When it comes to movies, the ending can make or break a movie. You can have an amazing movie that gets ruined by a bad ending or a bad movie that gets saved by a great ending.
Now, I don't really mean the "ten best endings EVER", because I haven't seen every movie, but out of all the movies I have seen, these are my top ten favorite endings.
Here's Your Landing Light - 'Die Hard 2' (1990)
In terms of action movies, they're all pretty basic. The main action hero kills the bad guy and a big happy ending. And Die Hard 2 was no exception. This is one of my favorite action movies, with Bruce Willis starring as the main hero, John McClane.
At the end of the film, McClane gets knocked off the getaway plane by the bad guy, Colonel Stuart, but he's able to open the fuel hatch. With the plane leaving behind a fuel trail, McClane lights his cigarette lighter and says his signature phrase–
He lights the fuel trail on fire, causing the plane full of bad guys to explode in mid-air. McClane starts cackling on the ground, and realizing his wife's plane can use the fire trail as a landing light, yells out, "Holly! Here's your f**kin' landing light!"
Action movie endings don't get any more bloody sweet than this.
I Made a Mistake - 'Next' (2007)
I really didn't like this movie that much. I thought it was a fun concept, and I liked Nicolas Cage, but I didn't enjoy it a lot. The film is about Cris Johnson, a magician who can see into the future and every time he sees the future, he can change it.
At the very end, a nuclear weapon that Cris was supposed to stop detonates and kills all the characters. But we zoom out and realize that this was all just Cris looking into the future, and he hadn't even left his hotel yet. I love this plot twist.
Someone on the Inside - 'Now You See Me' (2013)
I can't tell you how much I love this movie. Like Next, it is a film about magicians. These magicians are called The Four Horsemen, and they steal money from rich corporations in order to give to the needy. They perform all these feats while running from the FBI, led by agent Dylan Rhodes.
The ending reveals that Dylan has in fact been working with the Horsemen the entire time. He brought them together, set up every one of their shows, and made it so they could escape from the FBI's grasp. WOW.
July Fourth Ball - 'The Shining' (1980)
Generally, I don't like horror movies, but I really like The Shining. So, this film takes place in 1980, and it is about Jack Torrance, who goes berserk during his stay in the Overlook Hotel, and tries to kill his wife and son.
After Jack freezes to death, we see a picture in the hotel, which has Jack at the very front. The date? July 4th, 1921. This ending's meaning has been very inconspicuous, and I'll definitely write an article in the future elaborating on what I think happens and why this is the case.
The Bad Path - 'Looper' (2012)
There are some movies that are chock-full of plot holes, but remain entertaining. Looper is one of them. It's about a time-traveling assassin named Joe who gets visited by his older self. His older persona will stop at nothing to murder a young boy (Cid) who would grow up to be a mob boss who kills his wife.
At the end, the old Joe is about to kill Cid's mother in order to get to him, but the young Joe watches and realizes this is the event that would turn Cid into the mob boss. So, he commits suicide to save Cid and his mother. I love the monologue in this scene as well.
The Ellie Badge - 'Up' (2009)
We've been doing a lot of PG-13 and R movies, but one of my favorite endings is the ending to Up. Carl Fredricksen has lost his wife, Ellie, but he meets a young boy named Russell on an adventure to bring his house to Paradise Falls, where Ellie had always wanted to go when she was alive.
By the end of the film, the house had fallen from the sky, and Carl has become a father figure to Russell. We later see that the house has landed directly next to Paradise Falls, in the exact place Ellie envisioned the house when Carl first met her as a child. This is a beautiful ending.
I Understand Now Why You Cry - 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day' (1991)
This sequel somehow managed to end up better than the fantastic original. In this film, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the T-800, a cybernetic assassin reprogrammed and sent back in time to protect John Connor.
At the end of the film, the T-800 must sacrifice himself by lowering himself into molten steel, having to leave behind John and his mother, Sarah. Before becoming fully engulfed in the steel, he gives one last thumbs up. How close did you come to crying during this scene?
You Were Never Second - 'The Sixth Sense' (1999)
I know this is my third Bruce Willis movie, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for his movies. In The Sixth Sense, he portrays Malcolm Crowe, a psychologist who has a young patient named Cole who can see dead people. He tries to learn more about Cole while also trying to repair his marriage.
But in the end, it is revealed that Malcolm has been dead the whole time, and that's why only Cole could see him. In the end, Malcolm has understood Cole's powers and has told his wife she was never second to anything. And he is then free to leave the world of living.
The Hero Gotham Deserves - 'The Dark Knight' (2008)
Overall, this was a FANTASTIC movie, but one of my favorite parts is the ending. In order to prevent the citizens of Gotham from losing hope after Harvey Dent became the villainous Two-Face, Batman takes the blame for the deaths and escapes with the knight.
Every single line is perfectly written, and every single scene is perfectly directed in this scene. And the music? Beautiful.
See You Around, Kid - 'Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi' (2017)
I know not everyone will agree with me on this, but I think this is a beautiful moment in the newest Star Wars trilogy. The video above is not the full scene, but essentially, Luke Skywalker has confronted Kylo Ren and the First Order. In the end, it is revealed that Luke is performing an extremely complex Force-projection.
He says one last sentence to Kylo—"See you around, kid"—before vanishing. On Ahch-To, the projection has taken a large toll on Luke's body. He gets back onto the rock and watches the binary sunset, which reminds him of the sunset on Tatooine, as he dies in peace, becoming one with the Force.
Damn, this movie was underrated.
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Yeah. I edited that. So, I'm not just a magician, actor, Rubik's Cube speedsolver, film critic, and writer. I'm also a video editor.
But anyways, that's it! Do you agree with my list? Tell me your thoughts on my Twitter. I'm @JonathanESim.