21 Movies That Waste No Time Ending

‘Death Proof’ was in a hurry to roll those credits
21 Movies That Waste No Time Ending

“The story is over once the conflict ends” is common writing advice, but some filmmakers take it so close to heart that it won’t be found until their inevitable bypass operations. Even the classic five-act story structure tells us we need some resolution at the end, but there’s just too much of a hurry to get us to that mid-credits scene that teases the sequel and keeps the whole machine running.

Redditor slimmyboy007 is particularly annoyed by this. “I feel like I have seen so many films where the bad guy has just been killed, the group all picks themselves up and get in frame together looking disheveled, one of them makes a funny remark … cut to credits,” they recently told r/Movies. “I don’t get the logic. Surely as a director you’d want to believe you have endeared us to these characters enough that we don’t walk out the second the conflict is over and perhaps the audience would like to see how it affected the characters just for a couple minutes.”

From there, they asked for more examples of “movies that end literally a second after the conflict is over,” and Reddit pointed out the roots of the phenomenon, movies that did it well or badly and a few movies that don’t even get that far.




An American Werewolf in London

There Will Be Blood


Street Fighter


Karate Kid


Death Proof

Black Swan

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Michael Clayton

Monty Python and the Holy Grail


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Total Recall

Blood Debts

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