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.
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
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Unbearable Lightness of Being
Thelma and Louis
The Sixth Sense
Kramer vs. Kramer
Harold and Maude
Girl With A Pearl Earring (kind of cheating just showing a Vermeer)
Honorable mention: Michael Clayton
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