The best movie endings

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

8. The Shawshank Redemption

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One of the most uplifting movies ever made despite being a grim prison drama for the most part, The Shawshank Redemption culminates in one of the best ever examples of cinematic catharsis.

Having forged an inseparable bond, Morgan Freeman’s Red is forced to patiently bide his time until release, long after Andy Dufresne executed his ingenious plan to escape from the titular institution.

The build up is agonizingly slow as we cross our fingers that the duo will be reunited in Zihuatanejo, especially when Red’s violating his parole, but the final shots of the two best buddies will always leave you punching the air no matter how many times you’ve seen it.