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Old 11-25-2001, 06:49 AM   #1
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Best & Worst Ending For A Film (without spoilers okay?)

Ever got engrossed in a movie and ended up disappointed with how the ends were tied up (or not tied up)? I'd say the worst endings I've seen are City of Angels because the makers threw so many balls up in the air and only caught a few. Dying Young was also a disappointment especially when the acting was okay and the screenplay was going somewhere. I'm not sure about adding A.I. to the list because I have mixed feelings about it.

The Best Ending for me goes to Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman. It isn't dramatic, it has no profound statements at the end. Instead, it is incredibly simple and amazingly ties up the film very nicely and is very heartwarming. I highly recommend this film. It also tempts your tastebuds with all that cooking going on in it.


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A.I was more of a patchy dissapointment, so many endings towards the end, and the one they opted for probably wasn't the best in my mind, I wonder how Kubrick would have concluded

Best ending for me is without doubt The Shawshank Redemption, the whole last half hour is mind-blowing, very emotional, and a huge release for the audience after all that they have experienced before. Other mentions - Bladerunner-Directors Cut, Empire Strikes Back, The Shining,and the incredible last 15-20 minute conclusion of Society, and Seven


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What about the ending for K-PAX? So many people complained about it-but I liked it.

I like movies that leave you w/ more questions than answers-AI did this too.

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I HATED the ending of "Brokedown Palace". It came on TV one afternoon, and I never just plunk my ass down in the afternoon to watch a movie, but I decided to that day...what a waste of time! The ending sucked royally (I'd explain why, but I don't want to give it away).

I agree though that "Shawshank Redemption" had a great ending. I loved it.

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i dunno if ud call it the ending per se, but the climactic scene of Goodfellas is excellent
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Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon has both for me, I dunno, that film has everything and I love it to bits.

Shawshank for sure, can't think of any others right now, I'm sure there is many I'm forgetting, oh , Fight Club! Well, Sixth Sense, and The Others, they're all obvious.
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The Untouchables, Field Of Dreams, and dave all have great endings.
I'll have to think about the worst.

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I dislike endings for : Rattle&Hum ( Pride as the last song/shot of the movie??? , this isn't right ) , I LOVE all Star Wars endings .
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Best AND worst have to go to Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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Bad endings...
*The Game (starring Michael Douglas, Sean Penn)
*The Pledge (starring Jack Nicholson)
*Planet of the Apes (the remake)

Good endings...
*The Usual Suspects
*Life of Brian
*Planet of the Apes (the original)

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The end of the Sixth Sense sucked.

Fight CLub was good, so was Shawshank Redemption and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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the end of double jeopardy was atrocious. i know it's not exactly a movie you would have expected much from but not even ashley judd could save it. the whole movie was stupid but the end...ughhh.
i also found unbreakable to be a letdown as the end wasn't really a surprise.

the part at the end of the usual suspects when i pull up in the jag(hehehe) and pick up ______(go see the movie if you haven't already)
yaaa usual suspects has an excellent ending, as does memento, seven, shawshank.

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Bad endings:

LA Confidential - Ok, I'm a big sap and I have a soft spot for happy endings, but I felt that in this particular film, it was just completely unbelieveable and phony.

White Palace with James Spader and Susan Sarandon - another cheapening "happy" ending.

Good endings:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Godfather Part II
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Ooh, and I forgot to mention the movie that could probably have both the worst and the best ending - Dancer in the Dark. Worst, because at the end of the movie I wanted to strangle the director for being such a bloody sadist, and best, well, maybe that's the kind of reaction he wanted you to have?
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Although I am a great fan of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, I loved it immensely, it was one of the best films of that year... still, I don't understand why some of you cite it as having a good ending. She jumps off the cliff? What kind of wish was that anyway? Why don't they just travel to the desert the old fashioned way? Too much poetry, not good plot ending.


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