Plot twists can either make or break a movie. If an otherwise good film has a ridiculous plot twist that doesn't help the narrative in any way, it kills the movie. Conversely, if an otherwise crummy film has a good plot twist, there's a chance the movie will be redeemed. Granted, it doesn't happen often, but there are a few bad movies that have been released that aren't as bad as most people think, and that's entirely due to the plot twist.
This list takes a look at some of those movies that were bad, didn't do commercially well, or weren't really appreciated by audiences when they came out but have since been recognized for their brilliant plot twist. Some of the films on this list were critically successful, and a few made a lot of money, but the main reason they weren't completely trashed is due to the plot twist that came in the third act and turned an otherwise thin film into something worth watching.
Take a look down below and if you see a movie you think was saved by a creative plot twist, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top!
Since every movie on this list has a plot twist, take this as a SPOILER WARNING for every movie!
- 14,001 VOTESPhoto: The Others / StudioCanal
- 21,606 VOTES
IdentityPhoto: Identity / Sony Pictures Releasing
- 31,828 VOTESPhoto: Shutter Island / Paramount Pictures
- 41,022 VOTES
FallenPhoto: Fallen / Warner Bros.
- 51,320 VOTESPhoto: Orphan / Warner Bros. Pictures
- 61,161 VOTESPhoto: Lionsgate Home Entertainment