Major Movie Plot Twists That Were Hiding in Plain Sight

The best plot twists are the ones that are right under your nose. Instead of catching them, you’re too distracted. Then, once you go back and rewatch, you can see all the clues.

Here are ten films with plot twists hiding in plain sight the entire time.

Be warned: spoilers lie ahead.


The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan movies
Photo Credit: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

M. Night Shyamalan‘s breakthrough thriller gives viewers plenty of clues regarding the fate of Bruce Willis’ character.

One big giveaway is during the play where Haley Joel Osment’s character performs. A parent is seen recording the play directly behind Willis’ head. Usually, this would result in the footage being nothing but the back of a head.

However, Willis’s character is dead, so the view isn’t obstructed.


The Village
Image Credit: Touchstone Pictures.

Another Shyamalan film, The Village, focuses on a 19th-century Pennsylvanian village. Or so we think.

In reality, it’s led by a cult in the 21st century. Perhaps seeing characters in jeans and not 19th-century clothing should have tipped us off. No


The Usual Suspects
Image Credit: Gramercy Pictures.

A scene in The Usual Suspects shows Roger “Verbal” Kint walking with his signature limp. The issue, though, is that his shoe lacks the wear and tear you’d expect from having a limp.

To anyone paying close enough attention, this gives them the information needed to deduce that Verbal is actually Keyser Söze.


Shutter Island (2010)
Image Credit: Paramount Pictures.

The 2010 film by Martin Scorsese stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo as U.S. Marshalls Teddy Daniels and Chuck Aule.

Only they’re not U.S. Marshalls. Teddy Daniels is actually Andrew Laeddis, and Chuck Aule doesn’t exist. So, what’s the apparent giveaway? When Aule struggles with his gun when arriving on the island. You’d figure a train marshall could handle their weapon.


The Prestige
Photo Credit: Touchstone Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures

Christopher Nolan’s film about rival magicians attempting to one-up each other stars, Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. There’s also a mysterious character close to Bale with whom we seem to spend a lot of time.

As it turns out, there’s a reason: it’s a twin brother, and that’s how Bale pulls off his seemingly impossible trick!


Knives Out
Photo Credit: Netflix.

At the beginning of the Rian Johnson whodunnit, many viewers had issues with some of the bad science.

Harlan Thrombey never experienced the symptoms described by his nurse Marta. Viewers were confused and frustrated by this, only to realize later that his medications were switched out.


Book of Eli
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.

2010’s Book of Eli stars Denzel Washington as a lone warrior in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. There’s a moment early in the movie where his character stumbles, but that’s okay. Even the best warriors show a moment of being clumsy, right?

Well, it turns out that this was a hint about Washington’s character being blind.


Fight Club
Image Credit: 20th Century Fox.

The famed 1999 David Fincher movie stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. Its iconic twist is well known today, but observant viewers may have been tipped off early.

During a monologue, Norton says, “How do I know this? Because Tyler knows it.”. This should have tipped viewers off that Norton’s not just the narrator but also Tyler Durden.


Spider-Man Far From Home
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Releasing.

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed Nick Fury seems slightly off in Tom Holland’s second go as Spider-Man. But, with so much focus on the multiverse and Mysterio, people shrugged it off.

As it turns out, that was a misdirect. It’s not Nick Fury and Maria Hill in the movie. Instead, the Skulls Talos and Soren are in disguise. The real Nick Fury is on a Skrull spaceship.


Saw (2004)
Image Credit: Lions Gate Films.

One tidbit about the Jigsaw killer is that he likes to catch a front-row seat to his victims attempting to escape their traps.

Many were shocked that the seemingly dead body in the room with Lawrence and Adam stood up. However, those who paid close attention could deduce that Jigsaw was enjoying his preferred front-row seat.


The Fugutive
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


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