Top Five… Movies with ‘End’ in the title

It looks like we might have made it, looks like we’ve made it to the end. End Of Watch, that is, the gritty cop thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by David Ayer, who makes gritty cop thrillers for breakfast. But is it going to be the best movie ever with ‘End’ in its title? Is that a question that has been on your lips for ages? Aw, who cares, here’s a list…

5. Howard’s End (1992)

After scaring the bejaysis out of everybody with a dodgy mask in The Silence Of The Lambs, Anthony Hopkins scared the bejaysis out of everybody with a dodgy ‘tache in Howard’s End. It’s classic Merchant Ivory fare, with more British thesps than Gosford Park. HOPKINS! THOMPSON! BONHAM CARTER! REDGRAVE! They’re all here. And a pretty good film is here too. No one eats anyone else’s face, but sometimes some frilly costumes are enough.

4. End Of Days (1999)

Bear with me a second here, I’m going to write a sentence you have never seen before. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a good actor. There, I’ve said it. You only have to watch End Of Days for proof. So what if it’s directed by the guy who did Timecop? Timecop is great too. Here, Arnie takes on Satan – and Miriam Margolyes – in a battle to save humanity. Alright, it’s a load of codswallop preying on our lame millennium fears, but Arnie is perfectly decent in the lead role, Gabriel Byrne is the best devil since Jack Nicholson in The Witches Of Eastwick and there’s a terrible Guns ‘n’ Roses song over the end credits. What more do you want?

3. Until The End Of The World (1991)

Like End Of Days, this is also set in 1999, but Wim Wenders’ modern classic actually requires you to use your brain. The plot is all about brains too. And William Hurt being dressed as Indiana Jones. Heck, it’s the future. Sam Neill… never made a bad film.

2. The End Of The Affair (1999)

It’s hard not to like Neil Jordan and his movies. He’s one of those film directors who goes with his gut and he’s made some terrific movies because of it. And The Brave One. On the face of it, The End Of The Affair is an excuse for Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore to get it on in a series of steamy clinches. But this adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel is much more than that, an engrossing, sad and passionate tale of love during World War II. Great costumes too.

1. The NeverEnding Story (1984)

Speaking of engrossing and sad…


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