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Favorite movie endings
Topic by: GodEmperorAyato
Posted: October 4, 2005 - 3:29 PM PDT
Last Reply: October 25, 2005 - 10:18 AM PDT

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author topic: Favorite movie endings
GodEmperorAyato
post #1  on October 4, 2005 - 3:29 PM PDT  
I just watched A Boy and His Dog for the first time today, and I think that probably is mine. What about you guys?
DLeonard
post #2  on October 4, 2005 - 6:25 PM PDT  
Not sure what my favorite would be off the top of my head, well, Dr. Strangelove should be mentioned.

But there have been a couple films in the last few years that seemed to end perfectly.

Limbo

and

No Man's Land


dpowers
post #3  on October 4, 2005 - 7:20 PM PDT  
some like it hot. the last line is a hoot. second is pompoko because i'm a sap.

oh i am so happy i can finally recommend pompoko to people and they can see it. it's here! it's here!
Cinenaut
post #4  on October 5, 2005 - 9:17 AM PDT  
It's hard to top Dr. Strangelove.

How about The Usual Suspects?

Planet of the Apes?
rmarkd
post #5  on October 5, 2005 - 11:11 AM PDT  
> On October 4, 2005 - 3:29 PM PDT GodEmperorAyato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just watched A Boy and His Dog for the first time today, and I think that probably is mine. What about you guys?
> ---------------------------------

We talking ending ending, as in, the very last scene, or does near to the end count?

For example, I found the last fight scene with Neo and Agent Smith in The Matrix to be an extremely satisfying ending and one of my favorites, but the real ending scene, I suppose, would be in the phone booth.
The ending to The Usual Suspects was pretty cool.

For me, it's a tie between the two. One was totally shocking, one was totally a "YEAHHHHH!!!!!" ending.

As for others, Mullholland Drive and Dead Man are particularly haunting. Who Framed Rogger Rabbit is one of the most fun (seeing all the toons singing together). Grave of the Fireflies would be one of the saddest. Cinema Paradiso would be my favorite "guilty pleasure tear jerker" ending.

Of course, as with any list I make, I'm sure I've missed dozens of other movie ending.
Eoliano
post #6  on October 5, 2005 - 12:07 PM PDT  
In the last shot of Hitchcock's Rear Window, as James Stewart falls asleep in his wheelchair while Grace Kelly, supposedly reading an adventure book, Beyond the Himalayas, blithely drops it in favor of Bazaar.

Though even better is the last scene in North by Northwest when, at the top of Mt. Rushmore, as Cary Grant is about to lift a cliffhanging Eva Marie Saint, the scene fades to a train cabin, Grant lifts Saint onto a berth, they kiss, and then we cut to the train as it speeds into a tunnel.
lizzoqops
post #7  on October 5, 2005 - 12:48 PM PDT  
> On October 4, 2005 - 3:29 PM PDT GodEmperorAyato wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just watched A Boy and His Dog for the first time today, and I think that probably is mine. What about you guys?
> ---------------------------------

I haven't watched that in ages, but I still remember the ending...it was excellent.

I love the ending of Biozombie, Oldboy, The Wild Bunch, Come and See...Crazed Fruit had a pretty good ending. I'm sure I'll think of a bunch more, but for some reason I tend to forget how movies end.

A Bad Ending, on the other hand, stays with me, and makes me hate the movie forever. Especially one that feels the need to explain every damn thing after it's made it's point.
ALittlefield
post #8  on October 5, 2005 - 9:27 PM PDT  
The wonderful, beautiful, tear jerking ending of CITYLIGHTS is perhaps my favorite. Also, there's: the characters dancing with Death in THE SEVENTH SEAL, Ray Liotta in witness protection in GOOD FELLAS, the hero getting shot in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the police arresting Arthur in MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, and the Marx Brothers throwing apples at Margaret Dumont in DUCK SOUP.
Some great last lines:
GONE WITH THE WIND("Tomorrow is another day!")
MOMENTO("Now what was I doing?")
BOOGIE NIGHTS("I'm a big star...")
BRAZIL("I'm afraid we've lost him..")
THE APARTMENT("Shut up and deal.")
PSYCHO("Why, she wouldn't even hurt a fly.")
CASABLANCA("Louie, this looks like"-ah you know this one!)
GodEmperorAyato
post #9  on October 6, 2005 - 8:31 AM PDT  
Oh, another ending that was pretty memorable was Dead or Alive. That ending completely blew me away..i didnt see it coming at all. Especially since i'd never seen any Miike movies before and expected a fairly normal yakuza flick.
AKrizman
post #10  on October 9, 2005 - 5:49 PM PDT  
DLeonard wrote:
But there have been a couple films in the last few years that seemed to end perfectly.

Limbo



OH! *I* was going to say Limbo!

A great ending can make a mediocre movie great, and a bad ending can make an otherwise good movie suck.

An good example of the latter is Central Station
pooja
post #11  on October 9, 2005 - 6:01 PM PDT  
AKrizman, your mailbox was full...
AKrizman
post #12  on October 9, 2005 - 9:45 PM PDT  
pooja wrote:
> AKrizman, your mailbox was full...
> ---------------------------------


? Do you mean the Private Mail thing here at GreenCine? I forgot they had that, and I didn't know it could get full.

That would explain why I haven't had any mail since October 2003.

I clean it out right now.
IronS
post #13  on October 9, 2005 - 9:51 PM PDT  
> On October 9, 2005 - 9:45 PM PDT AKrizman wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ? Do you mean the Private Mail thing here at GreenCine? I forgot they had that, and I didn't know it could get full.
>
> That would explain why I haven't had any mail since October 2003.
>
> I clean it out right now.
>
> ---------------------------------

Yep, there was a discussion, sort of, about that.
AKrizman
post #14  on October 9, 2005 - 10:40 PM PDT  
IronS wrote:
Yep, there was a discussion, sort of, about that.
---------------------------------


Yikes! I didn't even realize I was being stalked!

The worst part is, now everyone knows I rented Death Race 2000.


pooja
post #15  on October 10, 2005 - 6:53 AM PDT  
Cue Cinenaut! You can send your letter now!
underdog
post #16  on October 10, 2005 - 2:25 PM PDT  
You guys have mentioned most of my favorites here already. As for more recent flicks with satisfying endings, I really liked Shaun of the Dead's.

For another oldie but goodie, haven't y'all seen Being There?

What about The Graduate, too? Pretty memorable.

underdog
post #17  on October 10, 2005 - 2:27 PM PDT  
Oh, and...


FIGHT CLUB.
pooja
post #18  on October 10, 2005 - 2:54 PM PDT  
Babette's Feast had a really nice ending. Nothing like a delicious dinner and a little magic.
artifex
post #19  on October 10, 2005 - 11:25 PM PDT  
Okay, guessing you guys wouldn't be impressed with my first choice, I'll say Attack the Gas Station!
artifex
post #20  on October 10, 2005 - 11:27 PM PDT  
> On October 10, 2005 - 2:54 PM PDT pooja wrote:
> Babette's Feast had a really nice ending. Nothing like a delicious dinner and a little magic.

OH! OH! Speaking of magic! :)
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