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10 Best Open Ending Movies You Must Watch Before You Die

The best thing about open ending movies is that “ending is always based on one’s subjectivity”. Subsequently, people make up some theories and interpret with the audience. Let it be, inception or prisoners, people are still curious to know what happened following the climax. That’s the art of film making. Every film director who has directed open ending movies always wants to leave the climax to the audience ambiguously. But, that doesn’t mean it’s lazy writing. Rather it based on people’s subjectivity.

Merely the director is the person who actually knows what he intended to show to the audience. Some filmmakers would want to end the film intentionally while the latter leaves to audience interpretation to make up their own climax. Yet, a true filmmaker always leave hints as a subtext to the audience beforehand of the impending climax. We just don’t notice until we realize, it’s the best open ending movie.

Alright, stop! Do you wonder what is open ending? The open ending is a film technique of leaving the conclusion to the audience with ambiguous meanings. It has no clear meaning. But, left open to interpretation.

Thus, there are plenty of open ending movies that stunned the audience. Namely, we’ll see the top 10 open ending movies that you must watch before you die.

( PS: I’m a huge fan of open ending movies, here’s my own list. Also, the list is in no particular order )


Inception best open ending movies

Talk about open ending movie, Inception always comes first. Inception is by far the best open ending movie directed by Christopher Nolan. Every person was bowled over the climax and curious if it’s the case. Many film buff states inception is the best work of Nolan,Just like he did with interstellar. This movie has a separate fan base and ever since people start to admire Christopher Nolan for his brilliant work in this film. It has not only an ambiguous ending but also a whole science fiction theme that makes you think. Leonardo DiCaprio is the main lead did a phenomenal performance and also other major roles did the same. If you’re looking for a really mind-blowing movie. You’re highly recommended to watch this one.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, and more..

Plot: Inception movie is about A thief who steals secrets through dream-sharing technology is given the task of inserting an idea into the CEO’S mind for business purposes.



Prisoners will undeniably leave you shocked and stunned at the end. It is directed by a brilliant filmmaker denis villeneuve who also made some masterpieces. His movies are mostly explored on darker aspects with a great subtext and underlying themes. You may not notice in the first watch, but the details would surprise you for every watch, you will be entered into some great metaphors. Likewise, prisoners is like an enigma. You have to decipher while watching it. I’m pretty sure you will love the ending and as well as the performances of two great actors Hugh and Jake.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast:  Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis , and more..

Plot: Keller Dover’s daughter and her friend go missing. Their fathers search on their own when police seem oblivious about the case.


2001: A Space Odyssey

2001 A Space Odyssey scifi movie

When we are talking about ambiguous endings, 2001 A Space Odyssey will surely take place. It’s the scific gem directed by  Stanley Kubrick. It’s the very first movie that comes with lot of ambiguous meanings and climax with open to interpretation. In first 30 mins, you may be like ” what the heck am i watching ” But, be patient, you will be introduced to some unconventional things that make you ponder.If you stick till the ending, You’ll certainly appreciate this movie. It’s so thought-provoking and provoking. Stanley Kubrick is an inspiration for lots of directors. With being said that, What i suggest you while watching ” BE PATIENT ”

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, and more..

Plot: After discovering mysterious remnants underneath the lunar surface, humanity sets off on a quest to find the origins with the help of artificial intelligence.


memento best thriller movie

Memento was the most unconventional and distinctive movie ever made in the entire cinema world. It is one of the best thriller movies that makes you watch again and again. The reason ? The entire movie narration is backward. You will see scenes of which are prior to the scenes. It is a non-linear narrative with a challenging narrative structure. It is also one of the best Christopher Nolan’s works you should watch. At the end of the film, you will be astonished and amazed. That’s why this movie has a great open ending. So If you haven’t watched this film. Watch this film right away.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Cast: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, and more.

Plot: A person with short-term memory ( who can’t make new memories ever since his wife’s death) investigates his wife’s murderer.



parasite best thriller movie

Parasite is an Oscar winner for the best picture in 2019. It’s the first Korean to win the best Oscar picture. Correspondingly, you will watch a hell of a thriller. It is not only a thriller movie. But, a movie discusses a social satirical drama adding a lot of metaphors to it. From the right beginning to the ending. I assure you, you will stick to the screen till the movie ends. At the ending, that’s where you will be blown away for a few minutes and say what the hell happened. The man who is behind this masterpiece is Boon Joon-ho, the director of Parasite, also the winner of the best director who has a marvelous filmography even before the parasite. He mostly makes films on social issues and provocative films.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Cast: Kang-ho Song, Sun-Kyun Lee, Yeo-Jeong Jo and more.

Plot: A poor family ( The Kims ) inhabits rich family’s ( The parks ) house with deception. But, their easy life in the house becomes a threat and faces a lot of risks.


Shutter Island

shutter island best thriller movie

Shutter Island is certainly the dark and gritty suspense thriller. You know what’s the best thing about this movie?  It’s the Climax. I assume every person who has watched definitely would have startled for a min and say what the f*ck? That’s the same case gonna happen to you at the end. It is directed by legendary filmmaker, Martin Scorsese who made films masterpieces like Goodfellas, The Wolf of the wall street, and Taxidriver. Martin has a lot of fan base when it comes to his character arcs and cinema. Likewise, Shutter island is all about a mystery that reveals in the end. I think 99% of people can never predict the climax. Leonardo Dicaprio and Mark Ruffalo made splendid performances in this film. Watch this film right away if you love dark suspence movies.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, and more..

Plot: In 1954, U.S Marshal and his partner track downs a criminal who is disappeared from the psychiatric sanatorium.


Old Boy

old boy

OldBoy maybe a Korean film, but seriously it is one of the greatest endings in the cinema. The film is characterized by revenge, raw emotion, and violence. The storyline, narration, and acting are the major assets of this film. Chan-wook Park, the director made this film given attention to every detail. Watch this movie, if you love Korean dramas that depart with an open ending.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Cast: Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-Jeong Kang and more.

Plot:  Oh Dae-Su who is released after being imprisoned for 15 years finds his captor for vengeance.

Gone Girl

gone girl best open ending movies

Gone Girl is undoubtedly the best psychological thrillers of all time. It is directed by the apt director David Fincher who made exceptional movies like fight club and seven. If you have seen those films, then you would understand how this movie is gonna be. Since it’s a Fincher movie, it will have darker aspects that spin in all the ways in your mind. Sometimes, it make you uncomfortable and surely has an amazing open ending at the end that left you astounded.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and more.

Plot: Nick Dunne, realizes that the entire media attention has shifted on him that he may not be innocent in his wife’s disappearance.


American Psycho

american psycho best open ending movies

American psycho is rather a horrific scary film that terrifies you in several scenes. The best thing about this movie is Christian bale’s performance as well as the story narration. These both would make you stick to the screen and enjoy this intensive horror genre. With each min, the movie will get elevated and you will be engaged by the end. If you love crime horror genre, you should never miss this and must watch.

IMDb Rating: 7.6/10

Cast: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, and more.

Plot: A wealthy bank executive hides his psychopath face from his co-associates and friends.


Black Swan

Black Swan best thriller movie

Black Swan is surely one of the best thriller movies that leaves you in the end with an excellent cliffhanger. It’s a psychological thriller that may put in a melancholy mood. Especially, it is very well accoladed for the open ending climax. Natalie Portman the main lead did a phenomenon performance and consequently won the best actress in oscar. The film also received accolades for  Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Director. If you want to watch psychological show. Watch this film right away.

IMDb Rating: 8.0/10

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, and more.

Plot: After winning the lead role in Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” performance, dedicated dancer struggles to preserve her mental stability.


Honorable Mentions :

  • A Serious man
  • Take Shelter
  • The Shining
  • The Wrestler
  • The Graduate


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5 months ago

I’ve watched only a few of these but I’m a huge fan of open-endings! It can keep me up nights thinking about it, which is the best. Thanks for sharing!