Surprise twist movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant surprise twist movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out psychological, suspenseful, weird, serious, psychological thriller and dark films and TV shows about / with surprise twist, suspense, violence, twists and turns, murder, death, supernatural, flashback, paranoia and conspiracy plots mostly in Thriller, Drama and Mystery genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as surprise twist: Soylent Green (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), Planet of the Apes (1974), The Twilight Zone (1985), The Outer Limits (1995), The Truman Show (1998), The Matrix (1999), The Sixth Sense (1999), Dead End (2003), Identity (2003).

List of surprise twist movies

Soylent Green (1973)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: In an overpopulated futuristic Earth, a New York police detective finds himself marked for murder by government agents when he gets too close to a bizarre state secret involving the origins of a revolutionary and needed new foodstuff.
Style: twist ending, futuristic, surprise ending, thought provoking, mind bending ...
Plot: distopia, food, conspiracy, overpopulation, cannibalism, environmental, end of the world, death, murder, cannibal, existentialism, cyberpunk ...
Time: future, 70s, near future, 2020s, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Wicker Man (1973)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, twist ending, scary, controversial ...
Plot: cult, religion, ritual, disappearance, paganism, investigation, sacrifice, female nudity, secret society, human sacrifice, temptation, police ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: scotland, europe, united kingdom, scottish highlands, fictional island
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Planet of the Apes (1974)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Two astronauts and a sympathetic chimp friend are fugitives in a future Earth dominated by a civilization of humanoid apes. Based on the 1968 Planet of the Apes film and its sequels, which were inspired by the novel of the same name by Pierre ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: time travel, future dystopia, space travel, monkey, astronaut, survival, on the run, escapades, life is a bitch, switching roles, society, apocalypse ...
Time: future
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The Twilight Zone (1985)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: The Twilight Zone is the first of two revivals of Rod Serling's acclaimed 1950/60s television series of the same name. It ran for two seasons on CBS before producing a final season for syndication.
Style: thought provoking, psychological, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, human nature, supernatural ability, hidden truth, investigation, twists and turns, nobody believes, mysterious character, nightmare comes true, abduction, society, surrealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
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The Outer Limits (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: The Outer Limits is an anthology series of distinct story episodes, sometimes with a plot twist at the end. Unlike the original incarnation of the series, which was a pure anthology with each episode completely unrelated to the others, the revival ...
Style: scary, mind bending, dark, dark fairy tale, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: alien, future dystopia, post apocalypse, time travel, supernatural, space, evil alien, alien encounter, androids and robots, alien invasion, end of the world, distopia ...
Time: near future
Place: canada
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The Truman Show (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Truman Burbank is the star of "The Truman Show", a 24-hour-a-day "reality" TV show that broadcasts every aspect of his life -- live and in color -- without his knowledge. His entire life has been an unending soap opera for ...
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, psychological, surreal, touching ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: freedom, self discovery, video surveillance, small town, fictional reality show, hidden camera, alternate reality, loneliness, morality, fictional reality, god complex, utopia ...
Time: future, 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, usa
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The Matrix (1999)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Set in the 22nd century, The Matrix tells the story of a computer hacker who joins a group of underground insurgents fighting the vast and powerful computers who now rule the earth.
Style: thought provoking, philosophical, surreal, intense, cerebral ...
Audience: chick flick, kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: distopia, artificial intelligence, martial arts, existentialism, philosophy, cyberpunk, alternate reality, virtual reality, fight, gunfight, post apocalypse, hacker ...
Time: future, near future, 20th century, 90s, 22nd century ...
Place: los angeles
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The Sixth Sense (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A psychological thriller about an eight year old boy named Cole Sear who believes he can see into the world of the dead. A child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe comes to Cole to help him deal with his problem, learning that he really can see ghosts ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: ghost, twists and turns, supernatural, afterlife, suspense, psychology, death, psychiatrist, life & death, plot twist, child, boy ...
Time: 90s, future, 20th century
Place: usa, pennsylvania, philadelphia
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Dead End (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.
Style: suspenseful, tense, surprise ending, atmospheric, splatter ...
Plot: suspense, ghost, time loop, forest, supernatural horror, fear, supernatural, wrong place wrong time, twists and turns, dark humor, serial killer, survival ...
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Identity (2003)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Complete strangers stranded at a remote desert motel during a raging storm soon find themselves the target of a deranged murderer. As their numbers thin out, the travelers begin to turn on each other, as each tries to figure out who the killer is.
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, scary, surprise ending, mind bending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, mental disorder, suspense, murder mystery, psychology, investigation, murderer, murder, stranded, twists and turns, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa, florida
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The Island (2005)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: In 2019, Lincoln Six-Echo is a resident of a seemingly "Utopian" but contained facility. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully-controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to The Island — reportedly the last ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, intense, psychological, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: distopia, escape, cloning, fugitives, technology gone awry, future dystopia, conspiracy, island, clones, utopia, lookalikes, dystopic future ...
Time: future, year 2019, 2010s, 21st century
Place: los angeles
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The Wicker Man (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico, Canada, Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.
Style: psychological, scary, suspenseful, sexy, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: investigation, religions or cults, suspense, isolation, island, missing child, twists and turns, matriarchy, secret place, bee, graphic violence, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century
Place: california, fictional island
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The Mist (2007)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: After a violent storm, a dense cloud of mist envelops a small Maine town, trapping artist David Drayton and his five-year-old son in a local grocery store with other people. They soon discover that the mist conceals deadly horrors that threaten ...
Style: atmospheric, twist ending, psychological, scary, bad ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, survival, apocalypse, suspense, religious fanatic, fear, creature, small town, macabre, spider, twists and turns, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century
Place: usa, maine
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Shutter Island (2010)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: World War II soldier-turned-U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels investigates the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, but his efforts are compromised by his troubling visions and also by a mysterious doctor.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick, adult
Plot: twists and turns, investigation, mental illness, insanity, suspense, plot twist, psychology, paranoia, psychiatrist, mental institution, memory, isolation ...
Time: year 1954, 1940s, year 1945, 20th century, year 1952 ...
Place: boston
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Oblivion (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Jack Harper is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete. His existence is ...
Style: futuristic, mind bending, intense, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: post apocalypse, apocalypse, alien, distopia, alien invasion, survival, future dystopia, space, space travel, catastrophe, destruction, disorder ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: new york, washington d.c., pentagon, empire state building manhattan new york city
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Black Mirror (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to ...
Style: philosophical, serious, thought provoking, clever, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: technology, twists and turns, alternate reality, distopia, human nature, satire, social decay, society, media satire, computers and web, media, dark humor ...
Time: future, near future
Place: england, london
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Extinction (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A chief mechanic at a factory, haunted by apocalyptic nightmares, becomes a hero when Earth is invaded by a mysterious army bent on destruction.
Style: surprise ending, light, avant garde, twist ending, twisted ...
Plot: alien, artificial intelligence, spacecraft, alien invasion, survival, space, apocalypse, rescue, suspense, husband wife relationship, disaster, friendship ...
Time: future
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Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, suspenseful, tense, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: racism, cult, suspense, brainwashing, hypnosis, survival, interracial romance, manipulation, kidnapping, african american, paranoia, abduction ...
Time: future, 2010s, 21st century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city
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Mother! (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
Style: disturbing, psychological, surreal, art house, scary ...
Plot: surrealism, symbolism, vandalism, uninvited guest, cannibalism, pregnant woman, death of son, brutality, riot, husband wife relationship, nightmare, suspense ...
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Ghost Stories (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Professor Phillip Goodman devotes his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans. His skepticism soon gets put to the test when he receives news of three chilling and inexplicable cases -- disturbing visions in an ...
Style: enigmatic, scary, dark, splatter, slasher ...
Plot: ghost, twists and turns, suspense, supernatural, professor, car accident, dishonesty, religion, atheism, character study, adaptation, crucifix ...
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Marrowbone (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
Style: scary, surprise ending, tense, slasher, clever ...
Plot: ghost, suspense, mental illness, twists and turns, sibling relationship, plot twist, abandoned house, murder, death of mother, schizophrenic, split personality, attic ...
Time: 60s, year 1969
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A Quiet Place (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.
Style: scary, disturbing, psychological, surprise ending, apocalyptic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: post apocalypse, creature, monster, suspense, survival, sign language, survival horror, fear, silence, pregnancy, alien, creature feature ...
Time: near future, 2020s, 21st century
Place: new york state
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Little Sweetheart (1989)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A criminal couple, hiding out in a remote property become the unwitting victims of a plot to blackmail them by the most unlikely of conspirators.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: evil girl, blackmail, youth, embezzlement, nymphet, bad kids, extortion, surprise twist, two friends, new friend, beach, coca cola ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida
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The Squeeze (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An alcoholic London ex-cop becomes involved into a kidnapping drama and tries to free the daughter of a friend from a brutal gangster mob.
Style: neo noir, noir, offbeat
Plot: kidnapping, private investigator, organized crime, hostage, private detective, ransom, following someone, abduction, male full rear nudity, nurse, female nudity, dog ...
Place: london
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Dead Again (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In 1949 composer Roman Strauss is executed for the vicious murder of his wife Margaret with a pair of scissors. In 1990s Los Angeles a mute amnesiac woman shows up at an orphanage and private eye Mike Church is called in to investigate. Under ...
Style: neo noir, psychological, suspenseful, tense, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: private detective, murder, suspense, hypnosis, amnesia, reincarnation, memory loss, flashback, investigation, psychiatrist, supernatural, twists and turns ...
Time: 1940s, 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, san francisco, usa
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Brainstorm (1965)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Brainstorm, released in 1965, is a late film noir whose male protagonist at first prevents the suicide of his employer's wife, falls in love with her, and is later driven to crime and insanity.
Style: neo noir, scary, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: suicide attempt, murder, infidelity, rivalry, dishonesty, mind game, mentally unstable, therapist, physician, sergeant, insanity, affair ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: beverly hills, los angeles
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Shrew's Nest (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Spain, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Spain, 1950s. Montse's agoraphobia keeps her locked in a sinister apartment in Madrid and her only link to reality is the little sister she lost her youth raising. But one day, a reckless young neighbor, Carlos, falls down the stairwell and ...
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, surreal ...
Plot: murder, female psychopath, agoraphobia, religion, father daughter relationship, family relations, isolation, sister sister relationship, obsession, mentally unstable, insanity, hidden ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: madrid, europe, iberian peninsula, spain
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The Ambassador (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: An Amerian ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East, but his efforts are hampered when his wife has an affair with a PLO leader. Robert Mitchum plays a controversial U.S. ambassador to Israel who tries to solve the Palestinian ...
Style: political, political thriller
Plot: spy, diplomacy, ambassador, cheating wife, surprise twist, infidelity, female nudity, sexual blackmail, mossad, bloodbath, extramarital affair, assassination plot ...
Place: israel, palestine, middle east
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North to Home (2022)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Suzanne McBride is excited to spend her birthday with her family. It will be the first time that her three adopted daughters will be together in years. This seems like a great time for a family reunion, but the sisters are each wrestling with unique ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, captivating
Plot: family reunited, confrontation, mother daughter reunion, mother daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, sisters, family relations, family problems, family secret, female protagonist, dysfunctional family, relationship problems ...
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Queens Of Evil (1970)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A young hippie kills a man, and seeks refuge at the lakeside house of three beautiful sisters, who seem to be hiding a dark secret.
Style: dark
Plot: folklore, sex, three sisters, hippie, pop art, motorcyclist, witch, brutality, murder, lake, jealousy, birthday party ...
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