I’ve seen a whole bunch of GREAT movies in my time but there’s nothing more memorable than an awesome ending. A movie can be really good but if the ending is sub par then the movie ends up being sub par. So, I’m here to share with you the ten movie endings that have utterly rocked my world, in fascinating, thrilling, and sometimes chilling ways. Enjoy!
(And this isn’t a ranking.) 🙂
The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back is easily one of the greatest Star Wars movies (and sci-fi films) ever made. Every time I watch it I am simply awed by the fact that it came out in 1980 because it is still, to this day, one of the best renditions of special effects ever created in a movie. From the asteroid field chase to the Cloud City sequence this movie is filled with incredible moments but the ending of the film is literally the cherry on the sundae.
The movie is already really, really good but the ending is simply magical for me. It has made me cry, covered me in super goosebumps, and just taken my imagination to other places. It’s definitely one of my favorite endings.
The Fellowship of the Ring
I LOVE The Lord of the Rings trilogy and my favorite film of the three masterpieces is The Fellowship of the Ring. It is, to me, a perfect movie from beginning to end and let me tell you, the end is incredible. From Sam telling Frodo he’s never going to leave his side on the boat (get ready for the waterworks) to Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli preparing to save Merry and Pippin from the Uruk-hai and finally Sam and Frodo resuming their journey to Mordor this ending couldn’t possibly be more perfect.
I could watch this ending right now and get the same amount of chills as I would if I watched it for the first time. Like I said before, I love this movie.
The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai is easily in my top five favorite movies of all time for many reasons. One, I love Tom Cruise movies and to me, this is his best film. Two, Japan is ridiculously gorgeous so it’s not hard to make a downright breathtaking film in that beautiful land. Three, the music composed by Hans Zimmer is just as beautiful as the movie. And four, it’s simply really, really good.
Every time I watch this movie I cry through the entire last thirty minutes or so, it’s that emotional, but the ending is just superb. Seeing Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) head back to the village that he has grown to love at the end of the film is so beautiful and so perfect of a conclusion for the movie I couldn’t help but place it in this list.
Avengers: Infinity War
There is nothing better than a superb cliffhanger and Avengers: Infinity War is definitely one of the best that I have seen. Not only is it a shocking conclusion that I wouldn’t have seen coming but it sets up Avengers 4 in such an exciting way I can’t help but love this ending.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is my favorite installment in the Harry Potter franchise and part of that reason is this magical conclusion. Ever since I was a child this ending to the already fantastic movie has covered me in goosebumps and has made me very, very happy. And it still feels me with so much joy every time I watch this film.
The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz has been one of my favorite movies since I was a child and the ending of The Wizard of Oz has literally made me cry every single time. There’s something about the happiness and relief that Dorothy emanates when she says, “There’s no place like home” that makes me turn into a tearful mess whenever I see it. This movie is very near and dear to my heart.
Another movie that easily fits into my top five favorite movies of all time list goes to Interstellar. I will say this for as long as I live. Interstellar should’ve gotten at least nominated for Best Picture in 2014 because it was too perfect and beautiful of a story not to get recognized for its greatness. In fact, it should’ve won the whole thing but…oh well.
Not only is this movie 100% off the chain from start to finish but the ending is clearly one of the greatest endings that I have ever seen in a movie. Watching Professor Brand (Anne Hathaway) walking off to what is now going to be another colony of humans somewhere in another galaxy with Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) coming to find her gives me chills every time. And the music, oh my goodness, Hans Zimmer (besides John Williams) is easily my favorite composer because of his incredible scores. He’s a musical genius.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Like I said with Infinity War, there is nothing better than a great cliffhanger and The Force Awakens easily has one of the most awesome cliffhangers I have ever seen in a movie. Not only was the movie ridiculously enjoyable but to end the film with Rey finally finding Jedi Master Luke there on that cliff always takes me to other places of happiness. It has made me teary nearly every time I watch it, it always gives me a super amount of chills, and it’s awesome. This is hands down my favorite ending in Star Wars.
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight can easily be argued as the best superhero movie of all time for its evocative storytelling and its dark twist on the iconic caped crusader. Christopher Nolan is, in my opinion, one of the greatest directors ever to be in cinema for his magical style of movie making. And the end of The Dark Knight confirms that. Seeing Batman escaping off into the night as dozens of policemen chase after him always covers me in goosebumps and makes watching the film totally worth it. This is a phenomenal film.
Inception is another one of those mind bending Christopher Nolan films that is impeccably made from beginning to end. The whole idea of Inception is a bit freaky as a group of, I think they were actually criminals, learn how to tap into people’s dreams to make things happen in the real world. Each person had a token (I forgot what they were called) to show them if they were out of the dream or not and at the end of the movie we see Dicaprio’s character place his token thingy on a table. If it spins and it doesn’t stop it means he’s out of his dream and is back to reality but at the very last second of the movie we see the token tremble. It leaves a giant question of whether or not he was in reality or whether or not he was stuck in his dream forever and it’s kind of fascinating. A movie that has you still talking about it days, maybe even years, after watching it is a pretty good movie.
So, these are my ten favorite movie endings. Over the next decade or so I’m sure there will be many more films with incredible endings that’ll end up joining this list but for right now here it is.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.