12 Most Satisfying Movie Endings of All Time

From Arrival to Django Unchained, movies with satisfactory outcomes are available on streams for the public to enjoy; see 12 movies with the best endings.

Movies with satisfying endings leave the audience wanting more, and on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ there is no shortage of such options. Whether with a striking plot twist, the fall of a hated villain, a well-tied ending, or even the favorite character getting along well, some movies are references to endings that please the public. From science fiction like Arrival to action movies like Django Unchained or Get Out-style thrillers, this type of plot keeps the audience hooked from start to finish.

Thinking about these movies with the best and most satisfying endings, Streameast Watch brought together 12 movies that you need to watch online at least once in your life or watch again. In each item, you find out more about the plot, cast, impact, and where to watch the movies. Check it out below, and beware of spoilers!

In Streameast Watch’s list of movies with the most satisfying endings, you will find:

  1. A Dream of Freedom (1994)
  2. Arrival (2016)
  3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  4. Django Unchained (2012)
  5. Three Men in Conflict (1966)
  6. Rocky, a Wrestler (1976)
  7. Whiplash: In Search of Perfection (2014)
  8. Run (2017)
  9. The Pursuit of Happiness (2006)
  10. Return of the Jedi (1983)
  11. The Truman Show (1998)
  12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

1. A Dream of Freedom (1994)

With Tim Robbins (Of Boys and Wolves) and Morgan Freeman (Se7en) in the roles of Andy and Red, A Dream of Freedom tells about two inmates who find unity and friendship in prison. Andy, however, knows he was wrongly convicted and fights to prove his innocence. The film is based on a book by Stephen King. It is revealed at the end that during his time in prison, Andy was digging a tunnel to his freedom. Furthermore, the two friends manage to meet again.

Directed by Frank Darabont (The Fog), the film competed for seven Oscar awards, including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Available in the Max catalog, Um Sonho de Liberdade accumulates 9.3 points on IMDb, with an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

2. Arrival (2016)

Arrival shows an alien invasion of Earth. To attempt a type of communication with beings, the government relies on linguist Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams ( Disenchanted ). On the mission, she meets military man Ian Donnelly, played by Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). At the end of the plot, we realize that the language taught by the “invaders” is a weapon, which makes it possible to see events in the future. And it is precisely what humanity will need to defend itself from attack, which will happen in a few centuries.

The title is directed by Denis Villeneuve ( Dune – Part 2 ) and is rated at 7.9 points on IMDb, with a 94% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. At the Oscars, Arrival competed in eight categories, such as Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Direction, winning the award for Sound Editing. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

3. Avengers: Endgame (2019)

The end of the Avengers saga, a Marvel franchise, was one of the most anticipated movies of recent times. In addition to being an important ending, the outcome would impact dozens of other MCU movies. And, incredible as it may seem, the ending met great expectations, with painful goodbyes. To defeat Thanos once and for all, Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. ( Oppenheimer ), sacrifices himself in the last moment of the fight, marking one of the most emotional deaths in the universe of heroes.

The direction is signed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, both known for Hidden Agent. Avengers: Endgame, available on Disney+, is rated at 8.4 points on IMDb, with a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

4. Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) is known for surprising and violent endings and Django Unchained is a perfect example of this. The film portrays the journey of Django, a recently freed enslaved man, who fights to free his wife. Things get out of control, but, in the end, the couple reunites and the protagonist kills several slave owners, burning an important plantation. Django and his wife, Broomhilda, are played by Jamie Foxx ( They Cloned Tyrone! ) and Kerry Washington (Scandal).

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Christoph Waltz ( Inglourious Basterds ) also form the cast, as Calvin J. Candie and Dr. King Schultz. Part of the Globoplay, Telecine, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix catalog, the film is rated at 8.5 points on IMDb and has an 87% critical approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. At the Oscars, Django Unchained won the award for Best Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor.

5. Three Men in Conflict (1966)

One of the best-known Western movies, Three Angry Men stars Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven). In the plot, three characters with very different stories come together to find a lost treasure. While everyone knows a specific part of the path, no one has the intention of sharing the money.

At the end of the film, directed by Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in the West), one of them gets the treasure, but decides to leave the other two alive, sparing them from death, in an epic final duel. The film also features Eli Wallach (Love Doesn’t Take a Vacation) and Lee Van Cleef (Escape from New York) in the cast. Three Men in Conflict is available for rent in the Amazon Prime Video catalog, with 8.8 points on IMDb and 97% critical approval on Rotten Tomatoes.

6. Rocky, a Wrestler (1976)

A low-level boxer, named Rocky, is chosen to fight heavyweight champion Apolo Creed, replacing the fighter who was already scheduled for the fight but was unable to participate. He prepares and dedicates himself immensely to prove his worth. In the end, after fighting 15 exhausting rounds, he doesn’t win the fight, but he manages to earn the respect of everyone who doubts him, as he achieves a great result.

Rocky is played by actor Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables), while Carl Weathers (The Predator) plays his opponent Creed. With 8.1 points on IMDb and a 92% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Rocky, a Fighter is directed by John G. Avildsen (Karate Kid) and is available on Amazon Prime Video and for rent on Apple TV+.

7. Whiplash: In Search of Perfection (2014)

Written and directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Whiplash tells the story of Andrew, played by Miles Teller (War Dogs). He is a dedicated young drummer, who does everything to please his teacher, Fletcher — played by actor JK Simmons (Spider-Man). The master, on the other hand, doesn’t mind putting his students to the physical and psychological limit, being a toxic figure for Andrew.

The ending is satisfying, as Andrew manages to prove himself on stage, even after the teacher tries to sabotage him, finally getting the approval he wants. Whiplash is available in the Netflix catalog. The film won three Oscars, having been nominated for five awards in total. On IMDb, the film is rated at 8.5 points, while 94% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes approve of the work.

8. Run! (2017)

Written and directed by Jordan Peele (No! Don’t Look!), Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther) and Allison Williams (The Perfection). In the film, Chris (Kaluuya) is a young black man who meets the family of his white girlfriend, Rose (Williams). But it doesn’t take long for the boy to notice some strange things and he ends up discovering that Rose’s family attracts black people to steal their bodies, which become inhabited by the consciousness of white people.

In the end, Chris manages to escape but is apparently stopped by the police, leaving the audience anxious. However, in reality, the person driving the car is his best friend, who saves the protagonist. Available in the Netflix, Star+, Amazon Prime Video, Globoplay, and Telecine catalog, Get Out won the Original Screenplay award at the Oscars, being rated 7.8 points on IMDb, with a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

9. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

Based on a true story, The Pursuit of Happyness tells the story of Chris Gardner, a man who, due to difficulties, loses all his money and is forced to live on the street with his son. The characters are played by real-life father and son Will Smith ( Emancipation ) and Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid). The protagonist becomes unemployed and ends up living in the subway station with his son. In the end, the effort is worth it and Chris turns things around, getting an important position in a company.

Gabriele Muccino (Seven Lives) directed it, and the film earned an Oscar nomination for Will Smith in the Best Actor category. The Pursuit of Happiness is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The work has an above-average rating, with 8 points on IMDb and 67% approval from specialized critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

10. Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)

Star Wars Episode VI ends the main part of the trilogy in an iconic way. Starring Mark Hamill (Invincible), Carrie Fisher (Harry and Sally), and Harrison Ford ( Indiana Jones ) as Luke, Leia, and Han Solo, the outcome brings the death of the villain, Darth Vader. Luke regrets not being able to save Vader, but the villain, who is Anakin Skywalker, his father, appears unmasked and cured as a forced ghost to prove that he did save him, redeeming himself for his evil deeds. It is directed by Richard Marquand (Hearts of Fire) and the franchise’s movies are available on Disney+.

The title, which brings victory for the Light side in Stars Wars, has good reviews on aggregator sites. On IMDb, the film has 8.3 points, while 83% of critics approve of the work on Rotten Tomatoes. In total, Return of the Jedi competed for four Oscars.

11. The Truman Show (1998)

The Truman Show tells the story of the protagonist Truman, played by Jim Carrey ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ). He was “kidnapped” as a baby and, since then, his entire life has been broadcast on TV, 24 hours a day, like a reality show. Truman just has no idea that he lives surrounded by sets and actors. Outside the studios, groups begin to protest for the boy’s freedom, including his ex-girlfriend, who was fired from the program after rebelling against the production.

The ending is satisfactory, as Truman discovers the truth and, after much resistance from the reality show’s directors, manages to escape the studios and go to real life. Directed by Peter Weir (Dead Poets Society), the film is available to rent on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV +. On IMDb, the title has 8.2 points, while Rotten Tomatoes has a 94% approval rating. In total, The Truman Show was nominated for three categories at the Oscars.

12. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

After seven movies, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 delivered the ending desired by fans of the saga. In the story, based on JK Rowling’s books, the wizard manages to defeat Voldemort, his greatest enemy, finally living his life in peace. To this day, Harry Potter is one of the greatest sagas in the world.

The eighth film, as well as the others in the franchise, stars Daniel Radcliffe (The Woman in Black), Emma Watson ( Little Women ), and Rupert Grint (Knock on the Door) as Harry, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. The latest feature film, available in Max’s catalog, is directed by David Yates (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). On IMDb, the title, which competed for three Oscar awards, accumulated 8.1 points, while it has a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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