Matt’s Top 5 Film Endings
This one is always a tough one to decipher. An ending doesn’t necessarily mean the last minute before the final credits, to me. It’s either the final scene/moment (climax) or the sequence that leads up to the climax. Really, the ending is the most satisfying part of a film. It’s when we get to see the characters we just spent 90-120 minutes with achieve or fail to achieve their ultimate goal. It’s the reason we watched the film in the first place. We started off wondering what the film was going to be about, and after the break into act two, we wonder how it’s going to end.
There are a lot of films out there with a lot of great endings, so this was absolutely terrible for me to generate; let alone do a Top 5 of. I did it, though. And I really hope you enjoy it. Bear in mind there may be some spoilers about what happens at the end of these films, but I will do my best to stay away from those. So, here we go. Enjoy my Top 5 Film Endings.
#5. The Wrestler
This is an emotional rollercoaster of a film that ends with an incredibly emotional ending. Randy “The Ram” Robinson learns he has a bad heart early on in the film, which threatens his life and career as a professional wrestler. Throughout the film, he tries to reconcile with the only family he has and tries to find a true meaning in his life now that wrestling is out of the picture. It’s an unforgettable journey that seems to work out in Randy’s favor only a few times. The ending itself shows what happens when a man with nothing left is backed up against a wall. It makes a man arrogant and willing to sacrifice everything in order to experience one last gasp of happiness. Randy’s final professional wrestling match will make grown men cry.
#4. The Godfather: Part II
I personally believe this sequel is better than the original. It has a great protagonist (who can be classified as an antagonist as well), and it has a better story. Overall, it’s a better film, even though I adore the original to pieces. What really catches my eye about this film is Michael Corleone’s descent into a sinful and vile villain. And the film’s ending is the perfect accent for a wonderful and sorrowful character arc like this. With one of the best twists in film history, the now famous “Fredo Reveal” marks the beginning of the end for this best picture winner. This reveal turns Michael’s journey upside down and makes him contemplate one of the worst things a brother can do to another brother. The ending is a cinematic goldmine that could be studied for its plot structure, characters, cinematography, and theme. Trust me when I say you absolutely hate Michael in the end, which creates a tense-filled sensation of conflict within yourself. Add that sensation to the emotional-plucking of your heartstrings and you get one of the best endings of all-time.