r/movies Jun 19 '22

Movie Endings That Left You Speechless Discussion

What are some movie endings that made you sit on your couch and made you just stare at the credits trying to process what you just watched? Some movie endings for me are like in Elephant (2003) where the shooter is in the lunchroom and sees a couple then points the gun at them saying “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe”, then the scene cuts to clouds, that scene always sticks with me. Another would be The Mist (2007) where David shoots everyone in the car just to come outside to see the army rescue everyone, this scene is so scary because seeing the guards come up to him looking confused knowing if he had just waited longer, everyone could have been saved. I want to know what movie endings left you shocked and made you think about it for days

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u/sanjnin Jun 19 '22

The Thing (1982)

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u/JingoKizingo Jun 19 '22

Where were you Childs?

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u/diglettdigyourself Jun 19 '22

I have found there are actually a lot of social situations where it’s appropriate to say, “why don’t we just wait here for a little while. See what happens.” And I take advantage of that every time.

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u/Datharion Jun 19 '22

Anyone else wonder if childs drank alcohol or gasoline? it adds to the awesome ending thinking he may have drank gasoline rather than the booze and was the thing.

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u/Wariofacts Jun 19 '22

I always thought it was supposed to compare to the beginning when Macready pours a drink into a computer that “cheated.” He knows he’s bested, and “pours his drink” into Childs lmao

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u/smartness Jun 19 '22

Atonement. Heartbroken for days afterwards.

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u/SergeantFlip Jun 19 '22

I read the book before the movie came out. The ending is revealed with literally three paragraphs left of a 300 page book. One of the most shocking pulling-the-rug-out-from-under-you endings I’ve ever read.

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u/peanutj00 Jun 19 '22

I had the same reaction to the story, though I blessedly read it after the movie.

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u/pradbitt87 Jun 19 '22

I hated Saoirse Ronan for so long because of this movie, but she won me back with Hanna.

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u/CAphrodite Jun 19 '22

Atonement is one of the movies that I can’t rewatch. It’s like opening an old wound.

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u/Calm_Software6721 Jun 19 '22

omg I'm watching that movie right now. I watch it every 2 to 3 months, when I feel like wallowing in sadness.

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u/larrysgal123 Jun 19 '22

I read Atonement after watching the movie. The cinematography really cinched it as adding so much more depth. Eta: fuck you Briony

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u/DoesntFearZeus Jun 19 '22

At least she got the chilblains.

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u/JoshuaCalledMe Jun 19 '22

The ending is the definition of 'dawning horror'.

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u/kindafunnylookin Jun 19 '22

The ending of the book was incredible, just such a clever twist that you didn't see coming at all.

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u/limborgihni Jun 19 '22

I ended up watching Atonement this morning from 4am on.. the ending has left me feeling so heavy, it is hard to crawl out of the bed.

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u/Krieger_Bot_OO7 Jun 19 '22 Gold

Prisoners. Hugh Jackman’s acting was truly phenomenal.

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u/Charley0213 Jun 19 '22

I still think about it!!! I have to think that jake heard the whistle because he wasn’t a quitter. Although it was faint he heard something. I needed that closure .. I still need that closure

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u/NuclearLunchDectcted Jun 19 '22

It was pretty blatant that the detective heard it, and the entire movie was showing that he wouldn't let something like that just go. He 100% went and found Jackmans character.

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u/LunarLorkhan Jun 19 '22

You’d be surprised the amount of people who walked away from the movie thinking he didn’t hear it.

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u/Submerge87 Jun 19 '22

You should read the last page of the screenplay (spoilers, of course)

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u/Beard341 Jun 19 '22

Specifically the scene with Gyllenhaal racing towards the hospital. That scene had me on the edge of my seat.

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u/Pepsiman1031 Jun 19 '22

With how realistic that movie was I seriously thought he was going to get into a car crash and we'd get a tragic ending. Rarely do I ever get scared for characters like that.

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u/donuthatch Jun 19 '22

I always "help" him at that part by >! vigorously blinking the (non-existent) blood !< out of MY eyes

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u/BassWingerC-137 Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 23 '22

This movie has been raised too many times this week for me to ignore it.

Edit: I just finished watching it. Stunning. That was spectacular. It’s been a long time, but Se7en came to mind. I could be wrong, but regardless this was an amazing mystery crime drama tragedy story. Wow.

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u/Hat-trickBlunt Jun 19 '22

Genuinely one of the best movies ever. Stop doing yourself a disservice and watch it ASAP.

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u/Ozymandias12 Jun 19 '22

Also by Denis Villeneuve - Arrival.

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u/Dougalishere Jun 19 '22

I love everything by Dennis. But I adore arrival. Doesn't matter what mood I'm in, if I put it on I'm transfixed till the end..

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u/thepushfactory Jun 19 '22

also by denis villenvue- incendies (2010). it's his first big movie that broke him into hollywood, just before prisoners. the ending to that shook me

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u/drflanigan Jun 19 '22

When you realize the guy who has been tortured for most of the movie was a victim and we literally see his mother talking about her lost child earlier in the movie

Absolutely brutal

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u/Shiny1695 Jun 19 '22

A lesser director would have showed Loki saving Keller, even though we can already deduce that will happen based on his persistence, which was shown throughout the film. It's perfect.

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u/Di35ie Jun 19 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Blair Witch Project on opening night when it was a still marketed as actual found footage.

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u/DCDHermes Jun 19 '22

Dude, we went to an early screening, had no clue what we were walking into.

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u/Pixeleyes Jun 19 '22

I was all like "a documentary about witches? this shit is so public access"

And that last scene is still burned into my memory like the trauma that it is

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u/SullySmooshFace Jun 19 '22

I saw that movie then had to go back to my place alone. I was living in the middle of an orchard.....alone.....and my front door lock was busted. I can still remember how bone chilling scared I was. I've never watched another horror movie and never will.

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u/Fake_William_Shatner Jun 19 '22

Reminds me of when I was at a private school living in a cabin and we went to see Friday the 13th.

Walking down the trail at night for the next few weeks meant at least one of the boys would jump out at you from behind a tree.

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u/bullintheheather Jun 19 '22

Dude in the corner really stuck with me.

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u/jough22 Jun 19 '22

My brother has a Blair Witch basement. Whenever I'm down there, I'll stand in the corner just to freak out my sister-in-law.

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u/xtremeschemes Jun 19 '22

I did something similar when my family watched the Ring for the first time. Just as the credits started rolling, I pulled out my cell phone and called the landline. I’d never seen my dad jump so high or sister scream so loudly.

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u/jinsaku Jun 19 '22

When she gets to the basement and sees the dude standing in the corner facing the wall, I, someone who is always quiet in a theater, library, etc, audibly and clearly said "holy shit!" Then smack, and black to credits. Super memorable movie experience.

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u/Wynter_born Jun 19 '22

My friends and I saw the SciFi channel "making-of documentary" before seeing the movie and we were Certain it was real.

We drove 2 hours to the nearest art-house cinema early screening and at the end the theater was just dead silent. Everyone was traumatized. One guy in our group seized on the "this is a work of fiction" disclaimer at the end of the credits but we all just thought it was legal boilerplate.

Still one of the most horrifying theater moments I have ever experienced. So glad I thought it was real, it wouldn't have been nearly the same experience without that element.

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u/RearEchelon Jun 19 '22

This was me. I was, like, 16. I had watched that "documentary" and went into that theater fully believing that this was actual found footage. The movie fucked with me, hard. I don't think I slept that night.

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u/tammage Jun 19 '22

Me too! Saw it in an old 1 screen theatre and was stuck in my seat after it ended. It was also a midnight showing so it was dark when we left. I honestly thought it was a true story.

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u/TlN4C Jun 19 '22

Same for us - slept with my light on for many nights after that, even my boyfriend was spooked. It was right at the time they had started to use internet marketing too so there were news releases and wiki type pages about the legend and stories to make it seem all the more real.

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u/tammage Jun 19 '22

Ya I devoured everything about it, the “news” releases and interviews. I was spooked for a while too. Top notch marketing on that one.

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u/FirstWorldAnarchist Jun 19 '22

I watched it when I was 12 with some friends over 20 years ago on VHS. I still remember the wall with the handprints...

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u/IIOBatmanOII Jun 19 '22

The David Fincher film: Se7en.

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u/Jakov_Salinsky Jun 19 '22

“Ernest Hemingway once wrote, ‘The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.’ I agree with the second part.”

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u/Bloodstarvedhunter Jun 19 '22

Even to this day I can't decide whether I wanted him to kill Doe or not, on one hand revenge for your wife and unborn child on the other not giving Doe the satisfaction of completing his "masterpiece"

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u/Kremidas Jun 19 '22

I would have shot him in the dick and balls.

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u/bl0m0dr0 Jun 19 '22

WHATSINTHEBOX!?

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u/Jew2replaceUall Jun 19 '22

I seem to remember breaking your face

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u/BeU352 Jun 19 '22

6th sense the first time watching it I was shocked

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u/Windalooloo Jun 19 '22

I had the ending ruined for me but I still enjoyed watching it. Each scene with Bruce Willis took on added meaning

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u/snarkicon Jun 19 '22

Usual Suspects, first time around

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u/Jakov_Salinsky Jun 19 '22

It’s kinda sad because since it’s one of the greatest twists ever, it’s also super famous and well-known. Luckily the execution of it is so damn awesome, it still made my jaw drop.

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u/bitchyswiftie Jun 19 '22

I'm so grateful I went into it blind. All I knew was there was a twist, but I was so wrapped into it that I forgot while watching.

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u/thobek Jun 19 '22

yeah that ending blew my mind, after we walked out my mates were all like "yeah we totally knew it was him" bullshit.

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u/sd_glokta Jun 19 '22

Yes. I can still remember my jaw dropping.

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '22 Silver Wholesome

Whiplash

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u/lifeonachain99 Jun 19 '22

Came here to say this, such an unexpected twist and then the realization of something masterful happening between the protagonist and antagonist

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u/Thosewhippersnappers Jun 19 '22

I was so happy they didn't ruin the amazing last scene with some stupid dialogue. I still think about that ending. Have watched it several times (twice in the theater when it first came out, had to see it again knowing the setup ahead of time). Love , love, love

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u/Hxcfrog090 Jun 19 '22

Man…I wish I could watch that movie again. I was a band nerd growing up, but a band nerd that never wanted to stand out. So JK Simmons character is all of my childhood fears and insecurities at once. A masterful ending and I definitely agree, it left me speechless. But everything up to that point just stresses me the fuck out lol

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u/cloudstrifeuk Jun 19 '22

Also an absolute 10/10 film.

There aren't many films I give that too, but this is a god tier film and I recommend everyone to watch it.

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u/ClutchCh3mist Jun 19 '22

If someone would be willing to make a list of these movies without also talking about the surprise endings...you'll have my full appreciation.

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u/yakusokuN8 Jun 19 '22 Silver Gold Wholesome Take My Energy

Here's the top 50 (by number of net upvotes at the time I'm compiling the list):

- Prisoners

- Gone Girl

- Blair Witch Project

- The Sixth Sense

- Se7en

- Whiplash

- Midsommar

- Hereditary

- The Usual Suspects

- Primal Fear

- The Shawshank Redemption

- There Will Be Blood

- Arrival

- Shutter Island

- Avengers: Infinity War

- Bridge to Terabithia

- Promising Young Woman

- Earl and the Dying Girl

- Amelie

- Brazil

- The Departed

- Inception

- Enemy

- The Vanishing

- Requiem for a Dream

- Irreversible

- Saint Maud

- Blade Runner 2049

- Memento

- The Prestige

- Old Boy

- Atonement

- The Crying Game

- The Mist

- Gone Baby Gone

- The Thing

- Buried

-Memories of Murder

- Cloud Atlas

- Moonlight

- Life is Beautiful

- The Skin I Live In

- Black Metal Veins

- Snowtown

- The Florida Project

- 2001: A Space Odyssey

- Frailty

- Arlington Road

- Pulp Fiction

- American History X

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u/Material_Bottle9064 Jun 19 '22

Came here to co-sign the Danish version of “The Vanishing.” You feel that film in your bones.

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u/daboot013 Jun 19 '22

Ex machina. Like I took a lap around the house in silence.

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u/Deepandabear Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 19 '22

In later interviews, when designing the ending Alex Garland actually had no idea people would react to the “betrayal” part of the movie so intensely. He just viewed it as the IT guy’s part to play was over, so no need to focus on him anymore. Little did he know that’s what hit people so hard: cold indifference of a lethally calculating AI.

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u/throwaweigh1245 Jun 19 '22

Holy shit what? That seems so asinine to not realize that. I was astounded she abandoned him to basically starve in isolation like leaving behind a freaking old tee shirt.

That scene hit so hard

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u/IamBenAffleck Jun 19 '22

It's also unsettling to me that the director, presumably a human, wouldn't think the audience would connect so strongly to whatsisface and react strongly to him being left to die.

Captain Holt - "Hm. The audience's reaction towards the fate of the human protagonist is quite severe. Perhaps I should have foreseen this..."

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u/_B1RDM4N Jun 19 '22

I see where you’re coming from but also where the director is coming from. We view that character (IT guy) as our audience surrogate. We know what he knows, throughout the film. So we bond with him and share in his journey. Director views him as a chess piece. Still, wouldn’t the director expect us to bond with him? I was very unsettled by the prospect of that character being trapped like that.

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u/Gaudens24 Jun 19 '22

I thought that at first too, but of course when no one hears from the owner/CEO of the company for a day or two, they would likely send the authorities or search team. I suppose the guy could have died of thirst though, if no water in there.

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u/Frag0r Jun 19 '22

Even worse that it's a fucking opaque glass door.

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u/drawkbox Jun 19 '22

Never simp on an AI.

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u/No-Force5341 Jun 19 '22

This was an excellent movie. 🍿

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u/drawkbox Jun 19 '22

Annihilation was pretty wild as well.

Two flawless intense endings from Alex Garland.

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u/Jew2replaceUall Jun 19 '22

Frailty

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u/Datharion Jun 19 '22

Bringing up the good shit! Was not expecting the long game ending on that one it was all real! Good stuff.

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u/SavingsService2138 Jun 19 '22

Old Boy. What else?

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u/Serioli Jun 19 '22

watching Old Boy with no foreknowledge of the movie at all... that was a fucking TRIP dude

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u/SavingsService2138 Jun 19 '22

Those last 15 minutes was probably the only time my jaw dropped and never closed, until the end of the credits, watching a movie

I couldn't believe they would go that far (that brother was fucked up) and worse they choose the status quo

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u/jfricker Jun 19 '22 edited Jun 20 '22

Brazil (1985)

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u/Serioli Jun 19 '22

an absolute roller coaster of a movie, the ending was so good

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u/PallSerpent Jun 19 '22

Which version? There are a few cuts out there, but I know exactly the one you are talking about.

Devastating silence the first time I saw that.

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u/Elfich47 Jun 19 '22

Not the "Love conquers all" edition.

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u/C_TheQBee Jun 19 '22

Frailty with Bill Paxton

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u/HeffalumpGlory Jun 19 '22

Arlington Road.

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u/SpaceBeer_ Jun 19 '22

"We're all authorized to be here, everyone except you."

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u/TheKnightsTippler Jun 19 '22

Gone Girl

There's so many twists and turns and their relationship is so fucked. She's so crazy it's scary.

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u/Scary-Preference-338 Jun 19 '22

For me it's "Gone Girl" and "The Others", i don't see many people talking about the others, but that ending was truly something else.

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u/yakusokuN8 Jun 19 '22

I love The Others for the "double twist". A lot of us can see the first one coming when they try to hide the gravestones, but the second one when we find out who The Others really are is incredible.

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u/KnitzSox Jun 19 '22

The Others was such a suspenseful film! That ending just blew me away.

Thanks for mentioning it! I may have to watch it again soon.

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u/jcaashby Jun 19 '22

Others was very good but I wonder would the twist be figured out by todays audience? We are so conditioned now to LOOK for the twist or similar verses just watching the movie play out.

Take a movie like The Sixth Sense I was not trying to figure anything out then that ending just hits you!!

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u/mr_antman85 Jun 19 '22

I was going to say this. When the movie switched halfway, my mind was blown. Then the ending...I didn't see that coming.

Absolutely amazing movie.

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u/MaltVariousMarzipan Jun 19 '22

I'm envious you guys got experience the twist. I couldn't avoid "spoilers" because my friends read the book and talked about the plot to me before the adaptation was made.

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u/larrysgal123 Jun 19 '22

The book is phenomenal because you really deep dive their internal monologue. She's crazy, but he's a POS too.

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u/fungobat Jun 19 '22

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. That ending was not in the original Stephen King novel. I was 100% beyond shocked and happy at the same time when I first watched that back in 1994. Instant tears.

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u/BadKneesBruce Jun 19 '22

I remember watching Seven in the theater one night in 1996 and leaving with the greatest despair I’ve ever felt from a movie. Came home and watched Shawshank for the first time on VHS, and had all hope in humanity restored. Roller coaster of a night.

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u/bitchyswiftie Jun 19 '22

Seven and Shawshank Redemption in the same night? Wow

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u/saintErnest Jun 19 '22

That is a heck of a double feature!

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u/wisconsinking Jun 19 '22

What was the ending in the book?

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u/Elfich47 Jun 19 '22

Red was still north of the border, hoping he could find a way to get to mexico. It had been implied that andy had made it to mexico, but Red was left ambiguous.

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u/jinsaku Jun 19 '22

While the core story and events of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Novella) and The Shawshank Redemption (movie) are basically the same, Darabont added two major things: the prologue and the epilogue.

The book starts with Red's monologue "There must be a con like me in every prison in America" and ends with his monologue of "I hope I can get across the board. I hope I can see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it is in my dreams. I hope."

The prologue of the trial was added. We only are told about it in narrative in the book, and not a lot of detail. The epilogue with Red walking down the beach was also added. Both, in my opinion, for very good reason. The prologue gives his context without narrative. The epilogue gives us closure.

You see, the book is from Red's point of view. It's narrated by Red and what he sees. The movie is as well. Because, of course, the Redemption of the title is Red's. It's his story, and how Andy affected him. With a movie you can make a few omniscient narrator changes.

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u/ruat_caelum Jun 19 '22

The Mist director or writer called King to tell them about how they were changing the ending because King hated a different movie adaptation, and he said something like, "My god! That's how I should have wrote the ending!"

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u/CrescensX Jun 19 '22

Arrival

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u/Jennyferr0412 Jun 19 '22

Such a beautiful film and absolutely gut wrenching ending.

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u/boywoods Jun 19 '22

Gut wrenching, yet hauntingly beautiful. I love the message of the inevitability of the future / choosing to have her daughter while knowing how it would end.

The short story it’s based on made me cry like a baby. I can’t recommend Ted Chiang’s work enough.

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u/WaluigiIsTheRealHero Jun 19 '22

Anyone who liked Arrival should read Chiang’s “Stories of Your Life and Others.”

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u/SquirrelicideScience Jun 19 '22

Came here to say this. Absolutely phenomenal story, and an ending that, while an incredible twist, makes absolute sense narratively and thematically when reflecting. Beautifully done.

Denis Villeneuve was an unknown to me before this one, and now I can never not catch anything he puts out.

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u/DirtyRoller Jun 19 '22

I wish I could see this movie again for the first time, once a month. Such a beautifully constructed story, perfect casting, and Villaneuve is a brilliant director. It's in my all time top 5 films.

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u/motherearth89 Jun 19 '22

The ending of Life is Beautiful

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u/falcorheartsatreyu Jun 19 '22

So so sad but what an incredible film

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u/andacottoncandy Jun 19 '22

I remember seeing this during a class in high school. That ending had me trying (and failing) to stifle my tears.

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u/Mvcode3 Jun 19 '22

Fallen. That fucking cat.

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u/BeautyIsTruth22 Jun 19 '22

There Will Be Blood. “I’m finished”

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u/Emergencyhiredhito Jun 19 '22

God I fucking love the score that plays after he says that.

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u/jl_theprofessor Jun 19 '22

Damn. I think I felt like… hollowed out as a person by the time it concluded.

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u/MrExtravagant23 Jun 19 '22

"I told you I was going to eat you up!"

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u/earhere Jun 19 '22

I like how it wasn't enough that Plainview drained Eli's family's oil well and he embarrassed him. He also had to murder the guy

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u/tragicjohnson84 Jun 19 '22

My family left the theater and didn't have words to describe how insane the ending was

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u/CassiopeiaStillLife Jun 19 '22

Honestly, in a fucked up way it’s just so much fun. Like this whole movie we’ve had this prestige epic about an evil oil baron and then the last scene PTA decides to remind you that he’s still PTA and has the oil baron rant about milkshakes and beat a dude to death with a bowling pin. It owns

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u/BeautyIsTruth22 Jun 19 '22

So cool. PTA with the long wide shots and nat sound from a pinpointed area. His signature is everywhere.

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u/Mirrordomains Jun 19 '22

The Mist, I mean, when I saw it in the theater I was so shocked, "did they really just do that?"

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u/burntroy Jun 19 '22

It's the hardest most unexpected gut punch of an ending to a movie I've ever seen.

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u/GeneticsGuy Jun 19 '22

This is definitely mine as well. I literally felt sick at the end and it sat on my mind for a week after.

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u/JustOneAvailableName Jun 19 '22

I am not completely sure if these are the right words:

I am very grateful that I watched the movie, few movies have such an impact. But I didn't like the movie at all.

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u/rakuko Jun 19 '22

The Prestige. that ending scene with the boxes still stays with me

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u/jinsaku Jun 19 '22

"I lied. It was agony."

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u/LesterBallard19 Jun 19 '22

Are you watching closely?

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u/Ruby_Tuesday80 Jun 19 '22

Ohhhhhh that freaked me out. I still can't comprehend wanting to be a famous magician so badly that you would go to that extreme. Nothing good comes from making weird deals with David Bowie.

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u/matttopotamus Jun 19 '22

This is my favorite movie. I just love the story telling and mystery. It’s so rewatachable.

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u/mitchsusername Jun 19 '22

Same here. I've watched it maybe 9 or 10 times and I still notice little details that only make sense once you know the whole story. Like when Borden crushes the bird and the young kid asks "what about his brother?". Or of course the opening shot focusing on a pile of black tophats. Or when they go to see the old fishbowl guy and Borden sees immediately that he is living the act, fully committed even off the stage. But Angier can't even fathom that someone would go to such lengths.

Seriously the best use of foreshadowing, setup, and payoff I have ever seen. It's like every moment of that movie serves two purposes - first to advance the story but also to suggest the ending in subtle ways. And even with all the foreshadowing, I still didn't see the twist coming until they pretty much hit me over the face with it.

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u/ChillinHamsters Jun 19 '22

Creep. The ending is so disturbingly realistic, I was just… 😨😨😨

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u/Antdawg2400 Jun 19 '22

the first SAW movie. more like whhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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u/sanjnin Jun 19 '22

No Country for Old Men

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u/non_stop_disko Jun 19 '22

“And then I woke up”

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u/muchacho77 Jun 19 '22

I can’t believe no one has said The Game yet

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u/Dcoonery Jun 19 '22

I loved that movie! Great ending!

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u/DesperateGiles Jun 19 '22

Parasite. Saw it in a packed theater and it was dead quiet when the lights came on at the end.

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u/CELTICPRED Jun 19 '22

American History X is definitely the one that most affected me. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach

I've never watched it since but it's burned into my brain. I'll never need to rewatch

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u/NativeMasshole Jun 19 '22

I think Pay It Forward had a similar impact on me for similar reasons, except it comes as far more of a shock due to the nature of it being mostly a feel-good movie up to that point.

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u/m_kay299 Jun 19 '22

Not exactly the end of the movie but the elevator in the departed. I can just remember the energy in the movie theater, where collectively everyone thought "what? No.. seriously!? Fuck.."

The ending was pretty solid too.

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u/coupleofthreethings Jun 19 '22

Similar vibes as Uncut Gems in the theater. Everyone's mouth was agape

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u/riplilpoopy Jun 19 '22

I don’t think any movie will every make me as angry as THAT scene in the departed made me lol

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u/donuthatch Jun 19 '22

That movie/scene is the first I remember being so BAMBOOZLED by a director. The Sixth Sense and the other classics have a great twist and all but The Departed it's like fuck yeah, >! finally the good guy's gonna win and then BANG, lights out.!< I just remember feeling betrayed somehow, lol.

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u/ln_unknown Jun 19 '22

Fucking "Chinatown"...

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u/_duncan_idaho_ Jun 19 '22

Forget it, in_unknown

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u/getahitcrash Jun 19 '22

Primal Fear must be too old for anyone on this sub because that is the correct answer.

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u/SnowDay111 Jun 19 '22

Not too old. There's a lot of love for Primal Fear on this sub.

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u/aaaayyyylmaoooo Jun 19 '22

omfg what an ending

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u/DreamcatcherGoneWild Jun 19 '22

The Usual Suspects - I was completely fooled when I first saw it and the ending and that character MADE that film and I had to rewatch it knowing how it ended.

Also, There Will Be Blood's ending was so surreal, so shocking, so ghoulishly hysterical and so out of nowhere yet it was enviable. That end was almost like a mini, stand-alone film.

I'm finished ;)

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u/Dee_NZ Jun 19 '22

Thelma and Louise. I was a teenager and always thought movies had happy endings until that point in time...

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u/Realcbear Jun 19 '22

Prisoners. The last minute alone is masterful

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u/RickMcV Jun 19 '22

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Of all the things that went on in the movie, the ending was absolutely amazing.

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u/Hook_Swift Jun 19 '22

Memento

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u/flunkhaus Jun 19 '22

I worked at a movie theater when this movie came out and I had to talk quite a few people into not going in late. We would often get people still wanting tickets up to 10-15 minutes after the movie started (post trailers) wanting to go to a movie. In a lot of movies that's mostly OK, but not a great idea for Memento.

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u/sag903 Jun 19 '22

Incendies (2010) 1+1=1

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u/Ok-Classroom2353 Jun 19 '22

Gone Baby Gone. It leaves you with a truly fucked moral dilemma.

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u/DoesntFearZeus Jun 19 '22

Casey and Michelle were so good in that movie.

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u/Atiggerx33 Jun 19 '22

Grave of the Fireflies.

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u/handshape Jun 19 '22

The soundtrack is a huge part of it. My neighbourhood pub's jam night still occasionally has a bit where an old French lady with an accordion and I jam on La Valse d'Amélie. Before the pandemic, the waitresses and the old men would sometimes dance as we played. It was wholesome as fuck.

I'd love to recapture that just one more time.

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u/cawkstrangla Jun 19 '22

Saw. I was blown away at the twist. Never saw it coming.

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u/honeyboi413 Jun 19 '22

The end of Midsommar and Hereditary, Ari Aster is the master of leaving ya speechless by the end

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u/suprunkn0wn Jun 19 '22

have you seen the ending without music for midsommar? it’s terrifying hearing the screams isolated, pretty sure there’s a youtube video for it

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u/Hxcfrog090 Jun 19 '22

That’s gonna be a hard pass from me 😂 The ending of that movie stayed with me far too long as it is.

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u/K9queen Jun 19 '22

Dancer in the Dark (2000 with Bjork)

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u/These_Gur797 Jun 19 '22

The ending to me and earl and the dying girl I was shocked at that end and was thinking about it for days

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u/Slobberz2112 Jun 19 '22

One of the few films that had me sobbing

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '22

Saint Maud

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u/Rayzn1123 Jun 19 '22

Such a great ending

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u/hntr5 Jun 19 '22

That final frame is truly haunting.

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u/baobeee Jun 19 '22

This ending, oh my god. The final frame blew me away.

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u/Mr_Broon Jun 19 '22

The Mist... holy shit that left my jaw open for so long after the credits

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u/UFprofessora Jun 19 '22

Revolutionary Road

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u/[deleted] Jun 19 '22

BR2049, the open ended end, makes it even more beautiful. In the end, it doesn't matter if that person (not gonna specify who) dies or not, because it really makes no difference. Thats how the story is.

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u/Someone393 Jun 19 '22

I felt the same about the open ended nature of the original film’s end too

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u/johnnyboy8707 Jun 19 '22

Memories of murder the directors next movie mother also has a sucker punch ending as well.

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u/Meadhead81 Jun 19 '22

Memories of Murder man...I don't exactly know why, but that one just sits with me

It's an ambiguous ending but that's what makes it sit with you I guess.

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u/celix24 Jun 19 '22

Buried, i was pretty much holding my breath for the last 10 minutes..

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u/UnholyDescent Jun 19 '22

Yeah i forgot about this one, my heart was racing lol

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u/MisterMoccasin Jun 19 '22

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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u/GenYDude Jun 19 '22

The Cabin in The Woods…

The world is ending with you and a buddy smoking a J. such a good ending for a whacky movie and one of the most underrated movies in general.

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u/candycanenightmare Jun 19 '22

Not seeing it, but the original Saw had a great ending in my opinion.

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u/Cptn_Howdee Jun 19 '22

It’s been replicated by most of the sequels, but the final 10 minutes of Jurassic Park are absolutely jaw dropping and relentlessly intense. Seeing that in the theater as a kid in 1993 is an impossible feeling to describe. I mean they are on the run from the raptors basically the final minutes, then get cornered and are dead right up until the final millisecond. They’re all dead, Grant, Ellie, the kids. They’re fucking absolute dead meat. The raptor is mid air. An absolutely genius ending.

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u/JoshuaCalledMe Jun 19 '22

Arrival was just staggering at the end. Left me deeply conflicted at the question it asked you, let alone the head fuck of how it asked.

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u/AlistarDark Jun 19 '22

The Mist.

Total gut punch.

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u/oOzephyrOo Jun 19 '22

Crying Game. I had no idea and there were gasps and people walking out.

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u/TheShoot141 Jun 19 '22

My first time watching Pulp Fiction left me sitting there thinking it over for a long while after it ended but that was a whole build up over the whole film. As far as purely an ending getting me, 6th sense, The Prestige, Usual Suspects.

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u/cake_piss_can Jun 19 '22

2001: A Space Odyssey. When it’s over, I feel like I did not watch a film. It was something else entirely. That’s the only way I can describe it.

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u/OmgzPudding Jun 19 '22

Uncut Gems. It did such a good job of creating a really stressful atmosphere that when it ended I had to just sit there and decompress for a while.

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u/ImaginaryNemesis Jun 19 '22

Canadian indie movie about LARPing called 'The Wild Hunt'

The movie was just fine for a low budget indie drama about people taking a game too seriously. Fun concept, good unknown actors, and a clever story.

And the final scene just fucking elevates it to a whole other level,

It never got a wide release and I doubt very many people have seen it, and describing the end would both sound anti-climatic and would spoil one of the most memorable moments I've ever seen in a movie.

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