17 Movies with Great Endings

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON November 16th, 2019

17 Movies with Great Endings

Whether writing a novel, TV series, movie or any other form of storytelling, one thing is clear that endings are hard. They can be the most interesting ones or the creepy ones, however, most of the time movie endings are hardly memorable. We today, however, are up with our list of over a dozen movies with great endings that you might be interested in:

 

17. REC (2007) 

rec 2007

This popular Spanish film starts with a young cameraman and a TV reporter present at a fire station making a documentary about a typical day of a firefighter. They soon receive an emergency call from an old woman who has been trapped in a building. Both of them follow a team of firefighters to the apartment and hear screaming as soon as they reach the affected apartment.

As soon as they approach the lady in the apartment, their nightmare begins and soon the entire building gets quarantined (the 2008 American remake of the same film also happens to be named as ‘Quarantine’) with all residents sealed inside. What follows is a great mash-up of survival horror and suspense and ultimately ends up in a classic way.

 

16. Before Sunset (2004)

Before Sunset 2004

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Nine years ago, Celine (who happens to be a French woman working in an environment protection organization) and Jesse (a writer from the US) meet on a train while traveling from Budapest to Vienna. They meet again for the second time in Paris and before they depart again to catch their flights, they stroll through Paris and share their experiences that happened since they last met. Though Jesse is already married and has a kid, they still talk about whether they are still in love with each other or not.

The entire movie revolves around this walk and at the end of the film the true nature of their relationship is revealed. The ending sets this film apart from other typical love stories and teaches viewers the importance of love.

 

15. A Clockwork Orange (1971) 

A Clockwork Orange

This movie revolves around an ultra-violent youth, Alex Delarge in Britain. Convicted of rape and murder, he is eventually arrested by the administration. He learns about a scheme in prison in which the convicts are programmed to hate violence and are offered freedom if they agree to go through this program.

Alex decides to go through this program in the hope of getting free again. What follows is an amazing and influential journey coupled with a perfect ending.

 

 14. Dogville (2003)

Dogville

After escaping a group of gangsters, the well-dressed and beautiful lady, Grace reaches the mountainous town of Dogville during the night. Tom who happens to be the self-appointed town spokesman, convinces town locals to give asylum to Grace in return for her services to the locals.

Although the townsfolk consider her very innocent when a search party enters the town, Grace learns the hard way what she really has to offer in order to stay in the town. Unknown to the town residents however, she knows a deadly secret that the town of Dogville will eventually encounter at the end of the film.

 

13. There Will Be Blood (2007)

There Will Be Blood

The film is centered around Daniel Plainview, whose a miner that later turns into an oilman. Being ambitious and having nerves of steel, he makes lofty promises with people around him so that they could help him achieve his objectives. He receives the cooperation of many individuals and ultimately builds an entire infrastructure and cultivates the land.

Things, however, take a drastic turn when Plainview starts alienating everybody from his life after he accumulates substantial wealth leading to an interesting conclusion.

 

12. Blood Simple (1984)

Blood Simple

Bloodshed is usually the result of distrust, uncertainty, and doubt, and this happens to be the sole plot of this film. Marty who is a barkeeper in Texas is certain that Abby (his wife), who is a saloon keeper, is cheating on him with Ray (Marty’s barman). In order to kill both of them, Marty hires an unscrupulous detective, Visser.

Visser, however, has his very own malicious motives which makes the plot really interesting and eventually leads to an awesome finale.

 

11. Don’t Look Now (1973)

Dont Look Now 1973

Laura and John are in Venice where they recently lost their daughter when she drowned. They then happen to meet a pair of sisters, one of whom is a psychic and claims that she is able to see their dead daughter. John rejects the idea but Laura gets intrigued by it.

Later John himself gets unexplained psychic flashbacks in which he watches her dead daughter walking out in the street wearing the same dress in which she drowned. A lot of questions arise that get some shocking answers in the finale, making it one of the most gut-wrenching horror flicks of all time.

 

10. Triangle (2009)

triangle 2009

On a Saturday morning, Jess invites her friends to go on a sail in a yacht. The yacht gets hit by a weird storm unexpectedly. In order to be at the safe side, the crew boards a passing ocean liner.

They find the ship to be completely empty and soon realize that there is someone hunting them one by one. What follows is a unique tale of some really unexplainable obnoxious events that make Triangle – one of the most brilliantly directed thrillers ever.

 

9. Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island

This movie is about Teddy Daniel who is a U.S. Marshal whose given the responsibility to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital located in Boston’s Shutter Island. Teddy soon becomes doubtful about the doctors and their treatments which he considers to be illegal, unethical to downright sinister.

The plot turns more puzzling as the doctors don’t grant him access to one of the suspected records which would help him to explore the case further. More puzzling clues multiply, more dangerous crimes start to unfold and Teddy becomes suspicious of everything around him and is pushed to question his very own sanity.

 

8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

the shawshank redemption

This movie revolves around Andy Dufresne whose life drastically changes after he’s sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering both his wife and her lover. Getting life imprisonment is an unpleasant occurrence in his life, but he takes over the situation and works hard to earn respect from his peers and makes a close friend named Red.

Despite facing severe abuse in the prison, Andy remains obedient and disciplined for years. However, Andy’s real intentions are exposed at the end of the film that gives a completely new perspective to his personality and determination.

 

7. No Country for Old Men (2007)

no country for old men

 In the rural areas of Texas, Llewlyn Moss, who is a hunter and a welder, finds some remains of some drug runners who violently executed one another in a quarrel. Moss keeps the two million dollars that he found there for himself instead of informing the police. This puts Anton Chigurh, the psychopathic killer on his trail who violently kills everyone he faces during the pursuit of the lost money.

As Anton gets closer to his target, his killing tactics keep getting horrible – with only Sherrif Ed trailing his crimes and chasing him to bring him down. What follows is an elegant cat and mouse game that leads to an epic conclusion.

 

6. The Unusual suspects (1995)

The Usual Suspect

Five con men are arrested and are brought for an inquiry after a truck hijack incident in New York. Since none of the individuals are guilty, they plan on to take reprisal against the police for unfairly troubling them. The operation gets carried out and all but a renowned mastermind criminal known as Keyser Soze, perish in the explosion leaving over 27 dead bodies.

The real identity of Keyser Soze remains a mystery until the very end when the real identity and the real plan is revealed – making it one of the best mystery movies of all time.

 

5. Kill List (2011)

Kill List

Violence is woven in the very fabric of this terrifying psychological crime thriller as it tells the story of a soldier turned hitman who is forced into the heart of darkness after he takes an assignment to assassinate 3 targets.

Although initially, Jay considers it to be an easy job things don’t turn to be so good leaving Jay both mentally and physically scarred.

 

4. The Conversation (1974)

The Conversation

Harry Caul who is a fan of jazz music is an electronic surveillance expert, lives in San-Francisco. He owns a small scale surveillance enterprise. He is best known for being a specialist in his profession. He usually irks a business associate, Stan, who often feels shut of what is happening in the business.

Caul soon gets an assignment to record the conversation of a couple and discovers a treacherous murder plot. What happens next is a chain of assumptions and misunderstandings that lead to a very hostile atmosphere and puts Caul’s own life at risk.

 

3. The Others (2001)

The Others 2001

Towards the end of the Second World War, a woman named Grace with her two children retires to a mansion on Jersey, while she is waiting for her husband to be back from the ongoing war. Her children suffer from a weird sort of allergy in which they cannot face direct sunlight.

Grace soon hires three servants after her old servants suddenly leave without telling anyone. Weird things soon start happening in the house giving rise to unexplained events. In the end, everything takes a drastic turn when Grace finally finds out the dreadful truth herself.

 

2. Inception (2010)

Inception

Dom Cobb is a dexterous thief who steals secrets from its victims while they are asleep; a state when a mind is completely vulnerable. This ability of Cobb makes him a popular player but costs him the life of the dearest thing to him, his wife Mal. Being a fugitive, Cobb gets a chance to clear his name and return to his children once again by doing an assignment for a rich and powerful guy.

Cobb takes up the challenge and assembles a team to plant an idea in the victim’s mind – a process known as ‘inception’. The perfect crime, however, doesn’t go as planned and several unpredictable turns of events take things to a whole new level. The film concludes beautifully in such a fashion that every viewer can have its own interpretation of the entire plot.

 

1. Take Shelter (2011)

The Shelter

Curtis, who is a husband and a father, starts experiencing unusual dreams and illusions. He first considers it to be some medical issue and the continuous repetition and the intensity of the visions convince him that a huge storm will soon come and destroy everything. He starts building an expensive storm shelter in his garden to protect his family.

Although he builds the shelter in order to save his family, its very existence tears apart his family and also threatens his status in the entire community. Although the film ending is quite predictable the way the atmosphere is built for the finale is really intriguing.

 

Honorable Mentions

We can’t resist mentioning these films with great endings also:

  • Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
  • The Illusionist (2006)
  • The Long Good Friday (1980)
  • The Uninvited (2009)

 

Folks, do you think we have missed any movies with great endings? Let us know in the comments section below!