The best movie endings

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

10. Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Action adventures don’t come much better than Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, which saw the bearded dream team of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas teaming up.

It’s a near-perfect mix of style, substance and spectacle, packed with standout action sequences and an instantly iconic performance from Harrison Ford as the world-weary yet charismatic professor who moonlights as an action hero.

With the plot neatly tied up, Indy questions what’s happened to the Ark of the Covenant. As we all know, it’s been left in the hands of top men, leading to the legendary wide shot of a mysterious warehouse packed with all sorts of artifacts.