10 Greatest Movie Twists Of All Time, According To Reddit

62 years after its release, the psychological horror of the late 1960s psychology remains one of the greatest twists of all time. Adopted from Joseph Stefano’s 1959 novel of the same title, Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller revealed antagonist Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) committed murders under the guise of another personality based on his mother.

A movie’s plot twist can do wonders for shaping or ending a story. Some results are haunting while other findings are infuriating. Reddit users talked about the most intriguing cinematic twists.



2009 psychological horror film Orphan was a thrill ride from start to finish. Besides having brilliant performances from Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard and Isabelle Fuhrman, the film had a rather unexpected twist. Reddit user Broken_neck_broken opined that there was “absolutely no way this twist was coming!”.

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Which makes OrphanThe twist of Esther (Fuhrman) actually being such a shocking adult is how life has unwittingly mimicked art. Ukrainian-born Natalia Grace, who suffers from a rare form of dwarfism, has been accused by her adoptive American family of being a grown woman (via Buzzfeed).

AtonementKeira Knightley and James McAvoy in Atonement (2007)

The 2007 movie Atonement has one of the best cinematic kisses, with the film’s highlight being the evergreen chemistry between Cecilia (Keira Knightley) and Robbie (James McAvoy). However, the twist ending that the lovers never actually got together is quite disappointing for fans. Redditor DubMeNikki “still hasn’t forgiven Briony to this day”.

Cecilia’s younger sister, Briony (Saroise Ronan), was the catalyst for Cecelia and Robbie’s separation. It’s a twist that directly affects the three main characters. Not only did Robby and Cecelia die without ever reconciling, but Briony never righted the wrongs of her life-changing mistakes.

coconutPromotional art for Coco (2017)

by Disney Pixar coconut is visual splendor and a heartfelt tale. The 2017 film centers on Miguel, a little boy with musical aspirations, which led him to enter the land of the dead to search for famous musician Ernesto de la Cruz. Reddit user RifleShower thinks “when Miguel finds out Ernesto is a killer” is quite unexpected.

Miguel’s idol, Ernesto, led the death of his family and the musical group. The fact that Héctor is not only Miguel’s great-great-grandfather, but that he hasn’t abandoned his family is both gratifying and devastating. Fortunately, coconut ends on a positive note.

Once upon a time in HollywoodBrad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

by Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood is a cinematic love letter to the 1960s. The 2019 film chronicles the waning career of a once-popular TV actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt best friend (Brad Pitt) and ends with a surprise twist. Redditor jacklord392 was “convinced that everyone fat is going to die”.

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The events of the film lead up to the night of the gruesome LaBianca/Tate murders at the hands of Charles Manson’s gang. HollywoodThe twist actually has the gang going to kill Rick (DiCaprio) and Cliff (Pitt) on actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and crew, resulting in violent retaliation from the duo.

Planet of the ApesThe cast of Planet of the Apes (1968)

Based on the 1963 French novel by Pierre Bouelle The Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes broke the mold of sci-fi movies and special effects makeup. The 1968 film revolves around the crash landing of astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) on a regular planet. Redditor Alert_Salt7048 thinks the twist had “a few clues throughout the movie but you don’t get it until the end…”.

After a nuclear war, anthropomorphic apes reverse the situation of humans by enslaving them. In the now iconic scene with the head of the Statue of Liberty, Taylor realizes he’s been on planet Earth the whole time.

missing girlRosamund Pike and Ben Affleck in Gone Girl (2014)

Adopted from Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel of the same name, missing girl is a captivating psychological thriller. The 2014 film’s case of a man named Nick (Ben Affleck) becoming the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) draws parallels to the case of Scott and Laci Peterson. As for the twist’s ending, Redditor filipelm wishes “I might forget I ever watched it just to relive the second half of the movie.”

Although idolized, Amy Dunne should not be admired for her conduct. Amy is a new-age femme fatale, seductive and cunning in her nefarious actions towards Nick.

Knives outThe cast of Knives Out (2019)

Moviegoers await the release of Knives Out 2but since no one could be trusted Knives out, there will inevitably be twists in the sequel. This Reddit user believes that the predecessor’s twist “kinda changed the genre of the movie it was advertised about.”

The 2019 mystery film centers on the murder of famed novelist/patriarch Thrombey Harlan (Christopher Plummer), with Harlan’s nurse Marta (Ana de Armas) as the prime suspect. Harlan’s death being accidental rather than murder not only proved the Thrombey family’s ulterior motives, but gave Marta the opportunity to turn the tables.

PrestigeA promotional photo for Le Prestige (2006)

Adapted from Christopher Priest’s 1995 novel of the same title, Prestige concocts a spellbinding illusion of psychology and scientific fantasy. The 2006 thriller about the competition between two rival magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale) has a trick up its sleeve. Reddit user bgea2003 loved “the way the plot is presented like a magic trick”.

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Director Christopher Nolan is renowned for incorporating twists into his innovative works. The fact that the two magicians completely fooled the audience both on and off screen with the use of doubles was crisp and unpredictable.

AndhadhunTwo people tied up in Andhadhun (2018)

2018 Andhadhun is a Bollywood film worthy of a Hollywood adaptation. Translated as the blind melody, the dark comic thriller is marked by hints of mystery and intensity. This Reddit user’s suggestion of “Andhadhun: Bollywood film” highlights a fantastic plot twist.

The film’s anti-heroic protagonist, Akash (Aysuhmann Khuranna), still pretends to be blind when he has in fact lost his sight and regained it. Where the twist lies is in the result of How? ‘Or’ What he received his new eyes. AndhadhunThe conclusion of sparked a huge debate on Reddit, leaving the ending open to interpretation.

Primary fear

1996 legal thriller Primary fear is a fascinating case of crime and deceit. Based on William Diehl’s 1993 book of the same name, the film revolves around a prominent defense attorney, Martin (Richard Gere), who tries to get his client Aaron (Edward Norton) acquitted of murder. Redditor bokchoysoyboy thought Norton’s first cinematic performance was “phenomenal throughout the movie but especially at the end”.

Throughout the film, Aaron is thought to suffer from dissociative identity disorder. The reveal of his murderous alternate personality Roy being Aaron’s true form was shocking enough, with Norton executing a sinister apathy in his delivery.

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