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The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History

Good finales offer catharsis. The best deny us closure altogether.

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by Anonymousreply 72Last Thursday at 8:52 PM

I've long been a fan of Mother. I also love the ending to Memories of Murder by the same director. He has a real knack for ending stories.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Monday at 4:48 PM

"Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."

Miss Charlotte Vale (a lesser one)

by Anonymousreply 2Last Monday at 4:49 PM

[quote] "Good finales offer catharsis. The best deny us closure"

Sub-Wildean epigram. Sounds good, not always accurate.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Monday at 4:54 PM

I don't see how they didn't include Psycho's "I hope they're watching. They'll see. They'll see and they'll know because she couldn't hurt a fly."

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by Anonymousreply 4Last Monday at 5:01 PM

An Unmarried Woman

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Monday at 5:02 PM

One of the best endings EVER.

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by Anonymousreply 6Last Monday at 5:05 PM

Oops, I didn't click on the link and just added an ending. I now see it was #21.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Monday at 5:09 PM

The Village by M. Night Shyamalan. Oh, wait, you said BEST endings

by Anonymousreply 8Last Monday at 5:11 PM

And of course ....

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by Anonymousreply 9Last Monday at 5:12 PM

I enjoyed the last 5 minutes with Agnes Moorehead.

But I don't want to watch it again.

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by Anonymousreply 10Last Monday at 5:17 PM

This was utterly terrifying the first time.

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by Anonymousreply 11Last Monday at 5:18 PM

The 2005 remake of King Kong was bloated in some ways, but its bones are strong. The finale is heartbreaking.

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Monday at 5:23 PM

Where the fuck is Gone With the Wind?

by Anonymousreply 13Last Monday at 6:08 PM

Frankly, my dear R13, they didn't give a damn.

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by Anonymousreply 15Last Monday at 7:26 PM

"Rebecca," with the burning of Manderley.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Monday at 7:28 PM

The Sixth Sense

by Anonymousreply 17Last Monday at 7:38 PM

The Haunting (1963) with Julie Harris - there's a narration that the house now possessed her or something - don't remember the wording but it was powerful.

(I didn't watch the remake - I'll stick with Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Julie, etc., thank you very much)

by Anonymousreply 18Last Monday at 7:52 PM

In TSOM , the family is fleeing the NAZIS in Salzburg , by crossing the Alps into GERMANY .

by Anonymousreply 19Last Monday at 7:59 PM

Live By Night

Ben Affleck playing with his son at the beach.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Monday at 8:06 PM

Thanks, R6. LA Confidential is one of my all time favorites and that it lost the Oscar was a disgrace. Brilliant film at every level. That they were able to come up with that incredible script from the crazy mess of that novel was amazing.

The ending to Jagged Edge became my mantra.

As she is crying over her lost, murderer lover, the grizzled old private eye comforts her with, "Fuck him, he was trash."

by Anonymousreply 21Last Monday at 8:59 PM

Jack Lemon and Joe E Brown in Some Like It Hot

by Anonymousreply 22Last Monday at 9:02 PM

The ending of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. I guess you had to have lived through that time to appreciate how magical that ending was. It was like a gift.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Monday at 9:07 PM

“Inglorious Basterds” and the inferno in the theater.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Monday at 9:24 PM

Could you explain the "Nobody's perfect" joke from Some Like It Hot and Jack Lemmon's double take, for someone who is not a native English speaker?

by Anonymousreply 25Last Monday at 10:03 PM

Damn paywall. Anyone have the list?

by Anonymousreply 26Last Monday at 10:12 PM

R25 It's possibly one of the greatest movie endings because the whole movie, the audience knows that Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis are in drag. Basically the audience is waiting for one of the other characters to realize it and freak out and have a fit. The joke is that all that build up, and it's completely passed over by a nonplussed Joe E. Brown character like it was no big deal at all.

Supposedly that line was just a placeholder until they could come up with something better. But it ended up being one of the most iconic moments in the movie.

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 10:13 PM

What? No mention of "Your girl is lovely, Hubbell"? This list is anti-Semitic. That is an iconic ending that inspired an iconic scene in my iconic HBO show.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 10:34 PM

"Give 'em a good strong finish and they'll forgive you anything."

by Anonymousreply 29Last Monday at 10:36 PM

Any list without Shawshank Redemption is bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 30Last Monday at 10:37 PM

Dancer in the Dark

by Anonymousreply 31Last Monday at 10:40 PM

“Papa, watch me fly!”

by Anonymousreply 32Last Monday at 10:43 PM

Old Boy. The original. Devestating.

by Anonymousreply 33Last Monday at 10:44 PM

Dangerous Liaisons

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by Anonymousreply 34Last Monday at 10:46 PM

Wilder's 'Some Like it Hot' has to take the prize. Although the ending of Hitchcock's late entry 'Frenzy' is a personal favorite.

by Anonymousreply 35Last Monday at 10:49 PM

I've only seen a handful of those movies.

by Anonymousreply 36Last Monday at 10:52 PM

Body Heat

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by Anonymousreply 37Last Monday at 10:55 PM

Rogue One, the best of the modern Star Wars films.

by Anonymousreply 38Last Monday at 11:00 PM

Tarkovsky's Nostalghia from 1983. One take (!)

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by Anonymousreply 39Last Monday at 11:07 PM

Carrie, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 40Last Monday at 11:17 PM

Thelma and louise

by Anonymousreply 41Last Monday at 11:41 PM

Papillon (1973)

by Anonymousreply 42Last Monday at 11:44 PM

Yentl was a bad choice. The ending of Funny Girl with Babs singing My Man is arguably more memorable.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Monday at 11:52 PM

Halloween (1978)

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by Anonymousreply 44Last Monday at 11:55 PM

Another vote for Thelma and Louise. And the final scenes in:

Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens)

El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in their Eyes)

Le conseguenze dell'amore (The Consequences of Love)

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Von Ryan’s Express

Anklaget (Accused)

by Anonymousreply 45Last Tuesday at 12:01 AM

I can't read the article because it's paywall. What movies are the cartoons depicting on OP's link? I know one of them is Some Like it Hot.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Tuesday at 12:02 AM

Miss Lindsey as Bette Davis on the final scene of Baby Jane

Miss Lindsey as Mo'Nique, Mariah and Gabourey in a three-for-one bonus in Precious.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Tuesday at 12:13 AM

SUZANNE SOMERS This is my bad side!

by Anonymousreply 48Last Tuesday at 12:18 AM

I really think the ending of Bonnie and Clyde.

Iconic and shattering.

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by Anonymousreply 49Last Tuesday at 12:45 AM

Lindsey as Miss Havisham in her bridal dress, pining for McCain or Trump or any man who refused to marry her.

by Anonymousreply 50Last Tuesday at 12:47 AM

I like the ending to the original Alfie. This clip includes Alfie's (Michael Caine) monologue and Cher's singing of the title song, along with a beautiful montage of the credits.

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by Anonymousreply 51Last Tuesday at 1:04 AM

The two guys in the kitchen at the bottom of three picture are from the ending of “The Big Night.” That never would have crossed my mind, since Sexy young Marc Anthony had exited the scene just prior.

by Anonymousreply 52Last Tuesday at 2:01 AM

Good shout, I'm amazed they missed the end of Gone With The Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

by Anonymousreply 53Last Tuesday at 8:55 AM

For a bittersweet ending? Nothing gets me like the final scene from Running on Empty. When the River Phoenix character rushes to put his bike in the back of the family truck? And then Judd Hirsch tells him to get the bike out and leave?

Ugh. It KILLS me every time!

by Anonymousreply 54Last Tuesday at 9:11 AM

Black Widow

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by Anonymousreply 55Last Tuesday at 10:14 AM

Three Bette Davis movies, with 2 of her immortal closing lines.

by Anonymousreply 56Last Tuesday at 10:21 AM

R27, you used "nonplussed" incorrectly to mean pretty much the opposite of what it actually means, but other than that, your analysis of the brilliance of the ending of SOME LIKE IT HOT is spot on.

by Anonymousreply 57Last Tuesday at 10:30 AM

The delightful faux 60's TV show music video that plays during the end credits of Down With Love, with Ewan and Renee and a brief cameo of composer Mark Shaiman on piano. Adorable.

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by Anonymousreply 58Last Tuesday at 12:04 PM

The Spirit of the Beehive

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by Anonymousreply 59Last Tuesday at 12:20 PM

Another vote for Body Heat. Easily top five.

Where in the hell was Sunset Boulevard?!?! Did I just miss it? I wasn't surprised not to see it for the length of the article because it is obviously top five if not number one, but then...nothing. Crazy.

by Anonymousreply 60Last Tuesday at 12:40 PM

Tootsie (1982)

That final scene is all about forgiveness. And the scene ends with the beautiful song "It Might Be You".

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by Anonymousreply 61Last Wednesday at 12:43 AM

The Usual Suspects should have been on this list.

by Anonymousreply 62Last Wednesday at 4:58 AM

R60. Because they self-imposed a one director/one film, they used their Billy Wilder slot for Some Like It Hot. I’d argue that SLIH May have the best final punchline, but SB has a memorable last scene.

by Anonymousreply 63Last Wednesday at 6:15 AM

The Graduate.

by Anonymousreply 64Last Wednesday at 6:44 AM

I agree about Usual Suspects, although I am sure it is a little low brow for some here. I also thought the ending (credits?) of Wild Things was genius. And the whole movie was such fun. Bill Murray especially.

by Anonymousreply 65Last Wednesday at 7:11 AM

"Imitation of Life" (1959)

"Shawshank Redemption"

"The Usual Suspects"

by Anonymousreply 66Last Wednesday at 7:29 AM

Endings are so tough to get right. Really makes you appreciate the great ones. The worst are the ones that just cut to black with no pay off whatsoever.

Carrie has one of the best. Also Friday the 13th even if it's basically the same concept as Carrie.

The original Black Christmas has a great ending, too, that wraps things up but leaves a lot of wrong for ambiguity. Really creeps me out.

by Anonymousreply 67Last Wednesday at 7:32 AM

The German film "Das Leben Der Andersen" (The Lives Of Others) has one of my favorite endings.

by Anonymousreply 68Last Wednesday at 11:51 AM

Look! I've stopped the drift!

by Anonymousreply 69Last Wednesday at 12:09 PM

One Director/One Film - and for Kubrick they chose Eyes Wide Shut? Did they not see A Clockwork Orange?? "I was cured all right"...then Gene Kelly "Singin' in the Rain" as credits start to roll. Fucking brilliant!

Also, R68, I second that!

by Anonymousreply 70Last Thursday at 8:04 PM

This person puts Mama Mia on the list but omits The Taking of Pelham One Two Three? Absurd.

by Anonymousreply 71Last Thursday at 8:49 PM


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