1. Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock was the king of misdirection, so most of his films featured some sort of twist at their conclusion.

The most memorable one comes at the end of Psycho, when it’s revealed that Norman Bates’ mother died many years ago and he has been living alone with her corpse the whole time.


2. The Sixth Sense

Upon watching the movie for a second time, you can notice several clues pointing to the fact that Bruce Willis’ character has been dead the whole time (which is why Haley Joel Osment is the only person who can see him).


3. Saw

Everyone assumes that the unidentified corpse at the beginning of the movie is only there to play a minor role, but it turns out to be the Jigsaw Killer who is very much alive.

The killer reveals that the key to Adam’s shackle was in the bathtub he drained at the beginning of the movie, and then he leaves him to die.


4. Citizen Kane

The entire story of Citizen Kane is told as a flashback after the dying mogul is shown pining for someone or something called “Rosebud.”

In the end, it is revealed that Rosebud is simply Kane’s childhood sled, which represents a simpler time in his life.


5. Planet of the Apes

After spending the entire movie dreaming about returning to Earth from this foreign planet run by apes, Charlton Heston’s character discovers that he has been on a post-apocalyptic Earth all along when he sees the ruins of the Statue of Liberty.


6. Memento

Leonard spends the entirety of Memento struggling to overcome amnesia and figure out who killed his wife. In the last moments of the film, it’s revealed that he caused her death himself by giving her the wrong insulin injections.


7. The Others

Though Grace and her children have been convinced that they were being haunted by ghosts, it turns out that they are actually the ones doing the haunting. Grace killed the kids and herself after being driven mad by loneliness.


8. The Village

The entire story makes it seem like the eponymous village is located in 1890s Pennsylvania, but it turns out that it’s set in the present day.

The fictitious monsters were simply created by the village elders to keep the younger generation from venturing out into the real world.


9. Fight Club

At the climax of Fight Club, Edward Norton’s narrator and Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, are revealed to actually be the same person with multiple personalities.

Once the narrator learns this information, he finds a way to mentally kill his teacher to free himself.


10. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

The twist that Darth Vader is actually Luke Skywalker’s father was such a well-guarded secret that almost none of the actors knew the truth until they saw the finished product.

Even David Prowse, the actor who played Vader himself, wasn’t clued in.