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Best and Worst Movie Endings **SPOILERS**

Best and Worst Movie Endings

-comments are by critics and fans-
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Great movies with even greater endings

Shawshank Redemption

Tim Robbins has been digging a hole through his jail cell and escapes. The movie ends with him and morgan freeman re-uniting

Fight Club

Norton and Pitt are the same person. Norton shoots himself in the chin and "Pitt" dies.

The Usual Suspects

"Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey) is Keyser Soze. He's the bad guy the whole time.

Boogie Nights

One of the most unexpected endings in cinema history. Mark Wahlberg's faded porn star stand in the mirror and yanks his penis out, saying with complete conviction, "You're a fucking star."

Citizen Kane

"Rosebud" refers to the sled Kane owned as a young boy; it symbolizes his lost innocence and ultimate dissapointment with life.
It's been called one of the best movies of all time.

The Sixth Sense

You know the drill. Bruce Willis is dead the whole time


What's in the box?

Out in the desert, John Doe (spacey) starts to ramble about how much Envy he has for the life that detective Mills (Brad Pitt) shares with his wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), reveals that he knows about Tracy's pregnancy (a fact that Mills himself didn't know), and then gives Somerset (Morgan Freeman) a box with Tracy's head inside. Mills, representing Wrath, shoots and kills Spacey, which is just how he planned the killings to end.

Primal Fear

One of Edward Nortons greatest performances. He tricks not only the court, but his lawyer into getting away with murder. He reveals this to Gear that he's not crazy, and it's too late to do anything.


"The beginning of a beautiful friendship" and one of the best movie endings. the last scene is now the stuff of cliché, but that's because there are so many dang quotable lines.

China Town

it's the very end that punches you in the gut: The bad guy gets away and Nicholson's Jake Gittes, after solving the case, is told to forget the whole affair. Ow

Blair With Project

The final seconds -- wherein a member of the cast is spotted, back turned and facing a corner, as an unseen spirit does away with the remaining member of the crew, who's been filming all of this in a panic-stricken run through an abandoned house -- rank as some of the most terrifying moments ever put to film


Carls body getting stuffed in a woodchipper. And the audience never finding out what happens to the buried money

Resevoir Dogs

Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) is an undercover cop. Everyone dies by the end of the movie, except Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), who gets out with the diamonds. A careful listen will show that he is caught after off-screen shootout with Police.

Silence of the Lambs

Find me a better last line uttered by any villain than "I'm having an old friend for dinner." With wit, charm, and unyielding bravado

Other mentions:Being There, Pulp Fiction, Godfather, Wizard of Oz, A Clockwork Orange, Magnolia, Rushmore, Some Like it Hot, The movie where the chick is actually a dude, Bonnie and Clyde, Green Mile,

These movies were good....until the last few seconds.

Pay It Forward

The movie was supposed to end with Spacey, Hunt, and Osment all in one family. And then they go and stab the kid WTF. So unneccesary.

Saving Private Ryan

Beautiful Movie. Until, in the last few seconds of the movie, they decide to kill everyone single main character in the movie. They turned a wonderful movie into a "cliched gun battle".

Vanilla Sky

Pretty much nothing in the movie ever really happened. Instead he signed up to have his body frozen until his condition could be treated, and then killed himself. His entire existence, including the murder, subsequent arrest, and psychiatric treatment, are just part of a virtual reality run by the L.E. company.


During a raid by the Vietcong on the Americans in the final scene, the commander calls in for the bombs to be dropped, killing nearly everyone there, both Vietcong and American, but securing the site. Both Taylor and Barnes survive, and in the aftermath Taylor finally confronts and kills Barnes for Grodin.


The reason everyone hates this ending is because they changed the original ending from the play version. The play versions ending was a lot better

LA Confidential

Chris W. wrote in and reminded me of some other useful information: reporter Sid Hudgens (Danny DeVito) is killed; Sergeant Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey), a good guy taking minor kickbacks, is killed; Lynn Bracken (Kim Basinger) leaves town with the badly injured Officer 'Bud' White (Russell Crowe); Detective Lieutenant Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce) is the one who solves the mystery, and sticks around L.A. to pick up the pieces. Messy enough for ya? Dudley (James Cromwell) is behind everything. He's taking over Mickey Cohen's rackets, and his own hand-picked cops will be the new franchise holders.

The Village

The movie was good until that terrible, TERRIBLE ending. The movie actually takes place in present day. The elders built the village to protect them and their families from violence. Those red monsters are actually the elders. lame enough?


Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) believes that his physcial condition (and his very existence) can only be justified if he is a real-life example of the comic book super-villain archetype. In order to validate his theory, he needs to find a superhero to be his nemesis. He caused the train derailment and the other disasters mentioned in the film, hoping that an "unbreakable" survivor like David (Bruce Willis) would appear.

Matrix Revolution

It was just stupid. A lot of people were disappointed

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why is "the Village" lame, and "the 6th sense" is great?

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Oh I like Closer, but I don't know they changed the ending, could anyone tell me what the original ending is?
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I really like the endings of The Usual Suspects and Primal Fear. Didn't see those coming!

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The Usual Suspects is my favorite ending..just awesome
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I completewly disagree about the Village's ending.As I have said in another thread,it is a highly misjudged movie just because it was promoted in a wrong way.It wants to show how fucked up today's society is and thats why they have built this village,according to old values.The promoters unfortunately showed it as a scary movie (trailers and such) while it wasnt

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loved Primal Fear and 6th Sense.

Seven's ending was ok. i mean, nothing to shout about.

Unbreakable sucked. So did Pay it Forward.

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A Walk To Remember has the most saddest ending ever.

I guess it's kinda good, tho.

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I disagree on "pay it Forward", "Unbreakable", "closer"
and "Usual suspects"
Pay it forward ending was normal. Had they ended up as a family, it wouldn't have felt like an ending. Well, atleast to me.

In Unbreakable and Closer it almost normal.. It wasn't good or bad. It was complete and it was fitting.

Ussual Suspects ending is a bit over-rated although not bad. It wasn't surprizing or shocking or anything. It was ordinary. So was the ending of "Seven" by the way.

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War of the Worlds ending was bad IMO.
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Shawshank Redemption Ending .

I liked the ending of The Color Purple & for completely different reasons, Requiem for a Dream. Unbelievably happy, and unbelievably sad respectively.



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The ending in L.A. Confidential was pure cotton candy bullshit. It should have ended like Chinatown and will not become a classic like Chinatown as a result. Crowe and the good guy should have been blown away in the shoot out, or like framed, and Basinger forced back into prostitution. The theme of the movie was dread and hopelessness and how corruption is pervasive and unavoidable, they destroyed that by pasting on a cutesy little feel good ending.

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The Shawshank Remdemption had an awesome ending.
i loved the ending of Some Like it Hot.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was perfect, but extremely sad.
same for Citizen Kane.
i cried like hell at the ending of Schindler's List and The Color Purple.
Fight Club and Chinatown were awesome too.

uhm...War of the Worlds SUCKED.
Pay it Forward was dissappointing.
so was The Matrix.
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Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind = best ending ever its in my siggy

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I think to say The Matrix Revolutions had a bad ending is unfair-it had a bad beginning and middle and an absolutely shit ending.
The ending of The Village was poor-I guessed the twist after 20 minutes and btw i'm always wrong about twists so for me to get it right is shocking and very disappointing.
The end of War of the Worlds was poor-like Tom Cruise's kid would have survived-impossible
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