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Top 5 Movies With Open Endings Ever Till 2023


The movie industry has been consistently producing films with open endings for decades, leaving viewers with a sense of mystery and intrigue. The 21st century has seen some of the most iconic movies with open endings, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. In this article, we will explore the top five movies with open endings.

1. Inception

This movie from 2010 was directed by Christopher Nolan and features a prominent cast starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cillian Murphy, Elliot Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine. It was highly acclaimed, and earned several awards, amongst which were an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, and Best Editing.

Inception is so complex that it is considered to be one of the most perplexing films of the last few decades. Even today, there are still theories attempting to explain its conclusion. The plot follows Dom Cobb (DiCaprio), a thief who is experienced in stealing secrets from people's minds while they are dreaming. This made him sought after in the corporate espionage industry, but it also caused him to become a wanted criminal, driving him to abandon everything. One day, Cobb is presented an extraordinary chance to reclaim his old life, one final mission where he must do the opposite of what he has always done: insert a notion into the subconscious of Robert Fischer Jr. (Murphy). Nevertheless, his strategy becomes complicated because there is an individual keeping track of him, appearing to anticipate his moves, so Cobb needs to discover who it is before it is too late.

2. Gone Girl

The 2014 movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's book, directed by David Fincher and featuring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry and Carrie Coon, was titled Gone Girl. It follows the story of Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Pike) who have a broken marriage and attempt to fix it by opening a restaurant with the help of one of Nick's sisters. On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy mysteriously vanishes and Nick becomes the prime suspect. His aloofness during his investigations and media appearances makes people question his innocence. The stellar performance of Rosamund Pike in the movie earned her multiple Best Actress awards and nominations.

3. Black Swan

This Darren Aronofsky movie, which was nominated for five Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for its leading actress' performance, follows the story of Nina (Natalie Portman), a New York City ballerina whose life is consumed by her aspirations and career. When Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel) replaces Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) from the production of 'Swan Lake', Nina sees a chance to become the ballet's star. However, Thomas also has his eyes on Lily (Mila Kunis) for the main role. The star of the ballet must be able to express the innocence of the White Swan and the sensuality of the Black Swan. Thomas believes that while Nina can portray the White Swan, she lacks the eroticism required to embody the Black Swan, so he puts more and more pressure on her to fill the role.

The tension between Nina (Natalie Portman) and her mother Erica (Barbara Hershey) leads to Nina's negative relationship with Lily and brings out her negative characteristics, resulting in her destructive behavior. The movie Black Swan was critically acclaimed, earning Natalie Portman the Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is widely regarded as the greatest science fiction movie of all time. An enigmatic monolith leads a primate tribe to discover weapons and tools that will enable them to take control. Centuries later, another monolith is found on the moon, prompting scientists to travel to it with a spaceship from the Space Agency. This monolith sends out a signal that guides the Discovery spacecraft to Jupiter, with five astronauts aboard, including Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood), and Hal 9000, an artificially intelligent machine responsible for controlling the ship. Unbeknownst to the crew, Hal 9000's memory contains instructions to fulfill a mission, and it will not rest until its task is complete.

This iconic movie was a collaboration between Stanley Kubrick, the director, and British science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, who co-wrote the screenplay. The cast includes Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Margaret Tyzack, and the voice of Hal 9000 was provided by Douglas Rain.

5. Parasite

Starring Song Kang-ho, recently confirmed to be in Kim Jee Woon's upcoming movie, Parasite is a thriller directed by Bong Joon Ho and also stars Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Park So-dam and Choi Woo-shik. It follows the story of a poor family from a low-rise apartment in Seoul, struggling to make ends meet with various precarious jobs. Their situation changes when the son manages to get a job as a private English tutor for a wealthy family. Little by little, he introduces his family members into different domestic service jobs, but this leads to a monstrous spiral from which none of them will emerge unscathed. The movie was a critical success, with nearly perfect ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.