There's always that one friend who can predict the ending to any movie ever and always leaves feeling proud of their accuracy. Deep down they are probably devastated because there are no surprises in their life. But there are a handful of great movies out there that have a serious plot twist, good and bad, and have left most viewers speechless.
*Warning: spoilers ahead!*
It seems surprise endings are becoming less common in theaters, maybe because it is getting more difficult to surprise viewers. Sometimes it seems like you can guess the ending within the first ten minutes. But these are some classic, modern and unexpected films that, for the most part, created quite a sense of awe from viewers.
Shutter IslandThere was no way to see this one coming. Or maybe there was and I was just totally blindsided. The thrill and creepiness throughout this movie is enough to keep your attention, even if you were slightly confused majority of the time. For a moment, this movie has you thinking that you might be the one losing it.
MRW I finally watch #SplitMovie and see that ending! #mindblown #speechless https://t.co/WbKQdbDgfb— Ketwolski🖖 (@Ketwolski🖖)1509739936.0
The VillageMaybe not an incredibly complicated ending but it's still pretty messed up. I mean, who dresses up like monsters to keep people trapped in a crazy village? The elders in this village use fear to control their townspeople and restrict them from living normal lives outside of their village. I was mostly just mad at the elders for being crazy jerks and scaring their friends and families; that's just mean.
The Sixth Sense*Still shivers when thinking of this movie* In 1999, when this film was first released, I don't think anyone could have seen this ending coming. Even today it still has first time watchers shocked. This is truly a surprise ending, in every way possible. When you watch this movie for the second time, which I highly recommend you do, you notice so much that you didn't see before, like the fact that Bruce Willis' wife is actually ignoring him the whole time because he's dead. Just a classic, creepy plot twist that has scarred many viewers for the rest of their lives.
Seven PoundsThis movie intertwines stories of people who, on the surface, have next to nothing in common. You follow Will Smith's character, Tim, who is actually pretending to be his brother, Ben. Tim is on a journey of redemption, guilt, shame and sacrifice. The ending is beautiful, tragic and actually makes a lot of sense. Not your average, scary plot twist, but an amazing story of humanity and the urge to atone for past mistakes.
UnbreakableBruce Willis is at it again with a thriller that has you on the edge of your seat until the very end. This movie is a journey of destiny, survival and what it means to be a hero. Samuel L. Jackson plays an ominous role that ultimately holds the key to what makes this movie so surprising in the end.
how i was when Rose stopped crying & said "now babe you know i can't give you the keys right?" #GetOut #GetOutMovie https://t.co/7SSUdsohAO— Dallyce ✨ (@Dallyce ✨)1488255072.0
SawThe original. The first of its kind. The most disturbing, gory movie that I have ever seen. The first movie really set the tone for the rest of the series that has taken over the gore/horror genre of movies. In the ending, we find out that Jigsaw was actually in the torture room the whole time. Which is just, I mean kind of impossible, but mostly mind-blowing. The overall theme of unreal gore of this movie is what makes it so surprising, disturbing and weirdly addicting for some people.
The MistThis movie ends in a surprising tragedy. No one wants to see a man kill his own son. This one is hard to watch; the ending is one that you should rejoice for but are too filled with grief and sadness to be excited when help finally comes to save David, the main character, from the poisonous mist, after it's just a few moments too late.
AtonementThe title of this movie actually solves a part of the mystery. A lie once told by a little girl ultimately ruins her older sister's life. This movie contains fiction within fiction, the ultimate betrayal of the viewer. The sad, honest reveal at the end of this film leaves quite an empty feeling within yourself, but still worth the watch. Oh, and you'll probably cry so get your tissues ready.
Now You See MeA movie about magicians? There's got to be a surprise ending. You think you're tracking the whole time, following the frustrated Mark Ruffalo as he tries to stop the magicians. Then you find out he is the ultimate magician and this was all apart of his big, insanely detailed, trick to fool even the best magicians, and the whole world that was watching.
OrphanThis woman (NOT a girl) is quite literally insane. We find out the orphan that this unsuspecting family adopts turns out to be a 33-year-old with a growth disorder, making her look like a small child. She's creepy, violent and she kills pigeons. No ghosts or gimmicks in this movie, just a scary serial killer woman acting as a little girl who secretly tries to hit on her new adopted father. Fake teeth and a necklace that covers up some serious scars. Yeah, it's weird.
The BoxI feel like this was a truly underrated film. A box with a button inside is presented to a family. If they press the button, they get a million dollars, but someone in the world dies, someone they don't know. A pretty simple story line creates an ending that is a combination of everything you didn't want to happen in the movie. Basically everyone loses, lots of death and we find out that money doesn't solve anything. More money, more problems is the theme of this movie.
Fight ClubI want to tell you the ending, but we all know the rules.
ScreamI guess this ending makes sense, but it was still a surprise to most of us. I mean, there was no way one guy could have been everywhere at once, doing all that killing by himself. Of course he needed a steady sidekick. Also, that mask is just unbelievably creepy.
Donnie DarkoA young Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this sci-fi thriller that fools the viewer again, taking us on a psychological rollercoaster ride where a man in a freaky rabbit costume is the one calling the shots. The ending is basically the reason I have trust issues. Baby Gyllenhaal had me fooled the whole time.
Planet of the ApesThe 1968 version probably had the surprise ending of that generation. Creepy monkeys inhabiting a planet that turns out to be earth. This is one of those movies that I hope will never actually be true but part of me thinks it could be...
Wow... Christopher Nolan is the film equivalent of a magician. The Prestige is brilliant, even going in knowing a p… https://t.co/E0yowDQTP1— Cade Onder (@Cade Onder)1517957154.0
Collateral BeautyWill Smith steals the show again with this beautiful story of love, time and death. The ending will most likely have you crying as you find out something you kind of knew all along but were still surprised by. The whole cast commits to a story that defines beauty and regret, shame and healing.
CocoThis is one of my favorite movies and the ending STILL GETS ME HEATED. Ernesto de la Cruz cannot be trusted. His "Remember Me" song is a scam! There's still a happy ending to this movie and it's actually much happier than I could have imagined. But I am still pretty upset over de la Cruz's ability to lie.
47 Meters Down
Finally watched 47 meters down...I AM NOT OKAY WITH THE ENDING. I want an alternative ending, pronto. I’m not okay. I repeat I AM NOT OKAY.— Angel☾ (@Angel☾)1517891095.0