Don’t Turn It Off: 10 Movies Where the Last 10 Minutes Are So Good

When you sit down to watch a movie, you are expected to follow the plot from the beginning to the end. And in most cases, you can picture an ending halfway through. In other movies, they are just brilliant from the start. However, there is a category of films that show their magic in the last 10 minutes and turn the tables around!

1. The Mist (2007)

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The Mist is a film based on a novella story by Stephen King – the King of Horror and Mystery. As the name suggests, the movie is about a mysterious mist that spreads over a town, and soon, the townsfolk realize the bloodthirsty tendencies of this mist. People say this movie may not be great, but the twist in the last 10 minutes took everyone's breath away; even Stephen King prefers the ending!

2. Shutter Island (2010)

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Shutter Island is a psychological thriller based on a novel directed by the famous Martin Scorsese. It is the story of Teddy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who is sent to investigate a case at an asylum on a remote island. As Teddy investigates the truth behind the place, the viewers are in for a shocking discovery that will leave them speechless. Fans say you have yet to really watch the movie if you skip the last 10 minutes!

3. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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This one is for the thriller-crime lovers. It is a story about a con man who leads authorities to a ring of criminals led by a mastermind. Fans of the movie say the entire film is worth watching. Still, the absolutely phenomenal plot twist revealed in the last ten minutes makes this movie worth the hype. 

4. The Prestige (2006)

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Starring some of Hollywood's biggest names like Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, and Scarlett Johansson, this movie is a prime example of “the-ending-made-the-movie.” Because the film falls in the thriller and sci-fi category, it's already a tense plot. Reviewers say the movie is already a 10, but the ending alleviated it to an 11! The ending is so great that fans say it will make you want to re-watch it immediately after finishing!

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

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This one may be a controversial suggestion to make this category. You must be a Star Wars fan to enjoy the beauty of this movie and the perfect execution of the twist. Star Wars fans claim the film would not have been as impactful as it was if it weren't for “that ending scene.” Due to this plot-altering last scene, for some fans, this is their favorite Star Wars film ever.

6. Ex Machina (2014)

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Imagine a world that has advanced so much that scientists conduct strange experiments involving interactions with a female robot. Strange, right? That is the plot of this movie. The plot is already interesting enough, but according to fans who say Ex Machina is one of the movies where the ending made the film, this movie's ending will surely stick in your mind for a long time. So be prepared to get freaked out!

 7. Annihilation (2018)

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Annihilation is a psychological horror film starring the famous Natalie Portman. It is the story of a group of scientists who experience a meteor hitting the Earth, and they get to uncover some strange phenomena. Despite the film not following the plot from the novel, fans say the movie is outstanding. Still, the ending sends it to the stratosphere – meaning out of this world for us, non-science folk!

8. Se7en (1995)

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Se7en is a story of two detectives trying to find a killer inspired by the seven deadly sins. That is where the movie gets its name, and the cast is littered with big Hollywood names such as Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt, and Gwyneth Paltrow. According to fans, the movie was excellent throughout, but the last ten minutes took it from great to iconic!

9. Primal Fear (1996)

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Follow the story of Chicago's best lawyer as he studies the suspects in a murder case. And not just any murder. The murder of the archbishop. The plot is captivating, and the actors are superb throughout the film. You will be absorbed from the beginning, but the end will take away the cake! Fans say you will be blown away by the end!

10. Fight Club (1999)

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Fight Club may have been the best movie of our time. It is a thriller/action movie that has garnered a cult – people are seriously obsessed with it. The plot and each character have layers to uncover and understand. The die-hard fans claim that after years, their mind is still blown away by that ending twist. Some fans joke that they are even left traumatized by that brilliant ending!

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