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The 50 Greatest Movie Endings of All Time

49. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Lawrence Kasdan

If you're looking to have your face melted, get thee to your favorite Baroness album. The real ending of the first chapter Steven Spielberg and George Lucas' Indian Jones saga is all about top men. Who? Top. Men. They're the ones the bureaucrats have appointed to look after the Ark of the Covenant after it kills all the Nazi scum. The power must be harnessed, right? Nope.

The final (and often parodied) shot of Raiders of the Lost Ark recalls the ending of Citizen Kane (a great movie to steal from, especially when it comes to the wrap-up): The screen is full of boxes upon boxes upon boxes, all this important junk, and, somewhere, a crusty custodian is shelving the cause of so many dead Nazis. —RS

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