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What movies have awesome songs that play during the end of the movie?

I don't mean during the credits necessarily, but as the actual movie part is ending.

For example, I think when "Mad World" plays during the last bit of Donnie Darko it's just about perfect. "Where Is My Mind?" at the end of Fight Club is really great as well.

I'm sure there are more examples of this out there. I guess we should keep it spoiler free in case people haven't seen the movies that are mentioned. Okay, go!
posted by elder18 to Society & Culture (109 answers total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
 
Yello's 'Oh Yeah' at the end of Ferris Bueller. Chick, chicka chicka!
posted by goo at 2:53 PM on April 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


I have a perhaps-irrational fondness for the Alanis Morissette song "Still" that plays over the credits of Dogma. I worked in a theater when it came out, and I would sweep out the Dogma theater first so I could hear this song.
posted by restless_nomad at 2:54 PM on April 20, 2010


shake shake senora, end of beetlejuice (i can't imagine anyone can have the ending of this movie ruined for them, but if you haven't seen it and plan to, i guess don't click the link)
posted by nadawi at 2:55 PM on April 20, 2010 [10 favorites]


Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery," during the ending to Good Will Hunting.
posted by cirripede at 3:02 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]




City of Dreams by Talking Heads, which plays over the final shot and credits of David Byrne's strange film True Stories. The film itself is something of an acquired taste, which is another way of saying that it's (whisper it) a bit boring, but the final shot, as a young girl dances in an empty road, and the camera pulls back seemingly endlessly over a starkly beautiful landscape as the song continues, is really pretty special. Now if only someone would put it on Youtube.
posted by ZsigE at 3:03 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I always loved that Orbital's Halcyon+ on+ on played at the end of Mean Girls.
posted by mireille at 3:05 PM on April 20, 2010


Larry Clark's 1995 film Kids uses Sebadoh's 'Spoiled' for the ending, and I always felt like it was a perfectly subtle choice.

Also, shortly before the movie ends there's a montage of NYC street scenes that uses an ambient sample track by Folk Implosion, which is a side-project of Sebadoh's Lou Barlow.
posted by mannequito at 3:08 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't have thought I'd ever call anything by Gheorghe Zamfir "awesome" until I saw the movie, but "The Lonely Shepherd" [spoiler-free link] at the end of Kill Bill vol. 1 is.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 3:10 PM on April 20, 2010


I'm a sucker for Jesus and Mary Chain's "Just Like Honey" at the end of Lost in Translation.
posted by oinopaponton at 3:10 PM on April 20, 2010 [14 favorites]


Oh, and of course—Aimee Mann's "Save Me," from Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia. The final scene is a single long tracking shot on one character's face. Anderson achieves a beautiful sync between the music and the photography; it's just a beautiful example of this.
posted by cirripede at 3:11 PM on April 20, 2010 [9 favorites]


The Brahms violin concerto at the end of There Will Be Blood was amazing.
posted by saladin at 3:26 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Glory of Love by Peter Cetera at the end of Karate Kid II.
posted by SpacemanStix at 3:27 PM on April 20, 2010 [4 favorites]


Not a movie, but Mad Men always makes very thoughtful musical choices as the episodes close. It's one of the reasons I love the show so much!
posted by chatongriffes at 3:28 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Pretty much anything by Wes Anderson.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 3:29 PM on April 20, 2010


Almost Famous: "Tangerine" by Led Zeppelin. Go to 7:30 here.
Rushmore: "Ooh La La" by the Faces. Go to 2:50 here.

But the WINNER is: Dr. Strangelove: "We'll Meet Again." See here.
posted by sallybrown at 3:31 PM on April 20, 2010 [6 favorites]


This Used to Be My Playground - by Madonna at the end of A League of Their Own always pulls at my heartstrings.
posted by patheral at 3:32 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


"While the Earth Sleeps," Peter Gabriel and Deep Forest, end of Strange Days.

Also, the consistent use of Rage Against the Machine over the credits in the first two Matrix movies? Perfect. Not that "Navras" isn't a good song, but they really lost something in the sense of continuity there by not having a third RATM song for Revolutions. (They lost something by having Revolutions at all, mind, but that's not your question.)
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 3:33 PM on April 20, 2010


"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears, at the end of Real Genius.
posted by The Mysterious Mr. F at 3:36 PM on April 20, 2010 [7 favorites]


Hurdy Gurdy Man at the end of Zodiac was quite well done. And let's not forget ELO's Livin Thing during the final sequence in Boogie Nights.
posted by Mr Mister at 3:40 PM on April 20, 2010


Mogwai's Auto Rock at the end of Miami Vice.

Brian Eno's An Ending (Ascent)
at the end of Traffic, over the kids playing baseball.
posted by puritycontrol at 3:43 PM on April 20, 2010


Oh, and, geeze, "Layla (Piano Exit)" at the end of Goodfellas.
posted by The Mysterious Mr. F at 3:44 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Seconding the Faces' Ooh La La at the end of Rushmore.
posted by scody at 3:45 PM on April 20, 2010


Radiohead's "Exit Music (For a Film)" at the end of Romeo and Juliet (the Leo DiCaprio + Claire Danes version).
posted by number9dream at 3:48 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


The Departed - Roy Buchanan's cover of Don Gibson's "Sweet Dreams"

Heat - Moby's "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters"
posted by porn in the woods at 3:56 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Queen's "We Are the Champions" at the end of The Mighty Ducks gets me all kinds of choked up.
posted by banannafish at 3:56 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me was the best thing about Batman Forever. But that's not saying much. Still, I like this song.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:59 PM on April 20, 2010 [5 favorites]


The Shaggs' "Who Are Parents?" at the end of Larry Clark's Ken Park.
posted by porn in the woods at 4:02 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


"I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins at the end of Caddyshack.


"Hey everybody! We're all going to take a shower!"
posted by The Mysterious Mr. F at 4:02 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Second "We'll Meet Again" at the end of Dr. Strangelove, and on a similar note, "I Can't Stop Loving You" at the end of the anime version of Metropolis.
posted by ubersturm at 4:05 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I got to see a preview of The Royal Tenenbaums in which the final scene had the Beach Boys' version of "Sloop John B," which I had only recently discovered at the time, and which I continue to love love love, so I was pretty excited about it. Alas, it didn't make the final cut. According to the Wikipedia, "Sloop John B" was Wes Anderson's second choice after a demo version of "I'm Looking Through You," but he couldn't get the rights to either one, so he settled on "Everyone" by Van Morrison. Interesting how different the three are.
posted by Xalf at 4:06 PM on April 20, 2010


"Paint it Black" by the Rolling Stones at the end of Full Metal Jacket.
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead at 4:10 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


"Win in the End" by Mark Safan - Teen Wolf

/drops microphone... this list is DONE!
posted by elroyel1327 at 4:14 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Host of the Seraphim by Dead Can Dance at the end of The Mist.
posted by squeak at 4:15 PM on April 20, 2010


I. Uh. Oh god, I really fucking love the end of Madagascar where all the animals are dancing to Reel2Reel's "I Like To Move It".

Oh, the shame.

Also, the Boccherini at the end of Master and Commander.
posted by elizardbits at 4:16 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh, and, geeze, "Layla (Piano Exit)" at the end of Goodfellas.

That wasn't at the end of the movie.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 4:20 PM on April 20, 2010


Napoleon Dynamite: The Promise (starts at 2:17 in that clip)
posted by circular at 4:21 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


One that always gets me: the ending of Wong Kar Wai's Fallen Angels, with the Flying Pickets doing an a capella cover of "Only You." (The song continues through the credits, which are unfortunately cut off in the YouTube clip.)
posted by neroli at 4:25 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


DevilsAdvocate: Yeah, my bad. They play it after 'My Way', in the credits, hence my confusion. Thanks!

And, hey, "My Way" by Sid Vicious, a the end of Goodfellas.
posted by The Mysterious Mr. F at 4:34 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Blonde Redheads song at the end of Hard Candy is perfect.
posted by emilyd22222 at 4:40 PM on April 20, 2010


I've always liked "Where Is My Mind?" by The Pixies at the end of Fight Club.
posted by sideshow at 5:04 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


I always loved the music they used in Fandango (a movie practically no one knows about, because it was gone from theaters in a cough and a spit). The last scenes, going into the credits, go from two Pat Metheny songs into Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" (which is sadlly missing from this clip, boo).

(Quick plot summary: It's 1971, and a bunch of college graduates from the University of Texas who were all roommates are giving themselves one last weekend fling before they go off their own ways - one to report for ROTC duty, one to his new job, one over the border to Mexico to dodge the draft, etc. The wedding scene you're seeing was the result of the group of them basically conning an entire town into throwing a wedding for them.)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:05 PM on April 20, 2010


I've always assumed that it's by Vyacheslav Ovchinnikov, the soundtrack composer - since I've never heard otherwise - but whoever wrote it, I've always been absolutely floored by the music on the last nine minutes of the great Andrei Rublev, during which Rublev's icons are shown. Frightening, haunting, soaring and finally peaceful. Great stuff.
posted by koeselitz at 5:08 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Slow Ride" at the end of Dazed and Confused.
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 5:14 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Iron Man" by Black Sabbath playing at the end of the movie Iron Man is the most badass musical ending ever!
posted by emd3737 at 5:17 PM on April 20, 2010 [5 favorites]


The song that plays over the end of Man on Fire always gave me chills, in the same vein as Donnie Darko. It's in Spanish so you may need a passing familiarity with the language to get the full effect, but I think the tone of it is enough.
posted by lilac girl at 5:19 PM on April 20, 2010


44 posts and no one's mentioned Jai Ho at the end of Slumdog Millionaire? C'mon, it was the best part of the movie.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:22 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Mr. & Mrs. Smith: The Next Adventure, end titles (John Powell, composer)

I was hooked on the ending to The Wire for awhile: The Fall
posted by Bron at 5:24 PM on April 20, 2010


I'll Take You There at the end of Barbershop.
posted by yoga at 5:27 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ends with David Bowie's Queen Bitch
posted by finite at 5:29 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


"Playground Love" by Air at the end of The Virgin Suicides
posted by millipede at 5:30 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Breakfast On Pluto starts and ends with Sugar Baby Love by The Rubettes. And then it fades into Breakfast On Pluto by Don Partridge (interestingly, the song isn't actually used anywhere in the movie, only in the credits).

Makes you want to watch the movie all over again immediately!
posted by yaymukund at 5:34 PM on April 20, 2010


Don't forget Because at the end of American Beauty.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:36 PM on April 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


Oh my god and the end of The 40-Year Old Virgin beats Slumdog, for my money, with The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 5:40 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


"Heart of the Sunrise" by Yes at the end of Buffalo 66.

My favorite use of music in a film ever.
posted by Ike_Arumba at 5:45 PM on April 20, 2010


At the end of the James Bond film Licence to Kill, Patti Labelle's song If You Asked Me To plays over the credits. (Been a while since I've seen it but it's possible that the song actually starts shortly before the credits begin rolling.) That song is the only thing that makes the movie worth sitting through, IMO.
posted by fuse theorem at 6:01 PM on April 20, 2010


"Wonderful Remark," by Van Morrison, at the end of King of Comedy, sorry, no links.
posted by emhutchinson at 6:01 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Ocean Man" at the end of the Spongebob Squarepants Movie.
Don't judge me
posted by Paragon at 6:01 PM on April 20, 2010




Roger and Me ends with "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys and "I Am Proud to be an American" by Pat Boone
posted by susanvance at 6:55 PM on April 20, 2010


"Die Graskop Polka" at the end of Slacker is great.
posted by puritycontrol at 6:56 PM on April 20, 2010


"Bittersweet Symphony" at the end of Cruel Intentions
posted by thelastenglishmajor at 6:59 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thom Yorke's Black Swan at the end of "A Scanner Darkly". This is fucked up... fucked up...
posted by Crane Shot at 7:11 PM on April 20, 2010


High Fidelity -- "I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)", by Stevie Wonder.
posted by deadmessenger at 7:12 PM on April 20, 2010 [7 favorites]


U2's "In God's Country" at the end of Three Kings.
posted by HeroZero at 8:04 PM on April 20, 2010


"Wouldn't It Be Nice" by the Beach Boys was also on the credits of Shampoo.
posted by ovvl at 8:24 PM on April 20, 2010


"Midnight, The Stars and You" at the end of The Shining.

Haunting.
posted by Nyarlathotep at 8:30 PM on April 20, 2010


I loved "Beyond the Sea" over the credits of Finding Nemo!
posted by sarahsynonymous at 8:37 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Maybe my definition of awesome is a bit off, but I fell in love with My Heart Will Go On when it was played thousands of times on the radio as Titanic was released. I saw that movie just because I liked the song so much. I waited and listened through the whole movie and it didn't start until the very end of the movie. I had to stay through all the credits just to hear it.
posted by CathyG at 8:49 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Diane Keaton's rendition of "Seems Like Old Times" playing over the final scene of Annie Hall.

So completely perfect.

It makes me swoon, shiver, grin or tear up, depending on my mood.
posted by Ash3000 at 9:00 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


It's a Long Way to the Top at the end of School of Rock.

Build Me Up Buttercup at the end of There's Something About Mary.
posted by amyms at 9:36 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


The O'Jays' Love Train plays out at the end of The Last Days of Disco.

And Neneh Cherry's Buffalo Stance plays over the end titles of Slaves of New York, and might be the best part of the movie.
posted by AsYouKnow Bob at 10:05 PM on April 20, 2010


Something in the Air by David Bowie is an excellent credits music choice for both American Psycho and Memento.
posted by Addlepated at 10:11 PM on April 20, 2010


Coyotes by Don Edwards at the end of Grizzly Man.
posted by snowjoe at 10:57 PM on April 20, 2010


Not from the credits, but that cornfield bit in the Abrams Star Trek? To "Sabotage?"

I worked on that for about two months with no audio and no clue what it was going to be. When I saw it at the screening, it was the most perfect moment of my career.
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 11:43 PM on April 20, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh, and a personal favorite, "Burning Bridges" by the Mike Curb Congregation, from Kelly's Heroes.
posted by The Mysterious Mr. F at 11:55 PM on April 20, 2010


I can not BELIEVE I am the first person to say Rage Against The Machine's "Wake Up" at the end of The Matrix.
posted by allkindsoftime at 11:58 PM on April 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Not a movie, but M4 (Part II) by Faunts plays over the end credits of the game Mass Effect and it's just awesome.
posted by kmz at 12:10 AM on April 21, 2010


End credits for Moulin Rouge!
posted by Happydaz at 1:32 AM on April 21, 2010


What could be more appropriate than Kiss' 'God Gave Rock and Roll to You' at the end of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey?
posted by biffa at 1:48 AM on April 21, 2010


Karate Kid: Joe Esposito - You're the Best Around.

It's so cheesy and awesome and it makes me want to high five anybody in the room.
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:17 AM on April 21, 2010


INXS' 'Rooms for the Memory' at the end of 'Dogs in Space'.
posted by goo at 3:09 AM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel, at the end of WALL-E, literally had me weeping. It's also a great example of the end credits being part of the narrative (a la "The Hangover").
posted by jbickers at 3:45 AM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]




Beach Boys, "God Only Knows," Love Actually.
posted by trillian at 5:36 AM on April 21, 2010 [5 favorites]


Of all things, the Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 has a stunningly gorgeous of Love Hurts by Nan Vernon. I actually did a doubletake when it started and wondered if I had some internet radio still streaming behind the DVD player software, so unexpected that was.
posted by Iosephus at 5:59 AM on April 21, 2010


I always watch the full credits of Kicking and Screaming just to listen to Bad Reputation by Freedy Johnston.
posted by joelhunt at 6:03 AM on April 21, 2010


Radiohead, "15 Step," Twilight, startlingly.
posted by Sfving at 6:04 AM on April 21, 2010


"Don't Fear the Reaper" at the end of The Frighteners. It is, however, not the original recording.
posted by AugieAugustus at 6:18 AM on April 21, 2010


Love "And Then He Kissed Me" in Adventures in Babysitting (it also plays at the opening of the movie).
posted by Melismata at 7:18 AM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


I can't believe no one has mentioned "Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright at the end of "Knocked Up".
posted by triggerfinger at 8:56 AM on April 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


Seconding original Matrix
posted by stratastar at 9:32 AM on April 21, 2010


Speaking of Sofia Coppola, the way Marie Antoinette's closing credits rolled with The Cure's "All Cats Are Grey" was the best part of entire damn film to me.
posted by ifjuly at 9:35 AM on April 21, 2010


Fiona Apple's cover of Across the Universe, Pleasantville (link to the movie themed music video)

I always liked Moby's Extreme Ways at the end of all three Bourne movies. Maybe because they had cool credits too.
posted by ALongDecember at 10:38 AM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]




The song played at the end of "The Crying Game" is perfect. But I won't tell you what it is, because it is really best if you don't know going in.
posted by QIbHom at 11:27 AM on April 21, 2010 [2 favorites]


Mumm-Ra's "She's Got You High" at the ending credits of 500 Days of Summer
Frou Frou's "Let Go" at the last scene in Garden State
posted by chalbe at 2:07 PM on April 21, 2010


I'm suprised nobody has mentioned Shawn Colvin's version of "Viva Las Vegas" at the end of The Big Lebowski !
posted by rfs at 2:51 PM on April 21, 2010


Kingpin, a film with an awesome soundtrack, ends with Amish Blues Traveler.
posted by ALongDecember at 3:54 PM on April 21, 2010


"She's A Lady" by Tom Jones at the end of 'Bound'.
posted by duckus at 9:41 PM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


C'mon, it was the best part of the movie.

I disagree.
posted by Deathalicious at 11:03 PM on April 21, 2010 [1 favorite]


Léon ends with Sting - Shape of my Heart
posted by Akeem at 1:13 AM on April 22, 2010 [1 favorite]


Bob Seger's "Roll Me Away", as the credits roll in "Mask". (Yes, and "Ripple" in one of the final scenes is great also).

Am I imagining it, or was "Roll Me Away" also played in the final credits of "Thelma and Louise"?

"Count On Me" by Jefferson Starship was a great 'credit-roll' song for a movie with Sarah Jessica Parker - something about a family. Can't remember the title of the movie, but the song was, I felt, perfectly placed.
posted by mnb64 at 6:11 PM on April 24, 2010


The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice- in the opening and closing credits of Closer.
posted by sparkleplum36 at 10:06 AM on April 26, 2010


The Wrestler by Bruce Springsteen on the movie of the same name.

It's basically over the credits but it fits the movie and ends it perfectly.
posted by justgary at 6:32 PM on April 26, 2010


Jesse Winchester, "Step-by-step", at the end of the first season of The Wire.
posted by lucien_reeve at 6:52 AM on April 27, 2010


I can't believe nobody mentioned Beck's cover of Everybody's gotta learn sometimes which plays at the end of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
posted by orebokech at 12:34 PM on April 27, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well, the original end theme of Empire Strikes Back is freakin' awesome. It's starts around when Lando is taking off wearing Hans's clothes, and then eventually they pan out of the observation window into the end credits theme. Such great end music.

That, of course, is not to minimize the original 1983 closing song to Return of the Jedi. None of that fancy all-over-the-galaxy celebration music: it was all about the Ewok choir's festive "Yub Nub."

And I totally didn't forget the Awards Ceremony music at the end of Star Wars.

John Williams ftw.
posted by jabberjaw at 2:33 PM on April 27, 2010


Queen's "We Are the Champions" at the end of The Mighty Ducks gets me all kinds of choked up.

Actually, We Are the Champions at the end of Revenge of the Nerds is equally emotional.
posted by jabberjaw at 2:38 PM on April 27, 2010


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