The best movie endings

40 all-time greats that managed to end on a bang, not a whimper.

The best movie endings
The best movie endings

There’s been no shortage of films to have fallen just shy of greatness after ending on a disappointing note, but luckily there’s plenty of all-time greats that ended on a high note. Whether it be a bang, a cliffhanger, a major twist or a shocking revelation, the following 40 movies boast the best movie endings. Naturally, there’s spoilers from here on out.

40. Point Break

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It might be an action-packed cops and criminals thriller with a heavy extreme sports influence, but Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break is surprisingly philosophical about life and death.

The bromance gone wrong between Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Utah and Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi comes to a head nine months after the meat of the story is wrapped up, with the FBI agent tracking his friend and mentor down to the location of the fabled 50-year storm.

Bodhi refuses to go into custody despite being handcuffed, leaving Utah to essentially send him to his death, with the rookie agent throwing his badge into the ocean as he leaves the scene for good measure.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”