The best movie endings

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

36. The Wicker Man

the wicker man ending

The Nicolas Cage-starring remake is so bad as to be unintentionally hilarious, but the chilling and atmospheric original hasn’t lost any of its power, no matter how many times you see a GIF of Cage screaming about bees or punching a woman in the face while dressed as a bear.

Edward Woodward’s Sergeant Howie’s investigation into the disappearance of a child leads him into some bizarre territory, and he soon falls foul of the mysterious locals and their unusual traditions.

He ends up becoming a sacrifice, trapped in a burning effigy reciting the Bible and praying to god as his time on Summerisle ends with him become an extra crispy human sacrifice.