5 Favorite Closing Scenes In A Film

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  1. If I Can Dream_23

    If I Can Dream_23 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    United States
    For example, five of mine are:

    1. La Dolce Vita (Innocence no longer recognized/Marcello can't hear a waving Paola)
    2. Night And Fog
    3. Saturday Night Fever (A maturing Tony holding hands with Stephanie to "How Deep Is Your Love").
    4. Midnight In Paris
    5. Casablanca

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  2. Hoover Factory

    Hoover Factory Old Dude Who Knows Things

    Spokane, WA
    -Planet of the Apes (1968)
    -The Third Man (Anna refuses to look at Martins after Harry Lime’s funeral)
    -The Thing (1982)
    -Bang the Drum Slowly
  3. kw21925

    kw21925 Lieutenant-Corporal; Gazpacho Police

    Beat me by 17 minutes! Now I've got nothing.
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  4. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Southeastern U.S.
    The Ice Storm
  5. GregM

    GregM The expanding man

    Bay Area, CA
    The Maltese Falcon: "It's the stuff that dreams are made of."
    The Prestige: "Now you're looking for the secret but you won't find it because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to work it out. You want to be fooled."
    Barton Fink: "What's in the box?" "I don't know." "Isn't it yours?" "I don't know." "You're very beautiful. Are you in pictures?" "Don't be silly."
    Black Hawk Down: "Nobody asks to be a hero. It just sometimes turns out that way."
    Alien: "Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off."
  6. eeglug

    eeglug Senior Member

    Chicago, IL, USA
    The uncomfortable and heart wrenching reunion of Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood at the end of Splendor In The Grass.

    Harry Caul playing the sax at the end of The Comversation.
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  7. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    The Wizard Of Oz
    It's A Wonderful Life
    Miracle On 34th Street
    A Christmas Carol Scrooge
    The Family Man
    Fate Is The Hunter
    and many more...
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  8. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

    Mine is pretty close to favorite opening scenes:
    Blade Runner
    Serenity (2005)
    Halloween (1978)
    Apocalypse Now
    2001 A Space Odyssey
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  9. GillyT

    GillyT Forum Resident

    Wellies, N.Z
    Billy's school going up in flames at the end of Hope and Glory, courtesy of the Luftwaffe. Never gets old.

  10. smilin ed

    smilin ed Senior Member

    Dark Star
    Love on the Run
    Annie Hall
  11. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    Nosferatu (the remake)
    The Searchers
    Young Adult
  12. PhilBorder

    PhilBorder Forum Resident

    Sheboygan, WI
    Chinatown, always #1. I wonder if Nicholson stayed in character as he walked away

    Thin Red Line "All things shining...

    Passenger. No, not the celebrated 7 minute tracking shot, but the actual final scene of the Spanish village street at dusk - life goers on.

    McCabe and Mrs Miller: I think of McCabe gradual burial in the snow and Constance Miller being buried in her opium dream as the same scene

    thinking what #5 might be.... lots of contenders. IMO, a scene in which all the narrative and thematic elements coalesce
  13. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Hard to top some of the aforementioned:

    The Third Man
    Planet of the Apes

    I'll add Whiplash and Altman's The Long Goodbye--the latter a variation on The Third Man.
  14. Yawndave

    Yawndave Forum Resident

    Santa Clara CA
    The Kids Are Alright
    Let It Be
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  15. Uglyversal

    Uglyversal Forum Resident

    Interesting interpretation, I never actually analyzed the meaning of it, I need to watch it again, it's such an interesting movie.
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  16. x2zero

    x2zero Forum Resident

    Brooklyn USA

    The Florida Project
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  17. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Cinderella Man
    The Fighter
    Rocky Balboa
    They Made Me A Criminal
    The Shop Around The Corner
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  18. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

    Vancouver, Canada
    These are obvious but it is the ending that makes them so good for me.

    The Godfather
    The Godfather part 2
    Blade Runner (original theatre version)
    Animal House
    The Dark Knight Rises (not classic objectively but I like how it ties up all three films)
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  19. carrick doone

    carrick doone Whhhuuuutttt????

    Vancouver, Canada
    One of the best films I watched last year. The movie could have ended any point after the first 45 minutes and wherever it stopped would have been gripping.

    On it's own, that end scene seems trite and contrived for me but put in context of what I watched before, it's powerful in nailing the film down.
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  20. timind

    timind phorum rezident

    The Music Man
    Pulp Fiction
    Planet Of The Apes
    The Graduate
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  21. JerolW

    JerolW Senior Member

    Captain America - The First Avenger.

    "I had a date"

  22. PeanutButterParty

    PeanutButterParty Forum Resident

    New York
    American Graffiti
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  23. asdf35

    asdf35 Forum Resident

    Austin TX
  24. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    Our Kind of Traitor
    The Birds
    Farewell My Lovely (Mitchum)
    Back to the Future

    edit: Forgot Hackman in The Heist! How could I forget that????
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  25. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA

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