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WHAT WAS THE MOST PERFECT ENDING IN MOVIES?

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Swithin, since you mentioned John Ford, here's another indelible closing image from a Ford classic, THE SEARCHERS, a homage from director Ford and star John Wayne to character actor and cowboy star Harry Carey, who was known for this arm holding habit:

 

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When I saw the thread title immediately I imagined Gone With The Wind. Such a long involved movie with a one/two punch lines of "...give a damn" then "tomorrow IS another day"

 

I think great endings give hope for whatever the next chapter may be-and so much better left to the viewer's imagination!

The Ghost & Mrs Muir fits that definition as does 2001 A Space Odyssey.

 

I agree 100% that Chaplin succeeded in this perfectly as does Woody Allen. My fave Allen endings are those that focus on "classic Hollywood films".

Examples: Mia Farrow's charactor in Purple Rose of Cairo-she's left crying from her broken dreams and stumbles into her local theater. You see her get caught up in the fantasy of Astaire & Rogers dancing cheek to cheek and somehow is comforted by it's escapism. This illustrates the importance of movies during the great (or personal) depression.

 

Was it Radio Days (? I sometimes mix his movies up) Allen himself walks into a theater after realizing he's going to die SOMEday, (love Julie Kavner, "You're just realizing this?") and he sees the Marx Brothers and realizes the absurdity of life and then realizes the greatest meaning of life is to be happy & make others happy.

 

But, whenever James Cagney is mentioned in the Tiki household, the kid always says, "Top of The World!" That ending had a huge impact on her and is stamped in her mind although she's seen several great Cagney films.

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Can't help it. I like the ending to "It's A Wonderful Life." The outpouring of love to a man in need in their community may be a bit too sweet for some but I think for this film is just the right touch.

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It has to be.... Mark of the Vampire!

 

But seriously, how about Vertigo? Kim Novak's transformation is complete, including falling from the tower. Bang. Roll credits.

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It's subjective, but since you posted a question mark, I'd disagree with *Vertigo* having the perfect ending.As much as I love *Vertigo* and I do, for me the film leaves us with a question. Will Scotty now completly lose his mind? the guilt of Judy's death probably will drive him into total insanity. Elster gets away with murder. Not a satisfying ending, but definitely one that leaves the audience to think about the film.So it depends on what you think constitues the perfect ending.

 

*Lost Horizon* for me has a perfect ending. Colman's character finally makes his way back to Shangri-La.

 

Edited by: lavenderblue19 on Apr 18, 2013 10:01 AM

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lavenderblue, while it's true that the ending of Vertigo does not resolve the murder (with a killer getting away with a crime), it is a film more about obsessive love than conventional thriller anyway. Therefore, I find Scotty's final actions leading to the actual death of a woman over whose fake death he had tortured himself, to be ironic and haunting. And that final visual image of Jimmy Stewart standing at the top of the church and starring down at her lingers on, combined, of course, with one of the great Bernard Herrmann musical scores.

 

As for Lost Horizon's ending, I always wondered if it might have been even more haunting by being ambiguous, with Robert Conway searching the Himalayas for Shangri-La but leaving it up to the audience to conclude whether or not he is successful. Not the happy ending that Capra and company gave it, of course, but an ending that might stir more conversation. It would parallel the previous scene featuring those diplomats discussing Shangri La and the one who says he believes there is one because he WANTS to believe it. Likewise, viewers could feel that Conway finds his Shanghri La again (without knowing for sure) because they WANT to believe it.

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Yes, that's what I was saying. It's subjective, what makes that perfect ending. If an ambiguous ending, that leaves one to think about the film and how it will turn out for the characters is the definition of perfect ending, then *Vertigo* is a great example. However, for me I'm a sucker for that satisfying ending. Resolution does it for me. Maybe I'd call *Lost Horizon* a satisfying ending. I wanted him to get back to Shangri-La and not think about him roaming the mountains endlessly. I wouldn't generalize and say that a "haunting" ending is what makes a "perfect" ending. I guess, just as we need all those different genres of films to make the movie viewing experience wonderful, we need all those different types of endings to make the movie experience complete.

 

Edited by: lavenderblue19 on Apr 18, 2013 1:40 PM

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I agree about *Vertigo* and *Lost Horizon*. I don't like to leave the theater in a down mood.

 

I don't have time now, but I could tell you about the search for resolution, or the redemptive ending. But instead of trying to think of several off hand I will just list ..

Today's pick:

 

*Field of Dreams*

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>Yes, that's what I was saying. It's subjective, what makes that perfect ending. If an ambiguous ending, that leaves one to think about the film...

 

Hmmmm...speaking of "ambiguous endings"...Does Cagney really "turn yellah" as they're strappin' him into Ol' Sparky, or is he doin' one final good deed for his boyhood pal O'Brien?

 

(...yep, I'd say this is one of the great ambiguous endings in all of film)

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I don't know if anybodys mentioned the end to ' On The Waterfront '.....the director Kazan, the actor Brando, and Leonard Bernsteins only movie music besides ' West Side Story '.......and that long walk .....and the job site door comes down closing to the movie ending notes of the 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and the much shown, this movie holds a record for being shown the most times on TV ever....but the ending to Casablanca of course is a classic. Unlike Winds Of War where Ali McGraw seemed more important than the war......in this, Bogey says that their lives are small compared to the world around them. If they had lost Paris, they found it again, but Lazzlo needs her now. Where Bogey is going, she can't follow. She is getting on that plane....Bogey explains the letters of transent to Lazzo and that his wife was only trying to save her husband....Lazzlo thanks Bogey...and the French Resistance tells America who had been trying to stay out of the war, that now with you on our side, I know we can win......The plane flys off, you think Raines will turn Bogey over to the Nazis....Round up the usual suspects......I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.......not just Rick and Capt Renault, but the US, The French, The British, The Allied Forces in winning World War II and freeing the consentration camps.images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTbJGkGvA8Q8V0n8pXkn-q

 

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Dargo, while White Heat is my favourite Cagney film with the most stunning of endings, Angels with Dirty Faces would be a fairly close second.

 

Cagney wrote in his autobiography about the ambiguity of the death scene, as to whether his character turned "yeller."

 

Personally, though, I've NEVER thought there was any ambiguity. I've always thought that Rocky turned noble and faked his cowardice in order to do a favour for his priest pal so that those tough little street urchins don't idolize him.

 

 

I mean, look at that last closeup of Cagney's face just SECONDS before he suddenly started to whimper. Cagney has a look of pure defiance. There isn't a trace of fear there. Cagney didn't play THAT moment for ambiguity, though you would tend to think that he thought he did the way he wrote about that scene decades later.

 

 

Here's that last shot of Rocky before he tried to stop them from strapping him down in the chair. Based on this shot, there is NO WAY that Rocky was a coward.

 

 

(By the way, if my interpretation of the film is correct, just think of all those wouldbe street punks who saw the movie in 1938 and left the theatre thinking "Yah, Rocky's my hero. I wanna be just like him!. I don't think that Pat O'Brien's character of Father Jerry would have approved).

 

 

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I agree, Tom. I've always thought that Rocky was not a coward, and that he did just what Pat'scharacter asked him to do. I also think that if Father Jerry hadn't asked Rocky to turn yellow, Rocky would have gone to the chair bravely and Jerry knew that, that's why he asked him to appear to be a coward for the sake of the boys. Jerry knew Rocky was not a coward.

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Not quibbling with the many heart-tugging endings people have posted. I just want to chime in with one of the most memorable last lines/endings I've seen in more contemporary films, a comedy (someone else can chime in with "Some Like It Hot").

 

 

It's the last, perfectly-in-character, line of the last scene showing these two gals are moving on:

 

 

"Let's fold scarves!," said Michelle (Lisa Kudrow), in "Romy & Michelle's High School Reunion."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another ambiguous ending that I find haunting: SHANE.

 

Little Jody (Brandon de Wilde) calling out to his hero (Alan Ladd) to come back as the gunman rides towards the mountains, from which his character first emerged at the film's beginning.

 

You see Shane ride past graves (a foreshadowing of his future?), and in the final shot of him on horseback the audience briefly sees his left arm hanging stiffly from his side from the bullet wound. We don't know how badly he is hurt.

 

 

Brandon de Wilde is remembered, of course, for his words, "Shane, come back" in this sequence. I love the fact, though, that when the film has only ten seconds left you can hear, very softly on the soundtrack, de Wilde's final shout:

 

 

"Bye, Shane!"

 

 

At the last moment the little boy realizes that his hero will not be returning.

 

 

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"Perfect" ending IS subjective. The only thing we'll accomplish here is a list of favorites. So far, a couple of my favorites have already been mentioned. To that I'd like to add:

 

*Miracle on 34th Street* . Not only was the house in little Natale's picture found, but when they spot the all too familiar looking cane leaning in the corner, well, it DOES give everyone pause, doesn't it?

 

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Sepia, Glad you agree with me, that the perfect ending is subjective. *Miracle On 34th Street* imo, is a film with the perfect ending. A feel good movie, that makes you chuckle even with that lingering question. Great pick. ;)

 

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Shane does indeed have a great ending but I always assumed that Shane left because he realized that because of who he was (how he had lived his life), he was going to live by the gun and with the gun and that his quest to be an non gunfighter was folly.

 

Of course if looked at another way my assumption of the ending makes no sense. Since Shane had rid the valley of the bad guys he should of been able to live a life of peace there. I'm sure the locals would of even donated some land to help him out. I mean there was a big spread there without an owner and missing a few ranch hands!

 

So maybe Shane left town because he was in love with Jody's mom. The simplest explanation often is the best.

 

 

 

 

 

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James, I was concentrating upon the uncertainty of Shane's future, as opposed to the reason why he left. Logic dictates that before riding off into those cold mountains he should have had a doctor treat his wound. The man chose to ride away with a bullet still in him, perhaps not the brightest of moves. But, then is this supposed to be symbolic of the fact that his breed of gunfighter is soon to be extinguished, anyway?

 

The fact that the last time that the audience sees Shane his arm is hanging stiffly at his side indicates that the wound may have been a worse one than he originally thought. But, keep riding, cowboy, it makes for a more memerable ending than if he suddenly returned yelling, "IS THERE DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? I'M BLEEDING LIKE A STUCK PIG."

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Yep, Miracle on 34th Street has a great warmhearted and perfect "punchline" ending to the film all at once, alright.

 

Switching gears again(so to speak...and you'll soon see why I've used this particular expression here ;) ), here is one I've always thought was a "perfect ending" to a film because of how its presentation reflects so perfectly upon the beginning of the film.

 

As T.E.Lawrence is being driven in a British Army staff car across the desert after being dismissed by his superiors, and with a look on his face a combination of many emotions but perhaps primarily with looks of disgust and disillusionment in evidence, a British soldier riding a motorcycle passes the staff car and Lawrence's gaze focuses upon it...and thus this nicely bookends the opening scene of Lawrence of Arabia in which director David Lean has previously showed the manner in which Lawrence would meet his death while riding his Brough Superior motorcycle sometime later in his life.

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The unexpectedly poignant final shot in THE BREAKING POINT.

 

As the film's hero (played by John Garfield) is returned, wounded, to his home port, a huge crowd gathers around, all concerned about him. In the midst of this crowd, ignored by all, is a little boy, the son of Garfield's shipmate, searching for his Dad. What the audience knows, but the boy doesn't know, is that his father has been killed.

 

Garfield is taken away on a stretcher to the hospital, the crowd disperses, and the final shot in the film is of the little boy alone, still looking for his father.

 

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THE BREAKING POINT - Certainly not a perfect ending, however, I agree, a very sad ending to see that little boy at the end of the movie looking for his father, knowing that his father has been killed.

 

 

Probably one of the sadest and most heart breaking endings I have ever seen! Your heart just goes out to that little boy!

 

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Dargo, I agree with you. The Bicycle Thief has one of the most heart breaking endings I've ever seen in a film. I've never been able to watch it without tearing up.

 

So NOW for a happy ending, the perfect conclusion to a swashbuckling fairy tale:

 

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, with Robin Hood, Maid Marian clutching his side, shouting out to King Richard, "May I obey all your commands with equal pleasure, Sire!"

 

 

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Actually, Robin Hood almost had a different ending. After the original one was shot, Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland were called back to shoot a new ending in which Robin and Marian ride off happily ever after on horseback together. Producer Hal Wallis then changed his mind and went with the first ending, which is the one we see on the film today. A clip from the second ending, however, can still be glimpsed in trailers for the film.

 

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