Doc's Profoundly Twisted List

by DrNostromo | created - 15 Aug 2012 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

This is my list of movies with the most profound twist. Now I'm not talking about movies that make the viewer go, "Oh, I didn't expect it to be them", or, "I didn't see that coming". I'm talking about twists that are so profound that they completely change your perception of everything you've seen so far. Come up with any others, make a comment and, if I think it fits, I'll be glad to add it.

Please note that I may not be able to reply to your comments as IMDb won't let me without attaching a Facebook acct to my acct here and I refuse to do that. But I do read your comments daily.

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1. Saw (2004)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

Two strangers, who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, soon discover they're pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Cary Elwes, Leigh Whannell, Danny Glover, Ken Leung

Votes: 354,907 | Gross: $56.00M

2. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 852,132 | Gross: $293.51M

3. Identity (2003)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes

Votes: 211,116 | Gross: $52.16M

4. The Usual Suspects (1995)

R | 106 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

77 Metascore

A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin

Votes: 916,808 | Gross: $23.34M

5. Games (1967)

Not Rated | 100 min | Thriller

A young couple who are into kinky "mind games" get more than they bargained for when a mysterious woman comes into their lives.

Director: Curtis Harrington | Stars: Simone Signoret, James Caan, Katharine Ross, Don Stroud

Votes: 984

6. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 1,018,578 | Gross: $128.01M

7. Primal Fear (1996)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Edward Norton, John Mahoney

Votes: 166,088 | Gross: $56.12M

8. The Other (1972)

PG | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, Chris Udvarnoky, Martin Udvarnoky

Votes: 5,193

9. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 316,040 | Gross: $96.52M

10. Fight Club (1999)

R | 139 min | Drama

66 Metascore

An insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soapmaker form an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier

Votes: 1,697,893 | Gross: $37.03M

11. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars 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.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 545,428 | Gross: $32.00M

12. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

Votes: 414,320 | Gross: $176.04M

13. Better Watch Out (II) (2016)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

67 Metascore

On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it's far from a normal home invasion.

Director: Chris Peckover | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic

Votes: 22,943 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Criminal Activities (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

Four young men make a risky investment together that puts them in trouble with the mob.

Director: Jackie Earle Haley | Stars: Michael Pitt, Dan Stevens, Christopher Abbott, Rob Brown

Votes: 7,804

15. Demonic (2015)

R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.

Director: Will Canon | Stars: Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn, Dustin Milligan

Votes: 12,233

16. Domain (2017)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After a deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, the survivors are forced to wait in self-sustaining bunkers with a networked video interface for communication, but one by one, they start ... See full summary »

Director: Nathaniel Atcheson | Stars: Britt Lower, Ryan Merriman, William Gregory Lee, Sonja Sohn

Votes: 688

17. Searching (III) (2018)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

After his 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a desperate father breaks into her laptop to look for clues to find her.

Director: Aneesh Chaganty | Stars: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La

Votes: 106,133 | Gross: $26.02M

18. Charade (1963)

Not Rated | 113 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

83 Metascore

Romance and suspense ensue in Paris as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Whom can she trust?

Director: Stanley Donen | Stars: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, James Coburn

Votes: 61,065 | Gross: $13.47M

19. Memoirs of a Murderer (2017)

118 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A television reporter and a detective try to track down a serial killer known as the Tokyo Strangler.

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Paolo Andrea Di Pietro, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Toyotaka Hanazawa, Mitsuru Hirata

Votes: 1,342

20. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (2018)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

A former cop-turned-militia man investigates a shooting at a police funeral.

Director: Henry Dunham | Stars: James Badge Dale, Brian Geraghty, Patrick Fischler, Happy Anderson

Votes: 1,940

21. Cypher (2002)

R | 95 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu, Nigel Bennett, Timothy Webber

Votes: 29,115

22. The Perfection (2018)

TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman

Votes: 21,727

23. Memento (2000)

R | 113 min | Mystery, Thriller

80 Metascore

A man with short-term memory loss attempts to track down his wife's murderer.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 1,040,244 | Gross: $25.54M



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