Horrors/thrillers with great endings!by ashturner-79373 | created - 20 Sep 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
(Mostly) horror and thriller films I've seen that manage to end in a satisfactory way - not just your usual cheap jump scare or mindwarp that makes no sense. SPOILERS (obviously...).
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1. Psycho (1960)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.
Votes: 552,184 | Gross: $32.00M
While Bates' split personality is spelled out a little too much, hearing him speak as Mother a couple more times is super creepy.
2. The Innocents (1961) (1961)
Not Rated | 100 min | Horror
A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.
Votes: 24,186 | Gross: $2.62M
That super-weird ending where Miles (a little boy) dies and Miss Giddens (a full-grown woman) kisses him on the lips.
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
G | 149 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
After discovering a mysterious artifact buried beneath the Lunar surface, mankind sets off on a quest to find its origins with help from intelligent supercomputer H.A.L. 9000.
Votes: 555,422 | Gross: $56.95M
David falls through a wormhole, finds himself in another dimension, becomes a star-child, and is deposited back into Earth's orbit.
4. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.
Votes: 107,348 | Gross: $0.09M
I understand that Ben was not written as a black man, rather Duane Jones was cast simply because he was best for the part - and so the politically charged ending in which a bunch of hicks shoot Ben, the last survivor, on sight is more of a happy accident that closes the film on a surprising note.
5. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.
It goes on a little, but the ambiguity and the sinister tone is great - Alex is cured, alright.
6. Duel (1971 TV Movie)
PG | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller
A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.
Ends exactly when it needs to - the threat is defeated in a simple but clever way, and instead of exploding, the truck slowly and torturously tumbles down the cliff.
7. Black Christmas (1974)
R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.
Votes: 28,443 | Gross: $4.05M
The credits roll. And the phone starts ringing...
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
R | 83 min | Horror
Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths And must survive the terrors of leatherface and his family.
Votes: 123,730 | Gross: $30.86M
Sally gets away in the back of a truck, looking terrified, while Leatherface swings his chainsaw around, looking like a child having a tantrum.
9. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.
"I wonder who the real cannibals are?"
10. The Burning (1981)
R | 91 min | Horror
A former summer camp caretaker, horribly burned from a prank gone wrong, lurks around an upstate New York summer camp bent on killing the teenagers responsible for his disfigurement.
Cropsy may be dead, but a nice shot paralleling an earlier scene in the film shows another group of kids around the campfire telling his story. The fact that this classic slasher never got a sequel makes the ending even more uncertain, and even more chilling.
11. RoboCop (1987)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
Votes: 217,962 | Gross: $53.42M
"Dick, you're fired!" ... and then ... "What's your name?" "Murphy!"
12. Pin (1988)
R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller
Isolated by his strange parents, Leon finds solace in an imaginary friend, which happens to be an anatomy doll from his father's doctor office. Unfortunately, the doll begins to take over Leon's life, and his sister's life as well.
After Leon's death, Ursula visits Pin for one final conversation and gives him back his music box.
13. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »
The woman appears to Arthur, standing on the surface of the lake - before a tree falls on his boat, drowning him and his family.
14. Basket Case 3 (1991)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror
Duane recovers from his delusional breakdown to find his freakish basket-bound brother Belial will soon become a father. But not everything is joyous as the once tight knit brothers no longer seem to trust each other.
The freaks take over a TV studio and declare that this is their world now.
15. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 858,562 | Gross: $293.51M
The revelation that Malcolm has been dead the whole time! I knew it was coming but it was so effectively done that it was still a punch.
16. Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
R | 92 min | Drama, Horror
Votes: 38,322 | Gross: $8.29M
Murnau shoots his final scene, sacrificing Greta and two of his crew to Orlok, then the rest of the crew arrive and kill the vampire. Murnau's picture is complete - "I think we have it."
17. He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not (2002)
PG-13 | 92 min | Romance, Thriller
A young woman who is in love with a married doctor becomes dangerous when her attempts to persuade him to leave his wife are unsuccessful. However, when things are seen from his point of view, the real situation becomes clear.
Votes: 17,844 | Gross: $1.01M
The reveal that Angélique never took her pills, but instead used them to build a mural of Loïc behind her wardrobe!
18. Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A disaffected soldier returns to his hometown to get even with the thugs who brutalized his mentally-challenged brother years ago.
Votes: 46,789 | Gross: $0.01M
The reveal that Anthony is dead, and Richard has been talking to his memory of him the whole time, is consistent and makes perfect sense (it's what "High Tension"  should have been). The final scene between Richard and Mark, in which Richard confesses he was embarrassed by Anthony but now just wants to join him in death, is very moving.
19. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 187,964 | Gross: $26.02M
Sarah escapes the caves and makes a triumphant getaway to this wonderfully uplifting music, and then runs into a monstrous Juno. Then she has another hallucination of her late daughter holding a birthday cake, which she's been dreaming about throughout the film. Pull away to reveal she's still in the cave...
20. Still Life (III) (2005)
9 min | Short, Horror, Sci-Fi
A pill-popping, over-caffeinated driver accidentally hits something. Panic-stricken, he searches for help in a strange and desolate town that offers very little in the form of human kindness.
It's revealed that the mannequins were all real people - this guy just committed a hit-and-run and murdered a family of three!
21. 1408 (2007)
PG-13 | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Votes: 244,608 | Gross: $71.99M
Mike and Lily hear Katie's voice on the tape - Mike makes the tiniest little smile.
22. The Mist (2007)
R | 126 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives.
Votes: 265,091 | Gross: $25.59M
David mercy-kills the remaining survivors (including his son), only for the army to arrive and start clearing the mist. It's so absurdly tragic that you'll either laugh or cry, but it's great!
23. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Mademoiselle learns what's on the other side, and kills herself.
24. Wanted (2008)
R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.
Votes: 344,960 | Gross: $134.51M
"What the fuck have YOU done lately?"
25. Drag Me to Hell (2009)
PG-13 | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.
Votes: 179,380 | Gross: $42.10M
Christine gets dragged to hell!
26. Orphan (2009)
R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.
Votes: 179,218 | Gross: $41.60M
"I'm not your fucking mommy!"
27. Wake Wood (2009)
R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.
Patrick begins the cycle anew, bringing Louise back so she can give birth to their child.
28. F (2010)
R | 79 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
A group of teachers must defend themselves from a gang of murderous kids when their school comes under siege after hours.
This one ends when it needs to, as Robert escapes the school with his badly-wounded daughter and rushes her to the hospital, being forced to leave his ex Helen to her fate.
29. You're Next (2011)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.
Votes: 81,283 | Gross: $18.47M
The police intrude on the house that Erin has turned into a hunting ground, and one of them triggers her door-trap.
30. The Possession (I) (2012)
PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.
Votes: 54,276 | Gross: $49.13M
Tzadok is (probably) killed in a car crash, which takes you by complete surprise - then the camera pans away from the scene, and over to the dybbuk box...
31. Storage 24 (2012)
R | 87 min | Action, Horror, Mystery
In London, a military plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. Completely unaware that the city is in lockdown, a group of people become trapped inside a storage facility with a highly unwelcome guest.
Sort of like "10 Cloverfield Lane" , except this is good - the characters escape the locked-down building to discover that aliens have invaded.
32. The Call (II) (2013)
R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Votes: 105,461 | Gross: $51.87M
"It's already done."
33. In Fear (I) (2013)
R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Driving to a music festival in Ireland, a new couple become lost and are then set upon by a tormentor with an unknown motive.
Lucy accelerates towards Max in her car, but the film cuts before the impact - simple but effective.
34. The Babadook (2014)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror
A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.
Votes: 177,376 | Gross: $0.92M
Amelia has the Babadook under control, and Samuel isn't scared of her any more.
35. Black Mountain Side (2014)
Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
Black Mountain Side follows a group of archaeologists after they uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves... See full summary »
Jensen blows himself up. Olsen is caught in a bear trap - alone on the mountainside.
36. Honeymoon (2014)
R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night.
Votes: 23,241 | Gross: $0.01M
Bea drowns Paul, then meets Annie and walks into the lights with her.
37. It Follows (2014)
R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.
Votes: 188,898 | Gross: $14.67M
The ending with Jay and Paul walking down the street, holding hands, and a figure walking behind them is surprisingly effective.
38. The Gift (VI) (2015)
R | 108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.
Votes: 126,275 | Gross: $43.77M
Gordo tears Simon's life apart, and doesn't even clarify which of them is the father of Robyn's newborn baby!
39. The Invitation (I) (2015)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.
Votes: 74,805 | Gross: $0.23M
Lanterns like the one in Eden's garden are lit across the city - the killings have been happening everywhere else.
40. Pressure (II) (2015)
R | 91 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A group of men are trapped in a small pod on the sea bed, after diving down to fix an oil pipeline and becoming separated from their ship.
Engel sacrifices himself so Jones can swim to the surface.
41. The Triangle (2016)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery
Four filmmakers take their cameras into the Montana wilderness to document the mysterious inner workings of a young community with a giant secret.
Simple but mysterious and visceral.
42. Bad Match (2017)
TV-MA | 90 min | Thriller
An internet-dating playboy's life spirals out of control after meeting a woman online.
The final twist that Riley isn't responsible for all the shit that's happened.
43. Cam (2018)
TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.
In a very suspenseful scene, Lola forces her doppelganger into killing itself and takes back her account.
44. The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)
R | 85 min | Horror
A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths.
Votes: 23,169 | Gross: $24.43M
Kinsey and Luke escape in a pastiche of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" , but Kinsey is clearly traumatised. In a subversion of clichéd slasher movie endings, when we see Kinsey next she's jumping at someone just knocking on the door.
45. Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)
R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.
Votes: 15,992 | Gross: $8.78M
The camera pulls out to reveal that everything we've just seen is being live-streamed on the dark web for entertainment. It's all a game!
46. Ready or Not (I) (2019)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Votes: 18,166 | Gross: $26.74M
Turns out the family superstition was true, and they all comically die as Grace watches.