Not an exhaustive list by any means…but here are some of my personal favorites (most of these happen to also be my personal favorite movies so it’s no coincidence). In all these, the music I find plays a big part as well. So good.
Lord of the Rings
-What can be said about this behemoth’s gargantuan ending sequences? Well for one, I think they are not only totally necessary (how many movies do we watch with loose ends never tied up?), but in my opinion they’re totally satisfying. Considering the emotional investment we all made to this trilogy over its three years of releases…I personally needed some major closure. Peter Jackson gave it to me. Thank you Peter.
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
-Spock’s self-sacrifice and death to save the crew of the Starship Enterprise, and his last moments with his best friend are some of the best in cinema (by far my favorite acting moments by William Shattner; his emotion and anguish is so palpable). Despite Spock being Vulcan, very human emotions are evoked from this scene. The funeral procession with Scottie playing ‘Amazing Grace’ on the bagpipes only further seals the wonderfully orchestrated juxtaposition between life and death.
-Peace. It’s the one emotion you finally see on Maximus’ face for the first time in probably his life (or at least since the last time he saw his family). For so long he has longed for it…and despite his fatal wounds he has found it. Note he doesn’t find peace because of his avenging his family’s deaths…he finds it by finally being able to let go of the burdens of the life he had lived.
-What’s better than beating the unfairly stacked German soccer team and completely flummoxing and out-smarting Max Von Sydow (I like him actually) and his Nazi co-horts in the process to freedom? Not much. I've never wanted to run through the streets yelling “Victoire! Victoire!” more than after seeing this movie.
-Oh come on…you cried too.
-“I’ll make it.” Perhaps the most arrogant statement made or most clutch. Either way, nobody was gonna make Jimmy Chipwood a liar. Cinderella story complete.
Chariots of Fire
-This “opening" scene actually is also part of the ending scene to the movie as well so that’s why it makes this list. But could you think of a more iconic opening/ending scene? With the legendary Vangelis song playing and the runner’s at St. Andrews?
The Passion of The Christ
-Doesn’t get better than this…
What are you favorites? Embed a youtube clip as well! :)