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 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

The first one that comes to my mind was The Road Warrior.

The ruse regarding the location of the "juice". The mysterious lone anti hero fades into the wastelands. Everything about the ending was satisfying. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 1:30 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

Eaton: "We have top men working on it right now."
Indiana: "Who?"
Eaton: "Top... men."



The first one that comes to my mind was The Road Warrior.

The ruse regarding the location of the "juice". The mysterious lone anti hero fades into the wastelands. Everything about the ending was satisfying. smile


Yeah, that's a good one, too. Love it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 2:14 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

How did Raiders not come to mind? Good one!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

The original Planet of the Apes comes to mind.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

Se7en gets my vote. Very creepy and disturbing. Shore's score punches the shock even more. I'll never forget it.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   random guy   (Member)

"Shame". the final moments in which we just see that blank look on Brandon's face is just great. love how the movie ends with the audience questioning whether Brandon has grown at all or if he's still a slave to his addiction. very well done.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 5:37 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE-74-A detective never forgets a sneeze.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 6:12 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

"Lady, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave the store."

"Who the hell are you?!"

"Name's Ash. Housewares."



I was too young to catch this in a theater, but I defy anyone to tell me that this isn't the kind of ending that leaves you with a smile as you leave the theater.

Also, I'm in total agreement with PELHAM.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

THE OUT OF TOWNERS-70-Everybody sit down, this plane is being hijack to CUBA.-SANDY DENNIS- OH MY GOD- A hilarious ending to a hilarious movie from NEIL SIMON- FOOTNOTE- For many years this last scene was edited out of the TV showings because hijacking was very common in the 70's.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   tex1272   (Member)

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Love it!

I also love the "extended ending" sketch on Saturday Night Live.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 7:40 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The Mist.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 8:00 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

"Lady, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to ask you to leave the store."

"Who the hell are you?!"

"Name's Ash. Housewares."



I was too young to catch this in a theater, but I defy anyone to tell me that this isn't the kind of ending that leaves you with a smile as you leave the theater.


Oh yeah! And just think, the original ending was the complete opposite. Dark and bleak, not fun at all, with Ash (undeservedly) getting screwed over. That reshot S-Mart ending was so much better.

 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 9:57 PM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I recently watched a little film from last year called GONE, starring Amanda Seyfried and Jennifer Carpenter, which had a very tidy little ending tacked onto a better-than-expected suspense thriller. I won't tell what that ending was so as not to spoil it for others, but if you've seen it, you know what I mean. Lots of little twists and turns in the plot as well -- four bones out of five for me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 10:13 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

One of the absolute best was The Sixth Sense. It took a so-so movie and turned it into a GREAT movie. Think about it: It was nominated for Best Picture and it made M Night's career move into the stratosphere. (Never mind he hasn't done anything lately.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 18, 2013 - 11:32 PM   
 By:   Cooper   (Member)



Prince of Darkness

The Thing (Carpenter)

Halloween (Carpenter)

Escape From New York

The Exorcist (Depressing Stairs Edition, not the Uplifting Banter Cut)


And another vote for "The Mist."

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 6:29 AM   
 By:   mark ford   (Member)

Eugene and I are on the same wavelength here. The first thing that sprung instantly to mind was the original PLANET OF THE APES. I've never been so stunned by an ending. That ending became legend and gave us the famous "Damn you all to Hell" Heston line.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 4:51 PM   
 By:   MusicMaker   (Member)

TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE-74-A detective never forgets a sneeze.

Wow- crazy coincidence. I've been participating over in the "Worst Ending" thread, and last night I asked my wife about her thoughts. I explained that I could think of all kinds of good movie endings, but it was much harder to think of otherwise good movies with horrible endings (this makes sense, though, as good movies tend to have good endings).

Anyway, the very first "great ending" I offered as an example to her was PELHAM 1-2-3. So kudos to you on your great taste. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 5:21 PM   
 By:   MusicMaker   (Member)

Aside from the aforementioned TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3, here are some my other picks for great movie endings (no particular order):

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
A masterpiece of an ending to a masterpiece of a film with a masterpiece of a score. Also, in my opinion, the best book-to-film adaptation ever made.

THE STING
A great ending on its own, but all the better within the context of how Redford's and Newman's previous film together had ended (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID). I love this whole movie, but the ending is excellent.

FINDING NEVERLAND
This movie (and its conclusion) produced an absolute "pindrop" moment at the movie theater when I first saw it. Every single person (yes, even the teens on their cell phones) just sat in complete silence through the entire ending credits sequence. No one even breathed. I hadn't ever seen this public reaction before, and I've never seen a similar one since.

THE SIXTH SENSE
No explanation necessary.

UNBREAKABLE
Not everyone's cup of tea, but I loved this ending. Made the whole movie feel a bit more electric.

THE PRESTIGE
Though I realize not everyone shares my opinion, I find the end of this one to be incredible. I never saw the revelations coming, and I found them brilliant. And it explained so much about all of the characters involved.

GLORY
I am a sucker for valor, selflessness, self-sacrifice, loyalty, brotherhood, and dedication to a cause. Especially if it's done with class, perspective, and nuance, rather than with unbridled pomp, self-aggrandizement and ham-fistedness (like, say, MR HOLLAND'S OPUS, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, A TIME TO KILL, or even [somewhat], dare I say it... LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING). This one gets me every time.

THE NATURAL
From the "big moment" itself through the transition into the nostalgia and tenderness of playing catch on a farm. This one is absolutely fantastic.

FIELD OF DREAMS
No explanation necessary- I already know this one is really popular on these boards.

THE LEGEND OF 1900
This is a beautiful ending to a beautiful movie.

STAR WARS and ROCKY
The 1970s weren't exactly full of movies in which the protagonist(s) overcame the odds and achieved victory (be it real or moral). Both of these movies get the nod from me just for their pure joy of ecstasy and celebration. Especially in an era of "downer," pessimistic, and futile endings.

FAIL-SAFE
I used to hate this ending. The first time I saw it I thought "so that's it? Just like that?" But as time has moved on, I now think this ending is excellent (and certainly different from the vast majority of movie conclusions out there).

Honorable Mention:

SOME LIKE IT HOT
This would actually be my dad's pick (he's a film studies professor). In his opinion, this movie has the greatest final line of all time. I do not share his opinion so enthusiastically, but I need to mention it nonetheless.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 7:12 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

Lots of good endings mentioned above.

Two personal favorites--

THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN - The decent prison warden played by Henry Fonda, manipulated and
humiliated by the Kirk Douglas character throughout the film, gets a satisfying resolution with a final
title reading, ". . . And he lived happily ever after."

RESURRECTION - A very melodramatic film salvaged by a fine performance by Ellen Burstin that ends in a scene at a desert gas station between the Burstin character and a little boy obviously dying of cancer that just about saves all that has gone before. (Anyone who can watch this scene unmoved is made of stone.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2013 - 8:28 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I know that what I'm about to post is a TRUE story, so there was only one way to end it. After sitting through some harrowing scenes, I was glad for the ending of The Impossible.

 
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