5 “The Orphanage”
While many film twists are intense, exciting and naturally surprising, few are as tragic and disappointing as the conclusion of the 2007 horror-thriller movie “The Orphanage.” Adapted from a Spanish film and directed by J.A. Bayona, “The Orphanage” seems like your typical supernatural tale about a family moving into a new house where tragedy occurred. The setup for the dramatic twist begins when the son goes missing.
4 “The Sixth Sense”
Director M. Night Shyamalan is one of the true masters of the shocking film twist. He established his reputation in his 1999 drama-thriller, which starred Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment and featured the classic line “I see dead people.” A suspenseful and captivating story on the surface, the film goes to new level in a final shocking moment.
3 “The Descent”
Few films have leveraged an amazing twist to turn an otherwise average horror-thriller story into something great in the way the Neil Marshall-directed 2005 film “The Descent” did. The story is seemingly another in a long line of tales about a group of adventurers getting trapped in a cave and living out a horrific experience. The shocker occurs in the end just as you think the main character has found the light.
2 “Fight Club”
Director David Fincher is known for intense, thought-provoking drama. None of his films threw a wrench into an already riveting tale like his 1999 film “Fight Club,” which starred Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter. Fincher made great use of the ability to turn stunning visual images and talented character actors into brilliant story with an even more brilliant shocker at the end.
1 “The Usual Suspects”
Directed by Bryan Singer, the 1995 crime thriller “The Usual Suspects” features an amazing ensemble cast that included Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Spacey. It also featured one of the most brilliant, shocking and impactful movie twists of all time as a seemingly conventional drama story is turned on its head in a final reveal about a character who is not what he seems.