/ Best ending to a film?
I really liked the ending to The Ghost Writer
But don't discuss it.. spoiler alert!
The 1973 "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" freeze-frame on Matthau's face.
Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour"
The Third Man
The Godfather, Part II
The Blue Lagoon (yes really)
Right At My Door
The Spanish Prisoner
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Requiem for a Dream
The Ides of March
A Clockwork Orange
Solaris (Tarkovsky - not seen Soderbergh's version yet)
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (yes, really! Just the end)
Les Amants du Pont-Neuf
The Crazies (at least the Breck Eisner remake which is the only version I've seen)
Ice Cold in Alex
Aguirre, Wrath of God (and for that matter, Fitzcarraldo)
just left that lovely frisson of not knowing
Oh yes that reminds me
Kiss Me Deadly (Repo Man's ending references this directly, you see)
Odd Man Out
Build My Gallows High (aka Out of the Past)
and how could I forget...
Angel Heart !
Butch and Sundance.
> Butch and Sundance.
Don't be silly, it is the only point in the film that that get close to historical fact. The Italian Job fits the description for me though, I understand the sensibilities of the time meant they would not get away with it.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
The Shawshank Redemption? Really?
Are you should you didnt mean to post this in the other thread??
That's the sloppiest mawkiest (?) ending ever. It should have finished 10 minutes earlier and skipped that awful reunion on the beach scene...then it would have been a cracker!
I fear that this thread will attract a lot of this sort of thing (Thelma & Louise and so on...). In many ways I regret a few from my long list! Se7en is a bit "obvious" isn't it. Mmm
But it was the right ending for that film. And yes, I'm sticking with it as one of my favourites.
The Deer Hunter
The Bridges of Madison County
Best ending to a film?
Extreme Bukkake 08
> I fear that this thread will attract a lot of this sort of thing (Thelma & Louise and so on...). In many ways I regret a few from my long list! Se7en is a bit "obvious" isn't it. Mmm
That's bollox Blue and you know it. Good endings don't have to be hard or sad or cold, they just have to be appropriate.
> Best ending to a film?
> Extreme Bukkake 08
I found the ending just kept coming, long after it was due, a little like AI:artificial intelligence.
I put my coat on twice at the cinema, and it still wasn't over. AI, Not Bukkake 08
But my favourite Ending, UP. Great film
> That's bollox Blue and you know it. Good endings don't have to be hard or sad or cold, they just have to be appropriate.
What in God's holy Name are you babbling about? 10 of mine are unambiguously NOT cold, hard or sad. Some others are ambiguous and could be read as hard or not.
> What in God's holy Name are you babbling about? 10 of mine are unambiguously NOT cold, hard or sad. Some others are ambiguous and could be read as hard or not.
I"m "babbling" about your response, not your list of films.
+1 for the ending to 'The Third Man'. Which is also I think one of the best films there is.
Electra Glide in Blue.
The Big Country
Arlington Road was a bit of a suprise...
Alien - Sigourney Weaver in her white skimpies fighting the alien creature.
Schindlers List - it was a good touch bringing the actors and the real people together leaving pebbles on Oscar Schindler's grave.
"What in God's holy Name are you babbling about?" is a movie reference! Thought you would spot it.
I like the ending of To Die For. It's not that good a film and the end is inevitable and a bit obvious, but it's nicely done.
Just remembered -
"The Player" ;)
> Best ending to a film?
> Extreme Bukkake 08
Don't you think that after 01 - 07 the ending was a bit predictable? It's like they want to keep milking it forever.
Can I add Zabriski point to your list.
The road I thought was good, I was prepared for a soppy ending where they all live happy ever after but liked the way it hammered home the trust each other theme.
And the French animated film renaissance had a good ending,
And for a tv series the end to dexter, the series with john lithgow in, has a brilliant ending.
My own private Idaho
Ah well, if we're including tv series :)
Then the finale to 6 feet under has got to be the best ever. I was come rely lost for words and in floods of tears for some time afterwards
> Extreme Bukkake 08
> like they want to keep milking it forever.
...The endings tend to be a bit "in your face" and sloppy for mainstream.
Sub-titles are distracting as well....
"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, its dark and we're wearing sunglasses.........Hit it!
> Ah well, if we're including tv series :)
Then Blackadder 4 would win hands down for me. Chilling.
> Apocalypse now
Has a number of different endings I think.
The Seventh Seal
Some Like it Hot
Thelma & Louise
The Third Man
I realise that apart from the comedy classic, they are all sad. No wonder I can't enjoy most modern films with their insufferable happy endings!
Or, Sweet Charity, if remade today would have the hero running through Central Park and across the bridge because audiences today can't accept anything else.
Although, that said, Sean Penn bucked the trend with "Into the Wild". And, Ang Lee with "Crouching Tiger" and "Brokeback Mountain".
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Without a doubt!!! Italian Job all the way!!
I agree that the Italian Job ending is superb
Also loved the end of Gran Torino
Fight Club, if only for the music.
> In many ways I regret a few from my long list! Se7en is a bit "obvious" isn't it. Mmm
Loving your missing punctuation marks.
The sixth sense;totally surprised.
Come and see;some righteous revenge to release the anger.
Dr. Strangelove;bizarre and sad.
Ghost; tears everytime.
The Big Blue
Cinema Paradiso has a particularly memorable ending. Memento does too, although it's also the beginning. Being There with Peter Sellers has a good ending also.
Most old films had happy endings too. You have simply cherry-picked some that didn't. Just as much of a proportion of modern films have bleak or ambiguous endings. It's got nothing to do with how old a film is. With respect, you are viewing the past through rose tinted spectacles, I think. You even list some examples of modern films with bleak endings yourself! :-)
Now, go and check out Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
I gather The Mist has a belter of an ending too, but I have not seen that one.
> Most old films had happy endings too.
Or they have a happy ending made for the US market, like Big Blue ;0)
Originall ending is much better ofcourse.
The Mist DOES have a belter of an ending. As does The Proposition from a few years ago.
If you want a modern film with a great ending, try Take Shelter. One of those endings that leaves you with goosebumps..
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - the Chief smothers McMurphy with a pillow then throws the wash unit through the window and strides off to freedom. Accompanied by that odd, Theramin like, wavering soundtrack.
'cept the outcome should have been the other way round.
It's barely a shoot-out though, is it? Yes there is a shot (or two), but only after about 9 minutes of slow jogging around an airfield :-)
> It's barely a shoot-out though, is it? Yes there is a shot (or two), but only after about 9 minutes of slow jogging around an airfield :-)
They probably were all shoot-outed out after that one earlier in the film after the robbery. Good shoot out that.
Andy McNab choreographed it, and on UKC he seems to be persona non grata, like Bear Grylls, so it follows that you are no longer allowed to like that shootout :-P
> Andy McNab choreographed it, and on UKC he seems to be persona non grata, like Bear Grylls, so it follows that you are no longer allowed to like that shootout :-P
I plough my own trough. I know what i like and that shoot out is cool.
Far North. Very difficult to say much about it, because the ending makes the whole rather bizarre preceding 88 minutes all come together, and no discussion of the film can really be about anything other than the ending. In fact, this might make a new thread.
North by Northwest.
It's a superb example of lean storytelling. 30 seconds, no dialogue, and we have the protagonist overcoming the bad guy, clearing his name, and boffing the leading lady in a daringly suggestive bit of visual innuendo. Splendid!
Brazil. I can't believe they copped out with a happy ending... Oh, hang on a minute...
Would have proposed Irreversible but I'm not sure where the end is....
a tale of two sisters
my neighbour totoro
And of course, how could one forget "All quiet on the Western front".
One of the most low key and yet uplifting endings of all;
"The Lives of Others".
A Prophet (unfortunately on first watching I was allowed into the cinema for the end of an earlier showing and started with ending. Cheers)
The Sting (and full of amazing scenes - Paul Newman playing poker on the train being at the top)
Scarface (ridiculous Pacino)
American Werewolf in London always makes me cry at the end
sure i saw a thread on best film opening sequences. Seem to be having a blind spot finding it, or i imagined it.
Anyway, best film openings for me-
once upon a time in the west - for tension
django (proper old one) - just like the idea of this hardbitten fella dragging a coffin behind him everywhere. Sort of existential therapy
> sure i saw a thread on best film opening sequences. Seem to be having a blind spot finding it, or i imagined it.
> Anyway, best film openings for me-
The Wild Bunch
The Living Daylights
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