Movies with great endings?

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  1. Jeremiah

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    I am looking for some good/great movies with great endings to rent, does anyone have suggestions? I would like to see a movie with a great twist.
    I have seen off the top of my head...
    The Game
    The Usual Suspects
    No Way Out
    Seven
    Shawshank Redemption
    Memento
    Any others? Thanks.
     
  2. SteveGon

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    Scanners has a great twist ending...
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  3. Glenn Overholt

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    And add to that Body Heat, Wild Things & Entrapment. Oh, and Deterrence too.
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  4. Jeremiah

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    Thanks guys, looks like I have some movies to rent.
    I have seen Wild Things(cool flick Bill Murray was great also). Body Heat sounds familiar but I don't remember.
    I haven't seen Scanners, Deterence or Entrapment
    I have seen Fight Club also btw.
     
  5. Kevin M

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    I would say one of the more crazy and unforgetable endings I have seen lately would be the "surprise" ending to Dario Argento's PHENOMENA....I mean come on, a strait razor wielding chimpanzee saves the day......I'm still amazed at the balls it took to pull something as off the wall as that.
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  6. Ricky f

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    There is a little horror flick called Campfire Tales There is a great ending to that movie.
    I will not spoil it for you, But be sure to check it out when you can.
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  7. Will K

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    If not the best ending ever, certainly the most explosive is in The Fury, where Amy Irving...
    Spoiler:uses her psychokinesis to make the bad guy completely explode...ALL OVER THE PLACE...Spectacular!
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    Although it's on DVD but not in it's OAR, THE STING has one of the best endings I've ever seen.
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  9. Dustin B

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    Dark City is an excellent movie and has a great ending, highly recommended. L.A. Confidential has a pretty good ending and is also an all around great movie. Run Lola Run doesn't really have a twist, but very entertaining (it will have you going huh about a 1/3 of the way through). "Go" is also worth a watch. I'll also recommend the directors cut of Abyss (almost a completely different movie from the non directors cut).
    Even if you've seen them, watch Shawshank and Pulp Fiction again (two of my favorite movies).
    I'll have to disaggree with Glenn though on Deterrence. Does have a twist at the end but it's an aweful one. The lesson in the movie only has to be learnt once, since it follows the same history we have, the lesson was already learnt a long time ago. I expected a lot more, something original from it based on the back of the box and the setup, but was sorely let down.
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    If you can find it at local theaters (it only got a very limited release), check out Happy Accidents. It does have a twist, but mostly it's an amazing example of everything in the movie building up to that point and tying together in unforseen ways.
     
  12. Jeremiah

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    Sorry about posting in the wrong forum. I just found out about the Polls section...
    The directors cut of "The Abyss" is that diffrent?
    I haven't even heard of most of these movies, thanks fellas.
    L.A Confidential is a great movie
    Has anyone seen Primal Fear? I am sure you guys have but I just remembered that one and it rocked!
     
  13. Dustin B

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    There is an extra 30 min of footage that is dispersed through out the film. It's hard to explain, but even though the very end is the same in both, how you get there in the directors cut just makes it feel different. Different better that is.
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    Young Frankenstein
    Diggstown - a real doozy
    Silence of the Lambs
    The Fury
    Carrie - still the biggest jolt I ever had along with the loudest scream I have ever heard in a theater
    Wild Things is the best in recent years - what a treat to have an entire movie twist and turn during the end credits.
     
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    Two that come to mind: Hoffa and Intimate Relations.
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  16. Rob Tomlin

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    I think that No Way Out had a horrible ending. I thought it ruined the whole movie, it was so absurd.
    I am surprised that nobody has mentioned The Sixth Sense. One of the best endings in a movie ever!
    I also think the ending of Taxi Driver is fantastic!
     
  17. Jeremiah

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    Rob, Taxi Driver did have an epic climax.
    The Sixth Sense had a great ending but I knew the ending before I saw it [​IMG].
     
  18. Wes Ray

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    Being a Brian De Palma fan, I'd have to echo the recommendation for Carrie's ending. Also, Dressed to Kill has one hell of an ending. I have yet to see The Fury though. I own it on VHS and everytime I watch it, I get about halfway through it, and something comes up and I never finish it. You all have me really curious about the ending, so I will watch it tomorrow, mark my words. De Palma rules.
    If you're a John Carpenter fan, you can't go wrong with the endings of The Thing, Escape From New York, Halloween, In the Mouth of Madness, and of course, They Live (the ending to this one puts a smile on my face every time.) [​IMG]
    Phenomena had a cool ending, but I'd have to say my favorite Dario Argento twist ending came in Tenebre. Now I didn't see that one coming at all!
    If you want the BEST horror film ending, possibly of all time, track down a little Canadian slasher movie called Black Christmas. This movie and it's ending really stay with you long after you watch it. Excellent stuff.
    Oh, and along the same lines with horror films, probably the second greatest horror film ending of all time (just because it's so damn SHOCKING) would have to go to Sleepaway Camp. A wild ending all the way down to the very final SHOT. I KNOW you won't see that one coming!
    Just thought of another great slasher movie ending...some of the most creative horror film endings come from slasher movies, I've noticed...Happy Birthday to Me. Not the greatest slasher movie in the world in it's MPAA edited, R-Rated form, but definitely a "what the hell?" kind of ending that makes the film quite cool. Hunt it down on VHS if you can, as it's not out on DVD.
    Hope I've been of some help!
    [Edited last by Wes Ray on September 20, 2001 at 02:13 AM]
     
  19. Brad_W

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    Movies with great/good endings:
    1. Seven: Brad Pitt finally lives up to the schmuck that he is.
    2. 15 Minutes: P Hat and all dat.
    3. Sling Blade: that poor feller sacrificing his freedom.
    4. Boys don't cry: gettin' what they deserve.
    5. Unbreakable: too cool.
    6. Hannibal: kids don't care what they eat.
    7. Contact: nothing like a 360 at the very end.
    8. Mission to Mars: Hey, I would've done that.
    9. American Psycho: Just like the book.
     
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    2001 A Space Odyssey(My favorite)
    Requiem For A Dream
    Platoon
    The Shining
    Glory
    Dr Strangelove
    Unforgiven
    The Fog
    The Usual Suspects
    Memento
    The Bear
    Conan The Barbarian
    Seven Samurai
    Gattaca
    Halloween
    The Way Of The Gun
    The Godfather
    The Wild Bunch
    Hannibal
    Shawshank Redemption
    The Good The Bad and The Ugly
    Raiders Of The Lost Ark
    Re-Animator
    Psycho
    Robocop
    Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back(When they went door to door beating up everyone who shit on them on the net and loved the Magnolia joke)
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