I have always been a sucker for a film’s ending. It can be sappy or intense, but mostly I prefer those that define creative writing. Lately, however, most videos or posts define “ending” as the climax or twist well before the film actually ends.

This ongoing series has the intention of giving credit to some of the greatest film endings of all time. But these are the real endings. The absolute final scenes. The ones that have the last chance to inspire (or haunt) us with their closing message. And when they are over, the credits roll.

This round, those that end in either death or destruction.

 

 

9) Smokin’ Aces (2006)

With all the shit that went down it was hard to predict how Carnahan was going to end his film. There were so many different pieces to the puzzle I had a hard time understanding the first going around. But once everything clicks and you know what’s going on, this finale is damn near perfect.

the directing: Joe Carnahan
the writing: Joe Carnahan
the acting: Ryan Reynolds, Jeremy Piven, Andy Garcia
film as a whole rank: #9

 

 

 

8) The Grey (2011)

Everything leads to this moment, and I could not be any happier. A myriad of emotions packed so tightly, plus Liam Neeson once again gets to show the world his manliness. Too bad it was all kind of his fault though… whatever, Neeson’s awesome.

the directing: Joe Carnahan
the writing: Joe Carnahan & Ian MacKenzie Jeffers
the acting: Liam Neeson
film as a whole rank: #6

 

 

 

7) Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Shock, Tarantino’s famous MacGuffin wasn’t an original idea. Although in Kiss Me Deadly we are told what’s in the case, also its contents do a good amount of damage in the final scene. It’s considered classic and will remain that way.

the directing: Robert Aldrich
the writing: A. I. Bezzerides
the acting: Ralph Meeker, Maxine Cooper
film as a whole rank: #7

 

 

 

6) In Bruges (2008)

I love bringing this film up at any opportunity possible. Finally found a list where it makes sense. This last scene is twisted and filled with black humor, I think we can see that. Yet it is filled with beauty as well. The voice over monologue, the curtain call, the dreariness of it all, so good.

the directing: Martin McDonagh
the writing: Martin McDonagh
the acting: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes
film as a whole rank: #2

 

 

 

5) V for Vendetta (2005)

Everything about this final scene is inspiring and uplifting, even if something is getting blown into rubble. Beautiful cinematography and a lofty message. Hmm, whoever thought the Wachowski siblings would write something so political?

the directing: James McTeigue
the writing: Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski
the acting: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving
film as a whole rank: #6

 

 

4) Reservoir Dogs (1992)

I mean this could be considered one long scene, but the finale was something special. We get character change, betrayal, death, and regret. Tarantino knows how to put on a show, but he also knows how to stop one. Hectic climax, hectic ending.

the directing: Quentin Tarantino
the writing: Quentin Tarantino
the acting: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen
film as a whole rank: #3

 

 

 

3) Scarface (1983)

Spoiler alert, Tony dies. I know loads of people who have never seen Scarface, but I have trouble finding one that hasn’t seen this scene. This is the final moment to Tony’s downfall. He loses everything, and is famously shot in the back.

the directing: Brian De Palma
the writing: Oliver Stone
the acting: Al Pacino
film as a whole rank: #5

 

 

 

2) Seven Samurai (1954)

Seven Samurai‘s last moment is a thing of beauty. That shot adds to the impeccable legacy of Kurosawa as it manifests hard questions to answer in our minds. What is one life for another? What is the sacrifice worth?

the directing: Akira Kurosawa
the writing: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto & Hideo Oguni
the acting: Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune
film as a whole rank: #1

 

 

 

1) Fight Club (1999)

the directing: David Fincher
the writing: Jim Uhls
the acting: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
film as a whole rank: #4

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