When was the last time you felt, “What the hell happened”, just when a movie ended? Do you remember how you searched hours in Google or watched the same film multiple times only to decode the conclusion. Yes, movies with jaw-dropping, shocking, and puzzling endings certainly leave you saying OMG! And many stories are blockbuster hits due to these very surprising, and at times, unsolved conclusions. However, there are some titles that can be voted to be the best when it comes to mind-blowing twists. So here is our list of 10 iconic movies that will definitely make your head hurt.
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This psychological thriller is an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling 2012 novel with the same name. The story is set in Missouri and follows the events after the disappearance of Amy (Rosamund Pike), leaving her husband Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) as the main suspect.
Twist: After a lot of ups and downs in the story line, we finally come to know that it was Amy all along who had planned her disappearance, with a plan to frame her husband for murder. Nick had his own share of faults which led his wife to take this extreme step. However, the end leaves us all not-so-happy because she forces Nick to stay with her as she is pregnant with his baby. Okay, welcome to the most dysfunctional marriage and twisted ‘happily ever after’ of the century.
The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense had totally changed the way we look at horror flicks. It follows the reputed child psychologist Dr. Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) as he tries to help the disturbed child Cole who sees the afterlife. Yes, ‘I see dead people’ is from this very film.
Twist: Crowe is himself a ghost who was murdered by a home invader that was shown at the beginning of the movie.
In this Alfred Hitchcock movie, we witness the murder of Marion Crane by the mentally disturbed mother of the owner — Norman Bates — of a desolate motel in the outskirts of the city.
Twist: Well, the real culprit was Bates himself, who had murdered his mother long back. Why? That’s a complicated question. Watch the movie to find out. But then, Norman was a criminal with a split personality disorder who often believed himself to be his mother and killed people in her disguise.
Directed by Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island is a horror-psychological thriller tells us the story of US marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) who investigates the escape of the notorious murderer Andrew Laeddis from a hospital for the criminally insane. In his hunt, he is troubled by his own demons from the past — World War II and his wife’s murder by Laeddis.
Twist: In a mind-blowing reveal, we finally learn that Teddy in fact is Laeddis –responsible for the murder of his mentally ill wife — who had drowned their children. The whole plot was staged to help Teddy snap out of his insanity-driven stupor.
The Village — created by M. Night Shyamalan — is set in a remote English village named Covington in 1897 whose inhabitants live in constant fear of a group of inhuman creatures whom they refer to as – “Those We Don’t Speak Of”.
Twist: The village, in fact, exists in modern times. It is located in a secluded area, cut off from the real world by its surrounding forests. Covington was created by people who wanted to escape from the atrocities of the current world and the monsters were just a part of the plot to discourage villagers from leaving.
The plot of Se7en starts off with two detectives — Somerset and Mills — who are on a quest to catch a notorious killer, John Doe, who is obsessed with finishing the seven deadly sins.
Twist: Doe communicates with the duo that he will lead them to the site where the final two bodies are located. When they reach the site which is in a desert, Somerset gets a box — containing the severed head of Mill’s wife. Somerset is forced to accept that he murdered her and then challenges Mills to kill him.
Patrick Bateman is a successful businessman who lives another life — doubled up as a serial killer.
Twist: In the end, we are shown that several of the bodies of Bateman’s supposed victims are not there. They are actually well and living. Therefore, Patrick might have actually imagined the whole chain of events.
A couple adopts a child named Esther — from an orphanage — who is nine years old. After she arrives, the couple makes all efforts to save their family from this fatally dangerous child.
Twist: Esther is not a child at all! She is, in fact, a 33-year-old woman who has a growth-related disorder. And her sole aim was to seduce her adoptive father all along. Weird, we must say.
In this psychological movie, you see Hugh Jackman as Robert Angier and Christian Bale as Alfred Borden. Both of them are rival magicians who compete with each other to create the best illusions in 19th-century London.
Twist: Borden actually has a twin with whom he performs his seamless tricks on stage. On the other hand, Angier clones himself to perform stunts and then kills them.
Let’s end this list with another flick from none other than the star of twist endings — Christopher Nolan. The master storyteller combines the complicated dream-within-a-dream theory with a classic con-heist plot in the Leonardo Di Caprio starring Inception. Cobb — played by Di Caprio — is shown returning to reality after spending a long time in the dream world. He carries a top with him always. If the top keeps spinning, it means he is still in his dreams, and if it stops, it signifies him coming back to the real world.
Twist: The end leaves us feeling baffled because the top keeps spinning, but it is not clearly revealed whether it stops or not. Yes, it’s fully left for the audience to interpret.
Well, this was our list. We know many titles can be added here. So do lets us know your thoughts in the comments below.