Most movie endings are generally cemented. What you see is what you get. However, every now and then, alternate movie endings will pop up either in news headlines, in the special features, or a Director’s Cut release. Usually, alternate movie endings are alternate for a reason. Because they’re awful. However, as we’ll find out, that’s not always the case. Sometimes, the filmmakers got it right the first time but cowed to pressure, or they made several endings and chose the wrong one. Whatever the reason, endings make a huge difference on the feel of the overall story, giving it more weight or making it sink entirely. Here are 25 Alternate Movie Endings Better Than The Original.
The original ending of this crime film shows Sam, played by Robert De Niro, wait in a cafe for his love interest Deirdre, but she never shows and eventually, he gets in a car and leaves. However, the alternate ending is much more brutal. It shows Deirdre coming to the cafe door, but she turns and leaves. A black van pulls up and men in masks pull her into the car as she screams. It’s a final gut punch that makes you question if it was the CIA or the IRA kidnapping her.
The Lion King
Of course, we all remember the theatrical ending of this film showing Scar being mauled to death by his hyena minions. However, in an alternate ending, Scar is burned alive. This was also the original ending, but producers felt it was too dark and uninteresting.
There were several alternate endings to this angsty teen film, including the school blowing up or Veronica blowing up, but in one particular shocking ending, Veronica asks Martha if she wants to rent a movie. Martha’s reply is stabbing Veronica in the stomach and calling her “Heather” while she bleeds on the ground. Veronica replies, “My name’s not Heather, you b*****!”
The Butterfly Effect
The theatrical ending shows Evan and Kayleigh seeing each other on the street. They seem to recognize each other but walk away. However, in the director’s cut, he watches a home video of his birth and travels back in time when he’s in the womb and strangles himself with his umbilical cord thus not changing the timeline and harming anyone around him. It’s a dark ending but also fitting to the tone of the story.
In the original, Rambo has an emotional moment in front of Colonel Trautman before being talked down and escorted out of the building. However, in an alternate ending, Rambo gives Trautman a gun and forces him to shoot Rambo in the stomach, ending the movie in Rambo’s death. It’s a tragic end for a tragic story.