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MonaLeigh
10-04-2007, 05:29 AM
What are some films that had great twist endings that you didn't see coming? Here are a few for me:

Sixth Sense
Fight Club
Primal Fear

JoNightshade
10-04-2007, 05:36 AM
The Prestige. I knew SOMETHING was coming, I was just so engrossed in the story that I didn't see it until it popped out at me. Which was the point.

totidem_verbis
10-04-2007, 05:38 AM
The Village

Sunkissed27f
10-04-2007, 05:39 AM
Silent Hill....enough said!

chartreuse
10-04-2007, 06:32 AM
Not technically at the end, but The Crying Game had a classic twist.

maestrowork
10-04-2007, 07:04 AM
I guessed all the endings except the Sixth Sense -- I guess I just wasn't paying attention with that one.

Other twist endings, off the top of my head:

The Usual Suspects
The Illusionist
The Others
Donnie Darko
Primal Fear
Vanilla Sky

III
10-04-2007, 07:09 AM
Dang it, you guys scooped the ones I was gonna say. mmmmm, how about

The Empire Strikes Back
Primal Fear
American History X
American Psycho
High School Musical 2

maestrowork
10-04-2007, 07:15 AM
Don't forget the classics like Psycho.

Also, Memento.

kristie911
10-04-2007, 07:18 AM
I totally saw American History X coming. But I love the movie...one of my top 10 favorites.

Sixth Sense was the first movie that came to mind when I saw this thread.
Primal Fear was a definite twist I didn't see coming.

I can't think of any you guys haven't named! But I'm a little brain fried tonight.

III
10-04-2007, 07:33 AM
I totally saw American History X coming.

You saw Danny getting killed coming? I thought for sure Seth was gonna kill Derick. Definitely in my top 10 too along with Memento and Usual Suspects and Fight Club. I'm glad I watched all of them before reading this thread!

kristie911
10-04-2007, 07:38 AM
You saw Danny getting killed coming?

Absolutely. Mostly because Danny was the narrator. I knew something was going to happen to him...I didn't really expect the shooter to be kind of an unknown. I figured it would be a different scenerio but I wasn't very surprised.

rosebud1981
10-04-2007, 04:17 PM
A few more to add to the list:

The Third Man
Fallen
Planet of the Apes
Arlington Road

Calla Lily
10-04-2007, 04:22 PM
Another vote for Sixth Sense and The Illusionist. Although I was blindsided on the latter because I saw in the oening credits it was based on a Steven Millhauser story--blech! Gag! curse! Rant!--and I immediately assumed it would have a miserable, depressing ending involving death of a beloved character. (Want me to tell you how I really feel now?)

ccarver30
10-04-2007, 04:39 PM
The Prestige. I knew SOMETHING was coming, I was just so engrossed in the story that I didn't see it until it popped out at me. Which was the point.

Yep- I hated the movie though. :( What a waste of 2 hot male babes.

I figured out The 6th Sense right away.

The Illusionist was good!!

Bmwhtly
10-04-2007, 05:01 PM
Memento.Now that WAS a good twist that I didn't see coming.
Peculiar that I didn't see it coming, since the film starts at the end.

Hot Fuzz had a good faux twist. When Angel get's stabbed. Do you see?

Gravity
10-04-2007, 06:04 PM
Identity

The_Grand_Duchess
10-04-2007, 06:47 PM
Identity! Yes that was crazy! Did not see that coming at all!

Fallen was another good twist.

And there's the movie with Matthew Mechogny (sp?). . . the killer and the rose garden. Help me out here people.

CaroGirl
10-04-2007, 07:27 PM
Thelma and Louise surprised me
Sixth Sense, of course
The Usual Suspects
No Way Out

MidnightMuse
10-04-2007, 07:39 PM
I can't think of one not already mentioned. But Memento is one of my favorites.

Sixth Sense was kinda obvious, though, and that frustrated me. As did the remake of Planet of the Apes - that movie should have ended with the scene prior.

maestrowork
10-04-2007, 08:14 PM
Identity! Yes that was crazy! Did not see that coming at all!

Actually I did, and it made the rest of the movie kind of a bore. I guessed it midway through and so I started to NOT care what happened to the characters. So sometimes it's better to just leave my brain at the door and enjoy the film instead of trying to outguess the storyteller. LOL.

Speaking of which, did anyone mention Secret Windows yet? Now, that one I didn't guess, and certainly wasn't expecting that ending.

ChaosTitan
10-04-2007, 08:22 PM
You guys have already listed the best ones. Um...

The Departed
Return to Paradise
LA Confidential

maestrowork
10-04-2007, 08:52 PM
The original Planet of the Apes had one of the best twists in history.

The remake sucks.

MidnightMuse
10-04-2007, 09:32 PM
Indeed!

bluejester12
10-05-2007, 07:35 AM
Unbreakable -- I think comic fans may have got this "twist" more than non-fans

Sixth Sense

double "Oh!" on Fight Club

Saw (the first one)

ChaosTitan
10-05-2007, 07:41 AM
Saw (the first one)

OMG, how could I forget Saw?

Saw 2 had a good twist, as did Dead Silence. Neither were as jaw-dropping (for me) as the first Saw, but still good.

maestrowork
10-05-2007, 08:26 AM
The Passion of the Christ.

OK, I'm just being silly. ;)

Bmwhtly
10-05-2007, 12:02 PM
Saving Private Ryan.

Wait, don't dismiss it. It may just be me, but at the beginning of the film when you see the old man in the cemetery fade into Tom Hanks at Normandy, it's setting us up to believe that the old man is Tom Hanks.
So when he gets killed on the bridge, it's a bit of a kick-in-the-bollocks moment.

childeroland
10-05-2007, 11:59 PM
A Tale of Two Sisters.
The Ring (the remake)
Oldboy

MonaLeigh
10-28-2007, 11:17 PM
I just thought of another one, No Way Out.

maxmordon
10-29-2007, 12:07 AM
The Illusionist, Memento, LA Confidential and how to forget the first movie with an unexpected plot twist?

http://www.celtoslavica.de/chiaroscuro/films/caligari/2.jpg

Shadow_Ferret
10-29-2007, 12:12 AM
Saving Private Ryan.

Wait, don't dismiss it. It may just be me, but at the beginning of the film when you see the old man in the cemetery fade into Tom Hanks at Normandy, it's setting us up to believe that the old man is Tom Hanks.
So when he gets killed on the bridge, it's a bit of a kick-in-the-bollocks moment.
That's one of the reasons why I hate that movie. I thought throughout the whole thing that Tom Hanks was going to survive, then he gets killed and it through me for a loop. What the hell?

sassafras
02-07-2008, 07:27 PM
The Others (Nicole Kidman)

Bartholomew
02-07-2008, 07:40 PM
Anything by del Toro. o_o

williemeikle
02-07-2008, 07:45 PM
>What are some films that had great twist endings that you didn't see >coming? Here are a few for me:
>
>Sixth Sense
>Fight Club
>Primal Fear

Don't know if it's just me, but I saw all of those coming... in the Sixth Senses case, I knew about five minutes in to the film...

Fallen is one I didn't see coming

maestrowork
02-07-2008, 07:57 PM
Atonement.

Stormhawk
02-07-2008, 11:39 PM
Another vote for The Prestige

(God I love that movie, it's got Batman, Wolverine, Jareth and Smeagol in it, it's like a never-ending geekfest).

miles
02-08-2008, 01:45 AM
Frailty

Presumed Innocent

miles
02-08-2008, 01:56 AM
The Game

Secret Window

Fox The Cave
02-08-2008, 02:12 PM
Fight Club

American History X

Atonement

The Departed (a lot of twists here, didn't see one of them coming)

I love the way American History X - lead you on to believe there's a hell of a lot more story coming then sucker punch you with the ending. I'm looking forward to watching Primal Fear - every Norton movie save that fucking Smoochy one is a classic.

DaddyCat
02-08-2008, 05:01 PM
Titanic

Not the ship sinking of course, I mean Jack's fate. The whole time it was looking bad for Jack during the sinking, my wife was frantic. I was one of those oh-so-clever suckers, telling her "The old Rose in the future has his last name! They both survive, get married, blah blah..."

triceretops
02-08-2008, 05:19 PM
Phenomenom and A Beautiful Mind kind of threw my ass in the weeds. They weren't twists per se as much as I didn't know what the hell was going on in either of them until much later in the storyline.

Tri

Inky
02-08-2008, 05:26 PM
To Live and Die in L.A.

mikeland
02-08-2008, 05:27 PM
A lot of that have already been mentioned surprised me (in a good way), particularly No Way Out, Usual Suspects and The Others.

A couple more:

Scream

The Skeleton Key

Pike
02-08-2008, 05:31 PM
Ya, there appears to be a finite number of good twist ending films. I agree on the Usual Suspects, the Sixth Sense, and Primal Fear (that one snuck up on me!) but my favorite is still:

Malice. It got such odd reviews from people who obviously didn't sit all of the way through it and missed how it all came together.

Pike