10 Best Movies With Plot Twists (Without Spoilers)

June 28, 2022 | Benjamin Carpenter

Everyone likes a good surprise. Movies with a great plot twist can elevate the entire experience, leaving audiences both thrilled and stunned. A great plot twist can be defined as a sudden but welcomed change in events that the audience does not expect. Many films have become instant classics because of their amazing plot twists, and we have compiled a list of the best ones for your viewing pleasure. Here are 10 movies with great plot twists. Don’t worry: no spoilers!


10 Movies With Great Plot Twists

Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan Gone Baby Gone

10. Gone Baby Gone

Movies with good moral dilemmas will make you question your own morality. Such is the case with Gone Baby Gone. The plot twist in this movie is so intense that it will have you thinking about it long after the credits have ended. The movie is about two Boston private detectives who investigate a little girl’s kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, and Morgan Freeman give amazing performances in this unforgettable film.

Read More: Compelling Movies About Moral Dilemmas


Isabelle Fuhrman in Orphan

9. Orphan

Orphan is a film that centers around a major plot twist. Events steadily get more intense throughout the film leading to an explosive and intense third act. The film is about a husband and wife who recently lost their baby to adopt a 9-year-old girl named Esther who is not nearly as innocent as she appears. Isabelle Fuhrman gives a career-defining performance as Esther at the age of 12 along with Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard. The secret that Esther carries is something that you won’t expect.


Cast of Avengers: Infinity War

8. Avengers: Infinity War

Superhero movies are known for their predictable endings and Avenger Infinity War does the exact opposite. The film is the culmination of 10 years and 18 movies worth of buildup since Iron Man in 2008. It features nearly every single superhero that has ever appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the stakes have never been higher. Infinity War is about The Avengers and their allies who are forced to sacrifice everything in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

Sorry To Bother You

7. Sorry To Bother You

Boots Riley made his directorial debut with Sorry To Bother You in 2018. The film is a smart satire on greed, capitalism, and corporate culture. Sorry To Bother You is about telemarketer Cassius Green who discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed. Starring LaKeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, the film takes an unexpected turn that will leave audiences both shocked and amazed. Boots Riley’s debut is not for everyone but undoubtedly has developed a cult following.


Cary Elwes in Saw (2004)

6. Saw

Saw almost single-handedly started a new phenomenon of horror movies when it was released in 2004. The film was incredibly low budget and managed to capture audiences with its simply gruesome story and clever storytelling. The film is about two strangers who awaken in a room with no recollection of how they got there, and soon discover they’re pawns in a deadly game perpetrated by a notorious serial killer. The horror game genre largely comes from this film and its success. James Wan also made his directorial debut with Saw and has become a powerhouse in Hollywood because of it.


Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in Se7en

5. Se7en

This film has a huge plot twist that instantly made the movie a classic. Se7en is a 1995 American neo-noir crime drama film directed by David Fincher. The film is an unrelenting look at modern society and the pessimistic view of human nature. The movie stars Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Gwyneth Paltrow who give excellent performances. Se7en is about two detectives, a rookie, and a veteran, who hunt a serial killer that uses the seven deadly sins as his motives. Se7en tells a dark and grim story that only gets worse as time goes on.


Grace (Nicole Kidman) comforts her daughter (Alakina Mann).

4. The Others

The Others is a film that centers around a mother of 2 children who is convinced that there are ghosts in her house. The story takes place in 1945, right after WWII ended. The mother, Grace, is played by Nicole Kidman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children and becomes convinced that the home is haunted. The Others has a plot twist that is both shocking and haunting. The film also stars Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, and Alakina Mann.

The Others is also on our list of the 15 best mind bending movies to make you question reality. Check it out here.


Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Sternhagen, Thomas Jane, and Nathan Gamble in The Mist

3. The Mist

Frank Darabont made his directorial debut with The Shawshank Redemption and followed it up with another Stephen King adaptation, The Green Mile. In 2008, Darabont took on another Stephen King story with The Mist. The Mist is about a group of people who are stranded in a supermarket after a strange mist envelops the town they’re in, forcing everyone to fight for their lives. The Mist has a shocking plot twist that might make you cringe just from the thought of it. The film features a lot of cast members from The Walking Dead including Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Melissa McBride.


2. Gone Girl

Gone Girl has one of the best plot twists in recent memory. The film presents itself as a whodunit mystery but quickly changes gears and becomes something else entirely. The movie was directed by David Fincher and written by Gillian Flynn, who also wrote the novel the movie is based on. Gone Girl follows a man after his wife disappears and is put into the spotlight by the media who suspect that he may not be innocent. The directing, acting, story, dialogue, and soundtrack are all top-notch and make for a film that is entirely unforgettable.


Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter in Fight Club

1. Fight Club

David Fincher has proven to be a master at creating movies with great plot twists. Although he has directed many iconic films, Fight Club is his most notable. The movie is an adaptation of the 1996 novel of the same name written by Chuck Palahniuk. Fight Club is about an insomniac office worker and a devil-may-care soap maker who form an underground fight club that evolves into much more. The plot twist in this film tops our list because it changes everything that came before it and makes you question the entire movie. Fight Club is a truly brilliant film and one that everyone should see.


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