The 50 Best Twist Endings of All Time

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People have always enjoyed stories whose plots develop in thought-provoking unexpected ways. One type of story that plays a significant trick on the mind is the one that takes such a surprising turn as it ends that you reassess the story up until that point. Perhaps more than what is the case of a story read in a book, a film with a great twist ending changes your perspective and can elicit new feelings when watched again. Indeed, films with a surprising ending invite repeated viewings, letting you see the story play out in a new way in light of the secret revealed in the last act.

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    Planet of the Apes

    1968, in 15 top lists Check
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    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

    1980, in 23 top lists Check
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    Predestination

    2014, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dark City

    1998, in 5 top lists Check
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    Coherence

    2013, in 0 top lists Check
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    Interstellar

    2014, in 9 top lists Check
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    Fight Club

    1999, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Sixth Sense

    1999, in 19 top lists Check
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    Chinatown

    1974, in 29 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    Vertigo

    1958, in 42 top lists Check
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    Se7en

    1995, in 23 top lists Check
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    Memento

    2000, in 24 top lists Check
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    Inception

    2010, in 17 top lists Check
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    Trance

    2013, in 0 top lists Check
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    Arrival

    2016, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Prestige

    2006, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Crying Game

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Usual Suspects

    1995, in 22 top lists Check
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    I Am Mother

    2019, in 0 top lists
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    Triangle

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    Exam

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Phase IV

    1974, in 1 top list Check
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    The Machinist

    2004, in 1 top list Check
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    The Others

    2001, in 7 top lists Check
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    American Beauty

    1999, in 22 top lists Check
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    Murder on the Orient Express

    1974, in 0 top lists Check
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    Arlington Road

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Abyss

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
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    Primal Fear

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shutter Island

    2010, in 7 top lists Check
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    Twelve Monkeys

    1995, in 13 top lists Check
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    Source Code

    2011, in 0 top lists Check
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    Below

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    Don't Look Now

    1973, in 17 top lists Check
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    Soylent Green

    1973, in 3 top lists Check
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    Moon

    2009, in 4 top lists Check
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    Hard Candy

    2005, in 2 top lists Check
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    Code 46

    2003, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cypher

    2002 — a.k.a. Brainstorm, in 0 top lists Check
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    Robot & Frank

    2012, in 0 top lists Check
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    Black Death

    2010, in 0 top lists Check
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    Right at Your Door

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Descent

    2005, in 4 top lists Check
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    Pandorum

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    Alien³

    1992 — a.k.a. Alien 3, in 1 top list Check
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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001 — a.k.a. Mulholland Drive, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Quiet Earth

    1985, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Village

    2004, in 3 top lists Check
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    Fallen

    1998, in 0 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jun 29, 2019 by Jostiel;