Top 10 Spoilers That Ruin the Movie

Script written by Jordan Ruimy. Don’t say we didn’t warn you… For this list, we’re looking at those facts and tidbits and twists from some of our favorite movies that, if you find them out before seeing the film, would actually wreck your viewing experience. And, it should be painfully obvious, but SPOILER ALERT. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 spoilers that ruin the movie. Special thanks to our users neees, David Kotar, Narko Man, Simon Dreesch-Ro, theviper1999uk, Isaac Vargas and Legentism for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Jordan Ruimy.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you… Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 spoilers that ruin the movie.

For this list, we’re looking at those facts and tidbits and twists from some of our favorite movies that, if you find them out before seeing the film, would actually wreck your viewing experience. And, it should be painfully obvious, but SPOILER ALERT.

#10: Who’s Crazy Now?
“Shutter Island” (2010)

U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a criminally insane patient from a remote mental institution. With red herrings and cryptic clues driving him mad, Daniels begins to speculate that it might’ve been an inside job. But director Martin Scorsese turns the screws on us at the last minute, when it’s revealed that Daniels is actually a patient at the hospital himself, and that everything leading up to that point was a last ditch, radical treatment to bring him back to reality.

#9: Life After Death
“Jacob’s Ladder” (1990)

A Vietnam vet who was wounded in battle and lost his son prior to shipping off, Jake Singer is haunted by flashbacks, nightmares and a total disconnect from society. When some of his soldier buddies show up with similar problems, we begin to suspect that a sinister government plot – and not post-traumatic stress disorder – might be to blame. It comes as a shock when we discover Singer died in Vietnam and the entire movie was just the post-death hallucination of a man who refuses to accept his own demise.

#8: Be Careful Who You Love
“Oldboy” (2003)

Dae-su is kidnapped by a mysterious abductor, and spends the next 15 years imprisoned. He’s suddenly released without explanation, and embarks on a quest to find his captor. In the meantime, he meets and falls for Mi-do, a young girl with whom he begins a sexual relationship. Cut to the end of the movie, where Dae-su finds out that she’s actually his long-lost daughter and that this whole game was just a carefully calculated revenge plan concocted by a man he’d wronged in his youth.

#7: There Never Was an Aaron
“Primal Fear” (1996)

When a shy altar boy is accused of murdering a beloved Archbishop, a slick and opportunist lawyer takes on his high profile case. Martin Vail soon discovers that his client, Aaron Stampler, has had split personality disorder all along, a fact that wins him a trip to the loony bin. But the biggest spoiler comes when Mr. Vail finds out that the disorder was a ruse to keep him out of jail: once he convinces doctors he’s “cured,” Aaron – or Roy – will get released and get away with murder.

#6: Who’s Haunting Who?
“The Others” (2001)

A remote house in the foggy European countryside is inhabited by a mother and her two children. Because the kids are allergic to sunlight, the trio lives in isolation; and soon they begin to suspect that ghosts haunt their home when mysterious noises, randomly open doors and sightings of unknown people become increasingly common. By the end, the family finds out that they are not haunted, but are haunting: they are the ghosts disturbing the house, and the new tenants are trying to exorcise them.

#5: Seeing Double
“The Prestige” (2006)

Two magicians – named Borden and Angier – become bitter rivals, and attempt to outdo each other at every turn of this mind-bending Christopher Nolan period piece. Borden becomes famous thanks to a seemingly unexplainable illusion – but Angier is determined to discover his secret. The movie has enough twists, turns and confusing plot elements to make anyone’s head explode. And, while clone killing is up there as a crazy plot twist, the big reveal comes when we learn Borden has a twin, and that’s how he’s executed his trick all along.

#4: An Extra Puzzle Piece
“The Crying Game” (1992)

It begins as a psychological thriller involving kidnapping, murder and the Provisional Irish Republican Army. But about halfway through Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning film, the movie becomes about something else entirely: a reformed IRA member begins dating the girlfriend of a British soldier whose death he indirectly caused. As the two get closer, Fergus begins to fall for Dil. That’s when he – and we – discover that Dil is a transgender woman. It’s a twist that’s talked about to this day. Hey, it’s not called “The Crying Game” for nothin’…

#3: One and the Same
“Fight Club” (1999)

Director David Fincher is known for mind-blowing last-minute twists, and if you need more proof, watch the last minutes of his earlier film “Se7en.” But “Fight Club”’s spoiler is an even bigger reveal: a depressed, unnamed insomniac and eccentric soap salesman Tyler Durden team up to create an unconventional new form of therapy, and end up living an anarchic existence filled with sex and violence. The moment we discover they’re actually the same person is a pretty big shock for first-timers, and a generation defining movie spoiler.

#2: He Sees Dead People
“The Sixth Sense” (1999)

By now, we all know that M. Night Shyamalan loves him some twist endings, as evidenced by films like “Unbreakable.” But “The Sixth Sense” was the first big surprise very few saw coming, even though it was spelled out in the trailers. Hayley Joel Osment sees dead people. Bruce Willis is the child psychologist that helps him. Together, they try to fight the spirits that haunt this troubled little boy, until it’s revealed that Bruce Willis has been dead the whole time.

Before we spoil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Wrong Brother “Frailty” (2001)
- Incest “Chinatown” (1974)
- Leonard Shelby is Sammy Jankis “Memento” (2000)
- Angela’s a Boy “Sleepaway Camp” (1983)
- It’s All in a Crazy Guy’s Mind “Identity” (2003)

#1: Who is Keyser Söze?
“The Usual Suspects” (1995)

Verbal Kint is the only survivor of a drug deal gone very bad, which left all his criminal associates dead. He tells his side of this convoluted story to a police detective, portraying himself as a low-man-on-the-totem-pole criminal and the almost mythological figure of Keyser Söze as the dangerous and ruthless criminal mastermind behind the entire ordeal. Verbal finishes his wild tale and calmly shuffles out of the police station, mere seconds before a sketch reveals that Keyser Söze is none other than Verbal Kint himself.

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