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36 Movie Plot Twists That'll Honestly Mess You Up A Bit

I did NOT see that coming.

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the best movie plot twists of all time. Here are the jaw-dropping moments.


1. In Shutter Island, when it was revealed that Leo DiCaprio's character was actually a patient at the insane asylum and not a US marshal.

Paramount Pictures

2. In Get Out, when Rose refused to give Chris the keys, and he figured out what exactly was going on.

Blumhouse Productions

3. In La La Land, when the dreamy montage showed Mia and Sebastian living happily ever after, but then it cut back to reality, and Mia was with a different guy.

Summit Entertainment

4. In The Usual Suspects, when Kujan pieced together all of Verbal's lies, but it was too late, and Keyser Söze escaped.

Gramercy Pictures

5. In Ex Machina, when Ava trapped Caleb in the house and then escaped via the helicopter that was sent for him.

6. In Orphan, when 9-year-old Esther turned out to be a 33-year-old murderer.

Dark Castle Entertainment

7. In The Prestige, when Robert Angier realized that two identical twins took turns living the life of his rival, Alfred Borden.

Buena Vista Pictures

8. In Murder on the Orient Express, when literally EVERYONE turned out to be the murderer.

EMI Films

9. In Atonement, when Briony lied about her apology to Cecilia and Robbie because she was too scared to face them, and they ended up dying.

Focus Features

10. In Seven Pounds, when Ben's past was unveiled, showing that he killed seven people while texting and driving.

Relativity Media

11. In American Psycho, when Patrick visited Paul's apartment the day after the murders, assuming it would be covered in blood, but it was absolutely spotless.

Lionsgate Films

12. In Interstellar, when Mann lied about his planet's inability to support human life, and he tried to kill Cooper to cover his tracks.

Paramount Pictures

13. In Perks of Being a Wallflower, when Charlie realized that his aunt sexually abused him as a child.

Summit Entertainment

14. In The Departed, when Colin thought he got away with everything but was ultimately shot by Staff Sgt. Sean Dignam.

Warner Bros.

15. In The Boy, when the porcelain doll of Brahms was smashed, and then a real-life man emerged from inside the walls of the house, meaning Brahms actually survived the fire 20 years ago.

Lakeshore Entertainment

16. In Whiplash, when Fletcher ambushed Andrew on stage with the wrong music because he testified against him.

Blumhouse Productions

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17. In Black Swan, when Nina thought she killed Lily, but later realized on stage that she actually stabbed herself.

Fox Searchlight Pictures

18. In Toy Story 2, when Stinky Pete turned out to be the villain and tried to prevent Woody from escaping.

Disney / Pixar

19. In The Visit, when the mom noticed over video chat that the old people her kids were staying with weren't actually their grandparents, but escaped mental patients.

Blinding Edge Pictures

20. In Psycho, when it was revealed that Norman Bates's mother was dead the whole time, and he was pretending to be her.

Paramount Pictures

21. In Mystic River, when Dave took the blame for Katie's murder, thinking his life would be spared, but Jimmy killed him anyway, and then the real murderer was revealed.

Village Roadshow Pictures


22. In Planet of the Apes, when Taylor came across the ruins of the Statue of Liberty, meaning he was actually on earth the whole time.

20th Century Fox


23. In the Harry Potter series, when Harry learned that Snape was actually protecting him from Voldemort the whole time.

Warner Bros.

24. In Everything, Everything, when Maddy found out that she never actually had SCID, a genetic disorder that basically made her stay inside her whole life, and her mother lied to her about it.


25. In Fight Club, when Tyler Durden turned out to be a figment of the Narrator's imagination.

20th Century Fox

26. In Coco, when they figured out that Ernesto murdered Héctor, and that Coco was actually Héctor's daughter.

Disney / Pixar

27. In The Uninvited, when Anna's flashbacks showed that her sister actually died the night of the fire, and she had been hallucinating her the whole time.

Paramount Pictures

28. In The Shawshank Redemption, when Andy escaped from prison via a hole in the wall, after plotting his getaway and redemption for nearly 20 years.

Columbia Pictures

29. In Saw, when the "dead" body on the ground revealed himself to be Jigsaw.

Lionsgate Films

30. In Goodnight Mommy, when Elias imagined that his brother, who had died in an accident, was alive the whole time.

Ulrich Seidl Film

31. In Now You See Me, when Dylan, the FBI agent responsible for capturing the Four Horsemen, turned out to be the one who orchestrated the whole heist.

Summit Entertainment

32. In The Others, when Grace realized that she killed her children and then herself.

Dimension Films

33. In Snowpiercer, when everyone was convinced for years that all life outside the train was extinguished, but at the end they see a polar bear walking freely outside.

CJ Entertainment


34. In The Mist, when David shot everyone because they wanted a quick death, but moments after that he was saved by the US Army.

Dimension Films


35. In Gone Girl, when Amy returned and announced she was pregnant with Nick's baby, forcing him to stay married to her.

20th Century Fox

36. And, of course, in The Sixth Sense, when the flashbacks showed that Malcolm Crowe was actually dead the whole time.

Hollywood Pictures

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An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the twist ending of Memento. Instead, it has since been updated with a twist from Planet of the Apes.

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