The best movie endings

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

17. The Graduate

the graduate ending

Mike Nichols’ The Graduate is one of the defining movies of the late-1960s, even if the ending has been mercilessly parodied into oblivion over the following decades as one of the rom-com’s go-to tropes.

Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock finally takes the plunge and chases after the girl of his dreams, even if it happens to involve him crashing her wedding and the bride ditching her would-be husband at the altar.

The lovebirds run out of the church and get on a bus, but the final hint of ambiguity on their faces indicates that they might have rushed into it, but we’ll never find out as the credits begin to roll immediately after.