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Lampshaded in Disney's Pinocchio. Not only is the film set inside a book bearing the film title, opened by Jiminy Cricket, but near the beginning of the film, the Blue Fairy brings the eponymous puppet to life, and Geppetto celebrates by activating all his music boxes and dancing. He does the same thing at the end of the film when Pinocchio Becomes a Real Boy, and Jiminy remarks, "Well, this is practically where I came in."
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is bookended by Clopin asking to figure out, "Who is the monster and who is the man?" and also to "sing the bells of Notre Dame." This is even referenced by the commentators.
The Princess and the Frog begins by showing the evening star, then fireflies flying down from the night sky onto New Orleans. The film ends by showing fireflies flying up from New Orleans into the night sky, encircling two evening stars.
Fantasia'sThe Rite of Spring begins and ends with the same sequence of notes, played on the same instrument.
An almost series-wide example would be the fact that at the near beginning of the first Fantasia film, the second segment involves several small fairies changing spring in summer, summer into fall, and finally fall into winter. At the end of the second film, there is a segment involving a larger fairy changing winter into spring, therefore bringing the series full circle.
The first song of the first Fantasia film, Bach's Toccata in Fugue, ends with what appears to be a sunset; the last song, Schubert's Ave Maria, ends with a sunrise. The second film starts with the "cutter-flies" of Beethoven's 5th Symphony and ends with the cloud of butterflies after the Firebird's Sprite restores the land.
Aladdin starts with the Peddler singing "Arabian Nights". Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Aladdin's final movie, ends with the Peddler singing a reprise of "Arabian Nights". The reprise was originally composed for the ending of the first movie, but rejected.
Treasure Planet: Jim has fun on his homemade solar surfer and then the police bring him to the Benbow Inn, which is absolutely packed, followed by an indirect view of Silver. And the entire thing doubles as anIronic Echo.
Verna Felton. The first character she ever voiced in her entire career was an elephant from Dumbo. Coincidentally enough, the last character she ever voiced before her death in 1967 was yes, an elephant from The Jungle Book.
Speaking of The Jungle Book, this is how Kaa and the Elephant Patrol are both introduced: at the very beginning of the film, Kaa appears, then the Elephant Patrol; and at the end, the Elephant Patrol appears, and then Kaa.
Hercules begins and ends with a shot of a Greek vase in a museum.
Similarly, one of the opening title cards seen at the beginning of Dumbo is placed on an orange circle background. That exact same background was used again for the film's "The End" card.
Near the beginning of The Little Mermaid, Ariel and her friend Flounder can be seen exploring a sunken ship. At the end of the film, Ursula, now in her One-Winged Angel form actually traps Ariel inside a large graveyard full of sunken ships, one of which was actually used by her love interest Prince Eric to kill Ursula.
Similar to the Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron example below, Brother Bear begins and ends with an eagle (representing the late Sitka) in the sky.
The Emperors New Groove begins and ends with Tom Jones (the Theme Song Guy) singing "Perfect World", with the first time happening after we see Llama Kuzco stranded in the jungle leading up to the flashback, but before Yzma turns him into a llama; while the second happens after Kuzco and Pacha defeat Yzma and turn Kuzco back into a human, but before we see Feline Yzma grumbling as her former crony Kronk starts teaching several children how to speak Squirrel.
Mulan: Little Brother the dog leading the chickens.
Frozen: When we first see Elsa and Anna as kids, Elsa creates a winter wonderland with her magic, she and Anna build a snowman named Olaf and the three of them skate together. In the final scene, Elsa converts the courtyard into a skating rink and she, Anna and Olaf skate together again.
Also, Elsa accidentally reveals her powers to the public by freezing the fountains and most of the surrounding courtyard frozen, prompting her to flee the castle. In the end, Elsa celebrates her powers by turning the courtyard into an ice rink and using the fountains as decorations.
Anna's first encounter with Hans ends with him accidentally falling out of a boat into the fjord. In their last encounter Anna punches him off a boat into the fjord after his attempt to kill Elsa.
The Triplets of Belleville begins and ends with the previous scene being shown on a TV screen, accompanied by the only real lines of dialogue in the film.
The opening shot of Toy Story and the final shot of Toy Story 3 are of a blue sky with uniquely-shaped white clouds, those of Andy's old wallpaper. (3 also starts with a sky, making both a film- and a series-wide bookend)
Spirited Away has the family walking through the tunnel with the mother chiding "Chihiro, don't cling like that, you'll make me trip."
The very first and very last shot of The Last Unicorn are almost identical, and a refrain of the opening song plays over the last minute or so.
Finding Nemo: "Wake up! Wake up! Time for school! Time for school!" note At the beginning, Nemo says this to Marlin, and at the end, Marlin says it to Nemo!
A Goofy Movie actually begins and ends with the sound of Goofy screaming.
The second film begins and ends with Mater rescuing Otis from a ditch and dragging him to Radiator Springs.
The series as a whole starts off in the middle of a race at the very beginning of the first film, and ends in the middle of a race during the finale of the second.
Rock-A-Doodle actually begins with an orbital shot of the Sun rising above the Earth. At the end of the film, when Chanticleer finally crows for the very first time since his departure, we see the exact same shot of the Sun rising above the Earth just right before it turns the evil Duke of Owls into an Eric Cartman-lookalike.
Kung Fu Panda opens with Po having a dream where he is a great warrior, loved by many, and to whom even the Furious Five, the most elite fighters, respect and bow down to. It all comes true at the end.
Beginning: "This is Berk. It's twelve days north of hopeless and a few degrees south of freezing to death. [...] We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice, or mosquitoes. We have... dragons."
End: "This is Berk. It snows nine months out of the year and hails the other three. The food that grows here is tough and tasteless. The people that grow here are even more so. The only upside is the pets. You see, most people have ponies or parrots. We have... dragons."
Also, in the beginning of the film, Hiccup opens a door, seeing a dragon flying and quickly shuts the door. The ending has the same thing, only this time the dragons have now integrated into the community.
Happy Feet begins and ends with a shot of Antarctica seen from Earth orbit.
The first and last Shrek films both begin with the DreamWorks logo in the middle of a nighttime sky. Since the DreamWorks logo at the end is static, Forever After also ends with the logo in a night sky.
The Plague Dogs begins with Rowf being drowned in a tank of water at a research facility. It ends with he and Snitter presumably drowning after trying to swim to an island that may or may not exist.
Rise of the Guardians begins at a lake when Jack awakens from where he had drowned as a human and ends at the same lake when he is initiated as a Guardian.
Jack's face in the beginning of the movie when a child runs through him has the same expression when Jamie hugged him.
In Monsters University, in the beginning of the film, little Mike walks past the safety line at Monsters Inc. At the end of the film, he does the same thing on his first day as a scare assistant after working his way up Monsters Inc.
When Mike first walks into Monsters University, he hesitates a moment before taking his first step through the gates. When he is expelled, he hesitates a moment before taking his first step out of the gates.
The Boxtrolls begins with Fish looking around for Eggs. In the end, Eggs is asking around for Fish.
Penguins Of Madagascar begins and ends with Private hatching out of something: his egg at the beginning and a chrysalis at the end.
Moonrise Kingdom begins and ends with the Bishop children sitting in the house, reading and listening to opera.
The Sound of Music opens with panoramic views of the mountains, then zooms onto Maria (Julie Andrews) singing ecstatically how "the hills are alive with the sound of music!" before she rushes back to the nearby abbey. The movie ends with Maria and her new family, having escaped the Nazis at the same abbey, hiking through the same mountains towards the safety of the border. As the soundtrack sings "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", the camera pulls back to another panorama of those mountains.
Another Julie Andrews film, Darling Lili opens and closes with scenes of Lili singing "Whistling Away the Dark" at two different concerts. At the second concert, characters she met during the movie are watching from the wings and encouraging her.
At the beginning of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Spock gives Kirk a copy of A Tale of Two Cities as a birthday present. Kirk opens it and reads out "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." At the end he recites from memory, "It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before. A far better resting place I go to, than I have ever known." Bones is confused, but Kirk just says that he understands Spock's message.
Similarly, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier uses the scenes of Kirk, McCoy and Spock at the campfire (singing "Row, row, row your boat...") as bookends to the movie.
In the 2009 Star Trek, a scene near the end of the first act features a special assembly of the Starfleet Academy, then immediately cutting to a scene of the Captain of the Enterprise addressing his crew before the depart. The end of the movie features another special Academy assembly and once again cuts right to the Captain of the Enterprise addressing his crew before they take off.
Charly, based on the book Flowers for Algernon, begins and ends with Charlie Gordon playing on a swing in a playground.
An early scene in Star Wars: A New Hope features Luke Skywalker gazing out at Tatooine's binary sunset. Revenge of the Sith ends with Owen and Beru Lars in the same position holding an infant Luke and also watching the suns set.
Likewise, the first line of A New Hope and the last line of Revenge of the Sith are both spoken by C-3PO aboard the Tantive IV, the first ship ever seen in the Star Wars universe.
Chronology-wise, both The Phantom Menace and Return of the Jedi end with a funeral and a celebration.
2001: A Space Odyssey has shots of the Earth, Moon, and Sun, accompanied by "Thus Spoke Zarathustra". There's a theory that the opening shot is actually from the Star-Child's perspective, and that the rest of the film is a flashback.
The first and last twenty-five minutes also have no dialogue and start and end with a two minute blank screen of just music.
It ends its trilogy with Jack Sparrow in a one-man dinghy, having lost the Black Pearl to Barbossa; as an echo of his iconic introduction in the first film. And the trilogy really opens (before the title) and ends (after the credits) with a child singing a song about piracy.
Near the start of the first movie, Pintel finds Elizabeth in a closet, and growls a menacing "'Ello Poppet." In the end, as Elizabeth is saying her goodbyes, Pintel waves with a sorrowful "Goodbye Poppet."
The first film alone begins and ends with young Elizabeth and Jack Sparrow respectively singing "A Pirate's Life for Me" to the sea.
Even more applicable to what Elizabeth's son is singing in the third film's Stinger, as he's about the same age his mom was at the start.
The first time we meet piratical Mr. Gibbs, Jack is waking him with a bucket of water. At the close of At World's End, Mr. Gibbs is once again, passed out and Jack wakes him with a cup of... Grog?
In the first film, it's mentioned that Jack was marooned on a remote island by Barbossa with only a pistol with a single shot. In the fourth film, Jack does the exact same thing to Angelica.
In the first film, Elizabeth's first encounter has her giving Barbossa Will's surname as her own, to which he responds by excitedly repeating it to the whole crew: "Miss TURNER..." When they part company for the final time in At World's End, he respectfully (and a touch affectionately) greets her as "Missus Turner," after she has become Will's wife.
Similarly, in the first film the pirates ready a boat to take Elizabeth to Isla de Muerta, saying "your chariot awaits, Highness" as a sarcastic and condescending remark. By the time of the third film, Elizabeth is elected Pirate King, and Gibbs says this line quite earnestly as he presents a boat for her.
In the 1993 film version of The Secret Garden, Mary mentions at the start that she didn't know how to cry. At the end of the film her closing narration says that her uncle learned to laugh and she learned to cry.
The film version of Sin City begins with an unnamed hitman claiming his victim before the opening credits. He is not seen again until the end of the film when a character who turned traitor encounters him in an elevator. He introduces himself to both of them the same way.
Director Terry Gilliam is an obvious fan of this trope and uses quite regularly:
Time Bandits begins with the map of the timeholes being unrolled across the screen, and finishes with it being rolled back up.
Twelve Monkeys begins and concludes with closeups of the main character when he was a child.
Citizen Kane: Opens on a "no trespassing" sign before moving in closer to Kane's mansion. At the end, when the audience but not the characters learns the secret of Kane's final word "Rosebud," the camera retreats from the mansion and ends on the same sign, signifying that Charles Foster Kane will forever remain a mystery.
Juno: Begins and ends with a shot of a chair, with the narration explicitly pointing it out.
King Richard is shot in the neck during the battle at the beginning of Robin Hood, and Godfrey ends up shot in the neck by Robin during the final battle.
Forrest Gump: Starts and ends with a shot of a floating feather and Forrest waiting for a bus.
The Jerk: Ends with the hero singing and dancing on their porch just like at the start.
Grand Hotel: This 1932 drama opens with a character stating of the title locale: "People come, people go...nothing ever happens." At the film's end, and following numerous dramatic episodes, the same character repeats the line with unknowing irony.
Starts and ends with majestic, sweeping shots of the ship, quickly interrupted by a part falling off the ship and Mal asking "What was that?"
Before the opening credits, The Operative makes a short speech about The Power of Love. At the end, Mal makes a short speech about the importance of love.
In the beginning, Mal is telling Simon that River has to go on a job to earn her stay on the ship. Simon, of course, says that what he does should pay for both of them, and then Mal says that she should learn from his fine example. She winds up being his new pilot since their previous one died.
The Maiden Heist: Begins with Christopher Walken staring in wonder at a beloved painting. It ends with a guard at the Danish museum looking at the fake painting and getting the same reaction.
28 Days Later: An alternate ending for this film has the protagonist dying in a hospital, having woken up in one at the beginning of the film. The movie has a bookend even without that scene. In the theatrical version the first line spoken is hello, which is also what the sign the survivors hold at the end says.
The Searchers: Begins with the camera moving from a darkened interior, through an opening door, to the spectacular vista of the Utah desert. The reverse happens at the end.
The Bourne Ultimatum ends with Jason Bourne being shot at from behind, falling into water, and being lost and presumed dead by his pursuers. This directly mirrors the events preceding the first film, where we first meet Bourne being rescued from the ocean, having been shot in the back and left for dead by Wombosi and his men.
And like The Bourne Identity, it turns out that he's not quite dead although unlike TBI, Bourne swims away under his own power in TBU.
The Ultimate Gift: At Red's funeral, a series of statues framed by dark clowds are shown to set the scene in the graveyard. When Emily dies, the same statues are seen from the same angles, with a clear blue sky in the background.
When Trumpets Fade: Begins with Manning giving his wounded friend Bobby a piggyback ride. The film ends with Manning being given a piggyback ride by Sanderson.
Total Recall (1990): The original film begins and ends with Quaid and Melina looking towards the Martian horizon.
The Men Who Stare at Goats: Begins with a flashback of General Hopgood attempting to run through a wall... and failing. At the end, it features Bob attempting to do the same thing... and succeeding.
Pulp Fiction: Begins and ends with Pumpkin (AKA Ringo) and Honey Bunny.
American Beauty: Begins and ends with an aerial shot of the residential street the majority of the story takes place at.
Shaun of the Dead: This film is bookended with shots of the title character shambling in a zombie-like fashion after waking up in the morning.
V for Vendetta: Begins and ends with a British landmark getting blown up to the tune of the 1812 Overture on November 5th. The fact that everything else is so different between the two events shows just how much can happen in a year.
Starship Troopers: The movie, begins with Rico watching the ad to enlist as soldier, and ends with him starring in an otherwise identical ad.
Lawrence of Arabia: Begins with Lawrence's death in a reckless motorcycle accident. The rest of the film, which is told in flashback, ends with Lawrence being driven along a road in a jeep, while a man on a motorcycle speeds by and recklessly passes him.
Blue Velvet: Begins with shots of rose gardens and smiling firemen and ends with the same images. The opening credits play over an extreme close-up of Dorothy's blue velvet robe, lightly swaying. The last shot is the close-up again, making it seem almost like opening and closing curtains.
Pretty Woman: The Happy Man walks by both near the beginning of the film and at the end, telling us that this is Hollywood, the Land of Dreams, and asking, "what's your dream?" The first time his appearance is ironic, the second time it is meant to be taken at face value.
Dr. Trevor Bruttenholm: What is it that makes a man a man? Is it his origins, the way things start? Or is it something else, something harder to describe?
To the ending monologue:
Agent John Myers: What makes a man a man? A friend of mine once wondered. Is it his origins? The way he comes to life? I don't think so. It's the choices he makes. Not how he starts things, but how he decides to end them.
The Lovely Bones: Has Susie's narration of "My name is Salmon, like the fish. First name, Susie. I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973." said near the beginning and at the end of the movie.
The Big Red One: Begins with TheSargent (played by Lee Marvin) stabbing a German claiming that the armistice has been signed at the end of World War One, and returns to base to find out that it actually had. Repeated almost exactly at the end of World War II but when he finds out the war ended, he goes back and saves the life of the man he just stabbed.
Temple Grandin: This film begins and ends with Temple looking right into the camera and saying "My name is Temple Grandin!" While in the beginning, she was standing in front of a closed room, at the end it's in front of a wide-open sky.
Daybreakers: The first and last shot in this movie is that of a bat flying overhead.
Enchanted: A subtle one was that the first song sung in the film contained the lyrics "I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss." The last song sung by Carrie Underwood in the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue contained the lyrics "I've been dreaming of a true love's kiss."
The Last Picture Show: Opens on a shot of the Royal Theater and pans left along Anarene’s main street. The closing shot of the film is the exact reverse — the camera pans right and pauses on the closed and shuttered movie house before fading to black.
Outlander: Averted Trope, where even though the final version of the film ends with a Viking Funeral, a deleted alternate opening was actually originally going to begin with one too.
We Were Soldiers: Also averted in this film, where an alternate ending actually shows a lizard emerging out of its hiding spot just right after the Americans leave Vietnam (when the Americans arrived there at the very beginning of the film, the lizard ran away).
Labyrinth: Begins with a barn owl flying into a park in time to observe the arrival of the heroine, and ends with it flying away after observing her and her newfound friends celebrating her triumph at her house. In the interim, this creature has been revealed as the villain's shapeshifted form.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers: The ending would have applied this to the entire series, had the film bombed and no more sequels been made. The theatrical cut of Zombie's Halloween II (2009) ends with Laurie committed to Smith's Grove, and having the same vision young Michael had at the beginning of the film.
The Lives of Others: Features a play written by Dreymann, one of the film's protagonists, at the very the beginning and towards the end. The first time, it takes place in Soviet-controlled Berlin and Dreymann's girlfriend has a lead female role. The second time it's shown, Communism has fallen, Christa-Maria has been Driven to Suicide and the play has gone a drastic change in tone and costume.
The Da Vinci Code: Begins and ends with a dead body in the Louvre. The first time it's Jacques Saunière's. The second time it's the corpse of Mary Magdalene, whose tomb was hidden under the Louvre by the Priory of Sion.
Saw: The series begins and ends in the same Disgusting Public Toilet. In addition, the first shot of the main character in the series is also the last via the last of the series' trademark flashback montages.
Metropolitan: The plot is set in motion when the protagonist shares a cab with the other main characters, after they refuse to steal it from him. Late in the movie, he hails a cab, in the process stealing it from another person he barely notices.
Mystery Team: Begins and ends with the eponymous trio getting a new case.
The music which plays at the end of this film when Hagrid is waving off Harry, Ron and Hermione at the train station is 'Leaving Hogwarts'. The same music is played in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when Harry, Ron and Hermione are waving off their own children at the train station, as the movie ends. Cue tears/emotional breakdowns for anyone who watched the first movie as a kid and has grown up with the series.
In the first book, Harry arrives at the Dursleys when he was just a baby, brought there by Hagrid on Sirius' bike. In the last book, Harry leaves the Dursleys when he was an teenager, being taken away by Hagrid on Sirius' bike. Hagrid even lampshades this.
Also, near the end of the first movie, Harry hugs Hagrid. Near the end of the last movie, they embrace again.
Dumbledore says the the first line of the series, while Harry's son - who is named after Dumbledore - says the last line of the series.
Shinjuku Incident: Has Jackie Chan's character save detective Kitano from drowning in the sewer near the beginning, and ends with Kitano trying to save Chan from dying in the same way.
The live-action Transformers films actually does this twice: In the first film, we see two Decepticons named Scorponok and Barricade, who only appear during the first half of this film, and they both disappear about halfway. However, Scorponok eventually returns during the climax of Revenge of the Fallen, and Barricade does the same in Dark of the Moon, where they are both immediately killed off.
Each film also begins and ends with Optimus' narration. Had the line not been cut, the ending of the third film would have even reflected the closing line of the first (the Dark of the Moon line survives in the novelization):
Optimus: [Transformers] I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message to any surviving Autobots taking refuge among the stars. We are here. We are waiting.
Optimus: [Dark of the Moon] I am Optimus Prime, and I send this message out into the universe. We are here. We are home.
The Mouse That Roared: Actually begins with the Columbia Pictures Torch Lady being scared off by a mouse on her pedestal and dropping her torch, and ends with the same scene shown in reverse.
Walkabout: Has Bilingual BonusBook Ends. The film opens with the sound of a roulette wheel, and the croupier's call to place bets "Fait vos jeux, mes sieurs, dames." (Make your plays, sirs, madams.) It ends with the printed text "Rien ne va plus" (Nothing goes any more), the croupier's call for no more bets. Perhaps a reference to the way that the protagonists lives were thrown to the whims of fortune by the events at the start of the film, and to the way that this has now reached a conclusion, and perhaps not the happiest one.
Tomboy: Near the start of this film, Laure introduces herself as a boy named "Michael" and at the end as "Laure".
Centurion: My name is Quintus Daius. I am a Centurion of Rome. And this is neither the beginning, nor the end of my story.
The Red Violin: A musical version. The first music of the film is a woman humming a few notes — "Anna's Theme." The woman's voice changes, gradually, to the tone of the violin playing that same melody. That melody becomes the basic theme for the violin's long journey through the years. Then, the End Titles music is the violin returning to that simple melody, for it to shift back gradually into Anna's voice.
Killshot: The opening and closing lines are both Mickey Rourke's character reciting/narrating the set of rules that he lives by as a contract killer, albeit in truncated form the second time around:
You gotta know what you're doing when you go in. You gotta have it figured out. Those are the rules. How you get in, how you get out. How many shots you're gonna need. Make sure you know where everybody is. Make sure nobody sees you. Don't hang around. Don't get interested. And you don't make mistakes.
Begins and ends with a more grounded female character assessing Mark Zuckerberg, specifically whether he is an "asshole".
An Ironic Echo version - the movie begins with Mark working with Eduardo on Facemash after being dumped by Erica. The movie ends with Mark trying to friend Erica on Facebook after seeing how much of a chasm had grown between him and Eduardo.
Love Actually: Begins and ends with the arrival's gate at Heathrow airport, with shots of families and friends reuniting.
The Guardian: Begins and ends with narration of the legend of the Guardian.
Dirty Harry: This Clint Eastwood film begins and ends with Harry facing down a criminal and doing a version of the 'do you feel lucky punk?' speech. In the opening sequence he's phrasing it to intimidate the criminal and keep him from taking a shot. In the final sequence, he's phrasing it to get the killer to take a shot at him so he has an excuse to kill him.
De Laatste Zomer (The Last Summer): The film starts with the main character at home during the start of summer vacation. After a fair bit of drama and adventure the film finishes with him sitting at home again and with his family returning from their vacation.
Taxi Driver: Begins and ends with Travis Bickle driving his cab on depressing, nighttime streets.
Richie Rich: Has the titular character wanting to play baseball for a group of kids but is pulled away before he could in the beginning of the movie. The end of the film has Richie playing baseball with that same group of kids.
The Hitcher: The original Hitcher begins and ends with C. Thomas Howell's character lighting a match, although photographed in very different ways.
Rambo: The first installment of this franchise, First Blood, opens with Rambo walking along a lonely road to visit a friend. Rambo ends with him walking a road which will lead him home.
Avatar: Begins and ends with Jake's eyes opening. In addition to that, the last background shot of the credits before the fade to black is identical to the very first shot of the movie.
The Ox Bow Incident: Begins with two men riding into the town and ends with them leaving the same way.
Hanna: Opens and closes with Hanna shooting her prey with a bow, running it down, saying, "I missed your heart" and finishing the job with a gun. At the start of the movie, it's a moose. At the end of the movie... it's not.
The First Wives Club: Begins with the 3 women attending their friend's funeral and their all wearing black. It ends with them celebrating the opening with opening of a Crisis Center for Women dedicated to their friend and their now wearing white.
Color of Night: Begins and ends with a suicide attempt in Capa's presence. The first is successful, causing him to lose part of his color vision (the color red), and the second is interrupted, causing him to regain it.
Pauline at the Beach: Opens and closes with the same shot of the gates leading to the summer house.
Wings: Begins with Jack and Mary repairing a car. Mary paints a shooting star on it, and tells Jack that when you see a shooting star, you could kiss the girl you love. Jack then drives away to visit wealthy Sylvia. At the end of the movie, Jack and Mary watch a shooting star in the sky from inside Jack's car. Mary again reminds Jack what a man could do after seeing a shooting star, so he gives her a kiss as the film fades to black.
Undercover Brother: At the beginning of the movie Undercover Brother jumps from the top of a building and deploys a parachute to drift to safety. At the end of the film he jumps from the top of a cliff, but one of the other characters says that he doesn't have his parachute! Not to worry, his bell-bottom pants act as a parachute.
Love Story: The opening and closing shot are the same, with the male protagonist at Central Park during winter.
Clerks: The first Clerks starts in black and white, with the guys opening the Quick Stop. At the end of Clerks II, the guys are at the quick stop, the color goes away and the guys are at the quick stop.
Identity: Opens with a recording of Dr. Malick's session with Ed Dakota, where Ed tells the doctor the "man going up the stairs" poem. At the very end, Timmy, Malcolm Rivers' only remaining personality, forces Malcolm to murder Dr. Malick, and whispers the poem just before the screen fades to black.
Tommy: The movie based on the book opens with a shot of Captain Walker on a cliff, looking at the sunrise. The final shot is Tommy on the same cliff, watching it set.
The movie begins and ends with narration from Tony.
The first and third movies end with Tony saying, "I am Iron Man."
The film begins with fireworks in 1999 and ends with "fireworks" in 2013.
In the first movie, Pepper has Tony's first chest-mounted arc reactor mounted in a glass case with a brass plate reading "Proof that Tony Stark Has a Heart". At the end of the third movie, after having the arc reactor housing surgically removed from his chest, Tony gives Pepper a heart shaped pendant made from the last fragment of shrapnel that was embedded in his heart. Proof that Pepper Potts has Tony Stark's heart.
White House Down: Opens and closes with President Sawyer requesting that the Marine One helicopter pilot do "the thing", a flyover of Washington D.C. ending with the helicopter skimming over the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
The first Hellraiser ends right where it started, with the Chinese man selling the retrieved Lament Configuration to another unwitting explorer of the boundary between pleasure and pain, just as he did with Frank:
Salesman: What's your pleasure, Sir?
TRON : Another one that crosses sequels: The first film ends with the city skyline fading from daylight to night, the contrast of neon and darkness making it almost indistinguishible from cyberspace, and carrying the message that humans are Not So Different from their Program creations. TRON: Legacy ends with the second movie's protagonist shutting off the computers, hopping on his Cool Bike and taking Quorra for her first sunrise, acting as an Ironic Echo : "We are very different."
Pacific Rim: The beginning and the ending of the film involve Raleigh being Not Quite Dead despite everyone else thinking otherwise.
The end of the Jaeger era began with Gipsy Danger being brought down by Knifehead, proving that Jaegers weren't invincible. The end of the Precursors began with Gipsy Danger self-destructing and destroying the Precursors' labs and Kaiju production facility, proving that they aren't untouchable. The movie starts and ends with one side realizing their finest weapons have failed.
Also the first fight in the film has the Jaeger's arm on Raleighs side being ripped off/damaged. Guess what happens in the last fight?
The Fugitive begins with a shell-shocked Richard Kimble being put into the back of a police car to be taken to the station for questioning about his wife's murder. It ends much the same way, albeit on a far more triumphant note, as now Kimble has finally caught those responsible for her death and is in fact about to start the process of reclaiming his freedom.
State Fair has both versions of the film begin and end with a billboard advertising the titular state fair.
Rush begins and ends with Niki Lauda Flipping the Bird to James Hunt. In the beginning he does it in anger after James calls him a chicken in Formula Three. By the end, they're both Formula One World Champions and finally regard each other as equals worthy of respect. James had just joked that Niki's burns from a horrific accident actually made him look better and Niki grins as he flips him off, so it could almost be considered affectionate.
Trainspotting: Renton's "choosing life" speeches. The speech at the beginning is bitter and cynical, with Renton explaining that he chose heroin instead of life. The speech at the end is sincere and hopeful, as he expresses his intention to choose life for real.
Cloud Atlas opens and ends with old Zachry telling a story.
The movie version of Bye Bye Birdie begins with Kim singing the title song, lamenting how dull her life will become without Conrad Birdie. At the end, she sings a rewritten version, proclaiming that she's ready to get over Birdie.
Gladiator starts with Maximus imagining himself walking through the fields of his home, and ends with him walking through similar, perhaps the same, fields in Elysium, reuniting with his murdered family.
Lord of War starts and ends with Yuri providing exposition standing in a war-torn and apparently abandoned village, the ground almost completely covered in bullet casings.
Blue Is The Warmest Color: The hangdrum music plays when Adele sees Emma for the first time and it also does when she leaves the gallery which could possibly be the last time she'll ever see Emma.
Ready To Rumble begins with Sean Dawkins talking to some children at the Lusk Stop 'N Shop about Jimmy King, before he and Gordie Boggs get verbally abused by the Jerkass shopkeeper. At the end of the film, Sean is back at the shop talking to the same kids, and the shopkeeper gets thrown through a glass door by Gordie, King, and Goldberg.
In the opening scene of Blade2 the titular character kills several vampires, and tells the single remaining one that he'll be back for him. As the scene goes on, the character doesn't reappear, but guess where it does?
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve jumps into the sea at the start of the film as part of a rescue mission, confident and with a plan. In the final fight, he falls from a destroyed Helicarrier, battered and with everything he's believed in thrown into question.
Steve repeatedly tells Sam "On your left" when they first meet and again when Steve wakes up while in the hospital with Sam watching over him.
At the start of It Happened Here the SS are shown massacring civilians found in a restricted area. At the end of the movie La Résistance gun down unarmed prisoners from the British Legion of SS.
Ass Backwards begins and ends with the two female protagonists dropping their pants to urinate in public.
Captain Phillips begins with one woman (his wife) asking Phillips if everything is going to be OK, and ends with another woman (the Navy medic) telling Phillips that he's going to be OK.
Side Effects begins with a helicopter shot zooming in to the window of Emily's apartment, and ends with a helicopter shot zooming out from the window of her new residence.
Her begins and ends with Theodore Twombly writing a heartfelt letter and sending it. At the beginning, he's writing a letter as somebody else as a part of his job. At the end, he's writing a letter of apology as himself for his ex-wife.
Sightseers: "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell plays when Chris and Tina are driving away from Tina's mother's house. "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones plays over the end credits.
What Dreams May Come starts with the main couple meeting on a lake when their coats accidentally collide. At the end of the film, after they've been reincarnated they meet again as kids, this time accidentally crashing their remote-controlled toy boats together.
Godzilla has Godzilla's first appearance in the opening sequence come in the form of his spines rising from the ocean, while the film ends on Godzilla's spines submerging as he goes back beneath the sea.
The new restored Final Cut of the 1973 orignal The Wicker Man begins with a Christian Mass and ends with an pagan bonefire.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy starts with the dophins leaving Earth and singing "So Long and Thanks For All The Fish." The movie ends with the dolphins returning to the new Earth and fthe credits playing a new version of "So Long and Thanks For All The Fish."
Das Finstere Tal begins and ends with shots of Greider riding in and out of town, set to the song "Sinnerman."
The Chinese film Assembly begins and ends with a crane shot of a war memorial (for the Communist/Nationalist civil war). In between is the battle in which the men died, and the sole survivor's struggle to have them recognised as dead and deserving a memorial, and not just missing in action.
A rare one that doesn't span the entire movie occurs in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. After it switches from cartoon to live-action and the opening credits song fades out, we hear Clark and Ellen singing the last two lines of "O Come All Ye Faithful" while in their car. As the scenario ends with their car driving away, not only do we hear an instrumental version of the same song, it's only the last two lines.