Clockwise from left to right: Lust, Caution; Moonlight; Some Like it Hot; The Last Days of Disco; Beau Travail; The Searchers; Losing Ground; Big Night; Grave of the Fireflies; The Thin Blue Line.
Illustration: by James Clapham
Not every great movie has a great ending. The reverse is also true: We’ve all had that experience of watching a ho-hum flick that became instantly unforgettable thanks to an awesome conclusion (famously, or more recently). It is, arguably, the most important part of any film — how a filmmaker wants you to feel when the lights go up is often the key to what that picture was really about.
In compiling a list of the greatest…