Saturday, March 05, 2016

Top 10 Movie Twists of All Time

CineFix presents the Top 10 Movie Twists of All Time. It's a good list. It spoils lots of films (and warns you about it up front). They mention a lot of their runner ups, but they dive in on their 10 picks.

I'll try to do better, if you haven't seen these movies, go see them first then watch this fun compilation. I haven't seen Orson Welles' F for Fake but it's been on my list for a couple of years.

  • Planet of the Apes (1969)
  • The Sting
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Charade
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Fight Club
  • The Third Man
  • F for Fake
  • Empire Strikes Back
  • Psycho

I can quibble with some of their rankings, but it's a good list. They're hampered by having each ranking be a category, so two films with a similar twist, even if they're effective, don't make the top 10. So The Usual Suspects and The Matrix would have made my top 10. The Sixth Sense and The Crying Game might have as well (though I don't think those films were as good as their endings).

House of Games should have been mentioned. Twelve Monkeys too.

Other films mentioned that I highly recommend if you haven't seen them:

  • Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
  • Oceans Eleven (2001)
  • Memento (2000)
  • A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • Inside Man (2006)
  • The Prestige (2006)
  • The Man From Earth (2007)

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