Movie endings can make or break a film. But sometimes, they change. Here are ten well known movies where the original ending was subsequently switched.
10 Movies Where They Changed the Ending
The Right Note, in 'Thelma and Louise'
1991's 'Thelma and Louise' has one of the most famous endings in movie history; the title characters, on the run from awful relationships and deadend lives, and murder, have finally been cornered by the police on the edge of The Grand Canyon. But rather than give up, they hold hands and decide to 'keep going', driving off the cliff to their deaths. It's a female empowerment move, in an era not famed for that theme. The film fades to white with the car in mid air, poised in its plunge to the bottom. But originally, director Ridley Scott had intended to show the car crashing to the canyon floor, and then have one final shot of Harvey Keitel's police detective, looking sadly over the edge at the wreckage. This small change (you can watch it above) adds a very different tone to the final scene; the ending where you don't see the crash makes the characters seem almost mythical, immortal, whereas the longer ending becomes much more pedestrian. The stars of the film, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, both objected, and the final half a minute was cut.
Duckie Gets the Girl, in 'Pretty in Pink'
Sledgehammer Subtlety, in 'Titanic'
The Tone Shift, in 'Clerks'
The Real Monster, in 'I Am Legend'
The Frame Up, in 'Fatal Attraction'
The Prom in Heaven, in 'Heathers'
Two decades before 'Mean Girls', there was 'Heathers', the original popular-high-school-girls-run-amuch comedy. In 'Heathers', young wannabe Veronica (Winona Ryder), and her boyfriend JD (Christian Slater), cap the film with a plot to blow up their high school. Only Veronica has a change of heart, foils the plan, and JD only blows himself up. But there was no hedging of bets in the original ending, in which Veronica goes through with the plan; blowing herself up on the school steps and destroying the building, killing everyone inside. The film then cuts to... a prom, in heaven, where all the characters are seen enjoying themslves. A 'much better' ending, according to screenwriter Daniel Waters. Unsurprisingly, the studio balked at such a wild, bleak finale, where every character has been killed, and insisted on a slightly tamer version. The original ending is discussed in the clip above.
Rocket Launcher Roulette, in 'Die Hard with a Venegence'
The Unlikely Apology, in 'Election'
The Big Pie Fight, in 'Dr Strangelove'