YOUR most favourite "genius" movie ending(s) EVAH!?

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  1. Zokko!

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    I thought the ending of Jacob's Ladder was very intense. It came out long before Sixth Sense, so I was able to guess the ending of Sixth Sense within the first half hour of the movie.
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    I was hoping to find the ending to Black Widow (1987) with Theresa Russell and Deborah Winger. I did find commentary from Siskel & Ebert about the movie. I agree with Gene Siskel because I was fooled with the ending and I liked the ending.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-LBLTywDs4
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    Tim Robbins in "The Player". I still remember my reaction the first time I saw the end of that movie.
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    The Graduate. The way he held the camera on them after they'd made their big escape, the uncomfortable uncertainty that enters the picture, was remarkable.
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    Das Boot - so ironic at the end!

    Cinema Paradiso - not shocking, but just so sweet
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    WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THESE UNLESS YOU'VE ALREADY SEEN THEM!!! However, several of them are available in their entirety on Youtube.

    L'ami de mon amie

    Before Sunset

    Casablanca

    The English Patient :wuzrobbed

    Eur0p#, Eur0p# ;)

    The Graduate :watch:

    Green Card :swoon:

    His Girl Friday

    Nashville

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    Le rayon vert
    "Oui!"
    :swoon:

    Ridicule
    final shot of Gr├ęgoire and Mathilde omitted from this clip

    Sous le sable

    37.2┬░ le Matin :wuzrobbed

    Trois Couleurs: Rouge

    Vertigo
    Bell-ringing omitted from this clip

    Not on Youtube :(

    Olivier Olivier
    the empty swing
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  11. Japanfan

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    The ending of 'Shawshank Redemption' was fabulous.
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    I have to say that I had my suspicions with Sixth Sense: Bruce Willis' character is shown taking a gunshot wound to the abdomen at close range (was it a shotgun?) and in movies people rarely survive those. That to me was a hint.
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    Second The English Patient and Before Sunset. I will add A Room With a View, Brokeback Mountain, The Accidental Tourist and Shakespeare In Love on that list of swooney romantic endings.

    I am a sucker for movie endings that encompass all the characters in some fashion, i.e. Places In the Heart, Steel Magnolias, Moonstruck, October Sky, Titanic, Sense and Sensibility, Broadcast News.

    I also love any movie that tells me whatever happened to each and every character. My favourite is Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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    Primal Fear. (Gere, Norton)

    I usually can figure out endings easily, well more easilily than anyone else in my family. They often wonder how I got that and my stock answer is I could have written it myself.

    But for some reason that one caught me completely by surprise.
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    Yes! All -time favorite.

    The Crying Game was supposed to be a surprise ending, but I knew immediately. My husband didn't. He was surprised.

    The Usual Suspects is another all-time fave. I wish I had the talent to write that well. Acting, photography, direction, art direction.....it all comes back to the script and the writing. If you don't have good writing, you have...oh....the lastest Star Wars episode, or shall I dare say...Avatar? Just lots of pretty and spectacular visuals with nothing on the underneath but heavy handedness.
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    Loved how each character in Animal House ended up.
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    Agreed 100%, I was completely caught off guard with that ending. :wideeyes:

    "Derailed" with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston had some good twists, too, but I guess we can thank the author of the novel for them. ;) My better-half saw them a mile away but I fell for it.
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    Whatever Happened to Baby Jane

    Casablanca

    The Departed
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    Definitely The Departed.

    Grave of the Fireflies
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    These endings immediately came to mind when I saw this thread:

    Primal Fear
    The Usual Suspects
    Jacob's Ladder
    Diabolique (the original, or course)
    The Vanishing (again, the original)
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    The famous "surprise" in The Crying Game comes about two thirds of the way through the movie. The plot goes on from that twist. The actual ending isn't much of a suprise, and the very last scene, in which
    Dil visits Fergus in prison
    , is there only to
    give a happy ending that wasn't really needed.
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    This one got me too. Norton played it wonderfully.

    I thought Derailed was sort of awful, but that rather kick-ass ending redeemed it for me.

    Great one! I came across it on TV one day having never heard of it nor of the remake. Silly American that I am, I was very much expecting a particular ending, so when it totally didn't happen, the impact was huge. It was on my mind for hours afterward. From what I understand, the remake ends the way I expected the original to. I've never bothered to see it.
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    Love the ending of Some Like It Hot. The most satisfying ending to any movie ever, for me, has to be The Shawshank Redemption and Cold Mountain one of the least.
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    The Verdict - when the juror asks if they are bound to a particular amt to award - chills

    Animal House - the parade scene was hysterical

    not at the very end but the courtroom scene in My Cousin Vinny when Marisa Tomei testifies
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    also not at the end, but shocking....
    Damage - when Jeremy Iron's son walks into the apt...
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    Rhett's final line in Gone with the Wind. Love how Scarlett finally gets her head out of her ass, but he's too fed up.

    Not really a classic/genius ending, but I always loved that Westley offered the job of Dread Pirate Roberts to Inigo Montoya at the end of The Princess Bride. Hey, there's not a lot of money in the revenge business...
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    :lol: Well put.
    I love The Princess Bride but am shocked how few of the movies mentioned here I've actually seen. :eek:
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    Loved the ending to Charade - not a big shocker type ending, but very in spirit with the movie.
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    Just remembered 12 Monkeys - a very trippy and twisty movie with a provocative ending.
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    While a rather mediocre movie generally, if you like endings with very unexpected twists, Shattered delivers on that score.
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    While the movie itself went straight to DVD...and some of it was sort of "so-so" I thought the ending to Pandorum was really good
    not the part where Dennis Quaid was insane and the younger guy didn't exist, but the part where they were already on the other planet, just underwater

    Oh! and also The Illusionist. I love how it sort of leaves you thinking it could be either way...they could have ended up together after all or you might just be seeing how the investigator is thinking it went, due to his obsession with catching him.
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  32. Tinami Amori

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    There are so many great movie endings, "great" for different reasons and due to different techniques...

    I’ll second with the original post :D ..“Nobody’s perfect”.

    Best comedy endings
    - Some Like it Hot
    - La Legge e Legge
    - Little Golden Calf (Russian)
    - Pink Panther (original)
    - Fanfan Tulip
    - Everything’s Illuminated
    - It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World

    Final twist in the plot
    - Diabolique (1958)
    - Charade
    - Secret Window
    - Planet of the Apes (1968)
    - The Other Side of Midnight
    - White (three colors trilogy)
    - House of Sand and Fog

    Drama/Romance (Dialogues/Monologues/Actors’ interaction)
    - All about Eve
    - Age of Innocence
    - Roman Holiday
    - Lion in Winter
    - Indiscretion of an American Wife

    Politics/World events
    - Dr. Stangelove
    - Judgment at Neuremberg

    Cinematography/Visual/Images/Camera work/Symbolism
    - Cabaret
    - Erendira
    - Nostalgia (Tarkovsky)
    - The Legend of a Pianist in the Ocean (Legend of 1900)
    - Sunset Boulevard
    - Notti di Cabiria
    - The Cow (Iranian)
    - Run Lola, Run
    - Seventh Seal
    - Bicycle Thief
    - Apocalypse Now
    - Liquid Sky
    - 400 Blows
  33. rjblue

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    The Full Monty ?

    Ba dum dum.

    Seriously, Primal Fear is probably at the top of my list for "didn't see that one coming".

    The Sting was great at the time, but it feels really dated to watch it now.

    I absolutely loved the ending to Second Hand Lions, and the whole movie is my family's feel good show.

    I'm a real junkie when it comes to science fiction, but I never liked the ending to 2001 A Space Odyssey.

    The saddest/happiest ending belongs to Life Is Beautiful.

    Thelma and Louise had a fairly shocking ending.
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    I've always loved the ending of Shindler's List, where the black & white shot of the people walking over the hill shifts to color into the real people of today. So touching.
  35. IceAlisa

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    Loved that film. It also convinced me that Brad Pitt is not just a pretty boy but a very good actor.