Date: 15th October 2003

Titanic 'greatest film ending of all time'

Anyone with a grasp of history knows what is going to happen, but Titanic has been named the film with the greatest ending of all time.

The film, about the love story which unfolds between Jack and Rose on the stricken ship, topped a poll for Diet Coke.

It beat films such as the original version of The Italian Job. The 1969 movie still wins out over the recent remake, which ditched the famed cliff-hanger ending and failed to make the top 10.

In Titanic, the ocean liner sinks in spectacular fashion after striking an iceberg. And hero Jack, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, meets a watery grave after selflessly sacrificing himself.

The uplifting final scenes of prison drama The Shawshank Redemption in which Morgan Freeman's and Tim Robbins' characters are reunited is voted second choice.

Rick and Ilsa's lump-in-the-throat parting in Casablanca took fourth place in the poll.

The poll found that the favourite style of ending was a twist in the tale, favoured by nearly two thirds of the 1,000 people surveyed.

Movies which make the top 10 include The Usual Suspects at number five and The Sixth Sense at number seven.

Radio 1 movie expert James King said: "In my view the perfect ending is something that leaves you wondering about what happens next to the characters.

The best endings don't have to always tie everything up neatly and make sense. In fact those that don't, give the audience more to talk about after they've left the cinema."

Source: Press Release



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