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Final film shot


From this post in the "don't remember name of" thread, it got me thinking of more final shots that totally lingered in the mind, like the freeze frame at the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or Leatherface swingng his chainsaw around in Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
This includes final shots that the end-credits roll over, like the awesome zoom-out of Fonda's burning bike in "Easy Rider", or the exterior shot of the house as we hear an increasingly loud telephone ring in Black Christmas ('74).
Surprised there hasn't been a thread on favourite final film shots, unless my search has failed.

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400 Blows. This has the freeze frame.
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Freeze-frame at the end of Thelma and Louise

Revenge of the Sith - The prequels may have been uneven and messy, but George totally nailed the feels with the final shot of Obi-Wan staring into the dual sunset while the John Williams score swelled up on the soundtrack.

Not a shot, but the final intertitle card at the end of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures was one of the biggest gut-punches I've ever had at the movies. The entire theatre exited in complete silence after that one.

Speaking of Peter Jackson, the final shot of Aragorn and the others kneeling before Frodo and Sam at the end of Return of the King.What's that? There were three more endings after that? Lalala I can't hear you!!
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The subway train pulling away with the alien at the end of Brother from Another Planet.

It took me a while to realize that he (effectively an alien slave) was being spirited away on an Underground Railroad.
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Sully's smile at the end of Monsters Inc when he goes looking for Boo.
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I guess I gotta mention Michael shutting the door closed on Kay at the end of The Godfather
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The subway train pulling away with the alien at the end of Brother from Another Planet.
Speaking of trains, the one penetrating the tunnel at the end of North by Northwest.
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John Wayne left all alone on the porch at the end of The Searchers
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The final shot of, "Kingdom of the Spiders," should have been awesome, but it just looked cheapjack.
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Aguirre on his raft, monkeys his only remaining crew.
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Aguirre on his raft, monkeys his only remaining crew.
Good one!

That movie also has a great opening scene, with the conquistadors making their way down a seemingly impossible mountainside.
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Ben and Elaine on the bus in The Graduate.
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The red phone box, and its ring, at the end of Local Hero (1983).
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An increasingly darkening picture as Anthony Perkins loses his sight (again) in How Awful About Allan. Best ever end title! .

Fun, Mozart-fuelled tracking shot through the offices in After Hours.

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Ben and Elaine on the bus in The Graduate.
The story behind this is that this was filmed by a backup director who forgot to say cut, so the two actors stayed in character, but looked lost because they weren't sure what to do next, which meshed nicely with their character arcs.
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The inside of a warehouse, the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

A pair of lost souls hold hands while towers fall, Fight Club.
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Verbal Kent transforming as he walks down the sidewalk in The Usual Suspects.
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Verbal Kent transforming as he walks down the sidewalk in The Usual Suspects.
That's the second-to-last shot. The last shot is a fragment of a scene from earlier in the movie, with Verbal saying, "And poof! - he's gone."
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Since you mentioned scenes where the credits roll over the shot, the truck driving away in Five Easy Pieces.
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Midnight Cowboy where Voight is holding the lifeless Hoffman on the bus.
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Tom Reagan donning his hat and tilting his head toward the camera, at the end of Miller's Crossing.
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The last 5 minutes of Harold and Maude are a master class in film making, with the cuts between Harold pacing the hospital waiting room and speeding along the highway...

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culminating in his car plunging off the cliff to smash on the beach below while you think he finally went through with the suicide he was always faking. And then the camera pans up to the top of the cliff for the final shot, where Harold walks into the distance plucking the banjo and dancing.
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The last 5 minutes of Harold and Maude are a master class in film making, with the cuts between Harold pacing the hospital waiting room and speeding along the highway...

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culminating in his car plunging off the cliff to smash on the beach below while you think he finally went through with the suicide he was always faking. And then the camera pans up to the top of the cliff for the final shot, where Harold walks into the distance plucking the banjo and dancing.

Indeed, one of my favourite fillmakers - Hal Ashby - cut his his teeth as an editor.

At the end of Being There, HA takes on a more introspective, absurdist approach, with Chauncey walking out on the lake. (Love the score.)
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The end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off was pretty groundbreaking, back before end credit scenes were a thing.
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Bullitt

The last shot of Steve McQueen washing his face exhausted and sickened after having no choice but to kill the bad guy. The simple but beautifully poignant Lalo Schiffrin score putting the exclamation point on it all. Still moves me after many viewings.
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The final shot of Psycho with Norman Bates sitting in the chair with a voiceover by "MOTHER" about how she wouldn't hurt a fly signifying her personality as taking over Norman while it fades to Marion Crane's car being pulled from the swamp.

Also the Giant Space Baby ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And the twist ending of the original Planet of the Apes in the final shot.
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Nice Mephistophelian sending off in Live and Let Die .
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The droid with a watering can at the end of Silent Running.
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As effective and poignant as most of these examples are, is there any ending to a movie that captures the feelings evoked by
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Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
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The end of Jaws, where Brody and Hooper paddle their improvised raft back to shore.
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The final scene of The Thing. MacReady and Childs staring each other down and sharing the scotch.
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The final shot of Greed, where McTeague has killed Marcus, and realizes he's handcuffed to the dead man in the Death Valley heat with no water.
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The ending of I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang. Paul Muni's character has a former love who calls out as he leaves her to go on the run, "But how will you live?" Everything goes dark and the answer comes back, "I steal!"

Accidental or planned, it's chillingly perfect.
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The end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off was pretty groundbreaking, back before end credit scenes were a thing.
But if those count: that final shot of The Avengers, after their big battle — you know, when they’re just sitting around in a busted-up shawarma restaurant.
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Maybe the most disturbing ending I think I've ever seen (so I won't link it) - in Looking For Mr. Goodbar, Diane Keaton gets raped and repeatedly stabbed, and as she lays dieing, gasping for air, we see the final images of just her face, looking terrified up at the camera, in the intermittent light of a strobe light, until finally one, last, strobe, and then black.

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Speaking of trains, the one penetrating the tunnel at the end of North by Northwest.
Not exactly Hitchcock at is most subtle
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Not exactly Hitchcock at is most subtle
Speaking of, there’s the iconic spinning top at the end of Inception.
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As finales and final film shots go, it's hard to top Dead or Alive (1999). Here are the last 8 minutes. Needless to say, for full impact, the whole film should be viewed in its entirety (especially since the opening is pretty incredible as well):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZak64C_D QE

NOTE: This clip is a bit gory, so I have separated the last few characters from the link in accordance with the site's "2-click" rule.
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The one that I and others swear they've seen, but there's no evidence of it on any current release. At the end of Vanishing Point (1971) the car is shown driving through the desert obscured by the heat waves, then suddenly disappears! Speculation is that's it the Mandela Effect because of the photographer disappearing at the end of Blow-Up (another great ending shot), but I swear I saw it!
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From the handful of Western movies in my collection:

Repulsion - The zoom into the photo of Carol and the look she's giving her father.

Rollerball - The freeze frame of Jonathan E.

Two Lane Blacktop - The slow motion shot of The Driver and film getting caught in the projector and melting. Kids nowadays wouldn't get it. Same with the film breaking in the projector in Gremlins, that I seem to recall they replaced in some of the video releases.

The Andromeda Strain (1971) - The rapidly increasing zoom in to the virus, then flashing 601
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Gallipoli. From the whistle, to the charge, to close up of running without a rifle, to the final shot. Freeze frame. Roll credits.
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not a movie but the final shot of Blackadder Goes Forth, when the men go over the top from the trenches then it fades to the fields of poppies is one I'll remember for a long time, specially as it came quite unexpectedly in what was up to then completely a comedy

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Not exactly Hitchcock [NBN] at his most subtle
Great poster/post combo!

Another funny one, at the end of Frenzy, as we hear "Mr. Rusk....You're not wearing your tie", a large trunk - containing a likely dead body - slams to the floor as the final image.

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Repulsion - The zoom into the photo of Carol and the look she's giving her father.
Yeah that kid's face always gave me the willies.


Chief running off (and disappearing into) the early morning darkness in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Also really like that saw melody in the Indigenous music score.
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When I first saw the movie in the 80's, I thought Carol's stare was to show the insanity that would come later. It was only when I rewatched the movie when it was released on Blu-Ray I realize it was madness, but not the insanity kind!

Not a final scene, but Carol slashing at the landlord, then stopping and continuing freaks me out even now. OMG, the look in her eyes!. I watched Repulsion during the time when I was into gore films, but this scene bugged more me than anything else.

Edit: I really encourage everyone to watch the full movie, especially on the gorgeous Blu-Ray so I'll just leave the look as, when you step on a bug and it's still moving no matter how many times you think you've positively squished it! That look!

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At the end of the The Terror ('63), Jack Nicholson's kissing resulted in a molten-beyond-recognition face!

I like the shot of JN looking like he's about to gag.

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The final couple of minutes from "The Long Good Friday" Zero words, tons of dialogue.
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The final shot of Psycho with Norman Bates sitting in the chair with a voiceover by "MOTHER" about how she wouldn't hurt a fly signifying her personality as taking over Norman while it fades to Marion Crane's car being pulled from the swamp.
And for just a few quick frames, there is a skull superimposed over his face...
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Freeze-frame at the end of Thelma and Louise.
Roger Ebert downgraded the film from four stars to three and a half due solely to this shot not being held long enough before cutting to the credits.
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