Great movie ending moments

August 17, 2019 by Joshua
in Art, Creativity

While not my usual topic, I’ve been thinking about movie endings I’ve loved. I don’t mean plot twists, necessarily, but what we see as the movie goes to credits.

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Last moments are hard to remember sometimes. Beginnings are easier. The Death Star didn’t explode as closing moment, nor did “Say hello to my little friend” or “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown” appear as the credits did.

Some, like Planet of the Apes and Thelma and Louis, the ending played major roles in the movie. Satyricon made a big impression on me. Godfather and Kramer vs. Kramer are simple but tremendously expressive. Unbearable Lightness of Being and Sophie’s Choice I found beautiful.

Anyway, here’s my list.

Planet of the Apes

Last Emperor

Annie Hall

Manhattan

Godfather

Godfather 3

Casablanca

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sophie’s Choice

Thelma and Louis

400 Blows

Dr. Strangelove

Satyricon

The Sixth Sense

Kramer vs. Kramer

Yi Yi

Harold and Maude

Girl With A Pearl Earring (kind of cheating just showing a Vermeer)

Honorable mention: Michael Clayton

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