Jacob T. Swinney built a supercut comparing the first and last shots of 55 notable films:


Swinney isn’t trying to prove any specific point, only that these images feel very intentional:

Some of the opening shots are strikingly similar to the final shots, while others are vastly different–both serving a purpose in communicating various themes. Some show progress, some show decline, and some are simply impactful images used to begin and end a film.