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Classic Movie Endings People Only Accept Because They're Classics

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The ending of a movie is supposed to be the best part, where everything ties together into an emotionally satisfying conclusion that sends audiences out of the theater feeling content. These classic movies with bad endings prove that you can mess that up and still emerge a fan-favorite.

It's an interesting phenomenon. Some films are so good that viewers are mostly willing to look past the fact that they bungle things at the end. For this to happen, literally everything else about the picture has to operate at peak level. If that occurs, people are likely to overlook a wrap-up that's too bleak, or that leaves a lot of questions unanswered, or that inadvertently sends the wrong message. 

If we're being honest, this sort of cinematic forgiveness is probably healthy. There's no such thing as a perfect movie, so if we can't overlook a flaw or two, we'll never enjoy anything. The following films work so phenomenally that you probably don't mind their faulty finales. 

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