Top 10: Twist Endings (Spoilers)

10 – The Others (2001) 

Nicole Kidman and her children are actually the ghosts, and they are the ones disturbing a living modern day family. The old woman in the attic is actually a medium sent to contact them *GASP*

9 – The Village (2004) 

Really, the village is in modern day America but the elders of the village decided that it would be better to remain in the 19th century. Classic M. Knight.

8 – Psycho (1960) 

Norman Bates had actually murdered his mother, but preserved her body

7 – Planet of The Apes (1968)

the Planet of the Apes is actually Earth! Who could forget Charlton Hestons epic knee fall; “DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL”


6 – Se7en (1995)

“What’s in the f***ing box?” well… it’s Brad Pitt’s heavily pregnant wife’s (Gwyneth Paltrow’s) head.

5 – The Sixth Sense (1999)

M. Knight Shyamalan’s second appearance and  probably the most famous twist of all time, Bruce Willis is a ghost. “I can see dead people”? You’re god damn right you can.


4 – Fight Club (1999)

Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) is a result of a split personality disorder for Ed Norton’s (unnamed) character. Turns out when Ed thought he was asleep, it was really Tyler taking control. (NB- the end-scene where he is fighting himself is hilarious and not to be missed).

3 – Oldboy (2003)

One of the more messed up twists on this list. So it turns out that Dae-Su (The main character) had unknowingly fallen in love and had sex with his own daughter (Mi-Do) as part of a gangsters master plan. Messed. Up. Though the film itself is excellent.

2 – The Usual Suspects (1995)

It had to be on here. In my opinion one of the greatest films of all time, and one of the greatest performances of an actor, by Kevin Spacey. The police are trying to get a lead on a mob boss named Keyser Söse and they have managed to find a person who they can get some info from. After a very intricate and convoluted interrogation, Verbal Kint (Spacey) is released by the police. Only, half way down the road outside the station we realise that good ol’ Verbal was actually Keyser Söse. Cool. “And like that, *poof* he’s gone”


1 – Primal Fear (1996)

Literally my favourite movie of all time. Richard Gere plays a lawyer defending an altarboy (Edward Norton) who is accused of murdering a priest. Part way through the film we discover out that Norton has a split personality disorder where he blacks out and can’t remember a thing (Twist 1). Once Gere manages to get Norton off on an insanity plea, he visits him in a holding cell and Norton recalls a memory from one of his blackouts. Turns out Norton had no split personality and had managed to fool Gere and the whole of the court that he was just an innocent little altarboy with mental problems; ”There never was an Aaron counselor” (Twist 2). Such a perfect, twisted and simply awful ending.


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