The best movie endings

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

12. The Mist

the mist ending

Frank Darabont’s previous association with Stephen King adaptations brought the uplifting duo of The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but his third time directing the author’s work was something else altogether.

For almost the entire running time, The Mist is a contained and hugely effective sci-fi horror thriller, trapping the residents of a small town inside a supermarket as malevolent creatures attack.

Just when you think our intrepid band of heroes are in the clear, Thomas Jane’s David Drayton admits defeat and shoots three of the four remaining survivors, including his own son. Wrecked with grief, the titular fog dissipates to reveal the Army have arrived to save the day, in an absolutely devastating final twist.