- Rocky I - not only was this a serious bonding movie as a kid with me and my dad, but the series has been a favorite of mine over the years (except Rocky V which was terrible!) The reason the first movie ending was so great is because Rocky loses to Apollo at the end. It doesn't fit the fairy tale ending mold even though Rocky puts up a valiant fight. I can still hear "Adrianne!" ringing in my ears.
- Good Will Hunting - Ben Afflec and the boys go to Matt Damon's house as they've always done and this time he's not there - he's finally left to chase his dreams. Afflec goes back to his car - his friends switch seats in the car when they realize the front seat is now open - and Robin Williams reads the letter from Matt Damon, "sorry, I had to go see about a girl." Great ending to a great movie.
- Braveheart - after the famous beheading scene with William Wallace laid out for all to see and screaming "Freedom!" the narrator describes what happens as the saddened Scottish soldiers gather on the hillside. "Wallace's body was torn to pieces, his head was mounted on London bridge, his arms and legs were sent to the four corners of Britain as a warning... but it did not have the effect that Longshanks planned." Then you see Robert the Bruce gathering his troops, "You have bled with Wallace - now bleed with me." And the crazy undermanned Scottish army throw the claymore and go charging into the field screaming, "they fought like warrior poets, they fought like Scottsmen, and they won their freedom..." I'm ready to suit up right now and battle the Brits myself!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Best Movie Endings: Part 2
This post constitutes my 4th, 5th and 6th favorite movie endings. See the introduction and movies 7,8, and 9 here. Here are the next three: