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    May 19, 2020

    22 Movie Endings That Are So Well-Executed, They Deserve An Academy Award All On Their Own

    Also, this post is, like, only spoilers.

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What is a movie ending scene so satisfying — so well executed — it should've won the Academy Award for Best Movie Ending (if, ya know, that was a category)?" and they DID NOT disappoint. Here are just a few of the ending scenes that would like to thank the academy:

    Note: Given, ya know, the whole setup of this post...there are SPOILERS ahead. Like, pretty much ONLY spoilers. Ye be warned and whatnot.

    1. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

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    Sony Pictures Classics

    "The fireplace scene — it’s so amazing. It’s literally four minutes of him crying in front of a fireplace with 'Visions of Gideon' playing in the background, yet it hits you hard. It forces you to recount all the events in the movie and realize how much Oliver affected Elio in that one summer. Timothée Chalamet’s Oscar nomination was well deserved. He was truly amazing in the film."

    echoi6713

    2. The Dark Knight (2008)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The swell of the music underneath Jim Gordon's monologue — there's something about that that stays in your head."

    daynam4b6e28fa3

    3. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

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    Sony Pictures Releasing

    "I never thought I could be so entertained by such horrific violence. I spent the whole movie expecting one ending, and the ending we get instead was SO pleasing. Not only can Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio play great badasses, but their comedic timing was also spot on. Best ending I have ever seen."

    ashlynn817

    4. Gone Girl (2014)

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    20th Century Fox

    "When Amy creepily looks up at Nick while lying on his lap. The scene mirrors the beginning of the movie, but in a way more scaring way."

    lerielzolner

    5. Midsommar (2019)

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    A24

    "Without a doubt, this ending will stay with me forever! Florence Pugh’s transition from extreme frown to a slow smile leaves the viewer entranced. You just know that she has cut her final ties with the 'real world' and has accepted the Hargas community wholeheartedly. Stunning and terrifying."

    stephberk15

    6. The Lion King (1994)

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    Walt Disney Studios

    "Simba slowly walking up Pride Rock as the majestic 'King of Pride Rock' score plays, and Mufasa appearing one last time to say 'Remember...' before Simba roars as the new king. Then the transition to some time later when the land is healthy again and Simba and Nala’s cub is being presented as a chorus sings a triumphant reprise of 'Circle of Life'? Pure perfection."

    eclipsecat14

    7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

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    Pyramide Films

    "This had the best ending to any film I’ve ever seen. It was truly a remarkable way to end the film, and Adele Haenel’s performance in the scene should have gotten her an Oscar all on its own. I was truly disoriented after I left the theater. That ending sat with me for WEEKS after."

    emilyj4c7fc8177

    8. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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    Gramercy Pictures

    "When, in those last few minutes, Dean Keaton figured out what really happened, seconds too late...so frustrating, but so satisfying."

    Nameless_Demon

    9. Lady Bird (2017)

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    A24

    "When she calls her mother and talks about how emotional she felt when driving around Sacramento? It was so perfect. It gives me chills just thinking about it."

    felipeschnurrg

    10. Moonlight (2016)

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    A24

    "This one had an amazing ending. It left me in such an emotional state of mind. Chiron saying, 'You were the only man that ever touched me. I haven’t really touched anyone since,' brought tears to my eyes. And then baby Chiron on the beach, under the moonlight, looking at the camera was perfect. I’m emotional just typing it."

    felipeschnurrg

    11. Ready or Not (2019)

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    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "I'm almost hesitant to reveal anything...but it was perfect. A lesser movie would have backed down, but they really went for it. And it's amazing. Just watch it!"

    jenniferk14

    12. Carol (2015)

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    StudioCanal

    "After everything Therese and Carol had been through, when their eyes met across the crowded room, so much emotion passed through their eyes, and their small smiles promised so much. Neither one of them expected Therese to actually come, but she did, and it's a beautiful ending to a beautiful movie."

    ultimatefangirl12

    13. Inception (2010)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The ending was instantly iconic. It still gives me so much anxiety, but it seems to pull it off to perfection. Cobb gets off the plane and goes to see his kids. He puts the top on the table and sees the backs of his kids' heads. He holds his breath because in the dreamworld, he can't see his kids (or his mind won't let him). His kids turn around, and you see their faces. I let out a sigh of relief. Cobb is actually with his kids. When everything seems all happy, the camera pans down to the spinning top. You freak out, thinking that he is still trapped in the dreamworld. Then the top starts toppling for a millisecond before the camera snaps to black."

    tigresssss13

    14. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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    Columbia Pictures

    "Andy and Red reuniting in Zihuatanejo was absolutely amazing. Perfect end to a nearly flawless movie."

    staceypatonk

    15. Knives Out (2019)

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    Lionsgate

    "I know it's recent, but that last shot of Marta on the balcony is amazing. The movie was so good, but that ending had me like, 'Damn!' So good!"

    Ctumino17

    16. There Will Be Blood (2007)

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    Paramount Vantage

    "This has one of the the most satisfying endings of any movie I've ever seen. The 'I drink your milkshake' speech, Eli getting his just deserts, and then Daniel sitting there in the mess: 'I'm finished.' Every time I watch it, it gets better. Perfection."

    propspixie

    17. Joker (2019)

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    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The whole last 10 minutes or so made me shiver. While riots were happening all around him, he was just standing there with a smile. Especially the part where he drew on the Joker’s smile with the blood — It's the part where Arthur left and his true identity came out. All the people that cheered for him finally understood how screwed up society has come to be. Then the bit at the very end in Arkham and the shot of young Bruce Wayne? Perfection."

    dominiquezec4

    18. Rocky (1976)

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    United Artists

    "Even though he loses the fight to Apollo (in a split decision), he gets the girl and reaches his goal of lasting 15 rounds with the champ, which no one had ever done. In doing so, he (and the rest of the world) finally knew he 'weren't just another bum from the neighborhood.'"

    slyghost86

    19. Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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    Miramax Films

    "When Salvatore sees the reel composed of all the scenes the priest had demanded be cut and he tears up. It's a love story about filmmaking, and for a film nerd, it hits the nail on the head with its beautiful, raw emotion."

    cocopa

    20. Parasite (2019)

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    CJ Entertainment

    "The ending is just gutting. When I first saw it, I thought for a split second that the dream sequence of him buying the house and his father walking up the stairs was real, and I actually got annoyed because it didn’t feel realistic for a movie that had been so tonally on point the entire time. And then the sequence ended, and he looks in the camera and says 'So long' to his father, and you realize, OF COURSE it isn’t real because he’ll never earn enough to buy that house...and that horrible, pessimistic feeling of reality sinks in. Brutal and brilliant."

    elinorh

    21. Se7en (1995)

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    New Line Cinema

    "This has the most amazing ending, bar none. Brad Pitt screaming, 'What’s in the box?!' and slowly descending into wrath, and Morgan Freeman begging him not to fall into the killer’s trap. So well executed."

    amandan25

    22. And Finally, Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

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    Marvel Studios

    "As frustrating and devastating as it was for the entire fandom, that ending scene was incredible."

    korscarstairs

    Now it's YOUR turn! What is an ending scene that is so perfect, it deserves an imaginary Academy Award that I totally made up? Share your pick and why in the comments below!

    Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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