/ Best ending to a film?

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Denni on 25 Jan 2013
This is mine, one of my favourite films of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R2Atsh6hHA
will909 - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Usual suspects?
ice.solo - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Easyrider?
Frogger - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

I really liked the ending to The Ghost Writer


But don't discuss it.. spoiler alert!
stroppygob - on 25 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: The best ending was the ending to the "US remake" of "The Wickerman".


> At just 2 minutes in to the movie I couldn't wait for it to arrive.



sbc_10 - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

You mean this kind of Thing ......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA4Ozqt7338
Pursued by a bear - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: There have been some good ones. One which has been on tonight ends with "He was a soldier of Rome. Who will help me carry him?", which is a damn fine conclusion.

T.
Nath93 - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Trainspotting, Gladiator or The Shinning.
Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

The 1973 "The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3" freeze-frame on Matthau's face.
Spike Lee's "The 25th Hour"
Se7en
The Third Man
Watchmen
The Hill
The Professionals
Carlito's Way
The Godfather, Part II
reservoir Dogs
The Blue Lagoon (yes really)
Right At My Door
The Spanish Prisoner
The Verdict
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Requiem for a Dream
The Ides of March
The Prestige
eXistenZ
Savior
A Clockwork Orange
Solaris (Tarkovsky - not seen Soderbergh's version yet)
Point Break
Salvador
Blow-Up
Blow Out
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (yes, really! Just the end)
Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:

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)
Kimono - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:
sideways

just left that lovely frisson of not knowing
ena sharples - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Repo Man=delightfully nuts.
Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to ena sharples:

Oh yes that reminds me
Kiss Me Deadly (Repo Man's ending references this directly, you see)
Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Odd Man Out
Build My Gallows High (aka Out of the Past)
and how could I forget...
Angel Heart !
bouldery bits - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Casablanca.
JGF - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Butch and Sundance.
The New NickB - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to JGF:
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> 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.
Gordon Stainforth - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Minneconjou Sioux - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Shawshank redemption
Kimono - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Minneconjou Sioux:
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!
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Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to kieran b:

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
Minneconjou Sioux - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to kieran b:

But it was the right ending for that film. And yes, I'm sticking with it as one of my favourites.

Along with:

The Deer Hunter
The Bridges of Madison County
Unforgiven
Leon
Lonesome dove
MJ - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Best ending to a film?

Extreme Bukkake 08
Minneconjou Sioux - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to kieran b)
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> 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.
Lukem6 - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to MJ:
> (In reply to Denni)
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> Best ending to a film?
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> 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
Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Minneconjou Sioux:
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> 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.
Minneconjou Sioux - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to Minneconjou Sioux)
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> 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.
Flatus Vetus - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

District 9
abseil on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> The Third Man

+1 for the ending to 'The Third Man'. Which is also I think one of the best films there is.
Tom V - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Electra Glide in Blue.
brokenbanjo - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Troll Hunter
In Bruges
Andúril - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

The Big Country
Rock Badger on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: original italian job
matthewjc - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Arlington Road was a bit of a suprise...
jacobfinn on 26 Jan 2013
Jaws - cos I saw it in a cinema when I was about seven years old. Gave me nightmares for years.

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.

sbc_10 - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

The final and prophetic words of an all time and space dimension classic...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_seKyGYlTHY
Blue Straggler - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Minneconjou Sioux:

"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.
Tom V - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Just remembered -

"The Player" ;)
tom_in_edinburgh - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to MJ:
> (In reply to Denni)
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> Best ending to a film?
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> 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.

LP - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Confessions of a dangerous mind. Simple but effective.
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gd303uk - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler: Good list of film endings , I particularly like Blow up,
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.
gd303uk - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to gd303uk: : Once upon a time in America, most Sergio leone films have brilliant endings.

Old boy
My own private Idaho
Midnight cowboy

Kimono - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:
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
sbc_10 - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to tom_in_edinburgh:
> (In reply to ...several )
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> 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....

farmerboy - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

"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!
john arran - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to kieran b:
> (In reply to Denni)
> Ah well, if we're including tv series :)

Then Blackadder 4 would win hands down for me. Chilling.
muttley_109 on 26 Jan 2013
shaggypops - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Italian Job......the original one
jonathan shepherd - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: I thought the ending to The Game was very good.
Kipper - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to muttley_109:
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> Apocalypse now
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Has a number of different endings I think.


Pero - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

La Strada
The Seventh Seal
Shane
Some Like it Hot
The Swimmer
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!
Pero - on 26 Jan 2013
Even a film like High Noon has an ending which I don't think they could make anymore. He just throws the sheriff's badge down in the dirt.

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".
andy farnell - on 26 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:
> This is mine, one of my favourite films of all time:
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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7R2Atsh6hHA

Return of the Jedi, with Yoda, Obi Wan and Anakin reunited.

Andy F
shaymarriott - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
floss_81 on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to shaggypops:
> (In reply to Denni) Italian Job......the original one

Without a doubt!!! Italian Job all the way!!
Rob Exile Ward on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: Amadeus. The last few moments are so bleak...
Rourke - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to count:

I agree that the Italian Job ending is superb

Also loved the end of Gran Torino
jim jones on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:
Dr Strangelove.
Axel Smeets - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Fight Club, if only for the music.
Gudrun - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to kieran b)
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> 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.
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Byronius Maximus - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Inception
Mikkel - on 27 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:
The Big Blue
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

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.
Blue Straggler - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Pero:

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.
Mikkel - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to Pero)
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> 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.

Bjartur i Sumarhus on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Mikkel: Not a movie, but the end of The Sopranos was good and started an argument with the wife about what had just happened
patrick_b - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:

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..
Slugain Howff - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:


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.
Mike7 on 28 Jan 2013
The Wild Bunch; (or perhaps Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid).
tp45597 - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: simple, michael manns heat, can anything beat seeing di niro and pacino shoot it out to that awesome soundtrack from Moby? perfection.
Minneconjou Sioux - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to tp45597:
> (In reply to Denni) simple, michael manns heat, can anything beat seeing di niro and pacino shoot it out to that awesome soundtrack from Moby? perfection.

'cept the outcome should have been the other way round.
Blue Straggler - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to tp45597:

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 :-)
Sebastian Fontleroy - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to tp45597)
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> 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.
Blue Straggler - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy:
> 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

Sebastian Fontleroy - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Blue Straggler:
> (In reply to Sebastian Fontleroy)
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> 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.

cb294 - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

"Es geschah am hellichten Tage" with Heinz Rühmann and Gerd Fröbe. Still haunts me many years later.

English version here:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051588/

Also, "Don´t look now".

CB
Blue Straggler - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

Freaks!
Blue Straggler - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

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.
biped - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

North by Northwest.
Blue Straggler - on 28 Jan 2013
In reply to Stuart Mitchell:

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!
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cat88 - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: I like the ending to donnie darko
gavin82 - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: 'Old Boy'
Hooo - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:
Brazil. I can't believe they copped out with a happy ending... Oh, hang on a minute...
LaMentalist on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

36 ( Quai des Orfèvres (original title) )

A Prophet

The Town

Tracker ( The Ray Winstone film )

And this scene from Scent of a Woman . Warning a bit sweary & not safe for work ! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq8CtJSQFL4
Tom V - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to LaMentalist:

Baise Moi.

Would have proposed Irreversible but I'm not sure where the end is....

Jonny2vests - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to sbc_10:
> (In reply to Denni)
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> You mean this kind of Thing ......
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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA4Ozqt7338

Two geezers sat round a campfire?
tommycoopersghost on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

a tale of two sisters
acacia
casablanca
in bruges
my neighbour totoro
cb294 - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to cb294:

And of course, how could one forget "All quiet on the Western front".
Al Evans on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to cb294: Old Yeller.
Tom V - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

One of the most low key and yet uplifting endings of all;

"The Lives of Others".

Clint86 - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni: The last 20 minutes of Where Eagles dare?
Motown - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

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)
Owen W-G - on 29 Jan 2013
In reply to Denni:

American Werewolf in London always makes me cry at the end
tommycoopersghost on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to Owen W-G:

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
Blue Straggler - on 30 Jan 2013
In reply to moraldecay:
> (In reply to Owen W-G)
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> 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
Contact
The Living Daylights

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