While a captivating opening to a movie makes for a key element throughout its runtime, playing a huge role in keeping audiences invested and intrigued, a well-crafted finale is just as important. Endings do not have to be grand to be memorable. However, they should be thoroughly considered and offer proper closure, as a bad landing can easily undo a good film.
Because the final moments in films are so defining – or redefining – and help shape a good story, we look back at some of the best ever provided to cinephiles according to Reddit, where many movie enthusiasts users share their favorite final moments, from Before Sunset to The Truman Show.
10‘Before Sunset’ (2004)
The second installment to a beautifully-written trilogy, Before Sunset follows Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke‘s characters as they reunite nine years after having an affair. The two share a stroll in Paris, walking over the city and catching up on each other’s lives in this Richard Linklater film.
From the heartfelt conversations to the beautiful landscapes it features, there are many great things about the Before trilogy. On Reddit, users agree that the ending to the second entry is one of them: When a user quoted the characters’ final lines on the platform, a now-deleted Reddit account highlighted how “good” the film is.
9‘The Shawshank Redemption’ (1994)
Starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, Frank Darabont‘s 1994 emotional film The Shawshank Redemption tells the story of the tight bond between two convicts as they find solace and consolation in each other, as well as redemption and friendship.
Spidey10 reveals that, although they know that the book’s ending is ambiguous, they’re very happy that the movie went on another path and “showed us that Andy and Red reunited on the beach.” On top of that, they also highlight how incredible Thomas Newman‘s score is.
8‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ (1966)
This iconic 1966 Spaghetti Western by Sergio Leone stars Clint Westwood in one of his most memorable roles and centers on a race to uncover a fortune in gold buried in a rural cemetery, illustrating the beginning of an uneasy partnership between three men and against a fourth
In addition to an unforgettable storyline and amazing performances, the landing of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is also what makes it stand out, according to Redditors. “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. The grave yard to credits is goated,” allthereeses said.
Set in the aftermath of a bizarre alien invasion in 12 different locations on Earth, Arrival follows linguistic professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams), who is recruited by the military and works with an elite team of investigators in order to communicate with otherworldly beings.
“Hard to say, maybe Arrival,” santichrist replied with Denis Villeneuve‘s mind-bending sci-fi movie when asked which is the best movie ending they have ever watched. “The way the true meaning of the movie and the way the ending is folded and weaved in throughout the story leading up to the ending is really well done and impactful.”
6‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995)
The twisting The Usual Suspects invites viewers to embark on a wild journey as it depicts a sole survivor describing the sequence of events that started when five criminals rounded up at a seemingly arbitrary police lineup and led to a brutal gun battle on a boat.