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10 Best Action Movie Endings Of All Time, According To Reddit

Although Thor: Love and Thunder reviews divided, one important aspect that it pulled off was a satisfying ending that drew praise from even some of the film’s harshest critics. Although endings sometimes seem like an afterthought in action movies, the ability to stick the landing can help make or break a movie.

Some of the greatest action films, such as die hard and Creation, succeed because they have amazing endings that wrap up the plot perfectly. That’s why Redditors decided to pick the best action movie endings of all time.


Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Although Inglourious Basterds is a movie full of powerful scenes, the ending always manages to stand out and take the war movie to another level. Redditors picked the last line where Raine watches what he calls his “masterpiece” in the form of Landa screaming as the climax, with one user, MoaningMushroomclaiming that this is also part of what makes the Tarantino movie masterpiece.

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In their words, “this might as well be QT’s best” thanks to “the storytelling and dialogue” culminating in the film’s violent yet satisfying conclusion. While it’s not a fairy tale ending, thanks to the Basterds not making it as well as the gruesome nature of the movie, it makes it perfectly suited for a beautifully brutal movie.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)

As if it needed further proof that Quentin Tarantino knows how to end a movie, Kill Bill Vol. 1 gets to have one of the greatest endings of all time. While the entire battle between The Bride and O-Ren Ishii could be considered one of the best final boss fights in movie history, that’s actually what comes next with Redditors.

An user, Juan Claudio, sums up the amazed response to the film’s final moments with “that cliffhanger.” It’s not uncommon for action films to end with a crucial final twist, but dangling it right in front of the viewer’s nose just a moment before the final credits begin is a masterclass in how to tease the audience.

Dredd (2012)

Although it was not hugely successful at the box office, Dred became a cult hit, with many fans enjoying the raw charms of one of the best sci-fi remakes. A big part of what helped him maintain a strong fanbase is his ending and Redditor MufflerRhino describes in detail why it is so exceptional.

As they say, the ending “does everything right and rewards the audience with what they know is coming.” Faced with the choice of allowing Anderson to pass despite technically failing her formation, Dredd chooses to pass her because he “saw she had her back” and knew it was more important. Along with an iconic hit from the soundtrack, it’s obvious that Dredd’s ending had such an impact.

Creation (2010)

Nolan is a director equally at home making gripping dramas as he is action movies, so it’s no surprise that he knows how to craft a great ending. The one that many consider to be by far his best effort is Creationwith Redditor Adeem27 saying “I love Nolan’s endings, so Inception for me.” The film has plenty of mind-bending action, but it’s actually a tricky one that forms the film’s iconic ending.

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The director sets up the spinning top as a way for the audience as well as the main character to know whether or not he is in a dream and, by letting it spin in the final frames of the film, he invites the audience to question everything that he assumed what had just happened. Twist endings can be real crowd pleasers, and that’s the case with this one.

Logan (2017)

It’s typical for action movies to end with giant action scenes and this is especially true for superhero movies, which rarely venture too far into emotional territory. This partly explains why the end of Logan is so touching and when redditor iambackjohn introduced the film, saying it was “the perfect send-off for two characters we’ve watched develop over 17 years,” it was a sentiment that resonated with many fans.

It would be easy to disappoint fans by having them say goodbye to beloved characters, but everything about these final moments is wonderfully heartfelt. Other Redditors have pointed out things like Laura tilting the cross on her grave so that it makes an X like small details in Logan which helped make the ending hit home.

In Bruges (2008)

In Brugge is a movie full of incredibly clever dialogue and it’s that same cleverness that allows it to disguise a terrific ending, set up by all the events that preceded it. To his fans like Redditor -Lumos, the film is an obvious choice. They say they “can’t believe no one has commented on this yet.”

There is an element of tragedy at the end which sees the final showdown between Ray and Harry. With a bleeding Ray struggling to communicate the misunderstanding that has transpired, he and the audience can only watch as Harry gives him one last death-dealing insight into the importance of principles. With fantastic scores, it’s a moment few fans quickly forget.

Die Hard (1988)

Considered one of the essential films of the 80s, a decade marked by intense action films like The Terminator and Commando, die hard is a true classic of the genre. However, one area where it beats both of these movies is in its ending that Redditor MondayNightRawr described as “very strong and perfectly suited to the tone of the film”.

Of course, its most significant moment is seeing Gruber finally meet his end in brutal circumstances, but what really makes for the quintessential ending die hard that’s what comes next. With Holly punching Thornburg as he tries to get an interview and the three driving off in a limo, it’s an exceptional celebration of the simple joys of fun and high octane action.

The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese is a master director and capable of pulling off some incredibly memorable endings, but when it comes to his more action-based offerings, The dead is the best of his career. In a simple yet effective twist, it manages to turn a potentially disappointing end to the epic crime thriller into a satisfying one.

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As Redditor boiling frogs says it, “Just when you thought you were going to be mad that the bad guy got away with it, you’re rewarded in the best possible way by the most Bostonian cop.” If not for the misdirection, they wouldn’t have been so thrilled for Mark Wahlberg’s Dignam to finally get revenge on his fellow cops, and that’s why the ending is so powerful.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

Although Warm fuzz is a spoof of high octane buddy action thrillers, it knows when to poke fun at the clichés of the genre and when to lean into it for some incredibly satisfying moments. Editor mrbadxamp describes how the film manages to hit all the right notes at the end with a “great action sequence, satisfying end points for each character, even a few good jokes to wrap it all up”.

The best part about the ending is how it brings back so many points set up throughout the film. Even the smallest details like Danny’s lifelong desire to fire his gun within the year and scream in frustration finally see a reward. Besides always being hilarious, Warm fuzz is a film from which few viewers come out disappointed.

Men in Black (1997)

men in black is remembered as a fantastic entry into the sci-fi action genre that manages to strike a good balance between humor and genuine tension, but its ending isn’t often spoken of in the same reverent tone as the other films. However, Redditor calvincrack makes a compelling argument for why it deserves to be.

They describe how the combination of “the memory of Jay wiping Kay to retirement, reviving the scene from the beginning”, the tabloid cover reassuring the public that K is fine, and the final shot showing our galaxy in a small marble worked together to make a satisfying, touching and surprisingly “beautiful” conclusion. It’s easy to see why many moviegoers were won over.

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