If there's any greater reveal than Verbal Kint being Keyser Söze, I want to know about it immediately because it must be amazing. The final shots of the movie, in which we all put together that Kevin Spacey, the seemingly incompetent disabled man, was actually the mastermind behind the whole damn thing, is truly a *mind explodes* moment.
2. Get Out
As writer/director Jordan Peele said on a recent, must-listen episode of the Q&A podcast, he decided to keep the audience in the dark about whether or not the character of Rose was in on the evil scheme to lure black people into white suburbia and then, essentially, replace their brains with those of white people. Peele says in the interview, and I'm paraphrasing, but if you have a chance to do some Keyser Sözeshit, why wouldn't you do some Keyser Söze shit?! He is 100 percent correct.
This 2009 horror film about an adopted girl turns straight-up bananas when it's revealed the girl is actually a woman in her 30s!! Ahhhh! You're all too young to remember this, but there was a similar thing with one of the writers on Felicity—they all thought she was some teenage wunderkind, but it turned out she was in her 30s. Ahh! (Although that might be more a tale about ageism than anything else?)
4. Primal Fear
Edward Norton scared the shit out of movie-going audiences when it was revealed that his stuttering altar boy character, Aaron, didn't kill an archbishop because of his multiple personality disorder—that was only a ruse to cover up the fact that he was a sociopath who relished killing the man in cold blood. Shivers!
5. The Prestige
OK, this move about dueling magicians is confusing AF, and there's a lot going on. (After all, Christopher Nolan directed it, and that's his favorite thing.) Let me try to break down the twist as best I can: Hugh Jackman's character figures out how he can teleport himself, but it involves using a trapdoor/drowning system for the clones he's using, and Christian Bale's character is really a pair of twins—and one of them is evil! (I told you; there's a lot going on!)
6. The Faculty
Penned by Scream's Kevin Williamson and directed by Robert Rodriguez, this 1998 horror film about a high school being taken over by psychotic aliens is thrilling and fun and crazy weird. When a group of students band together to try to save themselves/the school, it turns out, the sweetest and most innocent-seeming among them, Mary Beth, is actually the queen alien, and she's about to fuck them all up.
7. The Sixth Sense
One of the most famous twists in cinema, it turns out that Bruce Willis' child psychologist character is actually—DUN DUN DUN—dead! This movie put writer/director M. Night Shyamalan on the map, and he followed it up with a bunch of worse movies with worse twists. Still love him!
8. The Others
If you haven't seen this movie, please, please, please don't read the twist first. It's so good, and this will ruin a truly great and unexpected reveal. OK! I'm assuming you've watched it, so here goes: This underappreciated gem of a ghost story stars Nicole Kidman as a stay-at-home mom trying to figure out WTF is going on with her seemingly haunted new house. Turns out: She and her kids are the ghosts!
9. Planet of the Apes (1968)
When astronauts land on a planet that's ruled by apes, they're all, "WTF this is crazy!" but then it gets even crazier when it's revealed that they're actually on post-nuclear-war Earth!!!
This truly messed-up film from director David Fincher made me almost get sick all over the theater, but a lot of people love it, so cool! Two detectives, played by Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt, are tracking a serial killer who is murdering people based on the seven deadly sins. The twist is that the killer saves his most messed-up slayings for last. After leading the detectives to a remote location, a delivery truck drops off a package for one of the detectives. It turns out to be the head of Pitt's pregnant wife—the killer says he envied their relationship—and the final sin is Wrath, and the Killer expects Pitt to kill him now out of anger. Which he does. Ta da!
11. Fight Club
Another messed-up David Fincher masterpiece! In one of the most quoted movies of the late '90s, Brad Pitt's hunky, bad-ass character, Tyler Durden, introduces Edward Norton's meek and mild narrator character to an underground world of beat-downs. The twist is, of course, Tyler Durden and the narrator are the same character. (This was expertly spoofed on the "Jackie Jormp-Jomp" episode of 30 Rock with Liz Lemon almost getting dragged into a fight club world with bored ladies who lunch. It's perfect.)
13. The Wicker Man (1973)
When a morally superior officer heads to an island of pagans to solve the disappearance of a little girl, he becomes instantly offended by how everyone on the island is obsessed with penises and sex and dancing around a phallic maypole while singing pagan ditties. Well, the twist is that the little girl isn't actually missing at all and the officer was lured to the island to be sacrificed to the pagan gods (to help with the crops) because, duh, she's a virgin. (Also, if you feel like watching one of the best comedies ever made, the 1996 version with Nicolas Cage is *fat Italian chef's kiss* primo.)
14. Wild Things
A movie still remembered, probably, because of the scene when Neve Campbell and Denise Richards are nipped out and going at in a pool. However, if you've actually watched it, you'd know it was filled with enough twists and turns to leave your head spinning—with the major one being that Campbell's seemingly innocent character was the ultimate mastermind.
Daisuke Tengan's adaptation of Ryu Murakami's novel is so deeply fucked up that I can't recommend it to anyone but the truest of horror fans. (And those people have definitely already seen it, because this is a classic.) In what begins like a sweet rom-com, a sad widower holds an "audition" to find a new bride—with his leading candidate being the adorable and shy-seeming Asami. Welp, turns out is Asami is a nutter who likes to torture men, and really goes to town on the poor dude. Sleep tight, gentlemen!
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.