The best movie endings

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

5. The Usual Suspects

the ususal suspects ending

Christopher McQuarrie’s watertight script deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and it remains a masterclass in tightly-plotted sleight of hand and misdirection.

Verbal Kint always felt like a somewhat unreliable narrator, but the final rug pull still comes completely out of the blue, thanks in part to Kevin Spacey’s Oscar-winning performance and McQuarrie’s mastery of leaving out breadcrumbs, but making sure they’re very hard to spot.

Even if you know how it ends, The Usual Suspect still packs a punch as a breezy crime thriller, but you’ll never forget the thrill of seeing it for the first time and realizing Keyser Soze was hiding in plain sight all along.