12 Plot-Twists That People Say Are Award-Worthy

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When it comes to movies, it takes a bunch of elements coming together really well to make something great instead of good – and it’s the rare film indeed that remains imprinted on our memories long after our first viewing.

If you’re someone who likes great twists, you know those are rarer than you’d like them to be – but we think you might find something to love on this list of 12 fantastic ones.


12. Gone Baby Gone (2007)

“The ending of this one really had me questioning my morals.” —lizizzz

11. V for Vendetta (2006)

“Halfway through the film, Evey believes that she’s in prison, getting tortured, and communicating with someone…then poof, it’s revealed to all be a set-up lie. It’s wild.” —katiem4ab0be32b

10. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

“When you watch a superhero movie, you always expect the heroes to win. I remember watching the movie thinking, ‘There’s NO WAY the Avengers are going to let Thanos get all the stones…’

Then he snapped his fingers, and everyone starting dusting away. I was shaken for a long time after that.” —sarahs4ef7d1243

9. Predestination (2014)

“This deserves a spot on this list. You’re welcome.” —ellemnida1994

8. You’re Next (2011)

“We find out that the main character’s boyfriend staged the home invasion in order to kill off his whole family and get the inheritance.” —caitlinm18

7. Saw (2004)

“When you find out that the ‘dead body’ on the floor of the room was John Kramer/Jigsaw the whole time. I wish I could watch this movie for the first time all over again just for that twist!” —meeks34

6. The Illusionist (2006)

“My favorite plot twist is the end of this one. The inspector’s face when he pieces it all together is perfection.” —cassandras43100c5b2

5. Knives Out (2019)

“This one had a lot of nice plot twists, but I was shocked when we find out Marta gave the right medicine, and Ransom set fire to the DNA lab not to protect her, but to destroy the evidence that she wasn’t guilty!” —Grégory Damaso, Facebook

4. The Sixth Sense (1999)

“This is the ONLY right answer. The end of this movie, when you find out that Malcom has been a ghost this whole time changed how movie twists are written.

And when you go back and rewatch it, it makes so much sense when you notice all the little foreshadowing that goes into it!” —sydneyk416a6bc73

3. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

“While it’s well-known now, this is one of — if not THE — biggest plot twists of all time. It literally shocked all of pop culture and changed one of the biggest franchises of all time.” —anthonym4fe54dbed

2. Fight Club (1999)

“When it’s revealed that Tyler Durden is actually the narrator, it’s incredible. I love the movie as a whole, and this remains one of the most inventive and mind-boggling plot twists of all time.” —emmagarnerrr

1. A Beautiful Mind (2001)

“When they start revealing that John Nash has schizophrenia and everything he experienced was a delusion…it’s incredible and out of nowhere.” —jroberts0113

I’ve definitely slept on some of these and need to rectify that.

What’s your favorite movie with a great twist? Share it with us in the comments!