Best Movie Ending Ever

I was re-watching “The Cider House Rules” last night and I was struck by how great the ending was. It was so powerful mainly because it was so understated. As Homer puts the boys to bed, he decides to repeat the late Dr. Larch’s habitual good-night refrain (“Good-night you princes of Maine, you kings of New England”). The quiet giggling of the boys evinces their deeply felt affection for Homer and their joy that he has returned to take over Dr. Larch’s role as father-figure.

Another of my fav…

  1. Knotwise the Poet

    DrewInWisconsin- Monsters, Inc., excellent choice.

    I can’t really pick just one, but some of my favorites off the top of my head:

    It’s  A Wonderful Life- Some critics think it’s a “corny” ending.  As for myself, bring on the Capracorn!  I like my hero rewarded after his journey through hell, and I love seeing George rescued by the community he’d sacrificed so much for.

    I also love the endings of The Pursuit of Happyness and Miracle for similar reasons to “Wonderful Life”: the hero receiving bliss after a long, difficult journey, with both lead actors (Will Smith and Kurt Russell) playing the moment perfectly.

    Fiddler on the Roof- heartbreaking but such a powerful, beautiful metaphor for the endurance of the Jewish people in a hostile world.

    The Princess Bride- “As you wish”

    I think I also have to add the final scene of the musical Les Miserables to my list of great movie endings.  Again, it’s the hero finally receiving his just rewards after a hard struggle (guess I’m a sucker for that), combined with some spine-tingling good music.

  2. Lord Humungus

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    Speaks for itself.

  3. She

    “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

  4. HeartofAmerica
    Arahant: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.  Why?  Why not? · 9 hours ago

    I absolutely love that movie and think the ending is perfect.

  5. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    The ending of Das Boot is just amazing.

  6. thelonious

    The ending of Dumb and Dumber is as good as it gets.

  7. Sisyphus

    “I am Spartacus”

    The last great moment in the Alien(s) series. Ripley is bedded down for the return trip. No voiceover, no dialogue, just a lingering shot. Is she compromised?

    Rising Sun, Sean Connery triumphant.

    Missed opportunity: For all of its virtues, the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings gave short shrift to the book’s climax, “the Scouring of the Shire,” in which the hobbits, having addressed the evil of the age in a distant land, are confronted with it in their own neighborhood when they return home. It shows not just the perniciousness of evil, but how the experience of their adventure has changed the way the hobbits see their neighborhood and act within it.

  8. Jimmy Carter

    Yes, the particular movie ending I most enjoyed was Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. I never thought that the credits and theater lights would come soon enough.

  9. Arahant

    The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.  Why?  Why not?

  10. DrewInWisconsin

    The end of Monsters, Inc.

    “Kitty!”

    Gets me every time.

  11. Howellis

    “Some Like it Hot,” when Jack Lemmon reveals he’s a man, and Osgood Fielding (his fiance) says, “Nobody’s perfect.”

  12. Cornelius Julius Sebastian

    The Mission (1986) “So, your Holiness, now your priests are dead, and I am left alive. But, in truth, it is I who am dead, and they who live. For, as always, your Holiness, the spirit of the dead will survive in the memory of the living.”

  13. sawatdeeka

    Life Is Beautiful: The little boy reunited with his mother after being in the camps and shouting “We won, we won!” at seeing the tanks rolling by.

  14. EThompson

    No competition.

    John Belushi/Main Street parade : Animal house trailer

     

  15. Doug Kimball

    Master and Commander“  Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin begin their favorite pastime – playing duets in the great cabin – Aubrey on violin and Maturin on viola, when they learn that the captain of their prize is not dead, but hiding among the crew ready to lead an uprising.  Boccerini  soars as the ship leaps into action.  Forced to abandon the completion of Maturin’s scientific visit to the Galapagos, they turn about and stretch every bit of canvas the Surprise can manage t0 overcome the Acheron and its small prize crew taking the prize and prisoners into port.  

  16. sawatdeeka
    Doug Kimball: “Master and Commander“  Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin begin their favorite pastime – playing duets in the great cabin – Aubrey on violin and Maturin on viola, when they learn that the captain of their prize is not dead, but hiding among the crew ready to lead an uprising.  Boccerini  soars as the ship leaps into action.  Forced to abandon the completion of Maturin’s scientific visit to the Galapagos, they turn about and stretch every bit of canvas the Surprise can manage t0 overcome the Acheron and its small prize crew taking the prize and prisoners into port.   · 0 minutes ago

    I loved this, as well.  Thanks for the reminder. 

  17. kylez

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

    Some Like it Hot

    A Hard Day’s Night

  18. kylez

    Anne of the Thousand Days: Henry VIII rides away to Jane Seymour, his next conquest.

  19. take_the_cannoli

    Pulp Fiction. Walking out of the diner. mint.

  20. take_the_cannoli

    Great.Now I can’t work thinking about this thread. Close behind would be Silence of the Lambs, most Cohen Bros flicks, but  especially Farg,o and I’m sorry but the fanboy in me won’t ever forget being 7 yrs old and trying to grapple with “Luke,  I am Your Father.” Ok. I think it’s all out of my system

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