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    16 Movie Endings That Left Audiences 100% Satisfied

    "When there's a happy ending, it almost stresses me out more."

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most satisfying movie endings of all time. Here are the movies that won our readers' hearts:


    Warning: Spoilers ahead!

    1. When we find out Mia and Sebastian don't end up together at the end of La La Land after a lengthy dream sequence:

    Mia sitting in a jazz club and Sebastian at the piano looking at her
    Summit Entertainment

    "When there's a 'happy ending,' it almost stresses me out more and makes me ask, 'Why can't I have that? Why does everyone seem to be happy but me?' The hyper-realistic ending, one the audience can actually relate to, provides great comfort for me. Anyone else?"


    2. When Scarlett vows to protect Tara and stand up for herself at the end of Gone with the Wind:

    Scarlett O'Hara crying and looking at the sunset

    "It closes on a beautiful sunset with her glancing out at the world."


    3. When Will goes through with his original plan, despite falling for Lou in Me Before You:

    Woman smiling and looking into a window
    New Line Cinema

    "Will helped Lou realize some of her dreams, and he gave her the confidence she needed. There is sort of a 'happily ever after,' but it's not the Disney movie-esque, riding into the sunset type of ending."


    4. When Guy buys Girl a piano at the end of Once, even though they go their separate ways:

    A man and woman walking down a Dublin street
    Fox Searchlight / Courtesy Everett Collection

    "It's a still, quiet ending. Everything is communicated with a few strums of the guitar and slow cuts between shots. It's so heavy and emotional that it's difficult to imagine the need for any dialogue at the end. It's just right as-is."


    5. When Christine leaves her mom a voicemail at the end of Lady Bird and describes how she felt the first time she drove around Sacramento:

    Ladybird leaving her mom a voicemail
    IAC Films

    "I always tear up. The ending is *chef's kiss.*"


    6. When Thanos wins at the end of Avengers: Infinity War:

    Thanos wins and destroys half the world
    Marvel Studios

    "I know half of the universe disappeared, but it was the first time that I truly felt like the stakes were high. Plus, I knew there would be a Part 2 where they would most likely try to bring back everyone, so that made this ending even better!"


    7. When Karen decides to rewrite the ending to her novel and spare Harold's life at the end of Stranger Than Fiction:

    A man in a full-body cast and a woman signing his arm cast
    Mandate Pictures

    "I think the movie got slept on because most people expect Will Ferrell to always be silly, but it’s a smart and interesting film with a happy ending that is thoroughly earned."


    8. When Andy and Red reunite in Zihuatanejo at the end of The Shawshank Redemption:

    Andy and Red reuniting
    Castle Rock Entertainment

    "Andy escapes, the warden gets his, the prison guard captain weeps when arrested, and Red gets parole. Then, Andy and Red reunite as best friends."


    9. When Veronica just watches JD blow himself up at the end of Heathers:

    Veronica, covered in dirt, and Martha
    New World Pictures

    "I loved how Veronica went back to her usual self at the end and asked Martha to watch movies with her on prom night."


    10. When Megan and Graham got together at the end of But I'm a Cheerleader:

    Megan and Graham kissing

    "Then, Megan's parents, who were anti-gay at the start of the movie, are shown going to a PFLAG meeting to learn how to come to terms with the fact that Megan is gay."


    11. When they pull off the heist in Ocean's 8:

    Ocean's 8 on a subway
    Warner Bros.

    "Then, you learn that there was a second heist! Also, the cast is *chef's kiss.*"


    12. When Elle gives her speech at graduation at the end of Legally Blonde:

    Elle Woods delivering a speech at her law school graduation

    "Warner is unsuccessful. Elle graduates quite successfully. Paulette and Kyle are together. Emmett supposedly proposes to Elle that night. To top it all off, they end the movie with the song it started with. It made me happy."


    13. When literally everyone has their moment at the end of Lord of the Rings:

    Aragorn being crowned king, then Frodo leaving
    New Line Cinema

    "Moan about it all you want, but Lord of the Rings ends perfectly. People always say it has too many endings, but they just aren't used to seeing so many plots wrap up in such a fulfilling way. Aragorn is crowned king and is betrothed to Arwen. The Hobbits are recognized, not only for their sacrifice, but for their value and impact on the entirety of Middle Earth. Frodo is changed forever by the events of the story, but is honored for his actions. Sam returns home — the past behind him — ready for a life with his obligation fulfilled. Life goes on. It's the end of an age."


    14. When Andy gives his toys to Bonnie at the end of Toy Story 3:

    Toys from toy story

    "The ending beautifully portrayed what it means to grow up. Woody saying, 'So long, partner,' always gets me."


    15. When the boys stand on their desks at the end of Dead Poets Society and say, 'O Captain! My Captain!':

    Robin Williams looking at a class of students standing on their desks
    Touchstone Pictures

    "Anyone who says they don't get chills is a liar."


    16. And, when Cassie's plan comes through at the end of Promising Young Woman:

    Cassie, dressed as a stripper nurse
    FilmNation Entertainment

    "All the scumbags got what was coming to them!"


    So do you agree? Tell us your favorite movie ending in the comments below!

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.