Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

You know that a twist ending is something special when it becomes ingrained so deeply into the collective consciousness of the public that it transcends the film from which it came. There are other twists on this list that fit that bill, but perhaps none more so than those incredible moments at the end of The Empire Strikes Back where Vader, hand outstretched in a gesture of power (both offered and suggested), declares that he is our protagonist's father. It was a moment that shook fans the world over; one that turned a simple saga about good versus evil into a nuanced, Greek tragedy about a man's ascendance against the conflicted corruption of his father. "I am your father," indeed.

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  8. Sam • August 12, 2012 @ 12:14 AM

    What about the usual suspects??? No list of twist endings can be complete without that!!!!

  9. Jeff Ching • August 10, 2012 @ 12:37 AM

    In saying over and over again that “Matchstick Men” is one of the most criminally under-rated movies of all time, seeing it left out of this list of best twist endings further proves my point. It was so unpredictable, shocking, brilliant, yet served a purpose in changing the protagonist’s life, leading to a surprisingly upbeat ending.

  10. Ryan O • August 8, 2012 @ 3:38 PM

    My god that was one seriously shocking and twisted ending.

  11. Ryan O • August 8, 2012 @ 3:37 PM

    I have to say, i heard about Norman Bates before i watched the movie. in the middle of the movie i was thinking to myself, ‘how is norman considered a great slasher villain if the mother was killing people?!” the ending answered that question ambitiously.

  12. Ryan O • August 8, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

    “Luke, i am your father!” How is that not a crazy twisted, shocking ending?!

  13. Ryan O • August 8, 2012 @ 3:33 PM

    Inception had heart pounding ending, that’s for sure. But i don’t think it was a twisted ending cause i still had questions in the end.

  14. Ryan O • August 8, 2012 @ 3:31 PM

    The end was a nasty moment, but i couldn’t help but laugh.

  15. Ryan Orizabal • August 8, 2012 @ 3:30 PM

    Seven definitely had an wild twisted ending that kept my heart pumping. I do not see it coming!

  16. Mike • August 8, 2012 @ 12:03 PM

    I remember the first time I saw Fight Club it blew my mind.

  17. Manni S • August 7, 2012 @ 3:46 PM

    Shutter Island too!

  18. Will • August 7, 2012 @ 2:16 PM

    How can Saw 1 not be on this list ? Only reason I keep going back to watch the rest of them is how the first one ended.

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