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 favorite endings is that of "South Pacific," when Emile, who had been missing in action, returns home to find Nellie taking care of his children. He sits at the dining table with her. Then, rather than embrace, or kiss, or say anything at all, they simply clasp hands under the table. It's hard to describe, in the context of all that's gone before, just how evocative that moment is.
I love both of these endings, and so I thought I'd ask if you have any particular movie endings that you love, and why.