The next time you are feeling like watching something, reach for a Hollywood thriller. Gritty and suspenseful and full of surprising twists, thrillers will keep you guessing while offering plenty to think about once the credits roll. And no matter how much money goes into making a film, there is a low-budget thriller out there that is just as good if not superior to the high-dollar blockbusters we’re used to seeing at the theatre. The best thrillers have surprises in store for viewers that pack a punch.
Although there are lots of thrilling films on Netflix these days, there are some Hollywood thrillers from the last few decades worth watching again just for fantastic plot twists audiences still can’t get enough of. That being said, these are some of the most earth-shattering Hollywood plot twists we still aren’t over yet –
The Sixth Sense
A standout film from the late 90s, Sixth Sense stars Bruce Willis as a child psychologist with ties to an eerie past. Stuck in a rut of working overnights and seeing children who are not ready for help, Malcolm Crowe finds his life turned upside-down once he meets young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment). Cole is convinced that some dead people secretly follow him around like ghosts. Although many parts of the storyline make sense upon this revelation, it’s hard to believe that Cole ends up being right in more ways than one.
The Armitages’ plot in Get Out is disturbing in some ways but predictable in others. They are a family who lures mostly black men – including the protagonist Chris – into their house and then implants their loved one’s brains in his body so that they can live forever. The audience knows this has to be something sinister from the beginning of the movie, but not all its characters know it’s as bad as it looks. One of the biggest twists in this film is when we learn that Rose Armitage was actually her brother’s accomplice and had known about his plans all along. As she takes advantage of enamored Chris, she shows us how dangerous white supremacist cults can be for black people trying to survive.
Even before Esther Coleman’s darkest secret is revealed, audiences sense something isn’t quite right about her in the 2009 film Orphan. With her bizarre behavior and hostility toward her adoptive mother and father, Esther comes across as truly malevolent—even for a movie about killer kids. She soon proves to be more than expected when the plot explains how she killed her previous family by seducing her father while incapacitating them with strychnine.
Amongst his other popular thrillers such as The Sixth Sense, The Village, and Split, The Visit is another one of M. Night Shyamalan’s films that comes complete with a dramatic twist at the very end of the film. This movie follows the story of two children who go to stay with their estranged grandparents deep in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country because they just don’t care much for staying with their recently divorced parents. Although the film initially presents itself as a love letter to Amish culture, it eventually turns into a gruesome depiction of the darker sides of humanity and society itself – much like what one would expect from this acclaimed director of horror films.
One of the most glorified box office hits of the era is Gone Girl, a film about a husband and wife with a twisted past. In the beginning, it appears that it is the husband who killed his wife Amy after she disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Acted by Ben Affleck, Nick Dunne is suspected of strangling his wife Amy for cheating on him. But after a twist ending it is revealed that all will be well with them by the end of their story as they reconcile and rekindle their love without any ulterior motives.