The best movie endings

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

2. Casablanca

casablanca ending

Another stone-cold classic of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Casablanca turned out remarkably well considering that the script was being rewritten and fine-tuned throughout the entirety of production.

It might be a sweeping romantic drama, but Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blane and Ingrid Bergman’s Isla Lund don’t ride off into the sunset arm in arm, tying everything up in a neat little bow.

Instead, Rick arranges an escape to Brazzaville through his cohort Louis, played by Claude Rains. The dynamic duo then decide to continue their nascent partnership, leading to the iconic final line of dialogue; “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”