The 25 Best Movies With A Twist

Enjoy this carefully curated list the best movies with a twist, but keep in mind that there are major spoilers ahead: scroll at your own caution.

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A good plot twist is a special kind of thrill. Many TV shows—Game of Thrones immediately comes to mind—have mastered the art of the sudden character death or bombshell revelation, the big twist that changes the entire structure of the plot. A truly good twist is the kind you never forget.

Plot twists tend to work best for the horror or thriller genres; they can be especially great for these genres primarily because they act as the ultimate shock or surprise for an audience who already signed up to be on the edge of their seat. Whether it's a twist-ending or a mid-story twist, a film that throws you for a loop is one that you likely won't be quick to forget. 

Some of the most classic horror movies (and those of other genres) are identified as such because of their twist ending. Seeing dead people, the killer being closer than they appear; whatever the plot twist may be, when done right, it will always enhance the movie-going experience for the audience. 

Of course, we can't break down the best movies with a twist without giving a serious spoiler alert, so consider this yours: you've been warned. These are the best movies with a twist.

Us (2019)


Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island

Oldboy (2003)


Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl

Arrival (2016)


American Psycho (2000)

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Soylent Green (1973)

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Memento (2000)


The Wicker Man (1973)

the wicker man

Psycho (1960)


Fight Club (1999)

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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Director: George Lucas

Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, David Prowse, James Earl Jones

The Twist: 

Back in 1980, nerds everywhere emitted gasps of disbelief. Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones), the villainous mastermind behind George Lucas' landmark science fiction classic Star Wars, goes toe-to-toe against the heroic Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in an especially tense light saber battle; Vader, getting the upper hand (literally), slices off one of Skywalker's hands.

But that's not the crazy part: In what's become one of the most universally known and admired plot twists of all time, Vader then tells his opponent that, “Luke, I am your father.” And just like that, an already epic tale of intergalactic drama evolved into a much more intimate, and ultimately tragic, story about a truly dysfunctional family. 

The Sixth Sense (1999)

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The Handmaiden (2016)


Sleepaway Camp (1983)

sleepaway camp

Primal Fear (1996)

primal fear

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Starring: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, John Mahoney, Alfre Woolward, Frances McDormand

​The Twist: Aaron Stampler is actually Roy, who's guilty of murder and not crazy.

Defense lawyers, by nature, need to check their morality at the door before starting new cases—that's the way it goes for people whose career thrives upon clearing the names of potential criminals, murderers, and other baddies. But for Chicago defender Martin Vail (Richard Gere), no amount of prior soul-searching could've prepared him for the whopper of a realization that caps off 1996's slept-on Primal Fear.

The case that Vail is assigned to is a dark one: His client, stuttering altar server Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), is behind bars for the killing of the local archbishop. Complicating matters is Aaron's multiple personality disorder, which pairs the “normal” Aaron with the more dangerous “Roy.”

Well, it's actually the other way around: Roy is Norton's character's true identity, not “Aaron,” and, even shitter for Vail, Roy isn't even crazy. The whole “Aaron” routine was just a clever ruse designed to mask the fact that he slaughtered the priest in cold blood, knowingly and happily. Norton's performance in Primal Fear is so damn excellent that we're right there with Gere's Vail in feeling duped.

Se7en (1995)

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The Crying Game (1992)

the crying game

The Others (2001)

the others

Saw (2004)

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Les Diaboliques (1955)

les diaboliques

The Usual Suspects (1995)

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Planet of the Apes (1963)

planet of the apes

Get Out (2017)

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