The best movie endings

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

19. Inception

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Christopher Nolan has long had a habit of toying with the notion of time dating back to his breakout feature Memento, but while time is a key factor in Inception, reality is truly the key.

Venturing into the subconscious of others is a dangerous game, as Leonardo DiCaprio’s Cobb discovered when his wife was driven to suicide by her failure to determine what was real and what wasn’t.

His totem just beginning to topple right as the movie cut to black ensured that audiences would be debating the ending long after they left the theater, and people are still doing so over a decade later.