‘The Usual Suspects’
Jaws hit the floor like a cup of coffee when the identity of Keyser Soze is revealed in the 1995 Oscar winner. Just like Agent Kujan (Chazz Palminteri), the clues were right in front of us all along when it came to “Verbal” Kint’s (Kevin Spacey) twisty retelling of a gun battle on a boat. Turns out there’s more to Kint than meets the eye, as he is revealed to be the mastermind Soze himself.
Amnesia-suffering Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) just wants to find his wife’s murderer. As two plot lines come together as one, it’s revealed Shelby has been looking in the mirror at her killer– it was him all along.
The most bizarre thing about “Orphan”’s plot twist is that years later, it was revealed to share a similar plot to a real-life story. Just like in real life, a couple adopt a nine-year-old girl, only to discover she’s actually a 33-year-old woman with a growth disorder who has been passing herself off as (an albeit creepy) youngster. Thankfully, there seems to be less murdering involved in the true story.
The moody atmospheric thriller with Nicole Kidman has us afraid of ghosts and haunted houses. Except it’s not the ghosts we need to be afraid of, it’s the living after it is revealed that Kidman and her brood are actually the ghosts haunting an old manor.
Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning “Get Out” packs a punch and a number of twists. With a brilliant turn from Daniel Kaluuya and an against-type performance from Allison Williams, the social thriller keeps viewers on the edge of their seats until the bitter end. To be fair, white people implanting themselves in the bodies of Black people is a pretty hard plot twist to guess.
A decades-long bitter feud between two rival magicians leads Hugh Jackman’s Robert Angier to drive himself to unspeakable lengths to one-up Christian Bale’s Alfred Borden and his show-stopping illusions. Turns out Borden is actually twin Christian Bales.
‘The Sixth Sense’
Any of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies would be at home on this list but his breakthrough feature “The Sixth Sense” takes the cake as the biggest audience shocker. Rewatching the 1999 thriller has us hunting for clues and studying every interaction between stars Bruce Willis and Hayley Joel Osment, who reveals the plot twist in every marketing spot leading up to the film’s release – he sees dead people, including Willis’s Dr. Crowe.
Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” starts off as a social comedy but ends as a terrifying thriller when it’s revealed keeping up an identity farce is the least of the down-on-their-luck Kim family’s worries. It’s the other family living in the basement they really need to worry about.
Two become one in David Fincher’s “Fight Club” after it’s revealed that the film’s unnamed narrator is actually suffering from associative personality disorder.
Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece “Citizen Kane” is the plot twist OG. The entire film is poised around a journalist’s quest to uncover the life of the deceased mogul Charles Foster Kane and put meaning to his final word on his deathbed – “Rosebud”. Spoiler: It’s his childhood sled.