Not really movies that leave a loose end in case of a sequel but rather ones that have absolutely no resolution–they just end.
I caught Two Lane Blacktop last night and was caught off guard by the “melting film” ending. I wonder if G.T.O. guy’s last wacky story was intended as a representation of what the ending was supposed to be, possibly with the roles reversed.
Sam Peckinpah’s Cross of Iron. Great flick, right up to the very end where it looks like Peckinpah just turned off the camera in mid scene. Very much worth watching, but be forewarned that the ending basically leaves the story unresolved and is very unsatisfying.
You and Me and Everyone We Know. I liked it, a lot, but it sorta felt like the middle of a movie.
We meet the characters in the middle of changes in their lives, and while there’s natural progress, it felt like it never got past the middle. When the screen went black, I said “That’s it? I want more!”
I’d say that Broken Flowers falls into this category.
The movie ends with absolutely no resolution as to which woman had written the note telling him of his son, or if the whole thing was a hoax by his disgruntled ex. Of course, the movie is really about his character’s development as a human being and the whole road trip/investigation is just the backdrop to this change - but still, it ends without giving any real answers at all. In my opinion, if the note was real - I think it was Francis Conroy who had the child…there was a lot of subtext/body language in the scene’s with her and her husband that seem to indicate this.