If in any case you have forgotten the maxim, “All’s Well That Ends Well”, we, at The Cinemaholic, would be delighted to refurbish your memory with the best movie endings. If any of the readers here happens to be a student of literature, he/she would know that the given proverb originated from a comedy of the same name by William Shakespeare. In essence, it means that anything that has been blessed with a good ending is considered to be good even if there were hiccups along the way. This couldn’t have been any truer for the field of cinema and more so because genuinely good movies are supposed to have lasting impressions on our thought processes. Remember all those good films that had horrible endings and how you cursed the makers of such films for ruining your evenings. On the other hand, there are movies that have become constituents of popular folklore subject to not just their top movie endings, but endings that compelled the audience to go beyond the confines of their collective understanding.
While we do admit that the understanding and perception of a good ending might vary from person to person, this is equally true that celebrated critics have a more nuanced way of looking at the subtle intricacies of filmmaking. Hence, we have religiously followed the versions given by renowned film scholars in addition to popular sentiments while making a list of ‘The 20 Greatest Movie Endings of All Time’. Please appreciate that we are not expecting you to agree with our list. However, what we do expect from you is the spirit to agree with disagreements and that is exactly how any democratic setup is supposed to function. Without any further beating around the bush, let us get down to the list of top movie endings ever.
20. The Third Man (1949)
Lauded for its acting, unique ambient cinematography and music; Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’, essentially a film noir and starring Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles, is now considered to be one of the finest movies to have ever been made. The central plotline involves a writer getting embroiled in the mysterious death of one of his friends in postwar Vienna. The ending, considered to be a brilliant anti-climax, portrays the dead antagonist’s girlfriend ignoring the writer and walking past him as a definite sign of rejection.
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19. Inception (2010)