Alfred Hitchcock gave us mind-blowing finales at Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.
For big-screen zombies, the release of World War Z later this week will mark a climactic breakthrough.
After three weeks of back-to-back blockbuster releases (Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6, The Great Gatsby and The Hangover Part III), UK cinemas drew breath at the weekend with a relatively modest set of new films, led by dystopian horror-thriller The Purge.
"I wouldn't be seen dead with a woman old enough to be my wife," a Hollywood celebrity once remarked.
To onlookers, it might seem like a dream come true: the chance to engage with an incomparable cinema icon and find one's place in movie history.
There are probably a million reasons why Die Hard 6 should never be made.
In a quiet US box office week, where the loudest noise was that of approaching hobbits, Skyfall reclaimed the No 1 spot for the first time since it debuted four weeks ago.
After the storm comes the lull. The weekend after the record-setting Thanksgiving was a quiet one, as has been the case with previous post-turkey results.
The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time -- six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world.