The best movie endings

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

29. The Third Man

the third man ending

Carol Reed’s classic noir The Third Man gives erstwhile protagonist Harry Lime one of the best onscreen introductions in history, so it’s par for the course that the ending is also an all-timer.

Writer Holly Martins travels to Vienna at the request of childhood friend Lime, only be drawn into a wide-ranging conspiracy that involves fake deaths, government interference and romance.

Harry eventually dies for real during the third act, leading to a second and definitive funeral, with Martins firing the final shot. Not wanting to miss his flight out of Vienna, he waits to talk to Alida Valli’s Anna, who was caught between both men, but she simply ignores him and carries on walking.