16 Movie Plot Twists Audiences Never Saw Coming

Some plot twists are visible from a mile away, though if they’re executed well, they can still be fun to watch. Others are clunky and lame, leaving audiences rolling their eyes all the way through the end.

We’re not talking about either of those today, though – we’re talking about the good ones. Nay, the great ones – the ones we never saw coming, and were executed like a slap in the face.


16. Breaking Dawn: Part 2 (2012)

“I’m still unsure how I feel about this one, but it was definitely well-executed.

I left the theater shocked and here I am today still thinking about it.”


15. The Usual Suspects (1995)

“I sat there with my jaw on the floor for about 10 full minutes after it was finished, and I kept going back over everything that had happened to make sense of it all.

So well done!”


14. Se7en (1995)

“When you finally find out WHAT’S IN THE BOX?!”

—Jay Zarling, Facebook

13. Life (2017)

“At the end, there are two space pods that were supposed to go opposite directions in order to save the Earth, but the wrong one (with a horrifying creature inside) ends up going to Earth, and the correct one (with the human) got sent out into deep space. It made my jaw drop.

Look it up!”


12. Insidious (2010)


“When you find out the dad at the end of the movie was possessed by the woman in black and killed Elaine, and the wife finds out by looking at the photograph.”


11. The Game (1997)

“The one with Michael Douglas.

This is an insanely underrated movie with an absolutely WILD twist ending.”


10. Last Christmas (2019)

“This one should definitely be included.

I was not expecting that twist at all!”


9. Atonement (2007)

“I’m surprised this one hasn’t been mentioned yet!

One of the most tragic yet well-executed plot twists I have ever seen.

It left me staring at the screen and crying for an hour.”


8. Us (2019)

“The ending of this movie is so incredible. Jordan Peele, being the talented man that he is, left MANY clues throughout the set up, but the twist is still so unnerving.

Basically it ends up that, when the main character got lost as a little girl, she was kidnapped and forced to switch places with her doppelgänger, so the REAL main character was actually stuck underground the whole time.

Not much scares me, but I left the theater feeling so creeped out and briefly considered just never leaving my house again.”


7. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

“When Peter Parker finds out that his date’s dad is the villain, The Vulture.

It was something I didn’t see coming at all.”


6. Arlington Road (1999)

“It truly got me.

I’m still upset about it like 20 years later.”


5. The Mist (2007)

“After all he’d gone through, only for help to be right around the corner…that one physically hurt to watch.”


4. The Uninvited (2009)

“This one for sure!

Not enough people have seen this movie.”


3. The Visit (2015)

“This movie absolutely THREW me! I was expecting like aliens or possession, but damn.

It ends up that the grandparents the kids are visiting ARE NOT their grandparents, but people who’ve killed their grandparents and broken out of an institution.

Truly, one of the best twists I’ve seen.”


2. La La Land (2016)


“The ending montage will always be my favorite twist in anything.”


1. Parasite (2019)

“The fact that there was a whole-ass person living in the rich people’s basement caught me so off guard!”


I’ve got to add some more movies to my lists.

What’s your favorite movie with a great twist? Mine is Skeleton Key!