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Greatest film plot twists

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1. The Sixth Sense (1999)
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TWIST: Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) never survived the gunshot from the beginning of the film which makes him one of the dead people seen by troubled and disturbed 8 year old boy Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment).
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2. Fight Club (1999)
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TWIST: Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) was actually one side of the split personality-psyche of the 'Narrator's (Edward Norton) own imagination.
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People who added this item 3468  Average listal rating (2236 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.6 
3. Psycho (1960)
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TWIST: There are about three plot twists during Psycho.
1: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is unexpectedly murdered whilst in the shower.
2: Sheriff Chambers reveals that Mrs. Bates had been dead for 10 years considering that she is the supposed prime suspect for the recent murders of Marion and Private Investigator Arbogast. Also, rises even more suspense about who is in the coffin if Mrs. Bates was alive.
3: Mrs. Bates really is dead and Norman is revealed to be the killer, but under a different personality. During this, it is learned that Norman killed his mother and her lover when he was a teenager and to get rid of the guilt, he developed a split-personality and tries to be his mother as if she's alive, hence why there was a person in women's clothing.
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People who added this item 761  Average listal rating (408 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
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TWIST: The supposed son of George and Martha was coming home for his birthday the day after. However, it was revealed that their son is actually a fantasy. Why this was revealed was because Martha happened to only mention it to Honey so she told George and he ended up slowly revealing that he never existed.
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People who added this item 1281  Average listal rating (836 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
5. Matchstick Men (2003)
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TWIST: Angela (Alison Lohman) was never Roy Waller's (Nicolas Cage) long-lost daughter. She was a solution to con Roy and was hired by Roy's young partner Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell).
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People who added this item 4990  Average listal rating (3357 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.8 
6. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
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TWIST: After defeating Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) in a duel, Darth Vader (David Prowse, James Earl Jones) reveals himself as Luke's father when Luke believed that Vader murdered him. Plus, just after Luke manages to escape from Vader, Princess Leia mysteriously senses Luke is in danger and his whereabouts. So, that leaves you with a few questions.
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7. Rebecca (1940)
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TWIST: Mr. Maxim De Winter (Laurence Olivier) hated his first wife Rebecca and he himself murdered her.
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People who added this item 3717  Average listal rating (2506 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.7 
8. Saw (2004)
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TWIST: The Jigsaw Killer was actually the supposed dead corpse in the center of the room where photographer Adam Faulkner (Leigh Whannell) and surgeon Lawrence Corden (Cary Elwes) were held captives.
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9. Planet of the Apes (1968)
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TWIST: The planet where the apes are on is revealed as Earth. The ship at the beginning traveled in time, not space.
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10. Scream (1996)
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TWIST: The killer is revealed to be both Sidney's boyfriend Billy and his best friend Stu. They also reveal that they killed Sidney's mother one year before and had framed Cotton Weary for her murder.
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People who added this item 3012  Average listal rating (1901 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.6 
11. Secret Window (2004)
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TWIST: The stalker John Shooter (John Turturro) never existed. He was in Mort's (Johnny Depp) imagination and was his way to avenge his wife (Maria Bello) for leaving him for someone else (Timothy Hutton). It was revealed that "Shooter" really meant "shoot her" (meaning shoot Mort's wife).
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12. Chinatown (1974)
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TWIST: After Evelyn reveals that Katherine, the one who was having an affair with her husband, is her sister, she reveals that she is her daughter and her sister. As a teenager, she was incestuously raped by her father Noah Cross. During the film's climax, Evelyn was accidentally shot by a police officer and Katherine left with Noah.
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13. Casino Royale (2006)
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TWIST: Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) betrays James Bond (Daniel Craig) by giving the poker winnings to the organization behind Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).
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14. The Third Man (1949)
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TWIST: Harry Lime never died in the car crash and appeared out of nowhere.
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15. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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TWIST: It is revealed that the entire film is not a flashback, but a fantasy made up by mentally-ill narrator Francis. Also, he as well as Jane and Cesare are all inmates in the mental asylum and the supposed Dr. Caligari turns out to be Francis's psychiatric doctor.
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People who added this item 4215  Average listal rating (2635 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
16. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Stre... (2007)
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TWIST: The beggar woman that Benjamin Barker/Sweeney Todd (Johnny Depp) murdered minutes before killing Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), is revealed to be his wife Lucy. She never died but she became dangerously disturbed after being raped by Turpin. So when Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter) said she poisoned herself and that "she was gone". So, basically, he killed all those people except Turpin, (mind you, he might not have raped Lucy at all seeing as it was in fact a song and a flashback. So, it could've been a story from Mrs. Lovett or a vision in Sweeney's head) for no reason.
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People who added this item 3695  Average listal rating (2453 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
17. Shutter Island (2010)
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TWIST: Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) is Andrew Laeddis and Rachel Solando doesn't exist. Daniels/Laeddis has been a patient at Ashcliffe for 2 years! Daniels/Laeddis' wife Dolores Chanal (Michelle Williams) is the woman who committed the crimes that the supposed Solando did, and was the murderer of their childrens.
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People who added this item 5720  Average listal rating (3955 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
18. Seven (1995)
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TWIST: John Doe (Kevin Spacey) directs the two detectives David Mills (Brad Pitt) and Lt. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) to a remote desert area far from the city. After arriving at the location, a delivery van approaches; the scared driver tells the detectives he was paid to deliver a package precisely at this time and location, and is told to leave after handing it over. Inside the box is the decapitated head of Mills' pregnant wife Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow).
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People who added this item 5348  Average listal rating (3457 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
19. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
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TWIST: Not that many people noticed this but Alex's face right at the end and the fantasy he had having sex with a woman and saying "I was cured, all right" at the end shows that Alex has returned back to his old self again before his imprisonment.
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People who added this item 3184  Average listal rating (2095 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.7 
20. The Usual Suspects (1995)
SPOILER ALERT!!!!

TWIST: Roger "Verbal" Kint (Kevin Spacey) is revealed as Keyser Soze!
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21. The Others (2001)
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TWIST: Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman) and her two children are dead ghosts.
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22. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
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TWIST: There are quite a lot of plot twists in this one. Three of them involved in one scene (within the memories of Severus Snape) and another toward the end just after defeating Lord Voldemort.
So, in the memories of Snape, it was revealed that:
1. Dumbledore's death at the hands of Severus Snape in Half-Blood Prince wasn't murder. It was planned between them due to the fact that Dumbledore was dying anyway from a curse on Marvolo Gaunt's ring.
2. Snape loved Harry's mother Lily from childhood to after many years since her death, and vowed to protect Harry out of his love for her despite hating Harry's father James.
3. Harry finds out that he (specifically his scar) is a Horcrux and that he must die in order to destroy the piece of Voldemort within him.
As for the plot twist towards the end, Harry finds out and tells Ron and Hermione that Harry is the new master of the Elder Wand after disarming Draco Malfoy, who in turn disarmed it's previous owner: Albus Dumbledore in the Astronomy Tower in Half-Blood Prince.
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People who added this item 5846  Average listal rating (3913 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.8 
23. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
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TWIST: We originally thought that Sirius Black escaped from Azkaban to avenge Voldemort by killing Harry, but it turned out that Black was in fact framed for his alleged crimes by Peter Pettigrew. Black was after revenge against Pettigrew, not Harry.
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People who added this item 2580  Average listal rating (1755 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
24. Hot Fuzz (2007)
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TWIST: The entire NWA are the killers of some of the villagers of Sandford over the past 20 years. The inspector of the police Frank Butterman (Jim Broadbent) is the leader and tells it all began since his late wife Irene's suicide when Danny previously described her death as a "traffic collusion".
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People who added this item 2786  Average listal rating (1724 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.6 
25. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
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TWIST: Mid-way through the film, the audience had learned that Bane is supposedly the son of Ra's al Ghul, but it is later revealed that Miranda Tate (a member of Wayne Enterprises executive board and Bruce's love interest) is in fact Talia al Ghul - Ra's daughter. Her mother had given birth to her in a prison and Bane, another prisoner, served as her protector and life-long friend.
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People who added this item 3927  Average listal rating (2486 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating
26. Black Swan (2010)
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TWIST: When Nina thought she killed Lily because she thought she was the reason behind why Nina is feeling the way she is feeling seeing as she was the Black Swan before, it reveals that Nina didn't stab Lily. She stabbed herself and after her performance on-stage she collapses and her survival remains unknown.
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People who added this item 2377  Average listal rating (1465 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
27. Vertigo (1958)
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TWIST: Madeline Elster and Judy Barton (Kim Novak) are revealed as the same person.
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People who added this item 1505  Average listal rating (989 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.4 
28. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
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TWIST: Elektra King, the young woman who's father Sir Robert King was killed just after she was kidnapped was revealed as the one who caused King's death and the one who made terrorist Renard become a terrorist. So, she was like the leader of the group. Also, it was revealed that she was never kidnapped. She only did that to blackmail her father.
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29. Mystic River (2003)
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TWIST: Dave (Tim Robbins) was not the actual killer of Katie Markum (Emmy Rossum) even though he said he admitted that he did do it. Dave did kill someone though: a child molester after catching him having sex with a child prostitute. Dave did this because he was a sexual abuse victim as a child. That didn't save Dave because his old friend Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) who is Katie's father murdered Dave even though he was innocent.
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People who added this item 4567  Average listal rating (3026 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
30. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
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TWIST: Grandpa Hoover dies of a drug overdose and the chemistry between all of the characters becomes more civil.
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People who added this item 5727  Average listal rating (3795 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
31. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
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TWIST: Tom Riddle, a malevolent memory in the mysterious diary, turns out to be Lord Voldemort as a teenager and the Heir of Slytherin and, therefore, the one who ordered the Basilisk to attack the Muggle-borns.
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People who added this item 3626  Average listal rating (2306 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.6 
32. American Psycho (2000)
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TWIST: All of those murders that Patrick committed were all supposedly revealed to have been in his imagination.
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People who added this item 6033  Average listal rating (3989 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
33. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
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TWIST: The suspect to steal the Philosopher's Stone was, in fact, the stuttering Professor Quirrell, when Harry and his friends suspected it was Severus Snape. Also, Quirrell became until the possessive control of Lord Voldemort, who wanted a full body of his own, which the Stone's power can give him.
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People who added this item 2317  Average listal rating (1355 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.4 
34. Citizen Kane (1941)
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TWIST: Rosebud was his childhood sled.
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People who added this item 2488  Average listal rating (1560 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
35. Match Point (2005)
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TWIST: Chris Wilton (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) shot his pregnant mistress Nola (Scarlett Johansson) to hide the affair he had behind his pregnant wife's (Emily Mortimer) back.
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People who added this item 519  Average listal rating (349 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.8 
36. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
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TWIST: Just after James Bond and Tracy Di Vicenzo get married and the film is coming to an end, they are under attack but when they survive it, Bond discovers that his new wife has just been shot in the head.
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People who added this item 4716  Average listal rating (3140 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
37. The Departed (2006)
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TWIST: After Billy (Leonardo DiCaprio) finds our the truth about who Costello's rat is, he arrests Colin (Matt Damon) and they go down in a lift and out of nowhere, Billy is suddenly shot in the head and killed by cop Barrigan (James Badge Dale) who reveals himself to be Costello's (Jack Nicholson) second mole in the police.
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People who added this item 5144  Average listal rating (3436 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.8 
38. Inception (2010)
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TWIST: Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) reunites with his children. He spins his totem to test reality. The top spins without fault for a long period of time, but begins to wobble just as the screen smash cuts to black, leaving the audience to determine whether Cobb is actually in a dream or in reality.
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People who added this item 5903  Average listal rating (3882 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
39. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
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TWIST: After Harry returns from that graveyard with Cedric's corpse, teacher Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody is revealed to have been the cause of Harry's involvement in the Triwizard Tournament. And another twist: it isn't really Alastor Moody! The real person behind him was Death Eater Barty Crouch Jr. and we realise that he himself murdered his father Barty Crouch Sr. but under someone else's body.
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People who added this item 3440  Average listal rating (2071 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.8 
40. Being John Malkovich (1999)
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TWIST: Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) ends up watching Maxine (Catherine Keener) and Lotte (Cameron Diaz) through the eyes of their young child just like he could with John Malkovich.
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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 17 1:19
Great List!
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 17 11:50
What about A Beautiful Mind? Oldboy? The Prestige? Memento? Donnie Darko?
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 17 12:11
I was gonna include them in the list but I wanted it to 3 top 30 and they were behind Being John Malkovich.
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Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 17 18:51
I haven't watched all the movies of the list, but the ones who I watched I can say: Great choice!
Posted: 4 years, 4 months ago at Aug 18 6:08
Great list. I'll watch the others that I haven't watched yet.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at May 22 22:00
#14 and 23 aren't really twists
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at May 23 18:20
nice list..when i think of twists, the crying game comes to mind...
Posted: 3 years, 6 months ago at May 23 18:21
Cool. I haven't seen that film yet so don't tell me what happens. lol
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Aug 16 1:04
If you've seen Drag Me To Hell...
add that one here :D

Great List!
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Aug 18 3:54
Great List!I'll watch them one by one!!!

Thank you!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Mar 23 17:49
great list...what about wild things
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jul 7 11:55
You should add The Crying Game at the top spot. It has a plot so shocking, it retains that surprise factor with every rewatch.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jul 7 11:57
I would've done if I had actually watched it but in fact, I haven't yet. When I do eventually, it'll probably be on this list.

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