The Top 23 Most Incredible Film Endings of All Time

Sometimes you watch the end of a movie, and you’re disappointed. Other times, the ending is the best bit. Someone recently asked, “What’s the best movie ending you’ve ever watched?” Here are the 23 most popular answers.

The Sting

The Sting (1973) - Universal Studios
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“They con everybody in one single swoop. The cop, the boss, the audience. Amazing stuff.”

“I saw this again recently, and I agree. It had been several decades ago, so I basically forgot everything about the movie. It’s a great final scene and a fun movie experience.”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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“Ecstasy of Gold really adds to the tension too.”

“I need to watch that one. My dad is a massive fan of all the films.”

The Truman Show

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“When Jim Carrey eventually dies, basically every montage video celebrating his career will end with a clip of that ending.”

“Agreed completely with a great ending.”

Memento

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“Memento should be taught in every film editing class.”

“That movie redefined how I saw time and the healing process. To this day, it’s still one of my go-to’s if I’m having a hard time. Absolutely fantastic.”

Planet of the Apes

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“Planet of the Apes… I saw it as a kid, and the ending hadn’t been spoiled for me yet.”

“Planet of the Apes, for sure! It still gives me a lump in my throat and goosebumps after watching it countless times”

The Prestige

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“The Prestige ending still messes with my mind.”

“This has been my favorite movie since it came out, and my favorite ending.”

The Sixth Sense

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“The Sixth Sense absolutely fried my brain. Got me. Big time. Walked out of the theater like I was drunk.”

“One of my friends, who’d already been to see Sixth Sense on his own, spoiled it for me about halfway through when we watched it as a group.”

Babe

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“That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.”

“My favorite movie. And I always rewind the last five minutes and watch the end again.”

Arrival

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“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.”

“Arrival ending is so good! I just saw it, and I was thinking about it for days afterward.”

Galaxy Quest

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“I saw it opening weekend in a packed theater, and it killed. I think half the audience had their hands on their heads, and everybody was doing this weird combination of laughing and cheering.”

“Iconic.”

Some Like It Hot

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“The ending’s famous for a reason!”

“‘Nobody’s perfect,’ but this ending is.”

Fight Club

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“I think the best part is that the story ends there.”

“But the record scratch wasn’t the ending of Fight Club. There is a whole act after the reveal. It’s in that way that I think it is superior to other twist films like The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense. The twist isn’t the end. The twist is a plot point that ramps the movie into another gear leading to the end.”

Whiplash

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“The ending blows me away every time.”

“This is my answer. I watched it for the first time at the start of the pandemic while working from home and had to immediately rewatch the final 16 minutes.”

The Godfather

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“For sure. It’s the kind of ending that sticks in your head for hours. Godfather 2’s ending somehow managed to top it, though, in my opinion.”

“Everyone’s mentioning the second which deserves it, but the door closing to end the film was just so perfect.”

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade

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“For me, The Last Crusade was a perfect ending. The music, the riding off into the sunset, the completion of the story, and…for a time…the ending for the characters.”

“This was a great movie. As far as I’m concerned, that ending was the end of that franchise. Perfect ending.”

12 Monkeys

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“The astonishing twist at the end of 12 Monkeys.”

“I, too, literally gasped the first time I saw 12 Monkeys. Just a knockout moment.”

The Thing

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“Why don’t we just sit here.”

“The Thing would be my answer, too. So many ways they could have milked that and drawn it out, or there could have been a really unsatisfying fight. Much creepier and more unsettling to have them both just sit there.”

The Mist

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“The Mist has always stuck with me the most. Gets brought up constantly for discussions like this, and for good reason.”

“The Mist has one of those endings you’d joke about before it happens.”

Inception

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“I doubt I’ll hear an entire theater gasp at the same time ever again.”

“I find Inception’s ending to be the cherry on top of a fantastic ride.”

American History X

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“I saw it when I was like 11, and for the longest time, I watched movies waiting for a huge impactful ending like that and was usually disappointed.”

The Lost Boys

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“The Lost Boys has the best closing line in a film ever.”

“That was brilliant. A single line completely changes what you think of the grandfather.”

Shaun of the Dead

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“Shaun and Ed sitting down to play a video game in ‘Shaun of the Dead.’”

“It really is a perfect ending.”

Gone Girl

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“Gone Girl, as it was so effective at leaving a bad taste in your mouth.”

“Gone Girl opened my eyes majorly. So much so that now when I meet people and I hear their stories, I get a tingle in my gut, and I hear the words ‘Gone Girl’ in my head. And… I’m outta there!”

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