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

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."

paddington hugging and saying happy birthday, aunt lucy
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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."

"my friends, you bow to no one'
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3."The Way Way Back...God, I love that movie so much."

mom and son glancing at each other and then at the road while they're riding in a car
Fox Searchlight Pictures

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."

John saying, and just like in the fucking movies, bathroom door flings open out walks liza green" and then two women in shock and then a man asks, they were on a date?

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."

woman says i love you and rocky, all beaten up and eyes shut says, i love you
United Artists

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

the family singing along to the song singing, our love for each other will live on forever in every beat of my proud corazon

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

dory saying, yeah i did it, merlin says, it really is quite a view, and dory looks out and says yup, unforgettable

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."

two men hugging while one says, thank you for saving my life, and the other responds, it's what my dad wouldve done
Paramount Pictures

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

woman asking, you must have found that weird, a bunch of gays and lesbians descending on you like that and man says, why on earth would we have found that weird
BBC Films

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.'"

the main character stepping out to the street saying, i do know i'm gonna live every minute of it
Pixar / Via youtube.com

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."

closeup of woman and man hugging then a shot of the woman in an office saying, evelyn did you hear me

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

cartoon kid waving from the car at the house that they just sold

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."

the characters standing in a group looking out at something
Warner Bros. / Via youtube.com

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."

man looking down at a pig with a collar on saying that'll do pig

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

students standing on their desks and the teacher saying thank you boys, thank you
Warner Bros.

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!