Spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen all these classic twist/surprise ending movies!
Remember how you felt the first time you realized the true identity of Keyser Soze? Or the disbelief regarding the ending of Memento? This is a list of the best twist endings in cinematic history. You know, the kind of conclusions that make your jaw-drop, your heart stop, and your head hurt because they are so unexpected. This collection features all your favorite shocking movie endings, that left you speechless, but which of these movies with twist endings are truly the best? It's time to vote!
Certain directors have a knack for telling stories that make you shriek OMG or WTF during Act III. Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan is so innovative with his twist endings, that even when we’re searching for them, we still can’t find them anywhere in the narrative. Auteur directors like Christopher Nolan (Memento, The Prestige) and David Fincher (The Game, Se7en, Fight Club) are also repeat twist-ending offenders/geniuses/brain-benders, who somehow shock us to our core, despite the jaded media-rich world we live in.
Will you need to watch all of these films repeatedly to truly absorb the twists? Absolutely. These movies were actually meant to be watched several times. Think you can spot evidence of the twist in a film like Fight Club? Fincher wants you to find the clues (after you’ve seen the movie once), in fact the clues are everywhere within frame. Run it back with a fine-tooth comb. You just have to look closely for them.
Many films today have some sort of plot twist within the story, some more obvious than others. The movies listed here are simply the best use of the shocking device. Did we miss any of your beloved jaw-droppers? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to vote up best movies with twist endings below!
- 19,903 VOTES
- 27,552 VOTESPhoto: New Line Cinema
- 37,053 VOTESPhoto: Gramercy Pictures
- 47,329 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
- 54,796 VOTESPhoto: Paramount Pictures
- 65,737 VOTESPhoto: Miramax Films