One of the hallmarks of a great movie is the inclusion of an unexpected plot twist that makes viewers gasp in surprise and leaves them thinking about it long after the twist is revealed. Not every film can achieve this with success and most twists are cliche at best but there are some that completely blindsided us and set the bar for films yet to come. Or at the very least showed us that while it has all been done before, it doesn’t have to all be done the same.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist working with a young boy Cole named Sear (Haley Joel Osment) who believes he can see the dead. Near the end of the film, however, it is revealed that Dr. Crowe actually died at the beginning of the movie, and is, in fact, one of the dead people Cole can see. It was the twist heard around the world and seared The Sixth Sense in movie history as one of the best films ever made.