Surprise ending movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant surprise ending movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out surprise ending, suspense, tense, twists and turns, psychological and intense films and TV shows about / with police investigation, murder, storytelling, death, mystery, dialogue, flashback, secrets, greed and chase plots mostly in Thriller, Mystery and Drama genres shot in USA, Germany, Spain and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as surprise ending: Shutter Island (2010), The Sixth Sense (1999), The Game (1997), Gone Girl (2014), Memento (2000), Fight Club (1999), Primal Fear (1996), The Others (2001), The Invisible Guest (2016), The Prestige (2006).

List of surprise ending movies

 8.2
 1.3M
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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: investigation, mental institution, mystery, insanity, paranoia, mental illness, psychology, island, uncover truth, hallucination, psychiatrist, isolation ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1945, year 1952, year 1954 ...
Place: boston
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 8.2
 968K
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, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, mystery, ghost, death, afterlife, psychology, supernatural ability, psychic, psychic power, life & death, paranormal phenomena, psychiatrist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.7
 382K
The Game (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In honor of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad -- a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: mind game, mystery, manipulation, uncover truth, psychology, life turned upside down, game, disorder, existentialism, scheme, life philosophy, businessman ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california, mexico, seattle
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 8.1
 950K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: mystery, missing person, police investigation, murder mystery, missing wife, investigation, manipulation, femme fatale, disappearance, infidelity, adultery, manipulative woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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 8.4
 1.2M
Memento (2000)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Suffering short-term memory loss after a head injury, Leonard Shelby embarks on a grim quest to find the lowlife who murdered his wife in this gritty, complex thriller that packs more knots than a hangman's noose. To carry out his plan, Shelby ...
Style: psychological, surprise ending, neo noir, twist ending, confusing ...
Plot: mystery, memory loss, amnesia, revenge, paranoia, haunted by the past, uncover truth, murder, manipulation, vengeance, life is a bitch, schizophrenic ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 2000s
Place: usa, los angeles, california
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 8.8
 2.0M
Fight Club (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 139 min.
Story: A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the ...
Style: twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, mind bending, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nihilism, split personality, self destructing, fighting the system, insomnia, social decay, life philosophy, dark humor, losing-it hero, paranoia, against the rules, insanity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: delaware, usa
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 7.7
 208K
Primal Fear (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An arrogant, high-powered attorney takes on the case of a poor altar boy found running away from the scene of the grisly murder of the bishop who has taken him in. The case gets a lot more complex when the accused reveals that there may or may not ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, psychological, tense ...
Plot: legal investigation, mental illness, courtroom drama, split personality, court, psychopath, hotshot lawyer, corruption, murder, lawyer, dissociative identity disorder, court case ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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 7.6
 358K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, atmospheric, scary, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, afterlife, mysterious character, supernatural, uncover truth, spiritualism, psychic, nightmare, single parent, parallel world, able to see the dead ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, english channel
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The Invisible Guest (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 106 min.
Story: "The Invisible Guest” turns on a young businessman who wakes up in a hotel room locked from the inside with the dead body of his lover next to him. He hires a prestigious lawyer, and over one night they work together to clarify what happened ...
Style: surprise ending, suspense, psychological, psychotronic, tricky ...
Plot: uncover truth, interrogation, death, lie, false accusation, evidence, murder suspect, suspect, businessman, moral dilemma, lawyer, blackmail ...
Place: barcelona, spain
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 8.5
 1.3M
The Prestige (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A mysterious story of two magicians whose intense rivalry leads them on a life-long battle for supremacy -- full of obsession, deceit and jealousy with dangerous and deadly consequences.
Style: twists and turns, twist ending, surprise ending, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, deception, magic trick, illusion, teleportation, secrets, magic, secret, magical, illusionist ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 20th century, 1890s
Place: london, england, europe, colorado
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 7.6
 64K
The Body (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A woman’s body disappears mysteriously from the morgue without a trace. Police inspector Jaime Peña investigates the strange occurrence with the help of Álex Ulloa, the widower of the missing woman.
Style: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: murder, mystery, investigation, crimes, missing person, uncover truth, morgue, haunted by the past, spouse killer, infidelity, vengeance, mistress ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: barcelona, spain
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The Skeleton Key (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, macabre, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: voodoo, occult, ghost, black magic, ritual, attic, supernatural horror, paralysis, rite, witchcraft, soul transference, mysterious character ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: new orleans, louisiana
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 7.2
 642K
Now You See Me (2013)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.
Style: surprise ending, clever, entertaining, breathtaking, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, outsmarting, mind game, perfect crime, cons and scams, teamwork, scheme, mastermind, illusionist, magic trick, fbi, con artists ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new orleans, las vegas, new york, paris france, usa ...
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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Canada
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Slevin is mistakenly put in the middle of a personal war between the city’s biggest criminal bosses. Under constant watch, Slevin must try not to get killed by an infamous assassin and come up with an idea of how to get out of his current dilemma. ...
Style: surprise ending, neo noir, clever, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, mysterious character, disorder, mistaken identity, deception, crimes, hitman, mystery, mafia, scheme, revenge, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1979, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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The Usual Suspects (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Held in an L.A. interrogation room, Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that a mythic crime lord, Keyser Soze, not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing him and his four partners into a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an ...
Style: neo noir, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, confusing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, crimes, heist, interrogation, manipulation, mysterious character, dishonesty, theft, criminal, mystery, criminal heroes, organized crime ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, year 1981
Place: manhattan new york city, los angeles, turkey, new york, hungary
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 6.6
 30K
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: surprise ending, twists and turns, suspense, tense, scary ...
Plot: brother sister relationship, murder, mental illness, ghost, abandoned house, attic, secret, love, murder of family, schizophrenic, death of mother, violence ...
Time: 60s, year 1969
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 7.1
 187K
Side Effects (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A woman turns to prescription medication as a way of handling her anxiety concerning her husband's upcoming release from prison.
Style: surprise ending, psychological, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, depression, deception, life turned upside down, psychiatrist, mental illness, doctors and patients, mentally unstable, dishonesty, manipulation, patient, mental institution ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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 6.0
 66K
Dream House (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Publisher, Will Atenton quits a lucrative job in New York to relocate his wife, Libby and their daughters to a quaint town in New England. However, as they settle into their home the Atentons discover that a woman and her children were murdered ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, riddles and clues, mystery, memory loss, murder, nervous breakdown, investigation, family relations, crimes, family in danger, mental patient ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
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 7.5
 511K
Source Code (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France, Germany
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, discovering he's involved in a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. He learns he's part of a top-secret experimental program that enables ...
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, captivating, clever, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: time travel, time loop, changing the past or future, race against time, destiny, save the day, alternate reality, bomb, precognition, terrorism, train, memory ...
Time: contemporary, future, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, afghanistan
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 6.3
 56K
The Loft (2014)
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Belgium, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: For five men, the opportunity to share a penthouse in the city -- in which to carry on extramarital affairs -- is a dream come true, until the dead body of an unknown woman turns up. Realizing that her killer must be one of their group, the men are ...
Style: surprise ending, twist ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: murder, adultery, murder mystery, sex scene, uncover truth, adulterous husband, infidelity, betrayal, crimes, sexual relations, cheating wife, friendship between men ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, san diego california, new orleans, new jersey
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 8.5
 1.3M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, crimes, mole, police, working undercover, organized crime, undercover cop, mind game, undercover, pride and honor, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
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 6.3
 161K
Flightplan (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane.
Style: surprise ending, mind bending, suspenseful, psychological, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: airplane, missing child, family relations, mystery, child abduction, rain, pilot, disappearance, female protagonist, family problems, grief, airplane hijack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: berlin germany, newfoundland, germany, new york
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 6.4
 117K
Escape Room (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to survive.
Style: surprise ending, exciting, suspense, mind bending, captivating ...
Plot: puzzle, death, riddles and clues, clue, survivor, group of strangers, characters killed one by one, teamwork, quest, game of death, trapped, code ...
Place: chicago illinois
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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.
Style: twist ending, surprise ending, tense, exciting, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, master criminal, justice, murder, fighting the system, vigilantism, prison, mind game, injustice, perfect crime, outsmarting, death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 6.8
 113K
Exam (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The final candidates for a highly desirable corporate job are locked together in an exam room and given a test so simple and confusing that tension begins to unravel.
Style: mind bending, surprise ending, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: mind game, mystery, psychology, confinement indoors, ambition, psychologist, rivalry, surveillance, intrigue, pandemic, human nature, manipulation ...
Time: future, contemporary
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 6.6
 258K
The Village (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever.
Style: surprise ending, atmospheric, twists and turns, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: forest, isolation, village life, psychology, mysterious place, utopia, blind character, village, mystery, fear, loss of loved one, hidden truth ...
Time: 1890s, 2000s, 19th century, 18th century, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, new england
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A Perfect Getaway (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: For their honeymoon, newlyweds Cliff and Cydney head to the tropical islands of Hawaii. While journeying through the paradisaical countryside the couple encounters Kale and Cleo, two disgruntled hitchhikers and Nick and Gina, two wild but ...
Style: surprise ending, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns, scary ...
Plot: murderous pair, honeymoon, wilderness, serial killer, psychopath, paranoia, deception, island, escapades, veteran, ex military, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hawaii, usa
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 6.9
 113K
Triangle (2009)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Style: psychological, twists and turns, surprise ending, twist ending, suspenseful ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: time loop, ship, isolation, ocean, supernatural, time travel, storm, bermuda triangle, masked killer, insanity, escapades, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1930s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: florida, miami, caribbean
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 5.8
 37K
Passengers (2008)
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After a plane crash, a young therapist, Claire, is assigned by her mentor to counsel the flight's five survivors. When they share their recollections of the incident -- which some say include an explosion that the airline claims never happened ...
Style: surprise ending, captivating, suspenseful, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: survivor, afterlife, love and romance, love affair, supernatural, tragedy, uncover truth, mystery, counselor, hidden truth, psychology, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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 7.3
 242K
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, mind bending, suspenseful, surprise ending, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial killer, murder mystery, mystery, characters killed one by one, stranded, dissociative identity disorder, psychology, split personality, psychiatrist, motel, psycho, investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, nevada, florida
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