34 Movie Plot Twists So "Predictable," People Claim To Have Guessed Them From The First Few Minutes

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We recently asked movie lovers in our BuzzFeed Community, "What's a movie plot twist so poorly executed, you (or someone you know) actually guessed the 'twist' before it even happened?" and, WHEW, people came through with some controversial answers!

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So, with that in mind, here are just a few of the movies people believe provided a little too much plot and not enough twist:

Also, a quick SPOILER WARNING: Due to the nature of this post and the question being answered, there are spoilers ahead for literally every single one of these movies. Please proceed with caution!

1.Sleepy Hollow (1999)

A headless horseman in a cemetery

"Miranda Richardson was a big name in the opening credits, but had very little screen time prior to the big reveal that she was the one controlling the Headless Horseman. This proved to me that, in a mystery, the biggest name in the movie with the least amount of screen time is the one behind it."

kelsomike55

Paramount Pictures

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2.The Incredibles 2 (2018)

The Parr family in Violet's bubble

"The villain reveal was painfully obvious from the beginning of the movie. What? The other empowered female character is going to turn out to be evil?! Disney could have chosen any other character for a better surprise."

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Walt Disney Studios / Pixar

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3.Saw (2004)

A man on the floor reaching for a cellphone

"I didn't know who it was, but I knew the dude face down on the ground in the bathroom was not actually dead right from the get-go."

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4.What Lies Beneath (2000)

Michelle Pfeiffer holding on to Harrison Ford

"I remember telling my parents that Harrison Ford was definitely going to try to kill his wife with that paralytic drug they introduced early on. They were shocked I figured it out, but come on, if they introduce a horrific drug in Act One, they're going to use it. It's Chekhov's paralytic pharmaceutical."

mkatherinekelly

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5.The Uninvited (2009)

Two girls standing by a bookshelf looking at something

"You can literally see the twist from a mile away. Of course the other one is dead, and of course the one the main character killed is not the right one. The original version was much better (but it was too bad that I had already seen this American version first, so I knew what was coming)."

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6.Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Spider-Man sitting in a cement cylinder

"The Vulture being Liz's dad...it was so obvious to me. I don't know if it was meant to be a huge twist, but it certainly wasn't."

kkendra19

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7.Spectre (2015)

Daniel Craig sitting at a table with a chess board

"The whole 'Blofeld and Bond are step-brothers' twist. I've rewatched it several times, and no other character has made my blood boil more than Blofeld (aka Franz Oberhausser, aka Bond's long lost abusive step-brother). He started this evil organization just to put James Bond through endless sibling domestic abuse due to the fact his father adored Bond more."

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8.Malignant (2021)

A birthday party on a tape

"It was just way too obvious from the first scene that there was either a parasitic twin or D.I.D. situation going on, and the first time we see the killer in action it was very clear it was a parasitic twin."

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9.Shutter Island (2010)

Leonardo DiCaprio looking behind him in a car

"I predicted the ENTIRE plot when I saw the first trailer. I was in the theater with my mom, saw the trailer, leaned over to her and said, 'He’s the murderer all along. It’s an asylum and he’s imagining he’s a cop.' I never saw it in theaters, but my friend did and came back and told me, 'OMG, you called the WHOLE THING!' I never understood why people always cite that movie as having a great twist. If I called it from the trailer, other people must have, too."

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10.Frozen (2013)

Hans and Anna in a boat

"I knew that Prince Hans would be the bad guy. What Disney princess falls in love and gets engaged in the first 10 minutes of the movie?! As soon as Kristoff made his appearance, I knew that was who she’d actually end up with."

jennakaeb

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11.Scream (1996)

Three people bruised and bloodied looking at something

"In the original, there were parts early on in the movie where the masked killer would seem to be in two places at the same time. I remember watching it with some friends who had already seen it, and — about a third into the movie — I made a comment that there must be two killers. I got a strange look, and then no one believed me when I said I had never seen it."

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12.Last Christmas (2019)

Henry Golding holding Emilia Clarke

"I called the twist as a joke the moment Henry Golding showed up on-screen."

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13.Get Out (2016)

David Kaluuya looking skeptically at Lakeith Stanfield

"As much as I truly enjoyed and appreciated the movie as a whole, I thought it was incredibly predictable. It was just an updated version of Stepford Wives. I was shocked others didn’t see the twist coming like I did."

kristyd913

Universal / ©Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection

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14.Eternals (2021)

Richard Madden as Ikaris

"Maybe it's because I watch a lot of superhero stuff, but I saw the twist with Ikaris coming from a mile away. It's always the guys with the Superman-esque powers!"

ynnad265

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15.The Usual Suspects (1995)

Four men in a police lineup

"My parents saw it in the theater on a date (it was both of their first times seeing it), and midway through my dad leaned over to my mom and said, 'I don’t trust Kevin Spacey. I bet he’s secretly the bad guy.'"

jconway

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16.Moon (2009)

Sam Rockwell standing in a spaceship with his arms crossed

"In the first 10 minutes, I said, 'He's a clone'. It was an overused twist in sci-fi at the time. That didn't ruin the movie for me, though. Sam Rockwell was brilliant in it."

nevl

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17.The Happening (2008)

Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg looking at something

"There was a shot that made me turn to my friend and say as a joke, 'Gasp, the trees are doing it!' He got mad at me for spoiling the surprise. I didn’t actually think it was that simple!"

murrays3

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18.The Sixth Sense (1999)

Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment looking at something

"10-year-old me was like, 'Oh, he’s dead right? Is that why his wife keeps ignoring him?' We didn’t even make it halfway through the movie. My mom was so pissed that I spoiled it for her."

ashleykangarurub

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19.Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf looking at something

"I saw it in theaters, and — when one of the characters said the skull 'couldn't have been made by humans' — I whispered to my friend, 'Aliens!' When it was revealed to be aliens, I whispered to my friend, '...I was kidding.'"

jburnickas

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20.Wonder Woman (2017)

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine listening to a message

"I knew Ares was going to be David Thewlis’s character. You don’t book David Thewlis for a tiny role that only appears in three scenes."

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21.Fight Club (1999)

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton talking to each other

"Just seeing the way Helena Bonham Carter's character acted towards The Narrator was a dead give away."

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22.Coco (2017)

Hector and Miguel leaning over a balcony and smiling

"Héctor being Miguel's true grandfather was so obvious. When a seemingly random character suddenly becomes one of the main characters in a story with a mystery at its core, you should immediately expect a twist in the near future."

femkat

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23.The Purge (2013)

A man sitting in a closet

"Five minutes after The Stranger was let into the house and disappeared, I kept wondering where he was. So, towards the end of the movie when the neighbors were going to kill the family, surprise! He jumps out and attacks the neighbors and saves the family. I saw that coming from halfway through the movie."

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24.Legally Blonde (2001)

Reese Witherspoon questioning Linda Cardellini at the stand

"While watching it for the first time, my mom shouted at the TV, 'Everyone knows you can’t shower after a perm!' immediately after the daughter states that's what she was doing."

jessbruso

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25.The Visit (2015)

Two older people looking a child in its room

"What mother would send her children to visit their grandparents — who she herself hasn't seen in 20 years — without talking to them at least once beforehand and introducing them to the children?!"

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Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

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26.The Others (2001)

A woman looking down at a person wearing a veil over their face

"Not even five minutes in, I turned to a friend next to me and whispered, 'I bet they’re all ghosts.' She was so mad and I felt terrible, but it was interesting to watch how people reacted to the twist as it happened."

seldale

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27.Orphan (2009)

Isabelle Fuhrman with mascara running down her face

"I saw the trailer, turned to my mom and said, 'I bet she'll be a fully-grown woman pretending to be a kid.' Once we watched it, my mom told me to never tell her any of my movie theories again."

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Warner Bros. Pictures

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28.Premonition (2007)

Two people looking up at something

"I knew after maybe the second day through that it was 1) In fact, a time loop, and 2) That Sandra Bullock interfering was going to be what killed her husband."

emersinning

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29.Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021)

Someone looking down

"I literally called who the new Jigsaw killer was before the character even spoke, which was such a letdown because the first few Saw movies had unforgettable twists and this one was just sooo bad."

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30.Wild Things (1998)

Two women listening to a message

"It was very predictable. It was pretty obvious that they were all working together, including the cop."

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31.Dream House (2011)

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz looking out of the door

"It was obvious from the beginning that his wife and kids were dead the whole movie. That twist just doesn’t work anymore, and isn’t surprising in any movie since The Sixth Sense."

megz52

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32.Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Ryan Gosling sitting at a bar looking at something

"I didn't even finish the movie because it was too obvious."

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33.The Lake House (2006)

Keanu Reeves holding Sandra Bullock

"Within the first 10 minutes, I looked at my husband and told him what was going to happen, and, of course, it did."

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34.And finally: Knives Out (2019)

Four men sitting in a library in a home

"I absolutely hate to say this because I adored the film, but the twist was obvious to me. I always suspect the 'black sheep'-type characters to end up being the killers, and that's what Ransom's character was. There was also no real toxicology report to confirm that Harlan died as suspected, and Ransom helping Marta after the will reading seemed a bit too convenient to me."

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All right, you've read their picks, but now it's YOUR turn! Do you agree with any of these? What's a movie plot twist that you (or someone you know) actually guessed before it even happened? Share your pick(s) in the comments below!

Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity.