Is there anything more frustrating than an otherwise great movie that botches the ending? Mistakes made in the early moments of a film will always be more easily forgiven than a terrible final minute. Remember the very ending of the otherwise excellent Gangs of New York? Remember the terrible time lapse vision of NYC rising from Manhattan accompanied by that shitty Bono song? That's a bad, bad ending.
All of the films discussed here stick the landing, and so have become some of the most memorable movies in the history of cinema. They're the kind of satisfying endings that ask one last question, that prompt the viewer to rethink everything that's come before, that just work. These are 50 greatest movie endings of all time.