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Premiere’s 20 Big-Time Plot Twists

Premiere magazine lists 20 Big-Time Plot Twists. (WARNING: Spoilers abound!) Several genre films made the cut…here’s the abbreviated list — without the actual spoilers. If you saw the movie, you’ll know what it is. If you haven’t, you don’t want to know. So there.

  1. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  2. Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  3. Fight Club (1999)
  4. Psycho (1960)
  5. Citizen Kane (1941)
  6. Soylent Green (1973)
  7. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  8. Oldboy (2003)
  9. Mission: Impossible (1996)
  10. Friday the 13th (1980)
  11. Chinatown (1974)
  12. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)
  13. The Wicker Man (1973)
  14. 12 Monkeys (1995)
  15. Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
  16. Eddie & the Cruisers (1983)
  17. Angel Heart (1987)
  18. The Game (1997)
  19. The Sixth Sense (1999)
  20. The Crying Game (1992)

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3 Comments on Premiere’s 20 Big-Time Plot Twists

  1. joshua corning // September 6, 2007 at 1:30 am //

    I wanted to write a parody of Oldboy in which an estranged brother and sister are tricked by a maniacal super villain into sleeping with each other….rather then being appalled and suicidal they are only slightly grossed out but overwhelmingly glad that they have found each other.

    The ending of that movie was far to drawn out and anti-climatic…but still the first two thirds makes up for it.

  2. Jacob’s Ladder should be much higher up in my opinion. Wonderful twist.

    As for Mission Impossible… was there a twist? Must have been rubbish because I can’t remember it. And Citizen Kane?! That’s not a twist.

    Damn you list makers! etc.

  3. >> Damn you list makers! etc.

    I love the dedication to your vehemence. 😀

    In Mission: Impossible, there was the twist where it looked for a like Tom Cruise could act, and the follow-up twist where you realized he really couldn’t. :-@

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