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Best Movie Endings

R. L. Trexell "Cinema Mentat"
The list author says: "Some bad movies have wonderful endings and vice versa. Here are a few films that I feel had above average finales.
Please note that with this list I have tried to stay away from the over-used, obvious "Seven Samurai, Citizen Kane, 2001, etc..." choices.
**This list is pretty much spoiler free."
The Sword of Doom (The Criterion Collection)
The Sword of Doom (The Criterion Collection)
"Every movie should end like this one!"
The Hired Hand
The Hired Hand
"This ending (accompanied by Bruce Langhorne's wonderful music) will stay with you for a long time."
Runaway Train
Runaway Train
"As haunting and memorable as movie endings can get.  (PS All of you out there who wanted to watch a model train go "boom" are idiots!)"
Throne of Blood (The Criterion Collection)
Throne of Blood (The Criterion Collection)
"Can you kids say 'immolation'?  I knew that you could!"
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
"WOW!  Thank you Werner.  This is another example of how all movies should end."
Salesman (The Criterion Collection)
Salesman (The Criterion Collection)
"'Join the force and get a pension...' Trust me on this one."
Naked (The Criterion Collection)
Naked (The Criterion Collection)
"Go Johnny Go!...as our friends across the pond are fond of saying...Brilliant!"
Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
"If you hit the pause button just as Kirk is talking to the sergeant at the end, you can give the men a couple of extra 'more' minutes."
Beau Travail
Beau Travail
"Have you ever watched a flick and said to yourself..."This movie would be perfect if it ended right now?"  Well this film did it.  Nice call Claire."
Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
Koyaanisqatsi - Life Out of Balance
"Spinning and burning.  Although I think that 'Powaqqatsi' is the best film of the trilogy, this one has the best ending."
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
"It's so rare these days for a man to take pride in his work!"
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
"No good deed goes unpunished.  Burton's finest screen performance."
Stalker
Stalker
"Did she just do what I think she did?  Tarkovsky and Lynch are the best at making those dreamlike films."
Bad Company
Bad Company
"This is one of the best westerns ever made, and yet almost no one has seen it.  A very realistic film with a very satisfying ending."
Broken Flowers
Broken Flowers
"Just when I thought Jim was about to ruin the entire film...he makes a nice recovery."
Man Bites Dog (The Criterion Collection)
Man Bites Dog (The Criterion Collection)
"This ending must be good...they copied it in Blair Witch."
Five Easy Pieces
Five Easy Pieces
"Karen who?  Smooth Jack, smooth."
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
"Is that what you would call a pipe dream?  Another great 70's western.  Altman's best film.  Beatty's best film."
Stroszek
Stroszek
"One bummer of a Thanksgiving."
Two-Lane Blacktop (The Criterion Collection)
Two-Lane Blacktop (The Criterion Collection)
"When in doubt, ambiguity is always best."
Breaker Morant (Masterworks Edition)
Breaker Morant (Masterworks Edition)
"'A man's foes shall be they of his own household.'  You can carve that in stone."
The Thing (Collector's Edition)
The Thing (Collector's Edition)
"'Gee, that was a rough couple of days...now let me have a swig.'  (PS This nice ending does NOT let you off the hook for 'Escape from L.A.' Mr Carpenter!)"
1984
1984
"Outflank schmank, you da man BB!"
Solaris (The Criterion Collection)
Solaris (The Criterion Collection)
"Although I enjoyed the US version as well, I have to give the nod to Tarkovsky for a truly disturbing ending."
Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
"Lots of coconuts on them thar' trees."
Farewell My Concubine
Farewell My Concubine
"It's great when you can spot an ending coming a mile away and yet it still has the power to move you."
The French Connection I & II
The French Connection I & II
"French Connection II's ending...now THAT'S an exclamation point!"
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Two-Disc Special Edition)
"The 'anti-Shane' ending."
Taste of Cherry (The Criterion Collection)
Taste of Cherry (The Criterion Collection)
"Yes dear viewer, you have been manipulated.  (But in a good way!)"
Cross of Iron (Widescreen Special Edition)
Cross of Iron (Widescreen Special Edition)
"Eins, Zwei, Drei..."
The Purple Plain (1954)
The Purple Plain (1954)
"Here is yet another obscure old film that had a perfect fade out."
Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation
"Wow, this movie didn't make any sense, didn't have any plot, and just ended at an arbitrary point...gee, just like real life, huh?  Arigato Sofia."
The Killing
The Killing
"I loved the 'Synchronized Law Enforcement Door Opening'.  Is that an Olympic sport yet?"
The Apple
The Apple
"Wow!  This movie was...wow.  I mean to say that...wow.  The ending was...wow."
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
"Sleeping giant?  Why don't you just go ahead and rain on everyone's parade Yamamoto san!"
Soylent Green
Soylent Green
"You just can't go wrong with Beethoven's Pastoral.  I also want to give a nod to Chuck Heston for doing a bunch of sci-fi films back when most big stars wouldn't even consider it."
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
"A forgotten gem of a film.  I think that 1967-1977 was the best decade ever for American cinema.  Discuss."
Glengarry Glen Ross
Glengarry Glen Ross
"Blue skies frigging smiling at me.  Nothing but frigging blue skies do I see."
King Rat
King Rat
"Stuff THAT in your tanker's beret Grey!  A perfect adaptation of the novel.  This along with The Last Detail and Stalag 17 is one of the best movies about enlisted men."
The Border
The Border
"I'll meet ya' halfway toots!  I hope this will cover me for those hubcaps."