Great movies have great endings. They're notoriously hard to orchestrate and even perfect crafting doesn't guarantee greatness. There's some mysterious inspiration that elevates these. What do you guys think?
  1. Cinema Paradiso
    It's so evocative that I find it difficult to watch. Like many great endings it involves a call-back. A new inflection of a familiar theme: the cinema can provide us with what eludes us in life. Sad and beautiful.
  2. Dead Poet's Society
    Again a call-back. A visual statement of the theme and evidence of the characters' evolutions. Also great score.
  3. City Lights
    The very last moment. That look. The tragedy, pathos, sympathy, irony. (Try watching City Lights with a Pixar score like "Up" and it'll feel as modern and as accessible as anything you've seen.)
  4. True Romance
    "You're so cool."
  5. The Godfather
    Tragic irony. Perfect visual illustration. Again repetition.
  6. The Shawshank Redemption
    Really the entire last 20 minutes- superb plotting, reveals drive home a simple but emotionally resonant idea. It's like your discovering the concept of hope for the first time.
  7. The Sixth Sense/Jacob's Ladder
    Perfectly executed Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge twists.
  8. The Usual Suspects
    Just plain fun. A smart villain being smart.
  9. Stand By Me
    I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
  10. Shakespeare in Love
    Finding meaning in heartbreak, sadness or suffering. Maybe this is part of the job of the artist? I don't know.
  11. Incendies
    Dramatic, ironic and a powerful statement of forgiveness. Its perfection has burrowed into my soul.
  12. There Will Be Blood
    "I'm finished!"
    Suggested by @eliolsberg
  13. ET
    Suggested by @alibaron
  14. Crimes and Misdemeanors
    Suggested by @kavutskiy