Spoiler Alert: The Most Legendary Plot Twists In Movie History

Published on 08/09/2020
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Have you ever watched a film that then blindsided you with a plot twist that you did not see coming? We are sure you have unless you are some kind of psychic. There are times when surprises of this sort work to tie everything in together, but sometimes they do not. What we do know is that they always make for an interesting movie experience! Check out some of the most shocking plot twists to ever grace the big screen… In case you haven’t figured it out by now, this is not for you if you are fussy about spoilers.

Spoiler Alert The Most Legendary Plot Twists In Movie History

Spoiler Alert: The Most Legendary Plot Twists In Movie History

Shutter Island

For almost the entire run of Shutter Island, we follow Leonardo DiCaprio under the belief that he is a US Marshal. However, we find out the truth in the end. It turns out that the character is an unreliable narrator! After all, we then learn that he is actually a patient locked up in an insane asylum.

Shutter Island

Shutter Island

The Village

From the beginning of the movie, you can tell that there is something weird going on here. The Amish-like community residing in the woods has been trying to keep themselves safe from humanoid monsters outside the village. It is later revealed that the monsters are only people! The Elders left the outside world to run from their pasts and made their children believe the story about the monster.

The Village

The Village

Get Out

After Chris Washington meets his girlfriend’s parents, he does his best to convince her that they need to leave. Sadly, she does not listen to him. When he finally decides to leave, the family does not let him do so. The truth is that they put Caucasian brains in black people’s bodies and plan to use him as a vessel!

Get Out

Get Out

The Usual Suspects

There are five men under investigation for a crime that they did not commit. Over the course of the movie, we learn that a person called Keyser Soze is responsible for it. One by one, the men die until Roger “Verbal” Kint is the only one left. As he leaves the police station, it is revealed that he was actually Keyser Soze the entire time!

The Usual Suspects

The Usual Suspects

Ex Machina

Ava is a robot who acts and looks just like a regular person. We watch as she and Caleb get closer and closer as the movie goes on. However, everything soon goes wrong when she traps him in the house and leaves using his helicopter. By ignoring his cries for help, we learn that she has always been heartless.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Orphan

When a nice couple took in a nine-year-old girl, they had no idea that they were getting more than they bargained for. After all, they had no reason not to believe what her papers said! Can you imagine their shock upon finding out that she is a 33-year-old woman with a growth disaster and a murderous streak?

Orphan

Orphan

The Prestige

If you thought that stage magic can only be lighthearted, then you thought wrong. Most of the conflict in this movie stems from magicians trying to figuring out how their rivals are doing their magic tricks. No one expected that the transportation act is only made possible by the fact that Borden has an identical twin brother!

The Prestige

The Prestige

Murder On The Orient Express

If you ever dive into a mystery by Agatha Christie, it is best to assume that there is a twist somewhere in there. However, we do not think that we would have ever guessed the answer to this whodunnit. After all, we have never before heard of a murder mystery where the answer is everyone on the suspect list!

Murder On The Orient Express

Murder On The Orient Express

Atonement

In the end, this is a movie about forgiveness. However, we only figure this out after a huge revelation. Near the end, we find out that Robbie and Cecilia did not actually reunite since he died at war, while she died in a bombing incident. The entire time, we were watching the ending that Briony wrote for them.

Atonement

Atonement

Seven Pounds

We have to admit that Will Smith showed us just how good of an actor he was in this drama. Despite this, what really made the viewers emotional would be the twist ending. In the end, his character reveals that he is a killer who has claimed the lives of seven people while he texted behind the wheel.

Seven Pounds

Seven Pounds

American Psycho

When it comes to iconic serial killers in film history, it is hard to beat this one. The movie boasts the best twists that we have ever seen in the genre, which is saying a lot. In particular, we want you to focus on the scene in which Patrick visits Paul only to find that it is spotless, not bloody like he had in mind.

American Psycho

American Psycho

Interstellar

Most of the time, viewers tend to focus more on the special effects and less on the plot of sci-fi movies. Interstellar is here to show us why this should not be the case. Mann lies about the ability of the planet to sustain life, but the most shocking thing is how he kills Cooper to keep himself safe.

Interstellar

Interstellar

Perks Of Being A Wallflower

There are not a lot of coming-of-age stories that do the unpredictable. We are glad that this story was not afraid to break free from expectations! If you watch Perks of Being a Wallflower, you will find out that the main character has been repressing memories of his sexual abuse the whole time.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Perks Of Being A Wallflower

The Departed

Do you enjoy hearing heavy Boston accents? If this is the case, you are surely going to like The Departed. The deadly ending is another amazing part of the movie. We get to see how glad Colin is to finally be done with the whole ordeal… until Sean Dignam shows up and ends him once and for all.

The Departed

The Departed

The Boy

Horror fans will tell you that this movie was no critical hit, but the twist makes it worth watching! We learn that the doll is actually a cover for Brahms, who supposedly died in a fire. The truth is that he has been living in the walls of the house since the day of his fake death.

The Boy

The Boy

Whiplash

This movie can induce anxiety in its viewers! As a matter of fact, you are guaranteed to feel just as stressed out as Andrew does in the movie. He has a hard time living up to the task. On the day of the big recital, he almost misses the show. As a punishment of sorts, his teacher uses the wrong music on purpose. However, he manages to succeed in spite of this in the end.

Whiplash

Whiplash

Black Swan

It was amazing to watch the amazing Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman play ballet rivals in the show. However, the ending is pretty dark! After Nina stabs Lily, she heads out for the performance of Swan Lake. We then learn that Lily had been a hallucination of hers the whole time. This means that she stabbed herself! As she bleeds out on the stage, she notes that it is her best performance thus far.

Black Swan

Black Swan

Toy Story 2

Even though Woody is glad that he has finally been reunited with toys from his franchise, they were not all trustworthy. Stinky Pete might have seemed like a kind guy at first, but we soon learn that he is the one preventing Woody and the rest from escaping. The villain has been under our nose the entire time!

Toy Story 2

Toy Story 2

The Visit

Are you hesitant to watch this movie because of the subpar reviews? You will be glad to hear that the big reveal is worth it. What is up with the grandparents? When the kids contact their mom, the truth is revealed when she says, “Those aren’t my parents.” They have been spending the week with strangers!

The Visit

The Visit

Psycho

It is hard to think of a movie that is more famous than this one! In fact, Psycho has spawned miniseries, spin-offs and more over the years. It earned a spot on our list for the scene in which we learn that Norman Bates has been dressing up his mom the whole time. She has been dead the whole time.

Psycho

Psycho

Mystic River

No one enjoys seeing someone get blamed for a crime that they did not commit. This was exactly what happened in the film. Dave takes the blame for the murder of Katie even though he is not guilty. The truth about this comes too late, however. This means that Jimmy apparently killed him Dave for nothing.

Mystic River

Mystic River

Planet Of The Apes

This is probably one of the most famous twists on the list! That in itself makes it worth mentioning. As Taylor is walking along the beach, he finds the Statue of Liberty… or at least the top half of it. That is how the viewers find out that the movie is set on Earth the whole time!

Planet Of The Apes

Planet Of The Apes

Harry Potter

There are few film franchises that have gotten as big as Harry Potter. What we love about this fact is that it was a long con. This plot point was set up over the course of a few books and movies! In the first movies, we thought that Snape was undeniable evil. However, he has actually been keeping Harry safe!

Harry Potter

Harry Potter

Everything, Everything

It was heartbreaking to watch this young girl stay cooped up in the house because of her illness. But we daresay that it was even more devastating to hear that there is no reason for this! Her entire life, Maddy was fed lies by her mother. It is shocking to hear that she does not really have an allergy to the sun.

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

Fight Club

Do not be wary of the movie because it is a violent one. After all, that ending is simply iconic! If you have not seen it yet, we will let you in on the secret. Near the end of the movie, we learn that Tyler Durden does not exist. Who would have thought that he is nothing more than a figment of the imagination?

Fight Club

Fight Club

Coco

Yes, we were also shocked by how enthralling this children’s movie is! Coco is a delightful movie that is more than just a feast for the eyes. Near the end of the movie, kids learn that Ernesto had been the one to murder Hector! On top of that, we learn that Coco is actually the daughter of Hector.

Coco

Coco

The Uninvited

In this case, the sad truth is revealed through flashbacks. This is how we learn that Anna’s sister passed away in the fire. This means that every single scene that they shared in the movie was nothing more than a hallucination of hers. Who would have thought that their conversations had all been in her head?

The Uninvited

The Uninvited

The Shawshank Redemption

We understand the confusion around the request made by Andy. No one understood why he wanted a spoon… until the crew finally pulls back a poster and find a hole there! It was big enough to fit Andy and extends outside the prison. We also find out that Andy is about to head out of town. Good for him!

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

Saw

Well, we bet that no one saw that coming! Get it? For the majority of the movie, the body on the floor remains where it is. It turns out that the “corpse” was not only alive, but it is actually Jigsaw himself! Even though other movies have attempted to do a similar twist, nothing quite compares to the original.

Saw

Saw

Goodnight Mommy

Elias is a sweet little boy, and the plot line of Goodnight Mommy is all the more tragic for it. His brother actually died in an accident! This means that Lukas is not really in the movie. He had not been alive for the duration of the film. The scenes in which he appears are only hallucinations.

Goodnight Mommy

Goodnight Mommy

Now You See Me

Who would have guessed that the FBI is actually the good guy in this story? Dylan is with the Four Horseman the entire time for a good reason. You see, he is the one who came up with the entire heist! Now you see you him, and now you don’t… Nobody saw that plot twist coming!

Now You See Me

Now You See Me

The Others

It is hard to go wrong when you have a ghost story in your hands. In The Others, Grace only realizes the truth at the end of the movie. This is when she learns that she is a ghost! Not only that, but it also dawns on her that she actually killed her kids and then took her own life.

The Others

The Others

Snowpiercer

The premise of Snowpiercer requires a fair amount of suspension of disbelief. No one on the train thought that it is possible to live beyond the confines of the train. In the end, no one but Timmy and Yona survives. After leaving the train, they find a living polar bear, which goes against everything that they were made to believe.

Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer

The Mist

We have a pretty heartbreaking entry to the list with The Mist. The movie ends when David decides to spare the group by killing all of them. He does this in the hopes that this route will give them a more merciful death. However, the Army arrives to save everyone only minutes after he does that!

The Mist

The Mist

Gone Girl

There is a very good reason for the hype around Gone Girl. Amazing Amy showed us that she is even more amazing than what we all had in mind. The tone of the film changes at around halfway through. This is the moment that we find out that she schemed her own “murder” to frame Nick!

Gone Girl

Gone Girl

Gone Girl (Again)

That was not the end of the surprises in the movie either! One of the most bizarre moments in film history would be the way Nick and Amy decide to stay together after everything that went down. Amy does this to keep her newfound success, while he sticks around to keep his unborn child safe.

Gone Girl (Again)

Gone Girl (Again)

The Sixth Sense

At first, people could not believe the way Malcolm Crowe is treated by his very own wife. She refuses to speak to him, look at him, or even acknowledge him. The truth is that there is a reason for this. After all, he is actually dead the entire time! As a ghost, he has been moving in and out of the house.

The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

Lone Star

A dead skeleton serves as the center of the mystery in Lone Star. Well, this is true until the moment that Sam meets Pilar. However, some people would have preferred it if this meeting did not happen at all. After all, it is pretty gross to be in a romantic relationship with someone you’re related to!

Lone Star

Lone Star

Inside Man

This thriller by Spike Lee is narrated from inside a prison cell. Or at least this was what we were made to think! By the end of the retelling of the so-called “perfect bank robbery,” Dalton Russell comes out of a secret room inside the bank. He then goes out through the front door with the money in his hand.

Inside Man

Inside Man

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

This insightful look into American culture has a very interesting twist. Ranse Stoddard ran a successful campaign on the fact that he killed an outlaw called Liberty Valance. But the truth is that the credit should have gone to Tom Doniphon, who allows it to happen to keep the girl they loved safe and happy.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Unbreakable

Viewers are made to think that this is a thriller, but it is actually a superhero origin story. In the movie, Samuel L. Jackson portrays a villain called Mr. Glass, who engineers a number of terrible things to make his goal come true. The truth is that this is his very roundabout way of finding a worthy superhero!

Unbreakable

Unbreakable

A Tale Of Two Sisters

A teenager called Su-mi holds the belief that her mother is planning to kill both her and her sister. The truth is that her mom and sister were nothing but the figments of her imagination! What really happened is that her mom took her own life, while her sister died trying to revive her.

A Tale Of Two Sisters

A Tale Of Two Sisters

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

It is accurate to call Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? a classic film that came up with a classic twist. George and Martha come to a halt when the truth about their son comes out at long last. In reality, he is nothing more than their mutually enforced delusion! They actually never had a son.

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

Open Your Eyes

This movie was quite ahead of its time when it comes to the way it depicted virtual reality. Open Your Eyes follows a man who, at the end of the movie, is revealed to be dead. He took his own life and got a thing called Life Extension. It is a classic twist, but we have never seen it approached like that!

Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes

The Sting

The bromance genre must have started in this 1973 movie. In The Sting, the story revolves around a pair of best pals played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford. When the two of them figure out who the rat is, they fake their deaths, which shocked not only the FBI officer but the viewers as well!

The Sting

The Sting

Kill List

All right, this one right here is a little confusing but bear with us. At the end of Kill List, we learn that the Hunchback, the last victim, is actually two people in one. It is actually a kid strapped onto the back of a woman! What makes it even more shocking is the fact that it was his wife and their son.

Kill List

Kill List

Witness For The Prosecution

People just wanted to know if he did it or not. In the end, we learn that he really did! Despite this, Leonard manages to get away with it all with the help of his wife. She acquits him by lying under oath! There are actually a couple of plot twists. We were also shocked by the fact that she ends up killing him!

Witness For The Prosecution

Witness For The Prosecution

Don’t Look Now

This movie offers us a creepy look at the human condition. In the end, we find out that the character played by Donald Sutherland is not actually crazy. The truth is that he has really been seeing a child that he thinks is his late daughter. In the end, it turns out to be a murderous dwarf who then kills him.

Don’t Look Now

Don’t Look Now

Jacob’s Ladder

By now, you must have realized that Dead All Along is a pretty common trope. This is a nightmarish take on the plot twist if you ask us! Jacob’s Ladder later reveals that the title character died in Vietnam. This means that everything that takes place in the film is nothing more than his dying dreams.

Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder

Frailty

Are you ready for a double whammy? In Frailty, Matthew McConaughey plays the brother and son of a pair of serial killers. You see, there are two things that we only pick up on later on. First of all, he is actually Adam and not Fenton. Next, he can sense demons and proceeds to kill the agent.

Frailty

Frailty

Soylent Green

If you have ever heard of Soylent Green, you must be already familiar with that gruesome plot twist. The miracle food is said to be made of kelp, but this is a lie. We later find out that the secret ingredient is none other than human bodies. “Soylent Green is people” is actually truer than you think!

Soylent Green

Soylent Green

The Secret In Their Eyes

This movie bagged the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. If there was a category for Best Plot Twist, we are sure that The Secret In Their Eyes would have won that as well. Morales does not only know the killer, but he has actually locked up the guy in a cell in the countryside for decades.

The Secrets In Their Eyes

The Secrets In Their Eyes

Reservoir Dogs

In the debut film of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, we are treated to a reversal of a famous trope. It turns out that one of the bad guys is on the side of good! Mr. Orange is actually an undercover cop. Mr. White, who killed two other guys in his defense, is shocked to hear this but kills the traitor anyway.

Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs

Scream

You might think that there is not a lot of plot in a slasher movie, but Scream has a great twist. For the majority of the movie, we are led to believe that the killer is Billy. However, his death only confuses the viewers. Who is the killer if it is not him? Spoiler alert – it is actually both him and Stu!

Scream

Scream

The Parallax View

Warren Beatty takes the lead in a thriller called The Parallax View. His character is covering the murder of a senator and trying to figure out who is behind the assassination. However, the real shocker is when he realizes that he is actually being framed for the very crime that he is reporting on!

The Parallax View

The Parallax View

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari

This is one of the oldest films on the list, but the plot twist is timeless. Wait until you see all the twists and turns that The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari has in store for you! It turns out that they all came from the mind of a man locked up in an insane asylum. All the other characters are his fellow patients.

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari

The Orphanage

When her son goes missing, Laura does everything she can to look for him. With the help of the supernatural, she eventually finds his body! However, what she learns about his death makes her claim her own life. It must be hard to live with the knowledge that your actions ended up killing your own son.

The Orphanage

The Orphanage

Primal Fear

It looks like Edward Norton has a tendency to play tricky characters! His role in Primal Fear is up there with the narrator in Fight Club. His character is revealed to have a multiple personality disorder and is acquitted by reason of insanity. The truth is that he had only been faking it.

Primal Fear

Primal Fear

No Way Out

The plot twist in this thriller is that Kevin Costner, as Farrell, is actually the KGB sleeper agent called “Yuri” that they are looking for. Who would have thought that he is actually the traitor? It is also revealed that his handler is the artist who is supposedly his landlord! What an amazing twist.

No Way Out

No Way Out

Twelve Monkeys

We will be the first person to admit that the plot of this movie is very confusing. However, we added Twelve Monkeys to the list for a good reason. We learn that the man Cole saw getting killed was has adult self in the future. Movies that deal with time travel are always pretty wonky like that.

Twelve Monkeys

Twelve Monkeys

The Wizard Of Oz

Who would have thought that the character in the title of this movie is not even really a wizard? He is a man behind a curtain capitalizing on the naivety of the munchkins. This is a great way to use fiction to show how fame is not only created but also the way that it is corrupted.

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz

The Vanishing

This main character of The Vanishing just wants to understand his ex-girlfriend, which he eventually does in a way. The person who killed her ends up burying him alive as well! This is a good way to show him exactly what she went through until the very final breath, but it was a bit too extreme.

The Vanishing

The Vanishing

The Wicker Man

There is a certain kind of human fear in this movie that is hard to match. In The Wicker Man, we follow a pompous cop who is investigating a cult. As the movie goes on, he realizes that there was no missing girl. In reality, the islanders lured him in there so that he can be the sacrifice to the gods!

The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man

The Crying Game

It is good that society at large has become a lot more open-minded in recent years. But there was a time when certain identities were shocking and considered to be abnormal. In The Crying Game, viewers find out that Dil, Jody’s girlfriend, is actually trans! This goes on to be a major plot point.

The Crying Game

The Crying Game

Audition

We watch as an older man pursues a beautiful young woman. If you ask us, this in itself is already pretty creepy and disturbing. However, it turns out that he is not the one that we are supposed to be scared of! The plot twist is that she is actually a twisted psychopath with a murderous streak!

Audition

Audition

Oldboy

Once Oh Dae-Su finally catches his captor, he is in for a huge shock. He learns that he has fallen in love and slept with someone who is related to him. Even worse, she is actually his daughter. We can’t think of anything that is more unforgettable than that. This makes it the most perfect twist in our books!

Oldboy

Oldboy

Vertigo

Here is another twisty film! Vertigo is more than deserving of a spot on the list. Alfred Hitchcock, the director, is an expert when it comes to plot twists. As the movie goes on, it soon becomes clear that Madeline and Judy are one and the same. It does not matter whether they looked alike or not.

Vertigo

Vertigo

Chinatown

We are going to let the famous line tell you what you need to know about it: “She’s my sister and my daughter.” Do we really need to spell it out for you? If you said yes, fine. Viewers find out that the mysterious younger sister of Evelyn is actually her daughter, the result of rape at the hands of her dad.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Memento

In this movie, we follow a man called Leonard who is trying to figure out what happened to his wife while dealing with anterograde amnesia. However, the truth is that he is the one who killed her! Unable to accept it and looking for a reason to keep going, he sets up clues for himself to purposely forget and seek out vengeance once more.

Memento

Memento

Se7en

You must have seen memes about one line from this movie at some point in the post. We are talking about how Brad Pitt says, “What’s in the box?!” Together with the character, we learn that it contains the head of his wife. Even though it has been turned into a meme, it came as a huge shock to most.

Se7en

Se7en

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