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The first scene of a movie is the hook. It reels you in and convinces you to dedicate the next one, two, or even three hours of your life to going down the rabbit hole of the director's imagined world.
But arguably more memorable is the final scene of a movie. It's the last impression you have and can leave you with a lingering feeling of wanting more. And it can completely change your viewing experience. It can also be the best scene of a movie for that very reason.
Whether it's because of an iconic song or a total plot twist, all these movies left us both fully satisfied but also hungry for more. Each of these 16 films saved the best for last.
Warning: This slideshow contains spoilers. I mean, obviously, it's the last scene of the film, guys. But they're so good, you could honestly know the ending and still throughly enjoy the whole movie again and again. Trust me.
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Almost Famous (2000)
A total "if you don't love yourself, who will?" moment for Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) that the audience isn't expecting.
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Fight Club (1999)
Edward Norton's character finally faces his Brad Pitt-shaped personal demon, and ends the scene with a literal bang. A very strange time, indeed. Cue: the Pixies song that you will have on repeat the rest of the day.
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American Beauty (1999)
Kevin Spacey's post-humorous narration of this film is equal parts sad and amusing. And does anyone ever get sick of that shot of the plastic bag floating in the wind?
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Dazed & Confused (1993)
As the sun rises after a night of partying, part of the crew is on the way to get Aerosmith tickets in one of the most realistic endings to a high school movie, ever. Alright, alright, alright.
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The Departed (2006)
The rat is finally exterminated from this all-star cast.