet and unable to shout form like 30 stories up… Batman Begins… the quantities of scarecrows compound in the water would cause issue before the dehydration of the bodies i.e. the reaction to the gas would kick in before people dry out/ dehydrated. Compound has also been in the water system for weeks to enhance reaction. Harry Potter… it’s called magic so no real basis for fact with that one. Back to the future part three… Could he not have just accelerated the train using more logs as per the one that he actually gets up to 88mph about 5 minutes earlier in the film…

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    • gwales

      Feb 1st 2013, 17:47

      @Buffy My point was that it would have been more interesting to see her snap before the Hitcher was taken into custody. To have her choose to shoot him rather than be forced into it when he was on the point of escaping.

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    • grumpyduck

      Feb 1st 2013, 18:24

      In The Game, I'm pretty sure they would have replaced the skylight with easily breakable stunt glass ( sugar perhaps.)

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    • Mementoman

      Feb 1st 2013, 20:58

      It does say in The Game that it's breakaway glass. As Michael Douglas gets helped up they say something along the lines of ,"It's breakaway glass but still be careful".

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    • Andy85

      Feb 1st 2013, 22:01

      For goodness sake people give the guy a break. I liked the feature and I felt that even though there are some 'clearly' well admired films in this list, points were raised without disrespecting them even though some sensitive souls were clearly offended by this feature. Sometimes the mystery of an ending is good as it allows the viewer wanting more, couldn't agree more with The Devil Inside, what a pile of gash ending.

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Feb 1st 2013, 23:04

      Yeh Source Code's ending was annoying, leaving it at the kiss was always the bets idea in my mind. Almost brought down the entire film.

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    • humanevan

      Feb 1st 2013, 23:45

      Total Film's assessment of the ending to Batman Begins is bonkers. The "microwave" device was connected directly to the water supply for the city of Gotham. It wasn't connected to people so that's why they werent vaporized. You guys asking that is about as silly as the device.

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    • coreywsmith

      Feb 2nd 2013, 5:14

      #23 (Fight Club): You absolutely can survive shooting yourself in the mouth if the gun is angled so that the bullet misses your brain and major arteries. You'll wish you hadn't, but it can and does happen.

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    • Stuie182

      Feb 2nd 2013, 8:52

      Talking about illogical endings with time travel is pointless. If you think too hard about any movie that features time travel none of it makes sense, so it's usually best just to go with the flow and enjoy it for what it is. As for The Number 23, the book was taken off him, or given away or something? Right at the start his girlfriend buys him the book from a used bookstore, which then leads into the events of that film. Personally I really liked it, but then I also liked the ending of Source Code. The happy ending was kind of nice... the alternative. Though true to life would have just been to bleak. Which is why I hated The Mist. The ending to that just left a sour taste in my mouth. Good call on War Of The Worlds though, Robbie being alive was especially jarring.But if we're going to attack Speilberg's sentimentality then I'm surprised you missed out A.I. The Aliens resurrecting David's mum was stupid. They should have just left the Robot child under the sea staring at the statue.

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    • Sakperi

      Feb 2nd 2013, 9:10

      ...and for those who have really seen the trilogy plutonium is required only in the first picture.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 2nd 2013, 9:31

      Stuie182 that reminds me of that quote from :Looper "I don't want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we're going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws."

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    • DravenCage

      Feb 2nd 2013, 22:04

      I've never understood why people have such an issue with the compatibility issue in Independence Day. I mean, Earth's technology has been reverse-engineered from the crashed ship, so that would help with compatibility even before you get to one of the major plot points of the movie; the aliens are using Earth's satellites (i.e. our own technology) against us to plan their attack. This means that by using this technology, our own technology, we can upload a virus and wipe our their systems.

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    • vinnym1980

      Feb 2nd 2013, 23:35

      Shawshank redemption:- It even shows him digging the hole under the poster. its held up at the top and when he crawls through it it drop back. This is soo obvious.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 3rd 2013, 15:48

      I still don't get the ending of T2. The Terminator 800 spent the whole movie protecting John Connor from death, only to erase the kid from existence when the cyborg offs himself. And I don't believe the whole 'Dyson had some secret components' Because thats just a cop out. PLUS If T3 is canon (I don't see believe it is) why didn't Skynet send 2 or 3 more T-1000's back instead of the ladybot?

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    • princethun

      Feb 3rd 2013, 16:55

      DravenCage you genius! Your 'Jeff Goldblum uploading a virus' explanation finally puts that whole issue to bed for good. Now we only need to figure out why the aliens didn't think a 50 year old ship turning up out of nowhere was a little bit suspicious.

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    • lclem71304

      Feb 4th 2013, 5:15

      Django...Dynamite was used in Ming Dynasty China in the 1600s... perfectly ok

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    • thomwilliams

      Feb 4th 2013, 5:51

      In Grease, the car they ride away in for the finale is the car that the T-birds were singing about (their fantasy car, red with a clear hood) which is not the 'Greased Lightning' that they ultimately build for Kenickie (white, with silver decals).

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    • edenrichardson

      Feb 4th 2013, 6:22

      How about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? In the movie Voldemort breaks up in to particles and harry snaps the leder wand. In the book Voldemort just falls over dead and Harry uses the Elder wand to fix his broken wand then snaps the elder wand. In Planet of the Apes he does not go back in time, he makes a mistake and actually went forward.

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    • simster82

      Feb 4th 2013, 18:04

      This list went from being illogical endings to just film errors.

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    • Seedorf

      Feb 5th 2013, 19:40

      So..... TF comes up with another 50 list, and once again they come up short, and just throw random entries in to make it up to 50.

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    • xtrmntr

      Feb 15th 2013, 16:45

      Back to the Future 3 makes perfect sense. The original time machine needs plutonium, but in the future (2015) the doc upgrades it to run on anything that is combustible. This is reiterated in part 3. Then the doc tells Marty that the time-travelling train runs on steam, i.e. a further upgrade. Is that really such a stretch?

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    • LeisSuit

      Feb 16th 2013, 1:20

      With all of the time-travel nitpicks, I'm surprised there was no mention of The Jacket. It was more or less the same ending as Source Code. Oh, nd Planet of the Apes(the remake) was meant to be ironic. By replacing Lincoln--who represented the freedom of slaves--with General Thaddeus--who tried to crush the human rebellion--he inadvertently became a symbol for the oppressive rule of the primates, rather than a hero of the free.

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    • paulmitchell

      Feb 21st 2013, 15:52

      Source Code was one of the worst endings ever. More so because the preceding film was so good. As i watched the kiss on the train i thought, 'what a great ending!'...Then it carried on!!!!!

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    • Shiftybea

      Feb 21st 2013, 19:35

      Ok, this list could have been shorter as some of those were just beyond nitpicking. Then there are the ones that are actually wrong such as the BTTF 3 entry. In BTTF 2 it is established that Doc Brown has created Mr Fusion as an alternative to Plutonium so the radioactive element is no longer needed. The entry would be correct if the second film didn't exist but alas it does :D

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    • Loophole

      Feb 23rd 2013, 13:11

      Did I miss Looper on the list? It was easily the most illogical ending since Source Code. *spoiler: If young Joe Kills himself and his future self vanishes from existence, then he couldn't have been on the farm chasing himself in the first place. Thus he couldn't possibly kill himself or be on that farm. This is why they don't flat out kill young Seth earlier in the movie. So not only is it completely illogical, but it goes against it's own established one congruent timeline logical.

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    • carlwhiteley1

      Feb 25th 2013, 10:43

      SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION If the poster was still attached at the top Andy could ave lifted it and climbed into the tunnel. I know it doesnt explain how the bottom stuck down firmly but will explain why the poster covered it

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    • FBBJammin

      Mar 1st 2013, 16:04

      Tarantino also killed Hitler in a movie theater in Paris by having a gang Nazi hunting Jewish badasses riddle his face with bullets... So a 9 year difference in terms of the history of the explosive is obviously something that neither QT or his audiences care about in the least bit. The ending suited the film perfectly and shouldn't be considered illogical because why the hell wouldn't Django blow up Candieland!?

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    • davidreece

      Mar 3rd 2013, 16:25

      Planet Of The Apes (2001) The ending in the film is exactly the same as in the novel by Pierre Boulle. What was wrong with that actually ending the story as the original author had intended? The silliest plot for any film has to go to 2012 with neutrinos bombarding the earth and warming it up from our own sun This total nonsense as our sun does not produce hardly and neutrinos. However, neutrinos naturally bombard us every for former stars that have gone super nova. As the sun never ever went super nova through out the whole film hypothesis. Another film with a silly outcome is Sunshine. Although a great movie, how on earth did the sole survivor get to touch the surface of the sun without being vaporised instantly. In addition surely the sun would have melted the mother ship had it got that far anyway. It is never explained why or how the sun is dying as stars either super nova or they shed their outer layers as a red giant and you get a white dwarf. How was a bomb ever going to reignite the sun considering its size and resources the earth had to hand considering they had already made one bomb previously that didn't go off.. Also we don't know why one of the crew on the other ship went rogue.

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    • ericberglund

      Apr 10th 2013, 18:42

      I joined just to b***h about this list. The Shawshank Redemption? Probably one of the most superbly executed twists ive ever seen! He walks in and sees the hole? Wow thats dramatic! Instead we get a meltdown by the warden accusing everyone of sabotaging him before its slowly revealed that the poster is not what it appears... brilliant!

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    • pierfuccio

      Apr 12th 2013, 10:51

      how come nobody ever realizes the ending of the original Invasion Of the Body s****hers (1956) is totally implausible? while the leads are on the run, the girl falls asleep for a second and wakes up turned to an alien. but that's not how it works - humans had to be replaced by alien replicas in their sleep! I was hoping this would get a mention here, it is my personal most illogical plot twist of all times but somehow it manages to pass unnoticed.

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    • dskinnaird

      Apr 16th 2013, 2:53

      This feature reminds me of the people you hear leaving the cinema saying "...that would never happen in real life..."; except it had been written by someone who gets paid to do it.

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    • simonlock

      Apr 16th 2013, 10:20

      This should have been a top 10. 39 of the other 40 made perfect sense, even if the writer of this article personally found them disappointing, or in many cases apparently just didn't "get it". The odd 1 was Indiana Jones, I'll admit that didn't make sense.

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    • Gimmeshelter

      Apr 24th 2013, 16:06

      I'm sure that at the end of Back To The Future 3 Doc says the words "IT RUNS ON STEAM" sort it out TF. Do you watch the films or just skip to the minute before the credits start rolling?

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    • edsonpagola

      Apr 25th 2013, 18:24

      Hi there, i'm agreed with you all, but only one thing, in Ocean's Eleven, about the hookers flyers, its seems that all the crew bring those flyers when they get into the vault as a SWAT team, you see them carrying huge bags, when they go rapel down, thats how we get those flyers, dont you agreed? Keep it up

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