7 Movie Love Triangles That Really Went the Wrong Way

So the movie’s about to end. You’ve watched them flirt, bicker, break up, make up and kiss. Everything’s set for them to end up happily ever after. And then it all goes to pot and he/she winds up walking into the sunset with the wrong girl/guy.

Believe us, it happens more than you might think – and not just in the movies. But it doesn’t stop it being the biggest swizz imaginable: a massive cheat that sends you out into the world wondering how on earth they managed to mess it up.

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Love triangles have been a part of cinema since celluloid was invented. If we had it our way, though, the following ménages à trois would have been sent back to the drawing board long before they ever came near a soundstage.

1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

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Throughout the four-film Hunger Games cycle, Jennifer Lawrence’s heroic Katniss Everdeen has a simple choice to make. Will she opt for Liam Hemsworth’s Gale Hawthorne, who she’s known her whole life and who clearly loves her – a hunter, wood chopper, freedom fighter and all-round dreamboat? Or will she go for Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta Mellark, a master at cake decoration who constantly needs to be rescued?

For some unfathomable reason Katniss ends up resisting the Gale Force and returning to District 12 to raise a family with Peeta, the same guy who tried to strangle her at the end of Mockingjay – Part 1. Sounds like he’s not the only one brainwashed in this relationship.

2. Pretty in Pink (1986)

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Having been treated like dirt by Andrew McCarthy’s rich kid Blane for most of the picture, Molly Ringwald’s plucky pauper Andie ends up going to the prom with Jon Cryer’s Duckie, the one true friend who’s been by her side throughout.

But wait! What’s this? It’s Blane coming over to tell Andie he’s really, really sorry and that he loves her very much. At which point Duckie shakes his hand and tells the girl he’s had a crush on forever to go hook up with his rival in the parking lot.

The irony is that in the original version of Howard Deutch’s film, Andie and Duckie did end up together. Test audiences didn’t like that ending, though, forcing John Hughes to write the senseless cop-out we have today. Boo!

3. Scott Pilgrim Vs the World (2010)

When Edgar Wright’s joyous comic book-video game mash-up opened in cinemas, it ended with Michael Cera’s lovable geek Scott Pilgrim walking hand in hand through a door in the snow with Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Ramona Flowers, the vividly coiffed dream girl he’s fought seven of her exes to win.

To be honest, though, we kind of wish Edgar had ignored the test audiences and stuck with his first idea for the ending, which saw Scott walking off towards Toronto’s CN Tower with original girlfriend Knives Chau (Ellen Wong).

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4. Casablanca (1942)

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Almost the iconic example of the art form. As we near the climax of this black-and-white classic, it looks as if Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine will whisk Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa Lund off on the night plane to Lisbon, leaving her freedom fighter husband Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) to face an uncertain fate at the hands of those nasty old Nazis.

But then he goes all noble on us, insisting she flies away with the hubby he and we know she doesn’t love while he remains in Morocco and joins the Resistance. If we could play this one again (Sam), Bogie and Ingrid would be up, up and away faster than Claude Rains can round up the usual suspects.

5. Made of Honor (2008)

From the moment Patrick Dempsey’s Tom mistakenly ends up in bed with Michelle Monaghan’s Hannah, you know they’ll be together by the time the final credits roll. But we think Paul Weiland’s rom-com missed a trick by not having Michelle reject McDreamy’s declaration of love – delivered, Graduate-style, just as she’s about to tie the knot – and marry Kevin McKidd’s Colin like she’s supposed to.

Colin is lovely. And Tom is a douche.

Our Kevin might not have got the girl, but he did end up getting a role alongside Dempsey in Grey’s Anatomy. “He said he had no idea I was in it until I showed up on set,” Kev revealed in 2009. “I think it was just one of those happy coincidences.”

6. The Age of Innocence (1993)

Stultifying convention stops Daniel Day-Lewis’s Newland Archer from following his heart in Martin Scorsese’s sumptuous period piece, which sees its lawyer hero enter into a passionless marriage with Winona Ryder’s unworldly wallflower rather than have a scandalous fling with Michelle Pfeiffer’s glamorous countess.

Daniel and Winona were a lot friendlier off screen, of course, and had (probably, maybe, allegedly) dated by the time they reunited in 1996’s The Crucible. It was while making that film, though, that he met Rebecca Miller, the daughter of legendary playwright Arthur and the woman who’s now his wife.

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Okay, so this one might be a stretch – especially for those who loved seeing Renee Zellweger’s Bridget finally hook up with Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy on a snowy London street. Would it not have been a little more interesting, though, if it had been Hugh Grant’s Daniel Cleaver she ended up smooching in the snow?

Darcy is dashing but boring, while Cleaver is naughty but nice. Even if he is an insufferable cad who insisted on calling her by her last name and only really cared about her enormous pants…

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