The best movie endings

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

38. The Birds

the birds

Tippi Hedren had a notoriously torrid time on The Birds, with director Alfred Hitchcock pushing his leading lady to the limit to draw out a convincing performance in the avian thriller.

Hedren’s Melanie Daniels finds herself stuck in the middle of a most unusual natural phenomenon when birds begin a relentless assault on San Francisco, terrorizing everyone in their path.

By the end of the movie, Melanie is injured and resigned to her fate, but the birds stop attacking her once they realize she’s no longer a threat to the Brenner family, but as their cars pulls away the flying fiends are ominously perched all around, so it’s not a guarantee that they’re out of the woods.