Movie Endings That Left You Speechless

  1. I read the book before the movie came out. The ending is revealed with literally three paragraphs left of a 300 page book. One of the most shocking pulling-the-rug-out-from-under-you endings I’ve ever read.

  2. I read Atonement after watching the movie. The cinematography really cinched it as adding so much more depth. Eta: fuck you Briony

  3. I ended up watching Atonement this morning from 4am on.. the ending has left me feeling so heavy, it is hard to crawl out of the bed.

  4. I watched it as a young man when it came out. I have wanted to rewatch it for years as I know I will enjoy it more as an adult. I can't bring myself to watch it because I know it will feel, just as you said, heartbroken for days.

  5. I still think about it!!! I have to think that jake heard the whistle because he wasn’t a quitter. Although it was faint he heard something. I needed that closure .. I still need that closure

  6. Specifically the scene with Gyllenhaal racing towards the hospital. That scene had me on the edge of my seat.

  7. also by denis villenvue- incendies (2010). it's his first big movie that broke him into hollywood, just before prisoners. the ending to that shook me

  8. When you realize the guy who has been tortured for most of the movie was a victim and we literally see his mother talking about her lost child earlier in the movie

  9. A lesser director would have showed Loki saving Keller, even though we can already deduce that will happen based on his persistence, which was shown throughout the film. It's perfect.

  10. When she gets to the basement and sees the dude standing in the corner facing the wall, I, someone who is always quiet in a theater, library, etc, audibly and clearly said "holy shit!" Then smack, and black to credits. Super memorable movie experience.

  11. My friends and I saw the SciFi channel "making-of documentary" before seeing the movie and we were Certain it was real.

  12. Me too! Saw it in an old 1 screen theatre and was stuck in my seat after it ended. It was also a midnight showing so it was dark when we left. I honestly thought it was a true story.

  13. As someone who grew up in Maryland, kids from my high school would go to the woods in Burkittsville, out of curiosity, after this came out. I saw this movie in theaters and to this day I haven’t been so freaked out by another movie. Didn’t sleep that night. They did an excellent job.

  14. Even to this day I can't decide whether I wanted him to kill Doe or not, on one hand revenge for your wife and unborn child on the other not giving Doe the satisfaction of completing his "masterpiece"

  15. I had the ending ruined for me but I still enjoyed watching it. Each scene with Bruce Willis took on added meaning

  16. It’s kinda sad because since it’s one of the greatest twists ever, it’s also super famous and well-known. Luckily the execution of it is so damn awesome, it still made my jaw drop.

  17. yeah that ending blew my mind, after we walked out my mates were all like "yeah we totally knew it was him" bullshit.

  18. Came here to say this, such an unexpected twist and then the realization of something masterful happening between the protagonist and antagonist

  19. If someone would be willing to make a list of these movies without also talking about the surprise endings...you'll have my full appreciation.

  20. In later interviews, when designing the ending Alex Garland actually had no idea people would react to the “betrayal” part of the movie so intensely. He just viewed it as the IT guy’s part to play was over, so no need to focus on him anymore. Little did he know that’s what hit people so hard: cold indifference of a lethally calculating AI.

  21. Bringing up the good shit! Was not expecting the long game ending on that one it was all real! Good stuff.

  22. I was going to say this. When the movie switched halfway, my mind was blown. Then the ending...I didn't see that coming.

  23. THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. That ending was not in the original Stephen King novel. I was 100% beyond shocked and happy at the same time when I first watched that back in 1994. Instant tears.

  24. I remember watching Seven in the theater one night in 1996 and leaving with the greatest despair I’ve ever felt from a movie. Came home and watched Shawshank for the first time on VHS, and had all hope in humanity restored. Roller coaster of a night.

  25. The Mist director or writer called King to tell them about how they were changing the ending because King hated a different movie adaptation, and he said something like, "My god! That's how I should have wrote the ending!"

  26. Came here to say this. Absolutely phenomenal story, and an ending that, while an incredible twist, makes absolute sense narratively and thematically when reflecting. Beautifully done.

  27. I wish I could see this movie again for the first time, once a month. Such a beautifully constructed story, perfect casting, and Villaneuve is a brilliant director. It's in my all time top 5 films.

  28. I like how it wasn't enough that Plainview drained Eli's family's oil well and he embarrassed him. He also had to murder the guy

  29. Honestly, in a fucked up way it’s just so much fun. Like this whole movie we’ve had this prestige epic about an evil oil baron and then the last scene PTA decides to remind you that he’s still PTA and has the oil baron rant about milkshakes and beat a dude to death with a bowling pin. It owns

  30. Ohhhhhh that freaked me out. I still can't comprehend wanting to be a famous magician so badly that you would go to that extreme. Nothing good comes from making weird deals with David Bowie.

  31. Yeah came here to say that, the final 20 minutes is a whirlwind. The you get the tiny sliver of hope that it’s all gonna work out and it’s ripped away right at the end

  32. American History X is definitely the one that most affected me. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach

  33. I think Pay It Forward had a similar impact on me for similar reasons, except it comes as far more of a shock due to the nature of it being mostly a feel-good movie up to that point.

  34. Not exactly the end of the movie but the elevator in the departed. I can just remember the energy in the movie theater, where collectively everyone thought "what? No.. seriously!? Fuck.."

  35. That movie/scene is the first I remember being so BAMBOOZLED by a director. The Sixth Sense and the other classics have a great twist and all but The Departed it's like fuck yeah,

  36. Hadn't seen American History X when I watched this. So it was my introduction I to how great of an actor Edward Norris is.

  37. The Usual Suspects - I was completely fooled when I first saw it and the ending and that character MADE that film and I had to rewatch it knowing how it ended.

  38. Thelma and Louise. I was a teenager and always thought movies had happy endings until that point in time...

  39. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Of all the things that went on in the movie, the ending was absolutely amazing.

  40. I worked at a movie theater when this movie came out and I had to talk quite a few people into not going in late. We would often get people still wanting tickets up to 10-15 minutes after the movie started (post trailers) wanting to go to a movie. In a lot of movies that's mostly OK, but not a great idea for Memento.

  41. The soundtrack is a huge part of it. My neighbourhood pub's jam night still occasionally has a bit where an old French lady with an accordion and I jam on La Valse d'Amélie. Before the pandemic, the waitresses and the old men would sometimes dance as we played. It was wholesome as fuck.

  42. have you seen the ending without music for midsommar? it’s terrifying hearing the screams isolated, pretty sure there’s a youtube video for it

  43. BR2049, the open ended end, makes it even more beautiful. In the end, it doesn't matter if that person (not gonna specify who) dies or not, because it really makes no difference. Thats how the story is.

  44. The biggest problem with Cabin in the woods is the fact to advertise it correctly gives to much away. If memory serves, it was billed as a generic horror movie but within like 5 minutes you realize "oh no, this isn't a cliché horror movie, this is a love letter to horror as a genre, clichés and all.

  45. It’s been replicated by most of the sequels, but the final 10 minutes of Jurassic Park are absolutely jaw dropping and relentlessly intense. Seeing that in the theater as a kid in 1993 is an impossible feeling to describe. I mean they are on the run from the raptors basically the final minutes, then get cornered and are dead right up until the final millisecond. They’re all dead, Grant, Ellie, the kids. They’re fucking absolute dead meat. The raptor is mid air. An absolutely genius ending.

  46. Arrival was just staggering at the end. Left me deeply conflicted at the question it asked you, let alone the head fuck of how it asked.

  47. My first time watching Pulp Fiction left me sitting there thinking it over for a long while after it ended but that was a whole build up over the whole film. As far as purely an ending getting me, 6th sense, The Prestige, Usual Suspects.

  48. 2001: A Space Odyssey. When it’s over, I feel like I did not watch a film. It was something else entirely. That’s the only way I can describe it.

  49. Yeah it’s truly a work of art. I watched it when getting into films in a big way at about 13 and just gave up halfway through thinking it was crap. Went back at 30 or so and it fucking blew my mind. Watched it a dozen times since and it always causes a shift in my mind that I really can’t explain. Not many films like that.

  50. Uncut Gems. It did such a good job of creating a really stressful atmosphere that when it ended I had to just sit there and decompress for a while.

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