My Favorite Movie Endings
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?
- •Cinema ParadisoIt'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.
- •Dead Poet's SocietyAgain a call-back. A visual statement of the theme and evidence of the characters' evolutions. Also great score.
- •City LightsThe 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.)
- •True Romance"You're so cool."
- •The GodfatherTragic irony. Perfect visual illustration. Again repetition.
- •The Shawshank RedemptionReally 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.
- •The Sixth Sense/Jacob's LadderPerfectly executed Ocurrence at Owl Creek Bridge twists.
- •The Usual SuspectsJust plain fun. A smart villain being smart.
- •Stand By MeI never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?
- •Shakespeare in LoveFinding meaning in heartbreak, sadness or suffering. Maybe this is part of the job of the artist? I don't know.
- •IncendiesDramatic, ironic and a powerful statement of forgiveness. Its perfection has burrowed into my soul.
- •There Will Be Blood"I'm finished!"Suggested by @eliolsberg
- •ETSuggested by @alibaron
- •Crimes and MisdemeanorsSuggested by @kavutskiy