The best movie endings

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

33. The Silence of the Lambs

silence of the lambs ending

One of the very few movies to score the ‘Big Five’ at the Academy Award for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay, The Silence of the Lambs’ ending could have been cheesy in the wrong hands.

The terrifying Hannibal Lecter has managed to escape the clutches of the FBI, but he’s still more than happy to extend a courtesy call in Clarice Starling’s direction, almost inviting her to come and catch him.

Only Anthony Hopkins’ sinister yet charming performance could have ended such a phenomenal movie on the bad joke that he was ‘having an old friend for dinner’ and make it work.