Greatest Twist Endings

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1.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ BRILLIANT twist. Unfortunately spawned sequels. ” - PMullen43
 
2.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup. (106 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ This is one that will make you want to rewind it just to see the reveal again. ” - PMullen43
 
3.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ I have mixed feelings on this one. To be honest, I kind of saw it coming when I first saw the film, but I can't remember if that was because someone told me there was a twist. Nonetheless it's great and it actually doesn't break any rules; it makes sense completely. ” - PMullen43
 
4.
Psycho (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. (109 mins.)
“ Another one so widely known. ” - PMullen43
 
5.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise. (116 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ Wow. Any film that tells you not to reveal the ending to the film in the closing credits has quite a twist. Who would expect any less from Agatha Christie? ” - PMullen43
 
6.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels have been brutally overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker takes advanced Jedi training with Master Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader as part of his plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ So widely known that it's had to remember how shocking this was. ” - PMullen43
 
7.
Soylent Green (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
“ Aged sci-fi film only good because of the twist. ” - PMullen43
 
8.
The Conversation (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. (113 mins.)
“ Good irony ” - PMullen43
 
9.
Memento (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A man juggles searching for his wife's murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle. (113 mins.)
“ This one is pretty similar to Shutter Island's. ” - PMullen43
 
10.
Shutter Island (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ This one is really interesting and if you look into it deeply, it can kind of be interpreted two ways. ” - PMullen43
 
11.
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these flesh eating monsters. (96 mins.)
“ Maybe not a twist ending, but a remarkable twist at the end of the film. ” - PMullen43
 
12.
The Sting (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ Since it's about con-men, you can kind of see the twist coming, but it's still convincing because of Redford and Newman. ” - PMullen43
 
13.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ Widely considered to be the first film with a twist ending. ” - PMullen43
 
14.
Chinatown (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder. (130 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ So much changes in the last ten minutes or so of this film. ” - PMullen43
 
15.
Fight Club (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more. (139 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ This breaks a few rules in my opinion, but it's certainly interesting. ” - PMullen43
 
16.
Carnival of Souls (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. (78 mins.)
Director: Herk Harvey
“ The Sixth Sense before The Sixth Sense. ” - PMullen43
 
17.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
“ Twist upon twist upon twist. The Chinatown of horror films. ” - PMullen43
 
18.
The Public Enemy (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war. (83 mins.)
“ This movie has aged terribly but the twist was interesting. ” - PMullen43
 
19.
The Prestige (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Two stage magicians engage in competitive one-upmanship in an attempt to create the ultimate stage illusion. (130 mins.)
“ A little too ridiculous to be higher on this list, but an interesting twist. Actually it's basically two twists. ” - PMullen43
 
20.
Scream (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game. (111 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
“ This has a fitting twist to a compelling mystery. ” - PMullen43
 
21.
Halloween (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Because of the formulaic nature of slasher films, this probably won't surprise you. But remember, this was the first. ” - PMullen43
 
22.
Citizen Kane (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. (119 mins.)
Director: Orson Welles
“ I'm sure you know this one already, but this twist ending (if you call it one) probably holds more thematic weight than any other twist ending. ” - PMullen43
 
23.
Nothing But the Truth (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Washington, D.C., a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. (108 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
“ Pretty forgettable movie but had a very clever twist. ” - PMullen43
 
24.
Dead Silence (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist. (89 mins.)
Director: James Wan
“ The movie may suck but the twist was pretty damn good. ” - PMullen43
 
25.
The Departed (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ So many twists at the end... ” - PMullen43