The best movie endings

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

1. Citizen Kane

citizen kane ending

Ever since it was first released in 1941, Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane has been pored over, analyzed and dissected by film scholars the world over, such is its monumental legacy and impact on cinema.

Naturally, a movie that’s regularly touted as the greatest ever made would have one of the best endings, and you’ll get a reaction out of any self-respecting cinephile if you mention the word ‘Rosebud’ in their presence.

The final scene of Citizen Kane finally reveals the big mystery lingering over the story since the beginning, with Charles Foster Kane pining for his childhood sled, the last semblance of his innocence before he was shaped into the man he wound up becoming.