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Naturally, there’s a whole variety of plot devices and storytelling tools applied to movies. Some develop their stories as slowly as drying paint, others try to find some middle ground, and the third category just throws everything right at you from the very first moment. But there’s one more type of movie when talking about these kinds of traits - a movie that delivers either one or a couple of sequential plot twists so juicy, you find yourself in a stupor with disbelief and anticipation. Oh yes, we’re talking about plot twist movies, and these bad boys in our list mark all the boxes to be called the ‘best’ in this category.

The best part about these thrilling movies is that the plot twist is never expected, calculated, or anticipated. Well, it wouldn’t be a plot twist if it was anything but that, right? And movies that truly deliver such shockers are worth their weight in gold for the adrenaline rush they give us and the memorable stories we all like to replay in our heads long after the movie has ended. Wondering which movies made it into our list? From such instant classics as The Sixth Sense to Saw (yes, Saw), there are plenty of movies that are able to give you both the thrills and the illusion of reality being unreal. But that’s exactly how we like it!

So, scroll on down below to check out our submissions of the best plot twist movies to date. They are just a bit further down and once you are there, give the coolest movie your vote!

#1

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

1999 | 1 hour 47 minutes | Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
 

Starring Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette

1999's The Sixth Sense is the fourth movie by the director M. Night Shyamalan and the one that truly cemented his title as the maker of the most chilling psychological thrillers known for their unique visual style. Okay, so since you've probably already seen this movie and all the other pages give away this detail in their descriptions of The Sixth Sense, we'll tell you this - Bruce Willis is actually the one who's dead. Although you might not suspect it or believe it unless you see this movie for yourself. Yes, there's Haley Joel Osment being unimaginably cute and innocent, and yes, there's Willis showing his broad acting range, but most importantly, there's an amazing plot twist right at the end that's so brutal it'll leave you shaken.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I first watched this in Junior High I was confused what happened in the beginning. Totally didn't see the ending coming.

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#2

Fight Club

Fight Club

1999 | 2 hours 19 minutes | David Fincher
 

Starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham Carter
 

As the rule states, we should be keeping mum about David Fincher's 1999 Fight Club, but after all, it's been well over a decade since its release, so let's say that the limitation period is over. Based on a 1996 novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club stars Hollywood's heartthrob Brad Pitt, the man of many talents Edward Norton, and Tim Burton's muse Helena Bonham Carter. Here Norton is a white-collar office worker and a very discontented one at that. Getting more bored by the minute, he forms a fight club with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). But is Tyler really here, and was he really the mastermind behind the upcoming revolt? Well, those questions can only be answered by you after watching or reading Fight Club.

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#3

Seven

Seven

1995 | 2 hours 7 minutes | Directed by David Fincher
 

Starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey 

Se7en is a neo-noir psychological crime thriller film that tells the story of rookie detective David Mills, who's paired with the retiring William Somerset to track down a serial killer using the seven deadly sins as his killing motif. It's a shocking, unbearably suspenseful movie that is as gothic as the Notre Dame cathedral. Se7en offers a very dark ride from the beginning right until the end, and we wish we'd never seen this movie so we could watch it again without knowing how it ends!

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#4

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

1995 | 1 hour 46 minutes | Directed by Bryan Singer
 

Starring Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri
 

The Usual Suspects is a crime mystery thriller retelling a story of a brutal shoot-out on a boat. The story begins with five criminals meeting for the first time at a police lineup, and the events leading to the gun battle itself are basically a never-ending plot twist. If you think that labeling a movie 'a masterpiece' or an 'instant classic' is just a commercial trick, then give The Usual Suspects a chance to convince you otherwise. It is, indeed, one well-balanced movie with zero shortcomings in any department.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."

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#5

The Others

The Others

2001 | 1 hour 44 minutes | Directed by Alejandro Amenabar
 

Starring Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan

We’ve had thrilling movies, shocking ones, and now it's time for one with a plain cruel plot twist right at the end. And though Nicole Kidman isn't an actress usually associated with horror, she does such a convincing job in The Others that it keeps our hair raised for days. No jump scares here, but terrifying suspense and a looming, malevolent something always close by.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This was a really good film. The plot twist was a real WOAH moment

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#6

Psycho

Psycho

1960 | 1 hour 49 minutes Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
 

Starring Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles
 

Psycho is a psychological horror-thriller produced and directed by the one and only Alfred Hitchcock. The story here goes like this - on-the-run embezzler Marion Crane stays at a motel run by the shy Norman Bates. Lo and behold, Marion disappears. Now, those close to her hire a private investigator to get to the root of her disappearance, and boy, oh boy, are they in for a surprise! Now, hear me out - some of you shy away from these older movies led by faulty thinking they might be subpar in quality or story, but think of them as the living history of cinema. And if you do finally decide to watch Psycho, don't be surprised if you love it from the first minute.

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Primal Fear

Primal Fear

1996 | 2 hours 9 minutes | Directed by Gregory Hoblit
 

Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton
 

Primal Fear is a crime drama and a mystery thriller all at once - a lovely combo! It goes like this - a young man who's an altar boy is accused of the brutal murder of an Archbishop. A hot-shot Chicago lawyer takes his case pro bono, convinced that the boy is innocent. However, the truth is hidden under layers and layers of lies and conspiracies, and the ending of it might be as far away from the initial guesses as the moon itself. A chilling story with probably one of the most unexpected plot twists ever.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Edward Norton's breakout role was perfect. He truly held his own and surpassed seasoned actors alongside him.

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The Prestige

The Prestige

2006 | 2 hours 10 minutes | Directed by Christopher Nolan
 

Starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson
 

The Prestige is a 2006 mystery thriller film by Christopher Nolan based on the book of the same name by Christopher Priest. It follows two rival stage magicians at the end of the 19th century in London. You know, the time when magicians were truly the height of entertainment. As showmanship requires, they both try to one-up each other with their illusions, and you all know how that ends - very fatally. The whole movie is an illusion within an illusion, set to confuse you and to make you question reality. Did Christopher Nolan succeed once again to eff with your mind? Watch the movie, and you'll know. Or you won't know anything at all. You'll see.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will remember really liking this movie but I’m gonna have to watch it again I don’t really remember what happens but it’s been a while since I’ve seen it

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#10

12 Monkeys

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now that was a good ending! Too bad they didn't make a part 2. But I guess that's how some movies are. Left with an ending that u have to decide where it ends, instead of being told where it ends.

#12

Saw

Saw

2004 | 1 hour 43 minutes | Directed by James Wan
 

Starring Cary Elwes, Leigh Wannell, Danny Glover
 

Saw is, as you well know it, a truly terrifying and gory horror mystery thriller that goes like this - two strangers awaken in a room without any recollection of getting there, and sure enough, they're now pawns in a very cruel game set by a serial killer. And if that just isn't enough to raise the hair on your arms, Saw also delivers some very high-quality plot twists that seem so real and unreal at the same time; it is just too spooky. So, if you're up for something really spicy, give Saw a try.

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#13

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

2001 | 1 hour 59 minutes | Directed by Tim Burton
 

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth

Planet Of The Apes is an action sci-fi thriller, but bear in mind that it is the vision of the director Tim Burton, so do expect it to be dark, gloomy, and dark once again. Set in the very near future, in 2029, to be exact, the events here go like this - an Air Force astronaut crash lands on an unknown planet where evolved, talking apes are the overlords of primal humans. Spooky, right? Well, just wait for THE plot twist! While it is mostly nothing like the original 1968 movie, that doesn't mean that this version of Planet of The Apes isn't spectacular, breathtaking, and deliciously intense.

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Unbreakable

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It wasn't bad but doesn't really compare to the likes of The Sixth Sense, Se7en et al. Largely overrated in my opinion and a bit slow.

#16

The Village

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A classic MKS movie twist ending. My only advice....if you watch the trailer you'll expect a horror movie...it isn't.

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#17

The Shawshank Redemption

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If this isn't the best movie ever made I'll eat my shorts. Every character is fleshed out and made real and what a twist. If you haven't seen this, then you really have missed out. Go watch it now. I won't tell anyone. Quick!

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#23

Knives Out

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My first encounter with RJ was Star Wars and thank my lucky stars I didn't write him off and decided to watch this because it was spectular!

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#24

Friday The 13th

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Identity

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Excellent closed door thriller-chiller. You won't believe the twist! Awesome.

#26

V For Vendetta

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.

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Now You See Me

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did you know that Isla Fischer almost drowned during the water tank scene? 🌈🌠 The more you know

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#31

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I absolutely adore this movie! Great story, wonderful actors and beautiful music!

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#33

L.A. Confidential

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Again, you know...creepy odd duck pedophile that needs to stay gone from Hollywood!

#34

Gone Girl

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Book was better. Movie just doesn't reach that climax they way it could've. Also, I too, threw my book across the room. And had some fun trying to diagnose the antagonist/protagonist.

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#38

Arlington Road

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#39

The Final Destination (2009)

The Final Destination (2009)

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Ex Machina

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Superb ending, and scary as hell since it is actually something that could and may happen

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Mulholland Drive

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The Orphanage

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Crazy, Stupid, Love

Crazy, Stupid, Love

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What I liked is that they didn't overdo anything...if you know what I mean, it's hard to describe but just think of any cliche movie...they didn't do all that.

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