because the end can either undo the entire story or it can make it worthwhile (spoilers mostly not included) in no particular order
  1. The Shawshank Redemption
    it deserves all of the praise it gets
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
    the last 35 minutes of this movie kind of feel like bonus footage, but that last shot really makes it. plus, i mean, it's raiders of the lost ark.
  3. Life of Pi
    as mesmerizing of a movie as it was a book with a fantastic (or heartbreaking?) ending. it's left up to the audience to decide, and that decision says a lot about your character
  4. Little Miss Sunshine
    just brilliant
  5. Secondhand Lions
    this movie holds a special place in my heart, it's a childhood favorite. I'd recommend it to anyone, especially those who love a good-natured story and want to fall in love with life
  6. Lost in Translation
    one of my favorite endings ever
  7. Begin Again
    this ending has one of the best moments I've seen in any movie ever
  8. The Princess Bride
    who could forget that kiss?
  9. The Sixth Sense
    yes, i'm going there
  10. Carrie
    you think it's over, but then bam!
  11. Fight Club
    edward norton's got a tough skull, i guess
  12. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    will definitely leave you saying "wait, what?" - god bless the movie with no plot but a whole lotta conflict and meaning.
  13. The Notebook
    yes, it still hurts
  14. Inception
    heh, classic suspense
  15. Toy Story 3
  16. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    at first you're like "huh. im good with this." but then it gets even MORE ridiculous and your kinda just left like "oh. uh, okay." I think everyone ignores the last 8 minutes and it really ends with Frank-N-Furter's EPIC finale song
  17. Bonnie and Clyde (the 1967 version)
    it's barbaric and it's cruel. those last exchanged looks between bonnie and clyde, they say everything. it all happens so fast. clearly im not over it yet.
  18. You've Got Mail
    a romcom necessity
  19. Citizen Kane
    the ending every english teacher adores
  20. Planet of the Apes (1968)
    actually conversation my brother and I had after my first time seeing it : "wait, they're on - ?" "yeah." "and it was always just -?" "yep." also: the kiss?! that no one speaks of. you know the one.
  21. Requiem for a Dream
    completely and truly miserable
  22. The Empire Strikes Back
    arguably the most referenced scene of all time
  23. Se7en
    What's in the fucking box?!
  24. The Graduate
    found myself greatly concerned for these characters and in love with this imperfect ending - for those who haven't seen it: it's all in their faces
  25. Black Swan
    "well, damn." is a fair reaction
  26. Silence of the Lambs
    a great twist, some real terror, what you thought was a happy ending, then some all around concern, and an audience is still left feeling satisfied. And afraid, but mostly satisfied. you know it's a unique story when you find yourself rooting for the homicidal cannibal
  27. Dr. Strangelove
    "am I supposed to laugh? is it okay to laugh?" there is no appropriate reaction to this ending
  28. Love Actually
    it's so happy!! you can't not love it
  29. Holes