The best movie endings

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

30. The Wild Bunch

the wild bunch ending

The Wild Bunch was a revolutionary work of cinema when it was first released, with the graphic depictions of violence also seeing it come in for more than its fair share of controversy.

It still holds up as one of the best action-packed Westerns to ever come out of Hollywood, with Sam Peckinpah’s rapid-fire editing and use of slow-motion reinforcing his credentials as a true trailblazer.

Much like the ways of the Old West, the titular band of outlaws go out swinging in a blaze of glory following the stunning final shootout, refusing to bow to down to convention, much like the director and the entire movie itself.