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    21 Movies That Might Have The Absolute Best Plot Twists Of All Time

    "WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!?!"

    Recently, Reddit user u/These_Ad1806 asked, "What movie has the best twist?" and there were a lottttt of common responses. Here are some of the agreed-upon best movie twists ever!

    🚨🚨WARNING: SPOILERS (obviously) AHEAD!!!🚨🚨

    1. In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, when Darth Vader revealed himself to be Luke's father:

    Lucasfilms

    "I hear that when Vader tells Luke who he truly is, everyone just absolutely lost their minds."

    u/boredbrowser1

    "This was one of my favorite childhood memories: seeing this with my dad and him yelling 'HOT DAMN!' in the theater. I was too little to understand the plot nuance, but old enough to know this was really important."

    u/NewSummerOrange

    2. In Shutter Island, when it was revealed that Teddy was actually Andrew Laeddis, a murderer and psychiatric patient:

    Lester tells Andrew/Teddy he's his psychiatrist
    Paramount Pictures

    "First time I watched Shutter Island, I was so floored."

    u/saltierthangoldfish

    3. In Gone Girl, when it was revealed that Amy had planned her entire disappearance to frame Nick for murder:

    20th Century Fox

    "The screenplay is brilliant, and the editing dragged on the main portion of the movie perfectly to where you feel like the movie is over."

    u/Agloe_Dreams

    4. In Psycho, when Norman killed Marion early on in the film:

    Paramount Pictures

    "It starts out being about a woman on the run with a suitcase full of money and then turns into a completely different movie a third of the way in."

    u/didnsignup4dis

    5. In Crazy Stupid Love, when it was revealed that Hannah was "Nana" — aka Cal and Emily's daughter.

    Hannah walks out (being called "Nana") and Jacob sees Cal, who asks what he's doing there
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Crazy Stupid Love has not one, but two of the best twists ever for a rom-com! I had randomly put it on one night, thinking it would be a generic run-of-the-mill comedy, but the setups are so good that those twists come out of nowhere but are still fantastic."

    u/jleichter18

    6. In The Uninvited, when Anna realized that Alex died in the fire and she had killed Rachel:

    Anna's father saying that Alex is dead and Anna looking down to see the knife in her hand
    Paramount Pictures

    "Can't say I saw that ending coming."

    u/Luke5119

    7. In Parasite, when it turned out the housekeeper's husband was living in the basement:

    Chung-sook looks on in shock as Moon-gwang feeds her husband
    CJ Entertainment

    "The scene where that maid tried to get into that secret basement just turned the movie upside down. That was so unexpected!"

    u/SaabudaanaKhichadi

    "That's not even just a twist, that's an entire genre shift, and it's so well done."
    u/ladygesserit

    8. In Spider-Man Homecoming, when Vulture was revealed to be Liz's dad:

    Peter looking shocked as vulture opens the door
    Marvel

    "Bit out of left field, but I really enjoyed the twist of Vulture being Liz's dad in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I remember being in the cinema when Vulture opened the door to Peter and everyone going, 'Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu—.' It was refreshing, as most twists in big budget movies get spoiled way too often these days."

    u/killingjoke96

    9. In Saw, when Jigsaw revealed himself to Adam as the apparent corpse they'd seen in the beginning:

    Jigsaw rises as Adam looks horrified
    Lions Gate Entertainment

    "When the 'corpse' gets up, it threw me for a loop."

    u/funk_anonymon

    "The music builds that up so well too. I think it was the first twist I saw in the cinema that got gasps, shrieks, and some nervous laughs from people who knew they were caught hook, line, and sinker."

    u/upadownpipe

    10. In Se7en, when it turned out David's wife's head was in the box, and David was meant to fulfill the seventh sin:

    John Doe saying he took David's wife's head as a souvenir and David shouting "What's in the box??!?"
    New Line Cinema

    "I was high as hell and eating some drive-thru Del Taco the first time I watched it. Bean burrito legit dropped out of my hand when I realized what was in the box."

    u/guyfawkeslulz

    11. In Memento, when it turned out Leonard had killed his wife — and also that he'd killed "John G" already.

    Teddy telling Leonard that Sammy didn't have a wife and that Leonard's wife was the one with diabetes
    Newmarket

    "Such a brilliant movie. I think the fact that it’s presented backward sometimes overshadowed how good the plot twist actually is."

    u/Prossdog

    12. The Mist, when David was rescued immediately after killing his son and friends:

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Dimension Films / The Weinstein Co.

    "The ending was terrible, but in a good way — like, the twist was heartbreaking, but it was so good."

    u/ihorderocks

    "I saw this in the theater, and it took me so long to process what had just happened. I legitimately haven’t watched the movie again because it just fucked me up so bad."

    u/X0dium

    13. In The Sixth Sense, when Malcolm realized he's been dead the whole time:

    Malcolm flashes back to Cole telling him dead people don't know they're dead
    Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    "In a high school film and literature class, we had to show movies and talk about symbolism, artistic choices, etc. I chose The Sixth Sense. No one in the class had ever watched it before. The teacher (who liked my choice a lot) and I were on the edge of our seats the entire time. When the twist hit, everyone lost their shit."

    u/owlrecluse

    14. In The Usual Suspects, when Kujan realized Verbal is Söze:

    Kujan stares at the fingerprints
    Gramercy Pictures

    "No one ever talks about The Usual Suspects — such a good movie, and the twist had me so fucked up."

    u/puppylady01

    15. In Orphan, when it was revealed that Esther was actually a 33-year-old woman:

    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Orphan was pretty fucked up."

    u/Princess-Kit-Kat

    "I didn't trust kids for a solid week after watching this movie."

    u/FluffPuppers

    16. In Final Destination 5, when it ended with the events of the first film, revealing that it took place before that one:

    Sam sees Carter and Alex get escorted off the plane then looks at his ticket which reveals that the flight is with Volee airlines in May 2000
    Warner Bros. Pictures

    "The whole theater gasped and clapped at the end because no one saw that coming at all."

    u/SYLOK_THEAROUSED

    17. In 10 Cloverfield Lane, when Michelle escaped the bunker and discovered that aliens had, in fact, invaded:

    Michelle sees an alien spacecraft
    Paramount Pictures

    "The whole film is phenomenal, and the ending was like, omg, what the fuuuuck."

    u/Rona_Lightfoot

    "The great thing about 10 Cloverfield Lane is that eventually you stop thinking about the initial reason they're in the bunker but, rather, focus on the story about two people stuck with a psychopath. However..."

    u/lazic_

    18. In Fight Club, when it was revealed that Tyler and the Narrator were the same person:

    The Narrator realizes they're the same person and Tyler says "That's right"
    20th Century Fox

    "The first time watching Fight Club is way up there for me."

    u/Tortion

    "I’m amazed I didn’t get it the first time around. It seemed so obvious in hindsight, yet I was oblivious. Amazing writing and cinematography."

    u/Guava_

    19. In Arrival, when it was revealed that Banks's memories of her daughter were actually visions of the future:

    Louise asks who the child is and Costello says she sees the future
    Paramount Pictures / Sony Pictures Releasing International / Stage 6 Films

    "I loved the twist in Arrival! Watching it start to all come together was awesome."

    u/zuzulex

    "My wife and I had just had a baby girl when we watched it, and we bawled when that twist was revealed."

    u/bakere05

    20. In The Others, when Grace realized that she and her family are dead and "the others" are the new family who have moved into her house:

    Anne is asked if that's how her mom killed her — with a pillow — as Grace looks on in horror
    Warner Sogefilms / StudioCanal

    "I'm mentioning this movie not because it is the best but, rather, because it is hard to find digitally, for some reason: The movie The Others with Nicole Kidman has a great twist for its time."

    u/Mister_JayB

    "This is one that's great to watch again after knowing the twist. So many scenes are recontextualized when you know 'the others’' perspective of what is happening in the house."

    u/marapun

    21. And finally, in The Prestige, when Angier discovers that Borden is actually a set of twins:

    Angier asks if Borden was Fallon the whole time, and Borden says "We were both Fallon"
    Buena Vista Pictures Distribution / Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Such a brilliant movie. They give you clues throughout the movie that you don’t even realize until the end or on rewatch."

    u/skatelikevirtue

    "What's great is that it's actually a nontwist. Cutter could tell how the trick was done right from the beginning. He didn't suspect a twin specifically, but he knew it was a double."

    u/itsmevichet

    Now it's your turn! What movies do you think have the best-ever twists? Let us know in the comments below!

    Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.