Over the history of film, cliffhangers have become more and more popular. We all have our favourites, and there have been some great ones - who can forget when all of our favourite superheroes faded into dust in the last seconds of Avengers: Infinity War, or when the characters in The Italian Job (the 1969 one, of course) were left literally hanging off a cliff.
Oftentimes, cliffhangers are done to encourage viewers to go see the next movie in the franchise. For example, if it wasn’t for the cliffhanger left dangling at the end of Batman Begins, which hints at the arrival of the Joker, then we wouldn’t have become so desperate to see the sequel 3 years later.
Otherwise, cliffhangers can be done to give us a great twist ending. A truly shocking and well-thought out twist ending will make you see the rest of the film in a different light, encouraging multiple viewings along the way. In particular, if it wasn’t for the last-minute twists of films like Fight Club, The Usual Suspects and The Sixth Sense, then we doubt these films would have the same popularity they have now.
So here, we rank the 10 best cliffhanger endings that you will find in sci-fi movies (and don’t worry, Star Wars will be on the list).