MASSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD. Obvs.
10. Planet of the Apes (1968)
Three astronauts travel hundreds of millions of miles over thousands of years to crash land on an unknown planet entirely populated by damn dirty apes. Gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, you name it, and they all run this new land. The astronauts struggle as humans are treated as second-class citizens, nothing but mute creatures wearing animal skins.
The Twist: The planet has been earth all along! A great twist uncovered with an iconic shot of the one surviving astronaut stumbling across a half-sunken Statue of Liberty on the shore.
9. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Softly spoken cripple Verbal Kint is the only surviving member of his gang after the five criminals ‘One Last Job’ for legendary criminal boss Keyser Soze goes disastrously wrong. Verbal attempts to explain to the police exactly what happened.
The Twist: Verbal is Keyser Soze. As he walks out of the police station he slowly stops limping and lights up a cigarette as it begins to dawn on the officers.
8. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Dr Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist on his first job back after a scarring home invasion, is dealing with his own problems at home while trying to fix a trouble young Haley Joel Osment.
The Twist: Dr Crowe died in the home invasion, his wife is ignoring him because she can’t see him.
7. Fight Club (1999)
Edward Norton’s unnamed narrator meets an anarchic troublemaker on a work flight called Tyler Durden. The two start an underground fighting movement that sweeps American cities and rapidly gets out of hand.
The Twist: The narrator has dissociative identity disorder and has been Tyler Durden the whole time.
6. Memento (2000)
Leonard Shelby has amnesia but is trying to solve the murder of his wife in an earlier home invasion using clues he has left for himself like tattoos and photographs.
The Twist: His wife survived the home invasion, but he later accidentally killed her through a diabetic insulin overdose.
5. The Others (2001)
Nicole Kidman is a troubled housewife, waiting with her two children for her husband to return from WWII when she starts being haunted by unseen beings.
The Twist: Kidman and her children are the ghosts and the beings are a new family in the 21st Century, she killed her kids and herself in a bout of insanity but has no idea.
4. The Village (2004)
Villagers in the secluded 19th Century hamlet of Covington are terrorised by “Those We Don’t Speak Of”, shadowy unseen monsters that live in the woods and stop people from leaving.
The Twist: There are no monsters. The village is actually ran by a group of modern day people who created a settlement removed from society and lied to their children about the truth.
3. Orphan (2009)
An American family adopt a nine year old Russian orphan and their life slowly begins to unravel.
The Twist: Esther, the orphan, is actually a 33 year old woman with a growth disorder.
2. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
Tim Robbins plays a traumatised Vietnam veteran haunted by strange hallucinations and mysterious flashbacks.
The Twist: Robbins is lying on his death bed and his life is flashing before his eyes.
Frailty focuses on a father (Bill Paxton) who convinces his two young sons that certain people are actually "demons" who need to be killed.
The Twist: Several twists to this one, the biggest being that we assume all along that the dad is crazy and his sons are suffering, but demons are real and they really are receiving messages from God.