The best movie endings

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

35. Memento

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Christopher Nolan’s breakthrough feature was just the first of many times the filmmaker tinkered with the audience’s expectations of time, and it remains one of the 21st Century’s greatest modern noirs.

Guy Pearce’s Leonard is on the hunt for the man who murdered his wife, but naturally he encounters some problems given that he’s suffering from a rare form of retrograde amnesia, and he puts the pieces together at exactly the same speed as the viewer does.

After killing the man he believed to be the culprit, Leonard hears the name ‘Sammy’, throwing everything into doubt given that it was only a name he’d have known if Leonard had told him. Leonard drives off with the conclusion deliberately left ambiguous, and the debate has raged for over 20 years about the specifics of Memento’s conclusion.