The best movie endings

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

16. The Searchers

the searchers ending

The Searchers in an epic, sprawling Western of the highest caliber from start to finish, but at is core it’s essentially the tale of a man out of time, with John Wayne’s Ethan Edwards forced to reckon with both himself and his past.

Returning home after the Civil War, he spends years tracking down his missing niece to bring her home from deep into Comanche territory, embarking on a dangerous rescue mission.

After returning Natalie Wood’s Debbie to her home, Ethan walks off into the sunset in one of cinema’s most iconic final shots, the door closing on him as he grows smaller and smaller in the distance, now a man without purpose.