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The holy grail of customer satisfaction as well as an artistic taboo, the happy ending can be played out in many ways. Which films would you add to this list?

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During a key scene in The Player, Robert Altman's shrewdly meta-fictional Hollywood movie about how Hollywood makes movies, studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) languidly enumerates to June Gudmundsdottir (Greta Scacchi), the elements a script needs if it is to become one of the dozen or so per year that Griffin's studio can green light for production: "Suspense, laughter, violence … hope, heart … nudity, sex … happy endings." Griffin pauses, then concludes: "Mainly happy endings."

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