Is there anything better than a beautifully done twist in a film? No, no there isn't. Movies can be great for many reasons but everyone loves to be surprised — especially when you should've seen it coming.
Netflix is carrying a healthy amount of twisty films at the moment. From twists in the middle to twists at the end, we've got five mind blowers that'll leave your jaw on the floor.
1. L.A. Confidential (1999)
Starring: Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, David Strathairn, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito, Kevin Spacey
Based on James Ellroy's crime masterpiece, L.A. Confidential is the modern film noir to end them all. It's also peak Russell Crowe, and the film that made him a star in America (sorry, Gladiator). He plays Bud White, a bruising L.A.P.D. detective known for his muscle, not his smarts. But, after his partner winds up dead in a restaurant massacre, White goes on the hunt for his killers. What he discovers instead is a massive conspiracy that involves his partner, his own department, heroin, murder, and a prostitution ring featuring women cut to look like movie stars. He teams up with the department hotshot (Pearce), and the two take the fight to the streets. There are twists throughout, but the biggest reveal comes at the end when we learn who's behind it all.
2. Seven (1995)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, R. Lee Ermey
Directed by David Fincher, Seven is not for the faint of heart. Set in rainy New York City, the film follows two detectives chasing a serial killer who selects his victims according to the seven deadly sins. As the bodies pile up, the dicks uncover more and more until the last sequence reveals the final sin. The end contains one of the most famous, shocking twists in movie history. Don't miss it.
3. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Rosemary Harris, Michael Shannon, Amy Ryan
The final film directed by the great Sidney Lumet, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is another dark, violent tale full of twists you'll never see coming. Hawke and Hoffman play brothers who are also opposites. They don't get along, but a shared need for money brings them together. A heist is planned, but it's no unfamiliar target. The boys plan to rob their parents' jewelry store figuring Mom and Dad will be covered by insurance. When things go wrong, they go terribly wrong, and an avalanche of tragedies builds to a startling conclusion.
4. The Prestige (2006)
Starring: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall, Michael Caine, David Bowie, Andy Serkis
From Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, The Prestige is a journey behind the curtain into the fascinating world of professional magicians. Set near the turn of the 20th century, when the tricksters were gods, this labyrinthian drama sets two rivals against one another. Bale is the natural artist, and Jackman is the showman. Featuring a non-linear narrative that thrives on our disorientation, The Prestige is one giant magic trick itself. There are twists galore, and a showstopper of a grand finale.
5. Inside Man (2006)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Willem Dafoe
Directed by Spike Lee, Inside Man is another great heist film with an alarming payoff. The film unfolds like a procedural as Clive Owen's team of bank robbers seizes control of a New York City bank and Washington takes steps to counter him. Holding hostages, the criminal uses wily tricks to stay ahead of the cops, and the movie is smart about avoiding clichés. We're left on the outside wondering how the situation will resolve itself. There's nowhere for the bad guys to go, or is there?