Top 10 Most Iconic Movie Endings

The top 10 most iconic movie endings are classic masterpieces of cinematography that have earned admiration long after their releases. Some still send shivers down our spines. Caution, spoilers ahead!

  1. Seven

    seven brad pit endingThe final moments in Seven were utterly disturbing and heartbreaking. The result is devastating and leaves a lingering sense of shock long after the movie has finished. The finale was one of the most upsetting yet iconic movie endings ever.

  2. The Graduate

    the graduateIn the iconic finale of the Graduate, Benjamin and Elaine triumphantly run away together. Yet in the final moments the tone changes to a more somber mood when it dawns on them the impact their actions will have.

  3. Citizen Kane

    citezen kaneCitizen Kane revolves around the main character’s dying word, Rosebud. A reporter researching Kane was never able to uncover the word’s meaning. It is later revealed as Kane’s childhood sled, as a message of the value of childhood innocence.

  4. Raging Bull

    raging-bull-robert-de-niroRaging Bull begins and ends with Jake LaMotta shadowboxing. First in the ring, and ending in a dressing room. Although LaMotta was out of shape at the end of the movie, he still believes he’s on top and chants to himself, “I’m the boss, I’m the boss”.

  5. Chinatown

    chinatownChinatown ends with “Forget it Jake, its Chinatown”. This scene is one of the most iconic movie endings as the film techniques makes the audience feel as if they are watching the awful tragedy unfold.

  6. Casablanca

    casablanca_1Casablanca is one of the most loved movies of all time, providing memorable lines such as “We’ll always have Paris”, “Here’s looking at you, kid” and closing line “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. It’s only natural for such a classic film to make the list of the most iconic movie endings.

  7. The Godfather

    godfatherFrancis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece, The Godfather, is one of the most epic trilogies in film history. It goes beyond the typical gangster film power struggle and fittingly has one of the most iconic movie endings as well.

  8. Usual Suspects

    usual suspectsAnother Kevin Spacey classic, The Usual Suspects ends with a shocking revelation and the iconic line, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he doesn’t exist; and like that, he’s gone”.

  9. Psycho

    psychoNorman Bates is a manipulative mastermind. But is he also a product of his mother’s madness? Probably. The film’s final scenes show Norman in a courthouse detention room, trapped in the persona of his mother after murdering her. The film has gone on to inspire a raft of Psycho-themed movies and television series.

  10. Planet of the Apes

    planet apesIn the finale of Planet of the Apes, George Taylor discovers that mankind was its own worst enemy and the alien planet he is on is actually a post-apocalyptic earth where humans have failed and apes have taken over. Imagine how epic this shock twist would have been to audiences back in 1968 – which is why this is one of the most iconic movie endings of all time.

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