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Top 10 Unresolved Cliffhangers in British Movies

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Written by Paul Grover We need answers, dammit! Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 unresolved cliffhangers in British Movies. It’s one thing when a TV episode ends on a cliffhanger, leaving you eagerly anticipating what will happen next week. But it’s another entirely when a standalone movie does it. Particularly, one with no sequel! For this list, we’re counting down the greatest (if most infuriating) unresolved cliffhangers in British film. All of today’s entries must boast at least part-British production and/or strong British influences, and naturally, as we’re discussing how movies end, there are spoilers ahead! Special thanks to our user RichardFB for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Unresolved Cliffhangers in British Movies


We need answers, dammit! Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 unresolved cliffhangers in British Movies.

It’s one thing when a TV episode ends on a cliffhanger, leaving you eagerly anticipating what will happen next week. But it’s another entirely when a standalone movie does it. Particularly, one with no sequel! For this list, we’re counting down the greatest (if most infuriating) unresolved cliffhangers in British film. All of today’s entries must boast at least part-British production and/or strong British influences, and naturally, as we’re discussing how movies end, there are spoilers ahead!

#10: “Snatch” (2000)

After a series of thefts, double crossings and shootouts, protagonists Turkish and Tommy end up in possession of a very valuable diamond, after finding it inside a dog, nonetheless. So, the story ends with them taking it to diamond dealer Doug, who consults New York jeweller “Cousin Avi”. But there’s a twist, because Avi had the diamond in his possession earlier, before it was stolen from him. How will he react to Turkish and Tommy now having hold of it? We’ll never know, because that’s just when “Snatch” cuts to the credits!

#9: “The Grey” (2011)

A movie that was pretty well promoted as ‘Liam Neeson versus wolves’, ends just as Neeson is actually about to fight … a wolf. It doesn’t get much more frustrating than that. Even so, the atmospheric ending to this movie, part-produced by Ridley Scott, does conjure up one vital question; Who won? There is a cheeky post-credit scene, glimpsing at the fallout of the battle, but it’s still not made completely clear who survived and who didn’t, and we never actually get to see Neeson put his very particular set of skills to use.

#8: “The World’s End” (2013)

Despite being the final instalment of Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy”, “The World’s End” leaves audiences still wanting more. Amidst the post-apocalyptic landscape that’s left in the wake of the film’s climax, Gary King and his motley crew of androids run into trouble at a pub when the bartender refuses to serve them. And just as a mass brawl is set to erupt between the pub regulars and King’s robotic pals, the credits roll and we’re again left wondering who wins? And did Gary ever get that drink?

#7: “Get Carter” (1971)

Michael Caine’s Jack Carter spends the duration of this film ruthlessly avenging his brother’s death, only to be sniped in the head come the movie’s conclusion. The moral of the story, we're left to infer is that violence and death isn’t the solution, and if anything only leads to more violence and death. But, just who exactly is the mysterious hit-man who pulls the trigger on Jack? It isn't the first time we see him, and yet we know little to nothing about him.

#6: “High-Rise” (2015)

Director Ben Wheatley is no stranger to offering up morbid and sinister storylines, and “High Rise” is no exception. Dr. Robert Laing moves into a London skyscraper which eventually descends into carnage as rising tensions and class warfare reach boiling point. By the final moments, complete anarchy reigns supreme, with most of the high rise in ruins and Robert on the edge of his sanity. And so, we close out with Laing somewhat ambiguously suggesting that it’s only a matter of time until another tower block suffers the same fate...

#5: “In Bruges” (2008)

After a suitably climactic showdown to this cult favourite crime caper, the black comedy in “In Bruges” leaves us guessing as to whether the movie’s main character has even survived or not. As Colin Farrell’s Ray gets loaded into an ambulance after being shot by the bad guy, we briefly find out what he really thinks thanks to a heartfelt inner monologue. But, though Ray says that he really hopes he won’t die, we’ll never know for sure if his prayers are answered.

#4: “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (1998)

Clearly, Guy Ritchie loves an ambiguous ending, as “Lock, Stock” follows “Snatch” onto this list. Despite a series of heists, Eddy, Tom, Soap and Bacon end up with nothing to show for for their troubles. However, the only bits of evidence linking them to their crimes are two antique shotguns, and Tom’s tasked with disposing of them. But, just at the pivotal moment, the friends learn that the guns are of immense value... Does Tom take the call? Or are the guns no more? Who knows.

#3: “Inception” (2010)

Well, this one really was infuriating! Dealing with characters entering into dreams to extract secrets from the dreamer, it’s easy for our heroes to get lost outside of reality and forget if they’re still in a dream or not. So, this ending’s a real kicker, as Dominick returns home and uses his totem. We know that the spinning top tips over in the real world, but keeps on spinning if you’re stuck in a dream state. But we’re denied the conclusive outcome for this final scene. Or, are we?

#2: “28 Weeks Later” (2007)

First there was “28 Days Later”. Followed by “28 Weeks Later”. Which seemingly teased “28 Months Later”. But, at the rate things are moving, “28 Years Later” might be a more likely part three. What makes things even more frustrating, is the way in which “28 Weeks Later” ends, with the survivors making it to Paris, only to be swarmed by another herd of hellish, sprinting, Continental zombies. Who doesn't want to see how that plays out? Hopefully, we’ll get the final chapter of this trilogy sometime soon!

#1: “The Italian Job” (1969)

The classic cliffhanger ending that literally ends on the edge of a cliff! After a successful heist, the driver, “Big” William, loses control of the coach which is being used to transport the stolen gold, and the vehicle ends up teetering on the edge of a mountain road in the Alps. And as the heavy gold slips towards the back of the coach, Charlie Croker announces he has a solution for this particularly precarious position. We’ll just never get to see what his ‘great idea’ was, or if it worked!
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