The 10 Most Memorable Movie Endings Of All Time

Whether it’s the weekend or the latest Hollywood blockbuster, one of the most popular activities most of us like to do is watching a good movie. They can grip us as well as inspire us with plotlines not to mention incredible dialogue and much more.

For example, Star Wars, one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, is due to be back on our screens at some point. This has caused plenty of furore when images were released recently of the original cast members running through lines in London, UK. Grossing billions of dollars, George Lucas certainly knows how to captivate the audience which has now reached even greater heights.

We all know the incredible tension and drama that goes with the Oscars. Considered to be one of the most iconic events in the calendar year, it is known for awarding the truly great movies of the year. From memorable performances such as Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball back in 2001 to Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain, films are there as a genuine escape.

It takes us out of our reality and into a world of imagination and creativity which provides the ideal tonic from the stresses and strains of being the man or woman about town. Yet there are some films which stick in the memory for those highly controversial plot twists or endings that you really never saw coming,

Here for your eyes only are the 10 most talked about movie endings of all time.

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9 Rocky 

Directed by John Avildsen, Sylvester Stallone’s performance in the original Rocky back in 1976 was mesmerising. Even more than three decades after the film, Rocky is still being talked about in and out of the ring. In the end, Rocky is defeated by Apollo Creed but that is all part of the fun of this typical underdog tale. Stallone also had a significant hand in writing the script which sees him aim to change his direction for the greater good. Though he proved his stamina against the mighty Creed after 15 pummelling rounds, Rocky even managed to knock Creed to the canvas in Round 1.

8 Boogie Nights

It’s hard to believe that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights is nearly 17 years old. Charting the rise of adult star Dirk Diggler played by Mark Wahlberg, this backdrop is set against the actual industry in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. The porn king played by Burt Reynolds is played to a tee who gives Diggler his opportunity to join the coke filled crew and become a mega-star. His reassurance at the end, that he is a bright star, ensures he remains a beacon in this troubled sector.

7 The Shawshank Redemption 

One of the greatest movies of all time, and directed by Frank Darabont, The Shawshank Redemption will always have a place in cinematic history. After spending the majority of time behind bars, the fresh air is a welcome respite for old Andy Dufresne played by Tim Robbins. Having served not one but two life sentences, he is assisted by Red played by Morgan Freeman. Having dug his way to escape, thanks to a rock hammer, Dufresne sets up in the exotic location of Zihuatanejo. When Red is bailed, he goes in search of his old prison chum with specific instructions of his exact location. They both end up on a desolate beach; he is finally reunited as free men with his Shawshank inmate.

6 Fight Club

The first rule as they say of Fight Club is "you do not talk about Fight Club" and so on and so on. This adaptation by David Fincher tells the story of the main protagonist, Edward Norton who is an insomniac with a split personality. Giving up his usual career, he begins an underground fight club with his alias Tyler Durden played by Brad Pitt. After setting up a number of different clubs and beginning Project Mayhem, this anti corporate plan takes on even more significance. This is especially the case when the narrator at the end turns out to be Tyler Durden all along. After literally shooting himself, everything starts to crumble around them as the world crumbles into smithereens.

5 Scarface 

Written by Oliver Stone and starring a very young Al Pacino, Scarface is the modern tale of a 'get rich quick' drug baron. After building his way up the overlord chain, Tony Montana eventually meets his grisly fate by falling into his bespoke pool under his motto “The World is Yours”. It is also responsible for one of the greatest lines in film history, "Say hello to my little friend!”

4 Casablanca

"I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," are the iconic final words of this classic film from the 1940's. A symbol of true cinematic history, Casablanca starred Humphrey Bogart who shared a magical on screen chemistry with Captain Louis played by Claude Rains. As both Rick and Louis walk off together, these two fine gentlemen have ultimately seen enough.

3 Citizen Kane

Directed by Orson Welles, Citizen Kane has long been one of the finest pieces of cinema. Its unique twist as seen through the eyes of a wealthy newspaper magnate is truly spectacular. His sole aim was to go through numerous items and women, but the main protagonist could not find any satisfaction. His last words before he passed away were “Rosebud” which gives a clue to where the action concludes over Kane's worldly possessions.

2 Pulp Fiction 

Arguably one of Quentin Tarantino's finest moments on the silver screen, the ending to Pulp Fiction is another epic scene. The final monologue is told in great detail from Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man such a vital moment is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish.” This cold-blooded murderer reconsiders before shooting and instead withdraws his gun and exits stage left.

1 2001: A Space Odyssey 

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this 1968 classic only needs one reason to be in the top 10 list. This sci-fi masterpiece has one of the finest endings ever to be scripted. This is down to Kubrick's examination of progression which follows the journey of man. The floating space foetus plays its role to perfection, while the black wall brings in a brand new generation. This puzzling and complex ending of the foetus viewing Earth from a distance still causes a stir among cinema buffs.

1. The Usual Suspects

A powerful yet confident walk is all you need to know at the end of the Usual Suspects. Kevin Spacey plays crippled convict Verbal Kint to perfection as he invents a tale so complex it keeps you on the edge of your seat until the finale. It all comes down to Keyser Soze who is compared to the devil by Kint; "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn't exist; and like that, he's gone." Soze is concocted by Kint ensuring that he gets off scot free. Meanwhile, it is all too late for Agent Kujan as every detail of this intricate story is directly taken from all the surrounding office knick-knacks situated in the policeman’s office.

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