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Hulu’s latest movie The princess is already a hit with fans for its message about women’s empowerment and gender equality. This is perfectly solidified in the film’s ending, making it the latest in a series of fantasy films that wrap up their endings in a satisfying way.

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From swashbuckling pirate adventures to animated fairy tales, these fantasy movies make their endings absolutely brilliant. Whether it’s a rewarding ending for both the audience as a creditable protagonist or highlights the importance of a particular value or lesson, viewers are guaranteed to cheer for 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 franchise sees a blacksmith team up with an eccentric pirate to save the love of his life, who has been captured by a crew of undead pirates. The final scene shows the aftermath of Will rescuing Jack, who was sentenced to be hanged.

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This last scene in the curse of the black pearl gives the audience closure, but puts on future movies. Will and Elizabeth end up together and Jack is reunited with The Black Pearl and becomes captain of his beloved ship again. Jack says the iconic “Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho” line while looking at the compass pointing to what he wants most. Clever, the audience doesn’t know what it’s referring to, which gets them excited for a 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

In 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 adults and are once again on Platform 9 & 3/4. However, it is their children who go to Hogwarts.

Harry’s son is nervous (just like he was when he was younger) and afraid that he will be placed in the Slytherin house. Harry comforts him and says that one of the bravest men he knew was from Slytherin, thereby acknowledging Snape. The final camera shot presses on Harry, Ron and Hermione, symbolizing their journey and eternal friendship.

Aladdin (1992)

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

that of Aladdin last scene is a great lesson in loyalty and friendship. Although Aladdin has one more wish and could use it to become a prince again to marry Jasmine, he kept his word and used his third wish to free Genie, as evidenced by a quote that proves that Aladdin and Genie are a great friendship. He was willing to sacrifice his happiness because he made a promise to a close 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 joins him in The return of the king. Frodo departs from Middle-Earth with Bilbo, Gandalf and the Elves. This is where the Fellowship really ends as 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 into the future without regrets. Sam returns home and remarks, “Well, I’m back”. While he’s really happy to go back home to the life he’s always wanted, he’ll never forget where he’s been, which can be said for all the characters in The Lord of the Rings.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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The End of The Wizard of Oz

Tired of her life in Kansas, Dorothy and her dog are transported by tornado to the fantastic Land of Oz. On her way to 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.

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

Van Helsing (2004)

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Van Helsing Anne funeral ends

In Van Helsing, the titular character is a monster hunter 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.

Anna is accidentally killed by Van Helsing. On her pyre, her spirit soars into the clouds and smiles down on him. Reuniting with her family, she breaks an old family curse, and Van Helsing realizes this as he smiles back. Throughout the movie, he was afraid that he would become 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 on board at the end

The first adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic had an unusual twist. Not revealed until the end, Willy Wonka was secretly testing the kids if they were worthy of inheriting his factory.

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Charlie broke the rules by drinking the fizzy drink that prompted Willy Wonka not to give him the life’s supply of chocolate. Charlie could have easily given the gobstopper to Mr. Slugworth for the secret formula, as his grandfather suggested. Instead, he returns it to Wonka, making him pass the test and inherit the factory. The instrumental of “Pure Imagination” over the scene heightens the joy and magic of the moment even more.

Hellboy (2004)

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Liz and Hellboy hug at the end

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 makes a man a man?” Hellboy goes through the movie and tries to answer this question.

As he faces his greatest test, Hellboy must choose between saving the world or fulfilling his destiny to save the woman he loves. In the end, he does both and is reunited with Liz (played by Selma Blair in one of her best movie roles). As they kiss, John Myers’ voiceover answers the question; “It’s the choices he makes. Not how he starts things, but how he finishes them.”

Shrek (2001)

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Shrek and Donkey talk in Shrek

The Shrek series remains one of the most beloved animated fantasy films to this day, but it is the first film that viewers always return to. One such reason is how the exiled ogre meets Princess Fiona for the first time and eventually falls in love.

In the final scene, Shrek and Fiona, who was secretly a bogeyman all along, get married after declaring their love for each other. Shrek tells Fiona that she is beautiful regardless of her shape, and emphasizes the main theme of the film, which is: don’t judge a book by its cover. Plus, the onion Shrek and Fiona ride in is a call back 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 looks.

The Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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Beauty and Belle kiss after transformation

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast remains one of the studio’s most timeless films. It is considered by many to be the best Disney princess movie and one of the reasons is the epic final scene which is heartbreaking and spectacular to watch.

Beast defeats Gaston, but is mortally wounded and Belle confesses her love for him. The curse is broken and in an enchanting animated sequence he becomes a human. The scene is gripping, not only in its visual effects, but also because it shows the power of love and teaches you to become a better person.

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