Your favorite twist ending (and the ones we missed)

Usualsuspects_lHave you clicked through our "You Got Swerved!" gallery of movies with great twist endings? (It features The Usual Suspects with Kevin Spacey, pictured, natch.) You should. You have to click on "The Twist?" in each entry to read about it, so if you’re a spoiler-phobe, it’s worry-free. (If you’re not a spoiler-phobe, you’re one click away from knowing what all the fuss was about on any of the movies you missed.)

So, which of the films on our list had the best twist ending? And is there a movie you think deserves to be on the list that isn’t? I’m only half-joking when I nominate My Best Friend’s Wedding.

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  • Ohio

    You missed the original Night Of The Living Dead I saw it as a child and the ending still bothers me to this day!!

  • Ceballos

    ***SPOILER ALERT (obviously)***
    I’m not really sure if it counts as a “twist” ending, but how about the ending to “Casablanca.”
    If you’ve never seen it before, you have to be thinking Rick and Ilsa are going to end up together, right? Right?!
    For a much more low-brow choice, I’ll go with the ending for “Saw.” The guy was lying RIGHT THERE the entire time. Sure, it stretched credibility a bit (no one saw him breathing), but I dug it, and it was the last time that franchise was still a bit clever before devolving into “let’s see how many people we can make vomit.”

  • Sara

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

  • Ceballos

    Also, “Unbreakable”
    I think people give it a hard time because they think it’s slow and they were expecting another “Sixth Sense”, but the ending totally blew me away. I think it’s actually my favorite Shyamalan flick.

  • Snarf

    Shallow Grave

  • kal

    Ceballos i couldn’t agree with you more. Unbreakable is a great movie. And the Sam Jackson saying “that’s why they call me mr. Glass” is just an awesome ending. Too bad Shyamlan stopped making interesting movies after this.

  • Arden

    I agree on unbreakable…only time my jaw has actually dropped in a theater. I also think that the characters and their interactions were more lifelike and 3D than in any of his other movies.

  • nicky

    abandon katie holmes. not a very good movie, but one of the only movies where i was completely shocked by the ending!!!!

  • Arden

    I agree on unbreakable…only time my jaw has actually dropped in a theater. I also think that the characters and their interactions were more lifelike and 3D than in any of his other movies.

  • Chris

    Primal Fear!!!!! Are you kidding me that its not on that list?!

  • JL

    The Crying Game. What a twist that was!

  • Holly

    What about Atonement? The Departed?

  • Green Gummi Bear

    Turn it into an Unbreakable lovefest, but I liked that movie a lot more than people gave it credit. I always thought it was a “comic book” (or graphic novel) movie, more so than some of the “let’s put guys in brightly colored rubber suits and have them punch each other” crap out there. I read somewhere that it was his intention to make it a comic book, and I think he actually pulled it off, even if it wasn’t as loud and bright as people wanted it to be. So, end lovefest (though yes, it was a bit suprising…and perfect comic book vilian).

  • Green Gummi Bear

    My favorite suprise ending…Bambi vs. Godzilla…never saw it coming, shocking ending, and didn’t have to wait two hours for it…

  • Chaddogg

    Have to go with a (slightly dated) but nonetheless AWESOME twist ending:
    No Way Out.
    For those who haven’t seen it, a Naval officer (Kevin Costner) is transferred back to work in DC for the Secretary of Defense (Gene Hackman). Costner ends up dating Sean Young, who is actually the mistress of Hackman’s character. After Hackman accidentally/intentionally kills Young, Costner realizes evidence in her apartment might lead to him being charged with the murder, even though he knows Hackman did it. To complicate things, Hackman’s lackey (Will Patton) tries to cover up the murder by blaming it on a Russian spy within the Pentagon, and puts Costner in charge of the investigation…
    In an awesome twist, Patten goes crazy and kills himself and is blamed for Young’s murder. Costner leaves the Pentagon for the woods…and is revealed to be a Russian spy all along!

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