We all are a sucker for that one amazing movie that comes in every few years that leaves the audience talking about it in the years ahead. Regardless of them being the latest or a couple of decades-old we know we are going to recommend it to anyone who ever asks us for ‘the best movie’. We are here to share the best ones according to us that have a mind-blowing plot twist that no one expects even.
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A plot twist can either give you an all-time hit or just put another nail in your filmmaking career. Following is a list of movies that have had the best plot twists and we are still in awe.
Who says you need big sets to get a hit movie? James Wan’s horror classic was mostly shot in one room and it didn’t stop it from becoming one of the biggest horror movie franchises. Having been chained in a dilapidated bathroom with a corpse lying around, a photographer Adam played by Leigh Whannel, and an oncologist Lawrence Gordan played by Cary Elwes find themselves trapped with each other following rules and trying to kill each other so the nightmare ends. Only to find later on in the movie that they both are the victims of the captor jigsaw who is just lying around in the middle of the room disguised as a corpse.
Fight Club (1999)
Starring Hollywood’s biggest stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton this movie is based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. The movie surrounds a group of society’s rejected forming a literal “fight club” which eventually turns into a violent group that forms a terrorist plot to bring down corporate America. The club’s leader Edward Norton “the narrator” and bard pit the hot-headed and blunt “Tyler Durden”. After a series of escalating events, it comes to light that, the narrator and Durden had been the same person all along. The movie till date is loved by many and has gone down to be one of the bests.
A list of the greatest movie plot twists is incomplete without the mention of Christopher Nolan. Nolan’s Memento is a movie made for a plot twist. Not only is the movie told backward but the main character brilliantly played by Guy Pearce suffers from a short-term memory loss. Making him the perfect unreliable narrator. To keep his memory intact Leonard uses polaroids, takes notes, and has all the clues tattooed over his torso. Throughout the movie, Leonard is in pursuit of the guy who raped and murdered his wife. He also narrates the story of a guy named Sammy Jankis who suffered through short-term memory loss and while trying to test his condition’s actuality, he accidentally killed his diabetic wife by giving her an overdose of Insulin. By the end of the movie by some revelations, it turns out that the guy who raped Leonard’s wife was not responsible for her murder and had been killed years ago by Leonard himself. He just can’t remember it. The other thing he couldn’t remember was his real name is Sammy Jankis. Get it?
Get Out (2017)
This Jordan Peele’s horror-comedy surrounds an African American guy named Chris played by Daniel Kaluuya who travels to meet the family of his white girlfriend Rose played by Allison Williams. Chris worries about how will the family react to him being black. Little does he know that that’s all they are looking for. As he spends time in Rose’s family house, he encounters some weird stuff that makes him anxious about his own life. He soon becomes convinced that they bury a dark secret and asks Rose to leave. Again, little did he know the Rose was in on the conspiracy. Chris comes across pictures of some black men Rose has to have prior relationships with. Chris soon realizes that he has been lured to Rose’s cult-like family who wants to have his body and use it as a vessel for the minds of elderly white people transferred through the process of “the coagula”.
Shutter Island (2010)
The list of plot twists remains incomplete without the mention of Martin Scorsese’s tense psychological thriller Shutter Island. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as US Marshal Teddy Denials and Mark Ruffalo as Leo’s partner Chuck Aule. The two US marshals arrive at a center of a criminally insane to track down an escaped killer who drowned her three children. However, Teddy has an ulterior motive for taking the job as he wants to find the patient named Andrew Laeddis who killed his wife in a fire. After some keen investigation and it comes to light that Teddy himself was a patient at the facility and Chuck was a doctor. The killer he was looking for was his wife who drowned his three kids after which he killed her right away. The elaborate ruse was an attempt by the psychiatrist John Cawley to bring Teddy whose real name is Andrew Laeddis (Edward Daniels) back to reality.
If you are looking for the movies with the best plot twists that keep you thinking about them even after long, then the aforementioned are the ones for you.