The best movie endings

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

6. Chinatown

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Roman Polanski’s hard-boiled mystery noir is one of the best Hollywood movies of the 1970s, and the final line of dialogue continues to be quoted and referenced all over film and television to this day.

It’s a dark and often harrowing tale, but viewers were still hoping that Polanski would thrown them a bone and at least give them a happy ending. Instead, Faye Dunaway’s Evelyn is gunned down by the cops after shooting John Huston’s Noah.

Jack Nicholson’s Jake is as shocked as we are, but he’s led away from the scene accompanied by the legendary line, “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown”.