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    30 Films Where The Last Scene Is Actually The Best Scene In The Entire Thing

    "The movie is brilliant from its first scene, but that ending solidifies it as one of the best of all time."

    Recently, on my personal favorite subreddit, r/movies, redditor u/downvote_this_mf asked for people to name some "Movies where the final scene is widely regarded as the best scene in the entire film," and movie lovers really came through with some A+ answers.

    So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the most popular responses shared:

    1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

    A group of superheroes stand around a body

    "Man, that had me on the edge of my seat. Going from all that epic fighting to that axe lunge to the snap and the silence. Only to show everyone dusting, people I had been following for 10 years. The theater was just as stunned as I was."

    u/Craig1287

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    2. Inception (2010)

    A top spins on a table

    "Is he dreaming? Does is it matter if he is or not?"

    u/impliedinsult

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    3. Halloween (1978)

    A man looks out of a window

    "After Michael disappears and Dr. Loomis tells Laurie he was the boogeyman. The montage of all of the places in the movie is just perfect."

    u/Turd-In-Your-Pocket

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    4. The Matrix (1999)

    A man wearing sunglasses looks up

    "Neo flying out to save us all was the perfect ending. I enjoyed the sequels, but without the sequels, the impact of the ending would have been absolutely legendary (probably an unpopular opinion)."

    u/AjEdisMindTrick

    You can watch the ending scene here:

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    5. Saw (2004)

    A man looks shocked at something off-screen

    "I’m still shocked about that ending. It was easily the best scene in the whole movie."

    u/Rxmses

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    6. The Lost Boys (1987)

    A mother stands with her two sons

    "'One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach: all the damn vampires.'"

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    7. Primal Fear (1996)

    A man looks at his lawyer through jail bars

    "It’s a jaw dropper the first time you see it."

    u/FreeRangeAlien 

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    8. Arrival (2016)

    A woman holds a man

    "The end is really a montage, but it's spectacular."

    u/alannordoc

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    9. City Lights (1931)

    A man chews on his nails

    "I always say it'd still be a favorite of mine if it wasn't as good as it was, but the reason it's my favorite movie is because of the perfect ending."

    u/Typical_Humanoid

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    10. Children of Men (2006)

    Two boats floating on the water

    "It's utter chaos, then suddenly, a child screams, and everything stops for a moment. It moves me to tears every time."

    u/PullMull

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    11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    A man aims a shotgun at someone off-screen

    "This is the one I thought of because it lasts about 20 minutes. Brilliant tension, cinematography, and a nice surprise."

    u/danielagoodrich

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    12. Schindler's List (1993)

    A man holds another crying man

    "Not just where Schindler loses his cool and his persona cracks as the gravity of everything hits him when he thinks, 'I could have saved one more,' but all the descendants that probably would not be here if he hadn't done what he did."

    u/Seab0und

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    13. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

    A man, bloodied, sobs

    "You're thinking, 'They won’t ALL shoot…will they?'"

    u/rulerofearthnyc

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    14. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

    Two men run towards the camera pointing guns

    "That ending is epic and amazing!"

    u/nickyeyez

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    15. Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

    A group of people stand in the driveway

    "'Is everyone all right?' 'Well, the fucking hippies aren’t. That’s for goddamn sure.'"

    u/Flyingvop

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    16. Big Fish (2003)

    A man carries his father into water

    "The whole film is a masterpiece, but the final scene wrecks me."

    u/cyclejones

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    17. Field of Dreams (1989)

    A man looks at his father

    "'Hey dad? Wanna have a catch?' I love this movie for a million reasons, but the simple game of catch at the end is beautiful. This whole movie, this whole quest, was just for this one moment between Ray and his dad. It crushes me every time I watch that movie."

    u/fajita43

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    18. Before Sunset (2004)

    A woman pointing at a man, who is off-screen

    "There we go. That’s the answer. I’ve been scrolling through all these great responses, but I knew we were missing it. It has to be this just because it’s about two films (and 11 years) worth of tension being released when he says 'I know.' Best trilogy in film history, too, if you ask me."

    u/ChuckWallace987

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    19. The Game (1997)

    A man holding a shirt that reads "I was drugged and left for dead in Mexico and all I got was this stupid shirt"

    "This is such a great movie with just a minor re-watch worth, but oh, what would I give to see this movie for the first time again."

    u/Hardi_SMH

    You can watch the ending scene here:

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    20. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

    A man screams and points

    "The whole movie is great, but the last scene always haunted me."

    u/casual_eloc

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    21. Arlington Road (1999)

    A sweaty, disoriented man stands in a crowd

    "A pretty good film that's about half an hour too long and definitely sags in the middle, but that ending...wow. I realized what was going on at the exact moment that Jeff Bridges's character did, and I'll never forget that split second 'oh shit' moment."

    u/Stevepiers

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    22. Captain Phillips (2013)

    A beaten man laying down as a Dr tends to him

    "The final scene where he is being rescued and checked out by the medic was surprisingly emotional. I still think about it regularly after seeing it years ago."

    u/cafterk

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    23. Michael Clayton (2007)

    A man speaks aggressively to a woman

    "This is one that comes to mind. The whole movie is just a constant buildup of tension, and George Clooney just paying a guy to drive a taxi around so he doesn't have to think while he is just silent was really impactful. The whole movie is good, but I think the ending is definitely the standout scene for me. It's also pretty cool that this scene happens while the credits roll, yet it didn't take me out of it."

    u/GoatRogan

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    24. Whiplash (2014)

    A man plays drums

    "Damn, that's catharsis."

    u/JustinHardyJ

    You can watch the ending scene here:

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    25. Se7en (1995)

    A man aims a gun at another man, while another tries to stop him

    "The movie is brilliant from its first scene, but that ending solidifies it as one of the best of all time."

    u/copperblood

    You can watch the ending scene here:

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    26. Smokin' Aces (2006)

    A man looks shocked

    "There's a few awesome scenes in the movie, but that ending with that soundtrack playing beats everything before it."

    u/thedevilyoukn0w

    You can watch the ending scene here:

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    27. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

    Darth Vader stands in a dark hallway

    "I love the whole movie, but man, the Darth Vader scene is probably one of the best things in all of Star Wars."

    u/Nefty_Y

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    28. Saint Maud (2019)

    A woman smiles

    "The last fraction of a second is the most chilling thing I've ever seen in a film."

    u/MrJackdaw

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    29. A History of Violence (2005)

    A family sit around a table

    "No spoilers for the ending, but not one character says a single damn word in the final five minutes, yet you understand everything that is said between everybody in the room. Such a fantastic story, I felt like it flew under the radar somewhat, which is weird considering it's a David Cronenberg film."

    u/BLAZEtms

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    And finally:

    30. The Truman Show (1998)

    A man bows beside an open door

    "It's the greatest closing scene in any movie ever, in my opinion."

    u/cfh294

    You can watch the ending scene here:

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    Paramount Pictures / Via youtube.com

    You've read their picks, but now it's your turn. Which ones did they miss? Which ending scenes are the best scenes in the entire movie? Share your pick(s) in the comments below!

    Some responses were edited for length and/or clarity. H/T: Reddit.

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