20 Fabulous Movies and Shows With Multiple Plot Twists

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Most of us love a good plot twist. It’s intriguing not knowing how a movie is going to end, and trying to figure it out as you go. All the anticipation of a good movie is heightened by trying to guess if what’s happening is actually what’s happening.

But what’s better than a good plot twist? A whole bunch of twists. Now some films are so full of twists you can’t figure out which way is up. That’s not what we’re talking about. We mean the ones that have just the right amount; as soon as you’ve really nailed down what’s going on, something changes dramatically.

It’s tricky to find the films that have one twist after another but still manage to do it well. It’s not an easy task to accomplish this cohesively. Below are movies and shows that deliver the best plot twists with exactly the right pacing.

1. Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

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Bad Times at the El Royale features an all-star cast, including Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, and Chris Hemsworth. A story involving a group of seven unfamiliar individuals reaching the El Royale Hotel unfolds. Yet, their true identities are not immediately evident. Taking place in the 1970s, this movie boasts many unexpected turns that consistently leave you pondering which characters to trust. It offers an enjoyable cinematic experience with astonishing and delightful musical performances.

2. Clue (1985)

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Miss Plum in the kitchen with the candlestick! 1985’s Clue is an exaggerated comedy, but don’t discount the mystery and twists as the story, based on a board game, unravels.

Again, it stars an ensemble cast, including the superb Tim Curry, who arrive at a mansion and, when the host dies, they work with the staff to unveil the murderer. Do not expect to solve this one; enjoy the ride.

3. Wild Things (1998)

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One of the few films that made our jaws drop with the multiple twists, some film fans mention 1998’s Wild Things. A neo-noir thriller, the movie is about a pair of teenagers accusing a teacher of assault.

The detective uncovers a nefarious plot involving money and murder. This film is fantastic and underrated, starring Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, and Denise Richards.

4. The Others (2001)

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The Others has a reveal on par with the first Saw film. Set against the backdrop of World War II, a lady resides in a spacious and gloomy house with her two light-sensitive children. Anticipating her husband’s homecoming from the war, she fears someone is haunting her house. With a few surprising twists, this film is iconic, and it’s parodied in Scary Movie 3.

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5. Triangle (2009)

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Triangle delivers a lot of surprises. A psychological horror, the movie follows a group of people on a relaxing yacht trip when freak occurrences force them to board a mystery ship, where things spiral wildly out of control. Describing what happens is impossible; you need to experience it.

6. The Sixth Sense (1999)

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The Sixth Sense is M. Night Shyamalan at the top of his game. Despite the “I see dead people” infamy, plenty of surprises are still in store for viewers.

A little boy sees ghosts, and a disbelieving child psychologist tries to treat him. On reflection, there are plenty of hints throughout, but it’s hard to catch on first viewing. Worth a watch as it also has the brilliant pre-Hereditary Toni Collette.

7. Suspiria (2018)

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The 2018 Suspiria remake had many surprises that did not exist in the 1977 original. Dakota Johnson plays an American dancer who joins a dancing troupe in Berlin in the 1970s. As she becomes the lead, she hears another dancer accuse the teachers of witchcraft.

While that happens, a therapist searches for answers to a missing patient, and violent protests erupt outside. Beautifully directed, with many moving parts, the reveals are mouth-droppingly good.

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8. The Prestige (2006)

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Who knew the world of magicians was this wild or cutthroat? The Prestige  is one of those films where the never stop, especially as you get closer to the end. Two magicians, played by Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman, wind up in a bitter feud trying to compete to deliver the ultimate magic trick to audiences. This is an outstanding magician flick with stunning twists with a shocking and chilling ending.

9. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

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A Tale of Two Sisters is another film you’ll never figure out entirely by the end. Based on a Korean folktale, the story follows two sisters who reunite after one returns from a mental hospital. Residing with their father and evil stepmother, strange and terrifying events unfold. It is one of the best films that blends top-notch cinematography, acting, and plot in this horror masterpiece.

10. Saw (2004)

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The film that started an entire franchise, Saw is horrific, yet a large part of it is watching two chained men in a big tiled bathroom in a derelict building try to figure out how to escape. Meanwhile, the cops chase a suspicious person, and tensions build as you wait for the two men to escape to safety or the dangerous person to be caught.

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11. Sherlock

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The TV show Sherlock begins with the twist that it’s set in the modern era, and Sherlock Holmes communicates with with Watson via cellphone. But the twists don’t stop there. Each episode has some strange reveal, but the last season contains the biggest plot twists of all. You can expect dead people not to stay dead, which happens multiple times, and honestly that’s not even the biggest twist of all.

12. Inception

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This movie takes place mostly in the dream world, where the rules are different than real world rules. Dreams can be used to influence people and plant ideas in their brains, but it’s a dangerous game, wandering through someone’s dreams. The only think you have to rely on is a single talisman that can tell you if you’re awake or dreaming … or can it?

13. Primal Fear

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A high-profile lawyer offers pro-bono to defend an alter boy accused of taking his bishop’s life. At first he, and you, think there’s no way the boy could have done anything like this. Then later it becomes a possibility. And at the end, well, everything you’ve believe throughout the whole movie gets turned on its head.

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14. Magpie Murders

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Magpie Murders is a TV show that blends reality and fiction together; fusing them not only with similar and overlapping plot points, but by bringing the characters back and forth between their own world and the fictional book world within the fictional TV world. Buckle up for a series of two murder mysteries, unfolding side by side in this twisting and turning saga!

15. Atonement

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This movie begins as the story of a young woman’s romance seen through the eyes of her younger sister; a sister so jealously doting and racked by guilt that nothing she tells you is really as it seems. If you can’t trust the narrator, who can you trust? Maybe nobody; you’ll have to watch and find out.

16. The Good Place

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We all want to end up in the good place when we die, right? Well. What if it’s not exactly everything you expect it to be? What if the good place … isn’t so good? What if the people welcoming to you the afterlife aren’t who they seem at all? Welcome to the comedy TV series The Good Place, where you can never be sure what’s good and what’s bad.

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17. Gone Girl

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If you’re not already familiar with this story, buckle up. Gone Girl unravels the mystery of a woman who was kidnapped and can’t be found. Or does it? Although the plot twists in this film are so well known they’re part of the cultural zeitgeist, we’ve got to give it a mention here for how good it is. This book paved the way for an entire sub-genre of thrillers.

18. The Village

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The Village is one full of twists that spiral in on each other. The story begins in a small village isolated in the woods, living carefully within their walls to avoid the monsters in the wood around them. Then a young woman ventures out, hoping to save the man she loves. Anyone else could have learned the truth about the village, but Ivy is blind, and the fate of Ivy, her betrothed and, and the rest of the villagers rests on those who know the truth and whether they’re willing to tell it.

19. Get Out

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If you’re looking for a movie where nobody is who they seem to be, then Get Out is the film for you. A young man travels to his girlfriend’s family home to meet her family and spend a weekend away. But nothing is as it appears, and nobody is who they appear to be; literally. Almost everyone you see is actually somebody else.

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20. WandaVision

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WandaVision starts off with a bang by reports of strange activity in a town that doesn’t exist. Of course, it’s the 40s, so anything can happen. Or wait, is it the 50s? The episodes travel through time with warp speed until suddenly, it all begins to break down. Who is who? Where is everybody? What is this place? If you’re ready to be plagued by those questions and more through each episode, then get some popcorn and have a watch.


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