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"Such A Fantastic Way To End That Movie": 15 Movies That Conclude With Moments Of Utter Joy

By Mary Colussi,


In the bleak midwinter, we all need a bit of a boost, and where better to find it than the movies? Luckily redditor u/borislugos recently asked the folks of r/movies , " What film has your favorite happy ending? " Here are 15 of their responses, and I dare you — I dare you — to get to the end of this list without cracking at least a wistful smile.

Responses may have been edited for length and/or clarity.

1. " Paddington 2 has the best final minute. Happy tears each time I watched it."


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2. "The ending of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King showing how happy Samwise is in the end always makes me cry happy tears. That and 'you bow to no one' gets me every time. I remember I sat with my baby sister one Christmas and watched them all with her for her first time. She was 13 and I was 29 and we just sat there crying together and it was kind of beautiful."


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3. " The Way Way Back ...God, I love that movie so much."


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4. "The story John Gallagher Jr. tells at the end of Short Term 12 is one of my favorite scenes and such a fantastic way to end that movie. Always makes me tear up, as well."



5. "Even though I've watched it probably a thousand times, the first time I saw Rocky in the movie theater I cried at the end. It was at the Alamo Drafthouse with a sold-out crowd for an all-day Rocky marathon, so it brought the right people that cheered, laughed, and applauded at all the right parts. So that definitely added to it."


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6. " Coco has me crying ugly tears every time."



7. "The end of Finding Dory . I SOBBED, like full-on ugly cried."



8. "The ending to Top Gun: Maverick really gets me. It’s super predictable, and dare I say, even cheesy. But it really tugs on my heartstrings, and I’m not even sure why. Because in most of these predictable cheese endings, I tend to roll my eyes, but in this one, it just works for me."


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9. " Pride . It is such a feel-good movie. And the cast is perfect."


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10. "Recent view, Soul . 'Well, what are you going to do? How are you going to spend your life?' 'I'm not sure. But I do know...I'm gonna live every minute of it.'"


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11. "It's hard to pick just one, but recently I'd say Everything Everywhere All at Once had me crying lots of happy tears towards the end."


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12. "I still get teary-eyed at the end of Meet The Robinsons !"



13. " Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 . The way they used the music from the first film's ending made it even more emotional."


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14. " Babe . The standing ovation. 'That'll do, pig. That'll do.' Gets me every single time. The movie is just so dear and wholesome to me."


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15. And finally: " Dead Poets Society , 'Oh Captain, My Captain.' Maybe more inspirational than happy, but tearing up just thinking about it right now."


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What happy ending — of a movie or TV show — never fails to bring a smile to your face? Tell us about them in the comments!

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