15 Movies With The Craziest Plot Twists

It goes without saying: There will be spoilers.
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1. The Usual Suspects

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.

Read the review of Get Out.

3. Orphan

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!

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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!

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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!!!


10. Se7en
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