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What Is the Best Final Shot in Movie History?

Inspired by Neil’s new docuseries, ‘One Perfect Shot,’ the ‘Trial by Content’ team debates the best closing shot in all of movie history—and then you decide


(2:24) – TOPIC: Dave introduces this week’s debate: What is the best final shot in movie history?

(2:58) – RECAP: Dave, Joanna, and Neil reveal the results of last week’s poll.

(3:54) – ONE PERFECT SHOT: They discuss the inspiration for today’s topic, Neil’s new docuseries on HBO Max, One Perfect Shot.

(12:47) – RULES: Neil explains the rules for this debate.

(15:21) – OPENING REMARKS: Everyone gives a one-minute opening statement in support of their choice for the best final shot in movie history.

(18:54) – CROSS-EXAMINATION: They engage in open discussion of the presented choices, offering rebuttals and further arguments for their picks.

(36:48) – LISTENER SUBMISSIONS: The hosts read some listener submissions and pick one to be added to the final poll.

(51:34) – CLOSING STATEMENTS: They each get one more uninterrupted minute to defend their choice.

Now it’s up for you to decide! What is the best final shot in movie history? You can vote for a winner below, on The Ringer’s Twitter feed, and in the Spotify app, where you find Trial by Content. The winner will be announced next week.


Who won the Best Final Shot in Movie History debate?

This poll is closed

  • 31%
    Joanna: ‘The Graduate’
    (139 votes)
  • 9%
    Neil: ‘Moonlight’
    (42 votes)
  • 42%
    Da7e: ‘Planet of the Apes’
    (185 votes)
  • 15%
    Listener (Ian): ‘The Blair Witch Project’
    (69 votes)
435 votes total Vote Now

Hosts: Dave Gonzales, Joanna Robinson, and Neil Miller
Production: Carlos Chiriboga
Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal
Theme song and other music credits: Devon Renaldo

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