Sometimes, great ideas can come from the most unlikely places. My wife is without a doubt the brain in our family, but when it comes to Pop Culture, I’m the king of the castle. Over the years my movie knowledge must have rubbed off on the Mrs. because she came up with a great idea for ‘The 4:’ Best Final Movie Scenes. Now, I’m not talking about the best movie ending. Sorry Seven fans, “What’s in the box?” doesn’t count. I’m looking for the last scene you see before the credits begin to roll. Secret scenes do not count, so Ferris Bueller and Nick Fury won’t be making this list. We’re looking for the last scene that gives you goosebumps and makes you want to scream at the screen wanting more. Here are ‘The 4: Final Scenes’.
MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!
1. Inception (2010)
We might as well kick off this list with Christopher Nolan completely messing with our minds with Inception. Once Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) returns from Purgatory after completing his mission, it looks as if Cobb had gotten his wish. He is free of his criminal past and is able to reunite with his children. Before Cobb runs outside to hug his children, he takes out his totem top and spins it. Distracted by the site of his children, Cobb doesn’t realize that the top is still spinning, but the audience does. Cut to black, minds blown. Was he still dreaming? Did he get home? Was the cycle just repeating itself over again? Who knows? One thing is for sure, Inception‘s final scene left everyone with a dumbfounded look on their face wondering if it was all a dream.
2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
The final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark makes the list because I totally believe a place like this exists. After recovering the Ark of the Covenant from the NAZIs, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is stone-walled by his own government. Dr. Jones is told that top men are looking into it, but the location of the Ark is being kept secret for safety reasons. Dr. Jones was left in the dark, but not the audience. The Ark is seen being put in a crate marked United States Government and stored in a humongous, undisclosed warehouse with god knows what else locked in alongside. So creepy, cool and true, in my opinion.
3. Back to the Future (1985)
To this day, I still say Back to the Future is crazy underrated. The film should have been nominated for Best Picture, no disrespect to Witness. Back to the Future was the best written screenplay that year at the Oscars. Back to the Future also happens to have one of the best final scenes of all time. After Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) sets things right with his parents and returns from 1955, he is greeted the next morning by his mentor Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) who traveled from the future with a warning about his kids. Doc grabs Marty and his girlfriend and they jump into the DeLorean to head back to the future. Marty tells Doc they don’t have enough road to get up to 88 mph. Then Doc Brown says the famous line: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Then, we see the DeLorean lift off the ground and fly thank to a few modifications. The DeLorean blasts into the future and it’s cut to black – cue Huey Lewis music. Such a great cliffhanger for one of the smartest movies ever made.
3 1/2. Time Bandits
Wait, 3 1/2? I thought it was supposed to be ‘The 4’? I’m sure that’s what some of you are thinking right now, but I’ve said this before. My list, my rules. There was no way I wasn’t putting the final scene of Time Bandits on this list, even if that meant making up some silly number 3 1/2 entry. In Time Bandits, young Kevin travels around time and space with a group of dwarves that stole the map of time from the Supreme Being. After defeating Evil and returning the map, Kevin is sent back to his flame engulfed house and witnesses his rotten parents blow up after touching a piece of evil. A confused Kevin walks through the wreckage as the camera pulls out showing the Earth and the Universe, which slowly morphs into the stolen map at the center of Time Bandits. In the final scene, the map is rolled up by the suit wearing supreme being as George Harrison’s classic “Dream Away” begins to play. A perfect surreal and weird ending from the master of strange Terry Gilliam.
4. Planet of the Apes (1968)
If there is a number one on this list, it’s the original 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. After escaping the evil Dr. Zaius, marooned astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) decides to explore this strange alien planet run by apes with slave girl Nova. As George travels into the forbidden zone he makes a discovery that brings him to his knees. As George is laying down cursing in the surf, the camera pulls away to reveal the Statue of Liberty buried half way in the sand. Yes, George had been home the entire time. The ending of Planet of the Apes was absolutely ground breaking for the time and left people’s jaws on the floor. It was Earth all along.
So what four (or maybe five if you’re cheating) final scenes do you think should have made the list? Follow me on Twitter @CW44CouchPotato and become a fan at facebook.com/CW44CouchPotato and let me know your picks.