My favourite endings in cinema are:
The Usual Suspects
Silence of the Lambs
What about yours?
I'm a fan of the old "plot twist" end, so I love the denouments of M Night Shyamalan's early work. The Sixth Sense & Unbreakable both have quality conclusions.
Sadly he's gone from being bad to vomit out loud awful of late.
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - Something uber cool about the way Tom Courtenay sticks two fingers up to authority in sight of the finishing line.
The Quiet Earth - Makes no sense whatsoever, but does it need to?
Into the Wild - Not sure why, as on the surface there's nothing special about it, but the combination of the cinematography, Eddie Vedder's soundtrack and the ending create something superb IMO.
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Into the wild was a beautiful film but they made the guy out to be a hero or something.
Yeah, basically Shaweshank nails it for me. Usual Suspects definately up there too
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Whenever this topic is brought up I immediately think of No Way Out, but when I look at it objectively I think I've seen several better movie endings. There probably isn't a greater difference in quality between the first 95% of a movie and the end of it than in No Way Out though; it was pretty average throughout until that twist.
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Shawshank is great. Would be one of my favourites.
To Kill a Mocking Bird has a great ending as well, when Scout stands on the porch of the Radley house and sees her world from a whole new perspective.
Casablanca is beyond great as well.
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