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Five Best Movie Endings

Updated on May 7, 2013

Wanted to do this when I wrote top 10 best English fictions, but had a very lukewarm response then so held back myself, but this would not go away from my mind, had to do it, and now it goes like this. Never considered myself a movie freak and proved myself right by taking a small online test also, and still it is a try. We always talk about movies at great length, but here I will just share a few movie endings which I found just awesome, hope you all agree with me; if not, please share your views.

25th Hour

Monty (Edward Nortan) has to surrender and start a 7-year imprisonment for drug trafficking, but his father James Brogan (Brian Cox) has other plans for his son, and he evokes Monty on the way to prison to disappear into West. What follows the next few minutes is an absolute beauty in narration, cinematography, and the theme. “Take the GW Bridge and go West…. take that road as far as it takes us…. The unmistakable voice of Brian Cox gives us an explicit recital of beautiful west and innumerable opportunities the country provides to an individual… kind of getting away from New York City life to a peaceful and satisfying pace of life. Tone, diction, and words of Brian Cox is unmatchable in this last stretch of the movie…. and of course ..."It all came so close to never happening …"

The Shawshank Redemption

Who does not know about this movie, everyone has to like this movie for various reasons, but most of us like it because of the last half an hour or so, where the escapist thought becomes a reality and Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) escapes from Shawshank Prison, and of course in doing so loots the Warden’s ill-gotten money and also brings an end to Shawshank’s corruption history. Like in the 25th Hour, here it is Morgan Freeman’s deep and distinctive voice that takes us through that last phase of the movie which ends with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman’s reunion on a sun-drenched Mexican beach. I have heard many of my friends saying that they have watched this last 30 minutes or so more than 15-20 times, and I do not feel any different from them. Wonder if it is concept of getting lost or journey toward everlasting freedom that grips all of us…..

Blood Diamond

Always felt DiCaprio is not only the finest actor of this generation, but also always at the right place with so many different striking characters. Throughout the movie, Danny Archer (DiCaprio) goes after that elusive big diamond which he believes his ticket out of the God forsaken continent (Africa), but Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) is his key to diamond, who in turn wants his family back. I know, we all know the story, but what is so special about ending…. Hounsou carrying DiCaprio to the picturesque tropical hilltop in the backdrop of sunset, DiCaprio’s final moments are so realistic as well as humorous.... ”Yeah, yeah, it occurred to me” to Hounsou and “I am exactly where I am supposed to be” to Jennifer Connelly on his last call are the most splendid moments. On his last call to Jennifer, while dying gives the last black humor...., "Ja, well, I have got a little problem here...... "

The Last of the Mohicans

As soon as the Steven Waddington deliberately misinterprets and sacrifices himself to save his love Cora (Stowe), the final phase of the movie takes a dramatic turn with merry dance of death, accentuated by an astounding background music until the end of the movie. With extraordinary cinematography and perfect locations, lynching of Uncas, Alice jumping to her death, and then the revenge by Last of the Mohicans without a word spoken takes us to deep thought with that striking background music. Wes Studi leaves everyone speechless with his curt looks and sneering stares.

Desperately wanted to put Amistad as the fifth best one, but then there are other equally good ones also like Castaway, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Score, etcetera…. So could not reach this one… so please write back and would like to share your views also…..


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      ashokrk 5 years ago

      My favorite movie would be "A Beautiful Mind." At the end, he finally proves his prowess after learning to ignore his illusions.... I like this one very much

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      Deepak 5 years ago

      One more film to add with a good ending my personal favorite "The Pursuit of Happyness".