14 Best Memorable Movie Endings in Hollywood History

When it comes to movies, there’s nothing better than a great ending. Sometimes we wait years for it, like for the Harry Potter series or Star Wars. Remember, though, that a great end does not necessarily mean a happy one. Here is a list with 14 of the best memorable movie endings ever filmed in Hollywood.

Avengers: Endgame

Endgame was a complete rollercoaster of emotions. It marks the end of an era, but also the beginning of a new one. The heartbreaking loss of some of our favorite characters is something we will never forget. The three hours and two minutes of length are entirely worth it.

Back to the Future

Time-traveling characters that everybody loves! How could you forget the ending of this movie? “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” The car flies away into the future and off Marty goes, along with Doc and Jennifer. You probably remember that the letters “To be continued…” start flashing just after this scene, but they weren’t actually in the original movie. It was added later by directors Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis.


Whether you are a sensitive person or not, we’re sure the phrase “I’ll be right here” and E.T.’s departure will get you every time.

Into the Wild

“Happiness is only real when shared” were the last words Christopher McCandles wrote before his death. If you’re looking for the best movie endings, this film is based on a true story and the last scene was powerful and portrayed death differently.

Kill Bill Vol. 2

Here’s a couple of words for us: The Five-Point-Palm Exploding-Heart-Technique and oh the harm it causes on Bill. Beatrix driving away with her daughter and the ending credits was the perfect ending for this Tarantino movie. Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs are not on this list, because we could only fit 15 movies.

Lord of the Rings

They had so many endings and so many adventures. Watching Sam and Frodo saving Middle Earth was exciting, and watching them about to die in the slopes of Mount Doom heartbreaking. The One Ring was gone, and everything was done. This ending is an all times favorite.

Return of the Jedi

It’s a must-watch type of thing, and we are not going to spoil this one!

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Spielberg shared in a 1982 interview to The Washington Post that the final scene which showed thousands of crates, one in which the ark was stored, had indeed been a tribute to a similar, penultimate sequence in Citizen Kane. It was George Lucas’ idea,” he said.

The Breakfast Club

How can we forget the fist up in the air? From all the teen movies ever, this one is an honest view of our teenage years, and a sort of homage too; that’s why the ending of this movie sticks with you.

Big Fish

What matters, in the end, is to find someone that cares enough to play along with our nonsense and our stories. Someone who understands where we are coming from.

Thelma & Louise

Now, this is an ending that many people did not see coming; it was shockingly poetic. It was the type of ending that pays tribute to all the rebel souls out there, to all the Thelma & Louises!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

This coming of age movie, captures the beauty of your teenage years, because “In this moment we are infinite.” You will never forget the ending scene with the “lights on buildings and everything that makes you wonder,” while “Heroes” By David Bowie is playing in the background.

The Pursuit of Happyness

This part of my life… this little part… is called “Happiness.” How can we forget what these words meant?

The Shawshank Redemption

Rita Hayworth’s poster, along with great dialogues and a portrait of the human soul; because “Hope is a good thing, and maybe the best of things.”


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