People Are Talking About The Greatest Plot Twists In Movie History, And Phew It's A Good List

You ever watch a movie and think midway through, "yeah, this is decent," but then the ending comes and WHAM!!! It slaps you in the face with a plot twist you did NOT see coming?!

  Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection
Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

While plenty of movies have plot twists, there are only so many that have TRULY good ones that left people thinking about them years later. So, when Reddit user u/punksmoatbad shared a list of plot twist movies they love to rewatch, the r/movies community responded with some of their personal favorites, and yeah, it's a great group. Here are the top-voted responses:

Note: This should probably go without saying, but MAJOR spoilers ahead!

1.The Prestige (2006)

<div><p>"<i>The Prestige</i> is actually GREAT on a rewatch because you pick up so many clues you missed the first time — so obvious once you know." </p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Dida_D/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dida_D" class="link ">Dida_D</a></p></div><span> Touchstone Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The Prestige is actually GREAT on a rewatch because you pick up so many clues you missed the first time — so obvious once you know."

Dida_D

Touchstone Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Touchstone Pictures
Touchstone Pictures

2.Primal Fear (1996)

<div><p>"Edward Norton was robbed at the Oscars."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/thatonesmartdumbshit/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:thatonesmartdumbshit" class="link "><u>thatonesmartdumbshit</u></a></p></div><span> Paramount / Courtesy Everett</span>

"Edward Norton was robbed at the Oscars."

thatonesmartdumbshit

Paramount / Courtesy Everett

The plot twist:

  Paramount Pictures
Paramount Pictures

3.Saw (2004)

<div><p>"<i>Saw</i> was one I never ~saw~ coming."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/RyanL1984/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:RyanL1984" class="link "><u>RyanL1984</u></a></p></div><span> Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Saw was one I never ~saw~ coming."

RyanL1984

Lions Gate / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Lions Gate Films
Lions Gate Films

4.The Sixth Sense (1999)

<div><p>"<i>The Sixth Sense</i> is never the same after you know the twist."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/runerx/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:runerx" class="link "><u>runerx</u></a></p><p>"I feel like it’s a better movie after you know the twist. I watch it again and again because of the aspect of a young boy being a therapist for ghosts."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/nakedpanthersfan/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:nakedpanthersfan" class="link "><u>nakedpanthersfan</u></a></p></div><span> Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"The Sixth Sense is never the same after you know the twist."

runerx

"I feel like it’s a better movie after you know the twist. I watch it again and again because of the aspect of a young boy being a therapist for ghosts."

nakedpanthersfan

Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Buena Vista Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures

5.The Game (1997)

<div><p>"Every five minutes in that film: 'Oh no! Wait...WHAT?!' Phenomenal film."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/_kit_cloudkicker/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:_kit_cloudkicker" class="link "><u>_kit_cloudkicker</u></a></p></div><span> Polygram Filmed Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Every five minutes in that film: 'Oh no! Wait...WHAT?!' Phenomenal film."

_kit_cloudkicker

Polygram Filmed Entertainment / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Polygram Filmed Entertainment

6.Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

<div><p>"Fucking David Lindhogen."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/enormuschwanzstucker/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:enormuschwanzstucker" class="link "><u>enormuschwanzstucker</u></a></p></div><span> Ben Glass / Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Fucking David Lindhogen."

enormuschwanzstucker

Ben Glass / Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

7.The Usual Suspects (1995)

<div><p>"Seeing <i>The Usual Suspects</i> at the cinema was amazing. I remember the gasps from the audience and all the chatter on the way out. Best twist ever."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Dan_92159/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dan_92159" class="link "><u>Dan_92159</u></a></p></div><span> Gramercy Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Seeing The Usual Suspects at the cinema was amazing. I remember the gasps from the audience and all the chatter on the way out. Best twist ever."

Dan_92159

Gramercy Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

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Gramercy Pictures

8.Oldboy (2003)

<div><p>"I saw that in the theaters on a total whim. I was so fucking stunned when it ended…and I saw it alone so had no one to talk with about it. I just had to sit with that performance and plot for like a day or two."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/LinkovitchChmofsky/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:LinkovitchChmofsky" class="link "><u>LinkovitchChmofsky</u></a></p></div><span> Tartan Films / courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I saw that in the theaters on a total whim. I was so fucking stunned when it ended…and I saw it alone so had no one to talk with about it. I just had to sit with that performance and plot for like a day or two."

LinkovitchChmofsky

Tartan Films / courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Tartan Films
Tartan Films

9.Memento (2000)

<div><p>"What I love about <i>Memento</i>'s ending is the way it puts Leonard's existential dread and his loose relationship with the truth on full display, revealing he's somewhat of a villain himself."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/KrushRock/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:KrushRock" class="link "><u>KrushRock</u></a></p></div><span> Newmarket Releasing / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"What I love about Memento's ending is the way it puts Leonard's existential dread and his loose relationship with the truth on full display, revealing he's somewhat of a villain himself."

KrushRock

Newmarket Releasing / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Newmarket Releasing
Newmarket Releasing

10.The Others (2001)

<div><p>"What a delicious surprise."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/TheJenerator65/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:TheJenerator65" class="link "><u>TheJenerator65</u></a></p></div><span> Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"What a delicious surprise."

TheJenerator65

Dimension Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Dimension Films
Dimension Films

11.Knives Out (2019)

<div><p>"I absolutely LOVE watching <i>Knives Out</i> with other people because of the double twist. On rewatch it’s so easy to pick up on the little clues but the genre shift in the second act makes you think you’ve figured it out. One of my friends that prides herself on being able to predict plots was actually pissed the movie tricked her and claimed it was stupid."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Phantom_2814/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Phantom_2814" class="link "><u>Phantom_2814</u></a></p></div><span> Claire Folger / Lionsgate / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I absolutely LOVE watching Knives Out with other people because of the double twist. On rewatch it’s so easy to pick up on the little clues but the genre shift in the second act makes you think you’ve figured it out. One of my friends that prides herself on being able to predict plots was actually pissed the movie tricked her and claimed it was stupid."

Phantom_2814

Claire Folger / Lionsgate / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Lionsgate
Lionsgate

12.Shutter Island (2010)

<div><p>"I watched <i>Shutter Island</i> for the first time yesterday with absolutely no spoilers (never heard of it before) and I was shocked at that ending. I then spent an hour replaying the entire story in my head to try and understand the ambiguity of that final line, really awesome twist."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Andre_alsant/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Andre_alsant" class="link "><u>Andre_alsant</u></a></p></div><span> Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I watched Shutter Island for the first time yesterday with absolutely no spoilers (never heard of it before) and I was shocked at that ending. I then spent an hour replaying the entire story in my head to try and understand the ambiguity of that final line, really awesome twist."

Andre_alsant

Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Paramount
Paramount

13.Unbreakable (2000)

<div><p>"I still remember seeing <i>Unbreakable</i> in theaters. I don’t remember much detail but the slow buildup and then the climax — he’s not super strong, super smart, or anything; just, well, unbreakable — was so good."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/JMAC426/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:JMAC426" class="link "><u>JMAC426</u></a></p></div><span> Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"I still remember seeing Unbreakable in theaters. I don’t remember much detail but the slow buildup and then the climax — he’s not super strong, super smart, or anything; just, well, unbreakable — was so good."

JMAC426

Buena Vista Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Buena Vista Pictures
Buena Vista Pictures

14.Ex Machina (2014)

<div><p>"Subtle but brutal ending."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/rocketstrange/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rocketstrange" class="link "><u>rocketstrange</u></a></p></div><span> A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Subtle but brutal ending."

rocketstrange

A24 / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  A24
A24

15.Fight Club (1999)

<div><p>"No one mentioned <i>Fight Club</i>?"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/gptz/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gptz" class="link "><u>gptz</u></a></p><p>"That’s the first rule, dumbass."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Tomdoerr88/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tomdoerr88" class="link "><u>Tomdoerr88</u></a></p></div><span> 20th Century Fox / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"No one mentioned Fight Club?"

gptz

"That’s the first rule, dumbass."

Tomdoerr88

20th Century Fox / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

16.Arrival (2016)

<div><p>"Arrival is better on a rewatch."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/rawbob/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:rawbob" class="link "><u>rawbob</u></a></p><p>"Yeh it’s an entirely different movie once you know the ending. All around just a great piece."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Tomdoerr88/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Tomdoerr88" class="link "><u>Tomdoerr88</u></a></p></div><span> Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Arrival is better on a rewatch."

rawbob

"Yeh it’s an entirely different movie once you know the ending. All around just a great piece."

Tomdoerr88

Paramount / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Paramount
Paramount

17.Incendies (2010)

<div><p>"By Denis Villeneuve...I'm still processing it."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/spookyvalo/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spookyvalo" class="link "><u>spookyvalo</u></a></p><p>"The only movie where I stared wide-eyed at the roll credits for like 10 minutes."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/bonelessunicorn/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bonelessunicorn" class="link "><u>bonelessunicorn</u></a></p></div><span> Sony Pictures Classics / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"By Denis Villeneuve...I'm still processing it."

spookyvalo

"The only movie where I stared wide-eyed at the roll credits for like 10 minutes."

bonelessunicorn

Sony Pictures Classics / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics

18.Frailty (2002)

<div><p>"Often overlooked because of how hard it is to watch the crazy. One to check out for sure tho!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Edser/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Edser" class="link "><u>Edser</u></a></p></div><span> Lions Gate Films / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Often overlooked because of how hard it is to watch the crazy. One to check out for sure tho!"

Edser

Lions Gate Films / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Lions Gate Films
Lions Gate Films

19.Moon (2009)

<div><p>"Surprised this wasn’t listed yet!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/joshmoneymusic/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:joshmoneymusic" class="link "><u>joshmoneymusic</u></a></p></div><span> Sony Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection</span>

"Surprised this wasn’t listed yet!"

joshmoneymusic

Sony Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

The plot twist:

  Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures

Now, I KNOW there are a lot more movies with great plot twists. What's one that you think belongs on this list? Tell us in the comments below, and who knows, maybe there'll be a Part 2!

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