Most films have at least one surprise or big reveal by the end. But other films deftly weave a myriad of twists, leaving viewers in stunned silence. It's not an easy task to accomplish this cohesively. Below are movies that deliver the best plot twists, one after the other.
1. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)
Bad Times at the El Royale features an all-star cast, including Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, and Chris Hemsworth. A story involving a group of seven unfamiliar individuals reaching the El Royale Hotel unfolds. Yet, their true identities are not immediately evident. Taking place in the 1970s, this movie boasts many unexpected turns that consistently leave you pondering which characters to trust. It offers an enjoyable cinematic experience with astonishing and delightful musical performances.
2. Clue (1985)
Miss Plum in the kitchen with the candlestick! 1985's Clue is an exaggerated comedy, but don't discount the mystery and twists as the story, based on a board game, unravels.
Again, it stars an ensemble cast, including the superb Tim Curry, who arrive at a mansion and, when the host dies, they work with the staff to unveil the murderer. Do not expect to solve this one; enjoy the ride.
3. Wild Things (1998)
One of the few films that made my jaw drop with the multiple twists, some film fans mention 1998's Wild Things. A neo-noir thriller, the movie is about a pair of teenagers accusing a teacher of assault.
The detective uncovers a nefarious plot involving money and murder. This film is fantastic and underrated, starring Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, and Denise Richards.
4. The Others (2001)
The Others has a reveal on par with the first Saw film. An avid movie lover consistently suggests this film in conversations about unexpected story turns. Set against the backdrop of World War II, a lady resides in a spacious and gloomy house with her two light-sensitive children. Anticipating her husband's homecoming from the war, she fears someone is haunting her house. With a few surprising twists, this film is iconic and parodied in Scary Movie 3.
5. Triangle (2009)
A couple of posters agree that Triangle delivers a lot of surprises. A psychological horror, the movie follows a group of people on a relaxing yacht trip when freak occurrences force them to board a mystery ship, where things spiral wildly out of control. Describing what happens is impossible; you need to experience it.
6. The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Sixth Sense is M. Night Shyamalan at the top of his game. Despite the “I see dead people” infamy, plenty of surprises are still in store for viewers.
A little boy sees ghosts, and a disbelieving child psychologist tries to treat him. On reflection, there are plenty of hints throughout, but it's hard to catch on first viewing. Worth a watch as it also has the brilliant pre-Hereditary Toni Collette.
7. Suspiria (2018)
The 2018 Suspiria remake had many surprises that did not exist in the 1977 original. Dakota Johnson plays an American dancer who joins a dancing troupe in Berlin in the 1970s. As she becomes the lead, she hears another dancer accuse the teachers of witchcraft.
While that happens, a therapist searches for answers to a missing patient, and violent protests erupt outside. Beautifully directed, with many moving parts, the reveals are mouth-droppingly good.
8. The Prestige (2006)
Who knew the world of magicians was this wild or cutthroat? The original poster and another mention, The Prestige, as the twists toward the end never stop. Two magicians, played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, wind up in a bitter feud trying to compete to deliver the ultimate magic trick to audiences. This is an outstanding magician flick with stunning twists with a shocking and chilling ending.
9. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
A Tale of Two Sisters is another film you'll never figure out entirely by the end. Based on a Korean folktale, the story follows two sisters who reunite after one returns from a mental hospital. Residing with their father and evil stepmother, strange and terrifying events unfold. It is one of the best films that blends top-notch cinematography, acting, and plot in this horror masterpiece.
10. Saw (2004)
The film that started an entire franchise, Saw, is horrific, yet a large part of it is watching two chained men in a big tiled bathroom in a derelict building try to figure out how to escape.
As they struggle, cops also pursue a suspect. When I first saw this film, it stayed with me. I'd randomly think, “That's messed up,” for days. I envy someone who gets to experience this film for the first time.
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