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 Posted:   Jan 16, 2016 - 2:48 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Yeah i did originally have Bob Valdez on my list too, but its more a memorable ending for its ambiguity. I know a lot of annoyed people in britain when it was premiered on tv in the 70s. I seem to recall a letter moaning at the bbc about screening it and the author thought they had missed the ending off!!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2016 - 3:26 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

The saddest ending for me was the end of the Anthony Hopkins Hunchback of Notre Dame. I found it heartbreakingly distressing as a kid.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2016 - 4:34 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Yeah i did originally have Bob Valdez on my list too, but its more a memorable ending for its ambiguity. I know a lot of annoyed people in britain when it was premiered on tv in the 70s. I seem to recall a letter moaning at the bbc about screening it and the author thought they had missed the ending off!!

A typical shootout ending might have had the same result as Duvall in THE OUTFIT (1973) hunting down and finally killing a mob boss. He simply explains to the boss's girlfriend, "He owed me some money." Somewhat anticlimactic, as you'd like to think the boss killing Duvall's brother was the real reason for his vendetta - "This is for killing little Johnny!" - but no. Like Valdez, Duvall makes up a dollar amount to account for the mob boss's harassment and brother's death, but the money is his primary goal. Whereas when Valdez keeps bring up the money, you know it represents justice, capitulation to the law, etc.

Btw, I wasnt knocking THE OUTFIT which I also enjoy; the finale is appropriate given its context.

 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2016 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

My vote for the best goes to CITY LIGHTS.

But my favorite is MY SISTER EILEEN ('42).

 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2016 - 5:57 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

I might speak for at least one other member when I mention TIME TRAVELERS (aka Time Trap 1964). The endless timeloop ending is a twist which seems to effect the entire universe since the camera pans away from the galaxy. At least that was my impression. Perhaps not the BEST ending, but a provocative one.

The cinematographer who went on to bigger and better things, Vilmos Zsigmond, just died on January 1.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2016 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

My vote for the best goes to CITY LIGHTS.


D'oh!!! Absolutely. Another perfect ending to another great film I should have remembered. My favorite Chaplin film.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 17, 2016 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   Ralph   (Member)

THE NUN'S STORY: Hepburn walking away from the convent in a silence that embraces the audience in her own situation: Triumph or failure? Is she bursting free of her order's restraint or is she losing the precious gift of community?

Agree. We’re feeling the loneliness in her bittersweet triumph in the return of her pride. She's one of the rare "recovering Catholics" in movies.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2016 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

RESURRECTION - A very melodramatic film salvaged by a fine performance by Ellen Burstin that ends in...

okay, this has been bugging me. It's not a melodramatic film at all. If anything, the style is more "realistic." It didnt need to be "salvaged" in any way.

Very memorable is Shawshank. I mean, to shove all that dirt from a mere silver spoon up the bent administration's a**?

Should have ended when Tim gets out of the drain pipe, stands triumphant in the rain, then lightning strikes him dead. Would have been a great "I just cant win" flick.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2016 - 4:54 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

Good call by an earlier poster on ELECTRA GLIDE IN BLUE, killer ending.

No spoilers here but I recommend ICE COLD IN ALEX ( starring John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms and Harry Andrews ) as one of the most satisfying and uplifting film endings ever, nothing Hollywood(y) or mawkish, just sublime and make sure you have a cold beer ready. If you've not seen it do yourself a favour because it's well worth watching. Great film.

EDIT: Just looked ALEX up on wiki, the U.S. version was called DESERT ATTACK and is shortened from the UK version of 130 minutes to 76 minutes, I can't see in any way that would make it better, chopping out 54 minutes FFS!?. Avoid.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2016 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

Another superb ending that comes to my mind is the one for Amelio's LAMERICA (1994). The plot concerns a young, scheming Italian who takes advantage of Albania's liberation from communism to set up a phony business front there to get benefits from the Italian government. Meanwhile, all around him are huge numbers of Albanian refugees trying to get into prosperous Italy (the "Lamerica" of the title) who the young Italian feels nothing but contempt for.

The turn of the plot is when he loses his papers and the tires to his car to theft, so now he is one of those scrambling to get to Italy with nothing but his wits. We feel his sense of panic, loss, humiliation. We come to identify with the ragged refugees and their (and the Italian's) desperation. And the film ends on a beautiful grace note and, politics aside, a life-affirming look at humanity, not as "masses," but as individuals, all children of God.

 
 Posted:   Jan 21, 2016 - 8:39 PM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The Hateful Eight probably has my favorite movie ending of 2015.

"That was a mighty fine dance."

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 2:42 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

'No Country for Old Men', for a host of reasons.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

LAMERICA is indeed a worthy film that deserves to be better known.

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Lots of great choices here, one of my favorites being Pelham. Though I'm not usually one to say "I'm surprised no one has mentioned....", I have to say I really am surprised no one has mentioned Vertigo - for me, THE great thriller ending, and a great existential and psychological ending as well.

Two of my favorites are tearjerkers (for me, anyway):
-The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean: '....your ardent admirer and champion, Judge Roy Bean.'
-Defending Your Life: 'Brave enough for you?'

 
 Posted:   Jan 22, 2016 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   Mark R. Y.   (Member)

LAMERICA is indeed a worthy film that deserves to be better known.

I've been on an Italian cinema kick lately, and there are some classic endings in many films from that nation:

The derelict & overgrown with weeds train tracks at the the end of Bertolucci's THE SPIDER'S STRATEGEM that should NOT be derelict and overgrown.

A mimed tennis game witnessed by the increasingly alienated photographer at the end of BLOW-UP, directed by the master of alienation and ennui himself Michelangelo Antonioni.

Enigmatic smiles directed right toward the movie-goer as final shots of two Fellini films: NIGHTS OF CABIRIA and LA DOLCE VITA.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 23, 2016 - 3:39 AM   
 By:   LaPagina   (Member)

The ending to Prisoners. I was appalled and shocked and genuinely sickened once the ending came and all was revealed to Hugh Jackman. This is probably the movie that re-upped Gyllenhaal's career that doesn't want to stop.

 
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