Making movies is a creative process. The final product is one that has seen several changes before it is ready for the audience. Scenes get deleted, modified or added that weren't part of the original screenplay. Sometimes even entire endings are changed, for better or for worse.
It's hard for us to imagine a different ending than the original ones we saw, but some endings could change our outlook to the whole movie. These are some of the most famous movies with alternate endings that the audiences never got to see.
If it wasn't for Richard Gere and Julia Roberts' chemistry, the ending would have been much darker. The original screenplay didn't have the happy ending, but it was dark and gritty. Vivian ended up back on the streets and the handsome hero turns out to be a jerk who throws her 3000 dollars for the time spent with him.
This movie was an adaptation based on a novel of the same name, which featured the alternate ending. The original ending to the movie has the doctor blowing himself up but passing on the cure for the Darkseekers. In the alternate ending, the Darkseekers break into the lab to rescue the female Darkseeker and the doctor realizes they see him as a murderer of their kind.
The first Jason Bourne movie had a classic Hollywood happy ending with Matt Damon and Franka Potente kissing on the beach at sunset. This alternate ending would have changed the tone of the entire movie, even if the happy ending wouldn't have lasted for long as Marie is shot in the sequel, The Bourne Supremacy.
In the alternate ending to Rocky, Rocky Balboa throws the fight with Apollo Creed after realizing he doesn't want to be a part of the professional boxing scene and opens a pet store for Adrian with the money. Basically, everything you wouldn't want in an ending from the underdog boxer you rooted for. If Stallone had stuck to the original ending of the screenplay he wrote in three days, we wouldn't have got the multiple sequels.
The movie almost didn't feature Gwyneth Paltrow's head in a box, but the family dog's head instead. Thanks to Brad Pitt, what we got was the most powerful and shocking ending we could have hoped for, giving us the perfect end to the thriller. This is another alternate ending we're glad we didn't get to see.
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