Top 20 Movies with Unexpected Endings

Do you love unexpected developments and plot twists that take your breath away? Hold on to the top 20 films with an unpredictable ending - you definitely won't guess how it will all end!

1. Mulholland Drive (2001)

Lynch's psychedelic thriller starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring and Justin Theroux deservedly tops this list. The film began as a pilot episode of a series that was never completed - so the ending is quite intriguing.

Mulholland Drive - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

2. Donnie Darko (2001)

The cult sci-fi film starring Jake Gyllenhaal tells about the coming end of the world. Which only high school student Donnie Darko knows about from a mysterious and sinister rabbit-man.

Donnie Darko - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

3. Stay (2005)

Grim and depressed student Henry (Ryan Gosling) survives a terrible accident. Psychologist Sam (Ewan McGregor) knows for sure that Henry hears voices and dreams of suicide. What actually happened?

Stay - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

4. Split (2016)

Another fantastic acting success of James McAvoy is the story of Kevin, who suffers from a personality disorder. One day, he kidnaps Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and two other girls. But why?

Split - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

5. Mind Games (2001)

Odd math genius John Nash (Russell Crowe) arrives at Princeton, immerses himself in research, then builds a career and gets married. But one day, CIA agent William Parcher (Ed Harris) turns to him for help, only something does not add up in this story.

Split - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

6. Inside my memory (2003)

Simon Cable (Ryan Phillippe) wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the last two years of his life. He does not remember his wife, brother and mistress, but he is desperate to solve these mysteries. But right before the CT scan, he again fades into oblivion due to a suspicious injection.

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7. Watchmen (2009)

The most unusual superhero movie is the cult work of Zack Snyder. The world is only 5 minutes away from the nuclear apocalypse on the Doomsday Clock. And an unusual team of heroes is trying to figure out what's going on. Starring Matthew Goode, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson and others.

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8. Heart of an angel (1987)

A certain Louis Cypher (Robert De Niro) hires detective Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) to find a musician missing after the war. Allegedly, after being wounded, he lost his memory and ended up in a psychiatric hospital. But it is not exactly...

Watchmen - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

9. Cabin in the woods (2012)

The film begins as a classic horror movie, in which a group of friends led by Kurt (Chris Hemsworth) find themselves in a mysterious cabin where some kind of horror is constantly happening. But then they find an underground laboratory and then the most interesting thing turns out!

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10 Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Detective Kenneth Branagh based on the novel by Agatha Christie with Branagh himself, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer was doomed to success. Hercule Poirot has to solve another case, in which everything is not as simple as it seems.

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11. Prestige (2006)

Christopher Nolan is Christopher Nolan, and he never has predictable endings at all. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Scarlett Johansson starred in the mysterious story of the great magician.

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12 Primal Fear (1996)

Action thriller Gregory Hoblit concurrently became the debut work of Edward Norton in the movie. Near the body of the archbishop, they found only the bloodied teenager Aaron. Lawyer Martin Weil (Richard Gere) disagrees with the accusations against the guy.

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13. Mom! (2017)

In Darren Aronofsky's dramatic thriller, elements of horror are closely intertwined with biblical stories. Starring He (Javier Bardem), Mother (Jennifer Lawrence), Man (Ed Harris) and Woman (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Primal Fear - Best Unexpected Ending Movies

14. Knives Out (2019)

The famous writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) gathers the whole family for his anniversary. In the morning the housekeeper finds his body. Suspicions fall on the nurse Martha (Ana de Armas), but detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) guesses that something is not clean here.

Mom! - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

15. Identification (2003)

A man with a woman's bloodied body tumbles into a roadside motel after an accident. But what really happened remains to be seen. Cast: John Cusack, Ray Liotta and Amanda Peet.

Knives Out - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

16. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

In Kubrick's dystopia based on the novel of the same name by Anthony Burgess, not only the denouement is unpredictable, but also most of the events. Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his gang keep the whole city in fear until he gets into an experimental reform program for criminals.

Identification - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

17. Gone Girl (2014)

After the anniversary of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike), the wife mysteriously disappears under unclear circumstances. Everything points to a kidnapping, but that would be too easy.

A Clockwork Orange - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

18. Others (2001)

The historical mysticism of Alejandro Amenabar with Nicole Kidman was nominated for 8 Goya awards at once - something like the Spanish Oscar. One day, all the servants mysteriously disappear from the house of Grace Stuart and her children, and a new trinity comes in their place.

Gone Girl - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

19. Game (1997)

Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) is a successful banker who receives a gift certificate for a certain Game from the Entertainment Service. And after that, his whole life goes awry, in the best tradition of director David Fincher.

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20. Tenet (2020)

Even though Nolan's last film just came out, it would be unfair not to mention it. Games with time and reality, sudden twists of fate and a star cast with John Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki and Kenneth Branagh - all that we love this director so much for!

The Game - Best Movies with Unexpected Endings

Things to know (Q&A)

Which movie has the most unpredictable ending?

10 Unpredictable Movie Endings That Keep You in Suspense Until...

  • Shutter Island (2010) ...
  • Taking lives (2004) ...
  • Se7en (1995) ...
  • The Secret in Her Eyes (2009) ...
  • Usual Suspects (1995) ...
  • The Prestige (2006) ...
  • The Sixth Sense (1999) ...
  • Memento (2000)

What movie has the best twist ending?

Best Twist Ending Movies

  • American Beauty (1999) R | 122 min | Drama. ...
  • The Prestige (2006) PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller. ...
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) R | 142 min | Drama. ...
  • The Usual Suspects (1995) R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery. ...
  • Memento (2000) ...
  • Whiplash (2014) ...
  • Fight Club (1999) ...
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992)

What movies have a surprise endings?

Ranking the 25 best films with a surprise ending

  1. "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
  2. "Psycho" (1960) ...
  3. "The Usual Suspects" (1995) ...
  4. "Fight Club" (1999) ...
  5. "The Sixth Sense" (1999) ...
  6. “The Others” (2001) ...
  7. "The Prestige" (2006) ...
  8. "Sleepaway Camp" (1983) ...

What movie has the most plot twist?

Here are the top ten greatest plot twists of all time, ranked: spoilers ahead.

  • 8 Planet Of The Apes.
  • 7 Se7en.
  • 6 Saw.
  • 5 Fight Club.
  • 4 The Usual Suspects.
  • 3 Psycho.
  • 2 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
  • 1 The Sixth Sense.

What movie has the most shocking ending?

The Most Shocking Movie Endings

  • Psycho (1960) ...
  • Get Out (2017) ...
  • Fight Club (1999) ...
  • The Others (2001) ...
  • The Prestige (2006) ...
  • Us (2019) ...
  • Glass (2019) 2016's Split marked a return to form for M. ...
  • Gone Baby Gone (2007) The ending of Ben Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone was divisive to say the least.

What movie has the most plot twist?

Here are the top ten greatest plot twists of all time, ranked: spoilers ahead.

  • 8 Planet Of The Apes.
  • 7 Se7en.
  • 6 Saw.
  • 5 Fight Club.
  • 4 The Usual Suspects.
  • 3 Psycho.
  • 2 Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.
  • 1 The Sixth Sense.

What movies have a surprise endings?

Ranking the 25 best films with a surprise ending

  1. "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
  2. "Psycho" (1960) ...
  3. "The Usual Suspects" (1995) ...
  4. "Fight Club" (1999) ...
  5. "The Sixth Sense" (1999) ...
  6. “The Others” (2001) ...
  7. "The Prestige" (2006) ...
  8. "Sleepaway Camp" (1983) ...

What makes a good ending to a movie?

The most important thing to consider is that a fantastic ending will keep the audience engaged until the very last scene of your film . Unless you're going for a cliff-hanger, it should resolve everything and leave the viewer feeling satisfied with the storyline and the character development.

What movie had the first plot twist?

Caligari (1920, Ger.) The main plot of this influential German silent horror film from director Robert Wiene was about a mysterious, insane hypnotist-doctor and his somnabulist. It probably had the first or earliest twist ending ever in a movie.

What is the best plot movie?

Great plot, great movies , a must watch

  • A Beautiful Mind (2001) PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama. ...
  • Inception (2010) PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. ...
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) ...
  • Snatch (2000) ...
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (2004) ...
  • Memento (2000) ...
  • The Illusionist (2006) ...
  • Fight Club (1999)