Movies Whose Titles Describe Something That Happens Towards the End of the Film (possible spoilers)

  • Back to the Future
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Eating Raoul
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Finding Nemo
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
  • Knife in the Water
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • The Last Samurai
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's
  • Penn and Teller Get Killed
  • Return of the Jedi
  • The Sting
  • Stuart Saves His Family
  • Sunrise
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Wicker Man
Author Comments: 

Suggestions welcome.

I didn't use any spoiler tags because... well, hell, they're in the titles!

Hrmm. Slow weekend 'round here.


I suggest Ginger Snaps, Finding Nemo, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Virgin Suicides, Do the Right Thing (in a way), The Last of the Mohicans, and Dead Man Walking.

Sounds good. Thanks!

what about Return of the Jedi? The Empire Strikes Back?

Sure, why not.

lol, is that what you also said to yourself while considering whether or not to include 'Sunrise'?

Hey. It's an important symbol. Have you even seen it?

Alas, not yet...

Great idea!

The Last Samurai is a perfect example, no?

I haven't seen it, but sure.

How 'bout 'The Last Starfighter'?

Near the end of the film, it is discovered that all the Starfighters, the only hope of saving the good guys, have died. But, the ignorant hero taken from earth decides to face his fears and become the last Starfighter in order to save people he just met. So, he becomes the last starfighter and saves the universe. :-)


Bride of Frankenstein (she doesn't become the Bride until the VERY end)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (POSSIBLE. Someone please help me out here. I know 'the tree' gets chopped down part way through the film, but I don't remember if there's something said about it growing again at the end?)

Knife in the Water (the knife doesn't go in the water until the last important scene of the film)

The Great Escape (POSSIBLE, they don't escape en masse until the final 45 mins of the film, which in a three hour film is near the end)

The Sting (there are many stings, but 'the sting' doesn't happen until the end)

Back to the Future

Stuart Saves His Family

Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (don't know if this counts - they don't actually GET there until the VERY end)

Really clever, fun idea for a list, man!

I decided not to go with The Great Escape. I think The Sting is a little flimsy too, but whatever. Thanks!


You went with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Do you remember if it does, indeed, fit, or are you just taking my flimsy, unsure word for it?

I wouldn't know, I haven't seen it.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

And also The Wicker Man.