10 Fantasy Movies That Nailed Their Last Scene

Hulu’s latest movie Princess has already become a hit with fans for its message of women empowerment and gender equality. This is perfectly cemented in the film’s finale, making it the latest in a line of fantastic films that come to a satisfying end.

From wacky pirate adventures to animated fairy tales, these fantasy films absolutely brilliantly pull off their endings. Whether it’s a rewarding ending for both the audience and the deserving protagonist, or emphasizing the importance of a particular value or lesson, it’s guaranteed to have viewers cheering with joy.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Based on the classic Disney ride, the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean In the franchise, a blacksmith teams up with an eccentric pirate to rescue the love of his life, who has been captured by a crew of undead pirates. The final scene shows the aftermath of Will saving Jack, who is sentenced to be hanged.

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This final scene in the Curse of the Black Pearl it closes the audience but sets up future films. Will and Elizabeth end up together, and Jack is reunited with the Black Pearl, once again captaining his beloved ship. Jack utters the iconic line “Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho” while looking at the compass that shows what he wants most. Cleverly, the audience doesn’t know where it’s going, which makes them excited for the sequel.


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

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Ron Harry and Hermione 19 years later in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

U Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Voldemort is finally defeated and peace returns to the wizarding world. 19 years later, Harry, Ron and Hermione are all grown up and are back on Platform 9 and 3/4. However, their children go to Hogwarts.

Harry’s son is nervous (much like when he was younger) and is afraid of being placed in Slytherin house. Harry comforts him by saying that one of the bravest men he knew was from Slytherin, acknowledging Snape. The final shot of the camera pushes Harry, Ron and Hermione, symbolizing their journey and eternal friendship.


Aladdin (1992)

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Aladdin is a good-natured “street rat” who finds a magic lamp and befriends a ghost. Jafar wants the lamp for his own evil reasons, and they both fight for the Sultan’s daughter. In true Disney fashion, Aladdin triumphs over Jafar and wins the heart of Princess Jasmine.

Aladdin’s the final scene is a great lesson about loyalty and friendship. Although Aladdin has one wish left and could use it to become a prince again to marry Jasmine, he kept his word and used his third wish to free the Genie, as shown in the quote that proves Aladdin and Genie have a great friendship. He was willing to sacrifice his happiness because he made a promise to a good friend who went out of his way to help him in return.


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

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The ring is destroyed and Sauron enters with it Return of the King. Frodo leaves Middle-earth with Bilbo, Gandalf and the elves. This is where the Fellowship really ends because the Hobbits were the backbone of the fellowship, even though they are overshadowed by the war plot.

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The scene represents moving towards the future without regrets. Sam comes home and says “Well, I’m back”. Although he’s really happy to be coming home to the life he always wanted, he’ll never forget where he’s been, which can be said for all the characters in Lord of the Rings.


The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The end of The Wizard of Oz

Sick of her life in Kansas, Dorothy and her dog are transported to the fantastical Land of Oz by a tornado. On her way to see the Wizard, she befriends a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion. They defeat the Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy returns to Kansas.

U the wizard of oz, Dorothy wakes up feeling like she was actually in the Land of Oz when it was actually just a dream created by her subconscious. She learns that while there is a possibility for greater things, her home is in Kansas with her family and friends. What makes this film one of the best technicolor films is how the transition from color to black and white emphasizes it, along with the “Over the Rainbow” instrumental in the background.

Van Helsing (2004)

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The end of Van Helsing Anne's funeral

U Van Helsing, the main character is a monster hunter and is tasked with traveling to Transylvania to kill Count Dracula, who is using Frankenstein’s monster in a sinister plan. Together with his love interest, Anna, they defeat Dracula, but at a deadly cost.

Van Helsing inadvertently kills Anna. At her funeral pyre, her spirit rises into the clouds and she smiles at him. She is reunited with her family, breaking the ancient family curse, and Van Helsing realizes this as she smiles at him. Throughout the film, he was worried about becoming the monsters he hunted, but this scene shows that he still has humanity.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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Willy Wonka and Charlie in the boat at the end

The first adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic had an unusual twist. Undisclosed until the end, Willy Wonka secretly tested children to see if they were worthy to inherit his factory.

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Charlie broke the rules by drinking a fizzy drink to get him up, prompting Willy Wonka to withhold his supply of chocolates to live on. Charlie could easily have given Mr. Slugworth a gag for the secret formula, as his grandfather had suggested. Instead, he returns it to Wonka and thus passes the test and inherits the factory. Instrumental “Pure Imagination” across the stage further enhances the joy and magic of the moment.


hellboy (2004)

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Liz and Hellboy hug during the ending

Hellboy focuses on a demon raised to defend the planet from the forces of evil. At the beginning of the film, Professor Broom asks the question “What is it that makes a man a man?” Hellboy goes through the movie trying to answer this very question.

As he faces his greatest test, Hellboy must choose between saving the world or fulfilling his destiny to save the woman he loves. He ends up doing both, reuniting with Liz (played by Selma Blair in one of her best screen roles). As they kiss, John Myers’ voice answers the question; “It’s the decisions he makes. Not how he starts things but how he ends them.”

Shrek (2001)

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Shrek and Donkey talk in Shrek

The Shrek series is still among the most beloved animated fantasy films today, but it is the first film that viewers always return to. One such reason is how the outcast ogre first meets and eventually falls in love with Princess Fiona.

In the final scene, Shrek and Fiona, who has been secretly an ogre all along, get married after declaring their love for each other. Shrek tells Fiona that she is beautiful regardless of shape, emphasizing the main theme of the film, which is don’t judge a book by its cover. Plus, the arc where Shrek and Fiona come back is a callback to when Shrek told Donkey that ogres are like onions because they have layers. They are more than they seem, and love doesn’t care about appearances.


Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and Belle kiss after the transformation

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remains one of the studio’s timeless films. It is considered by many to be the best Disney princess movie, and one of the reasons is the epic, heart-stopping final scene that is spectacular to watch.

The Beast defeats Gaston, but is mortally wounded and Belle confesses her love to him. The curse is broken and in a mesmerizing animated sequence he becomes human. The scene is poignant not only because of its visual effects, but because it shows the power of love and learning to be a better person.

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