Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
On a more serious note...
I think George Romero is very good at depressing endings. Night of the Living Dead has already been mentioned.
Dawn of the Dead (to a certain extent)
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (though you see it coming)
The Thing (1982)
Requiem for a Dream
The Elephant Man
Eraserhead (this whole movie has a depressing tone to it)
New York Ripper
Taxi Driver (to an extent)
That's all I can think of right now...
Although its a kind of Easy Rider in reverse Elektra Glide In blue has a fairly depressing ending.
The Filth And The Fury
David Lynch's THE ELEPHANT MAN has a really depressing ending... I saw this recently when I purchased the DVD and it bothered me more when I saw it this time than when I was totally oblivious to how it would end... Simply great filmmaking by a great filmmaker.
The Mummy's Ghost
Last man on Earth
Carnival of Souls
Crimes and Misdemeanors
On the Beach
Love and Anarchy
Endings don't get much more depressing than Day of the Locust. But of course it's not on dvd.
And in a goofier vein, the ending of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah is pretty depressing for Godzilla fans, as it was intended at the time to be the last G film and was pretty heart-tugging at the end.
THE ELEPHANT MAN always brings a tear to my eye, I admit. I found the ending of INSOMNIA unexpectedly sad, too.
More to add
The Wicker Man
Bullet in the Head
School on Fire
City on Fire
"Sailing out beside the sea, out beside the sunken dream"
Yep, that one gets my vote as well.Originally posted by John Gargo
American History X
Chuck Norris isn't hung like a horse. Horses are hung like Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris doesn't tea-bag the ladies. He potato sacks 'em.
And let's not forget MIDNIGHT COWBOY - poor Ratso finally gets to Flordia only to die on the bus....
"One cannot 100% trust a screenshot that someone else made."
I just watched THE PLAGUE DOGS for the first time a couple nights ago... The ending is one of those hopeful-but-inevitably-downbeat conclusions that really got to me. If I'd seen this thing when I was 8, it would have stuck with me for years.