5 Films for when you want to see the protagonist fail

Here are five films where the protagonist loses:

  1. “Chinatown” (1974) – In this classic film noir directed by Roman Polanski, private investigator Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) becomes embroiled in a web of corruption and deceit while investigating a water rights dispute in 1930s Los Angeles. Despite his best efforts to uncover the truth and protect the innocent, Gittes ultimately fails to bring the villains to justice.
  2. “No Country for Old Men” (2007) – Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, this modern Western follows Llewelyn Moss (played by Josh Brolin), a hunter who stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and takes off with a briefcase full of money. The ruthless hitman Anton Chigurh (played by Javier Bardem) is sent to recover the money, and a deadly game of cat-and-mouse ensues. Despite his resourcefulness, Moss is ultimately outmatched and outwitted by Chigurh.
  3. “The Godfather, Part II” (1974) – Francis Ford Coppola’s epic crime drama follows the rise of Vito Corleone (played by Robert De Niro) as a young immigrant in early 20th century New York, and the fall of his son Michael (played by Al Pacino) as the head of the Corleone crime family. Despite his best efforts to protect his family and his business, Michael ultimately loses everything that he holds dear.
  4. “The Wrestler” (2008) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky, this gritty drama stars Mickey Rourke as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a washed-up professional wrestler struggling to make ends meet. Despite his passion for the sport and his desire to make a comeback, Randy’s body and his personal demons ultimately prevent him from achieving his dreams.
  5. “The Departed” (2006) – Martin Scorsese’s crime thriller follows two moles: one working for the Boston police department (played by Matt Damon) and one working for an Irish-American organized crime syndicate (played by Leonardo DiCaprio). Despite their efforts to outsmart each other and protect their respective interests, both men ultimately meet tragic ends in a violent confrontation.
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