The best movie endings

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

3. Psycho

psycho ending

Alfred Hitchcock’s classic was the progenitor of the slasher as we know it, and the legendary filmmaker went out of his way to upend and subvert audience expectations from the very beginning.

The first act made it seem like a relatively straightforward crime thriller, before Janet Leigh was shockingly killed off in what still comfortably ranks as possibly the most famous death scene ever.

Hitchcock was still turning convention on its head right up until the final scene of Psycho, which sees Norman Bates with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders, with his inner monologue telling us that Mother had to take over in a truly chilling climax.