We are counting down on the 7 amazing movies with the most surprising endings of all time.
The Prestige (2006)
Christopher Nolan never seizes to surprise us with his truly one of a kind storytelling skills. But, his The Prestige had more than just skillful movie making. The plot twist of the movie as mesmerizing as the prestige of a magic show. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are rival magicians attempting to outdo one another in a quest for the perfect illusion. The movie reveals in the end that was actually two people—twins, to be exact. This helped him pull off so many of his tricks. Meanwhile, Angier copied his tricks by cloning himself with the help of Nikola Tesla and killing his clones after each trick.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
M. Night Shyamalan is the king when it comes to plot twist and it all began with his debut feature film, The Sixth Sense. The protagonist of the movie, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, is a child psychologist. After a home invasion, he returns to work by attempting to help a young boy who sees the dead. However, he along with the audience realizes that he too is dead. The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director and introduced the cinema public to his affinity for surprise endings.
Gone Girl (2014)
Directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, this psychological thriller is based on the popular novel of the same name. The movie is filled with plot twists one after the other. After realizing that her husband Nick was cheating on her, Amy planned her disappearance to make it look like Nick killed her. Later, when she decides to return home to Nick, she seduces and then murders an old ex-boyfriend to make it look like he kidnapped her. To make sure that Nick stays with her, she also gets artificially inseminated with Nick’s semen. Darn! That’s too much plot twists in a single film!!
Fight Club (1999)
The movie was not well received at the box office or with critics when it was first released. However, it has since become a cult classic because of its demented plot and a mind-boggling plot twist. The flick is about the unnamed narrator and his new friend, Tyler Durden, creating a “fight club” that turns into a national movement. Later, it was revealed that the narrator was suffering from dissociative identity disorder -he and Tyler Durden are the same person. The movie is directed by David Fincher.
Shutter Island (2010)
This Martin Scorsese 2010 neo-noir psychological thriller film had a truly memorable plot twist at it’s ending. The plot of the movie revolves around a US Marshal named Teddy Daniels who attempts to track down an escaped mental patient, Rachel Solando. But, later it turns out that Daniels is actually Andrew Laeddis. He was detained at the mental hospital for murdering his wife (Rachel) after she killed their three children. The whole search for Rachel is a mere “game” devised to shake him from his insanity.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
No list about plot twists will be complete without mentioning The Usual Suspects. This 1995 neo-noir mystery film was directed by Bryan Singer and follows the interrogation of Roger “Verbal” Kint, a small-time con man. He tells the interrogator a convoluted story of events about mysterious crime lord known as Keyser Söze. Söze controlled him and his associates during their heist. It is only after the police let Kint go, that they realize he’s actually Söze.
The Departed (2006)
Blink and you will miss this one. Directed by Martin Scorsese and written by William Monahan, the movie tells the story of Billy Costigan goes undercover within the Irish mob to implicate sadistic boss Frank Costello. Meanwhile, Staff Sergeant Colin Sullivan, a dirty cop secretly doing Costello’s bidding, tries to hunt out the “rat.” However, when Costigan finally takes Sullivan down, he is shot in the head at a blink-of-the-eye moment, leaving the audience in shock.