The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man (1980)

Ending / spoiler

Merrick's former owner breaks into the hospital, and kidnaps him, taking him back to the circus. The other freaks help Merrick to escape, and he makes it back to King's Cross station in London, where a bunch of kids unmask him. A crowd attacks him, intending to lynch him, but John retorts with his famous "I am not an animal - I am a human being" speech. He is returned to the hospital by the police, and taken to the theatre by the Princess of Wales, where the actress he met earlier dedicates the show to him. That night, Merrick decides to go to sleep in a "normal" position, even though he knows it will cause him to suffocate.