*NOTE 1* This can be taken as anything relating to the good guys losing, bad guys winning, nobody winning. Basically a non-Hollywood ending/ Non-Disney happy ending.
*NOTE 2* There is no particular order to the list.
*NOTE 3* I understand there are many other films that could make this list more than a top 5 could encompass. That being said this is in no way a down mark on other fine films not listed.
5.) The Way of the Gun (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0202677/ ) – In the movie there were no good guys, just a varying degree of bad guys. In the end the bad guys you are kind of pulling for end up with nothing.
*On a side note, this movie has one of the best opening scenes ever.
4.) No Country for Old Men (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477348/) – A great chase movie where you are pulling for the hero to get away with the money, yet reality creeps in and the drug dealers hired goon kills everyone involved with the drug deal gone wrong.
*On a side note, Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is one of the best movie villains ever IMHO.
3.) American History X (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120586/) – Just an all around great movie. The main character swinging from his hate filled youth to a young man full of regent and wasted time. Just a shitty ending (not bad as filmed but the way it went down) with his younger brother being shot dead. Killed from the hate he helped spawn.
*On a side note, one of my favorite quotes comes from this movie: “Has anything you’ve done made your life better?”
2.) They Live (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096256/) – Cool concept for a movie (alien takeover of Earth but humans are unaware. Use of hypnotic controls and covert propaganda) but delivered in a B horror movie style. The ending has the hero being shot and killed by the villains (aliens) but he does destroy the antenna that is masking the aliens’ presence on Earth. It ends as that with no knowledge of if the humans fight back or if the aliens just start killing everyone.
*On a side note the film has one of the all time classic fight scenes (about a 5 minute fist fight). It is spoofed in South Parks Epsd. “Cripple Fight” between Timmy and Jimmy.
1.) The Butterfly Effect (Alt. Ending) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0289879/) – I know the Hollywood released ending has him just tell the little girl something horrible to have her move away thus saving everyone from him. The ending they tested and did not release (except on DVD/ Blu-Ray) has him watch a home movie (like his dad did to travel back in time) of his birth and then proceeds to choke himself to death with the umbilical cord. There is a point earlier in the movie where the mother reveals that there were 2 stillborns before he was born.
*On a side note Amy Smart was fucking amazing in her role and should have won some sort of accolade for it.