'The Sixth Sense' (1999)
Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a troubled child psychologist tasked with helping Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a boy struggling with his ability to communicate with the dead. Shockingly, Dr. Crowe was dead the whole time he worked with Cole. He was killed by an old patient at the beginning of the movie.
The Mist (2007)
A dangerous storm forces David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his son to head into town to gather supplies. A thick fog engulfs the small Maine town, with a host of deadly creatures milling around and killing those who try venture outside. Feeling hopeless, Thomas mercy kills his fellow survivors. The army shows up, having eradicated the beasts from the town, just a few minutes later.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
John Nash (Russell Crowe) is a remarkable mathematician at MIT with friends Charles, Parcher, and Marcee to support him. He takes work as a cryptologist and then gets tapped to do secret government work. Paranoia sinks in surrounding his new job and he becomes mentally unstable. His wife Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) is told that Nash suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and that he has imagined three “friends,” who have been around since Nash was in graduate school.
Black Swan (2010)
Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) is a innocent ballerina selected to play in her company’s newest rendition of Swan Lake. While Nina’s personality is perfect for the role of the White Swan, newcomer Lily (Mila Kunis) better captures the darkly sexual essence that is the Black Swan. In a twisted rivalry/friendship, Nina’s obsessive nature gets the best of her and she kills Lily the night of the performance. In reality she doesn’t, having hallucinated the killing and actually stabbed herself instead.
The Prestige (2006)
Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) and Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) are two magicians dueling to determine who is the better of the two. Surprise, both have a little extra stored in their respective closets. Borden uses his identical twin for his stunts and Angier cloned himself, using a special machine, only to kill his clones after successfully performing his acts.
American Psycho (2000)
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is an attractive businessman who lives a secret life as a psychotic serial killer in the late hours of the night. Not only does he eventually confess to the murders, but at least one of his supposed victims is still alive and well, leading to questions about whom he actually killed, if anyone.
Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), a truck driver in Iraq, awakes inside a coffin with only a lighter and a cellphone. Throughout the movie, he maintains contact with Dan Brenner (Robert Paterson), leader of a hostage rescue unit. He promises to save Conroy, having saved another man named Mark White. Brenner informs Conroy that he’s found him, only to actually unearth the body of White, meaning he had been lying the whole time.
Fight Club (1999)
Tired of a monotonous existence as a traveling car company employee, an unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) joins an intense, underground fight club led by Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a hypermasculine soap seller. It’s later discovered that Durden isn’t real, but rather the narrator’s imagined alter ego.
Donnie Darko (2001)
After surviving a freak accident, Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) meets an odd rabbit and follows his instructions, from meeting a girl to flooding his school, for the next month. While Donnie originally seemed to live through a jet engine falling from a plane onto his house, the end of the movie reveals that he did, in fact, die from the crash, thanks to travel in an alternate universe.
Final Destination 5 (2011)
In this installment of the killer franchise, Sam (Nicholas D’Agosto) has a premonition of a bridge collapse, which will kill him and his coworkers, who are all on a bus together. He manages to escape the eventual travesty with a few others, but they soon learn that escaping Death is not an option. The few that manage to “cheat” Death find that they are on the same flight that Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) has his vision on in the first movie. They die in the plane explosion seen in Final Destination.
In this drama, Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. However, he has memory problems, often leaving him lost and confused. In order to remember details, he tattoos his body with phrases and clues. Leonard learns that he actually killed his wife from an insulin overdose.
After being held in captivity for 15 years, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) seeks revenge on those who aided in kidnapping him. During his vendetta, Oh Dae-Su meets and falls in love with a young girl named Mi-Do. It seems like a good thing, until it is discovered that Mi-Do is Dae Su’s daughter. His kidnapper orchestrated the meeting in his own bit of revenge.
Shutter Island (2010)
U.S. Marshal Edward “Teddy” Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigates a hospital for the criminally insane in hopes of discovering what happened to resident Rachel Solando. Turns out, the entire movie is just a ruse set in motion by doctors in hopes of treating Daniels, who’s insane himself.
Jigsaw, a sadistic and mysterious serial killer, traps photographer Adam Stanheight (Leigh Whannell) and oncologist Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) in a dingy bathroom, with only a corpse, a saw and instructions to kill each other in order to survive. After Gordon saws off his foot in hopes of finding help, the corpse rises to its feet, revealing that he’s been Jigsaw the entire time.
Cabin In The Woods (2011)
Five college friends arrive at a quaint, remote forest cabin for a little excursion, not expecting the otherworldly entities they encounter set to destroy them. Two scientists (Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford) are actually orchestrating the chaos.
Primal Fear (1996)
Accused of murdering the archbishop of Chicago, Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton) pleads innocent on account of his split personality, with the the other side being that of a psychotic killer. Richard Gere plays Martin Vail, a defense attorney who takes on his case. Once Vail gets him off the hook, Stampler reveals that his innocent persona was all an act, having been the malicious killer all along.
The Crying Game (1992)
Fergus (Stephen Rea) is an IRA foot soldier who promises to look after Dil (Jaye Davidson), the girlfriend of a former prisoner whose death Fergus played a role in. Fergus falls in love with Dil, only to find out that she is a transgender woman.
The Others (2001)
Grace Stewart (played by Nicole Kidman), a devoutly religious mother to two children who suffer a rare photosensitivity disease, moves her family to the English coast during World War II. Things go a bump in the night, as the presence of uninvited guests from the spirit world strike fear in the small family. The tables turn, however, when it’s revealed that Stewart and her two children are actually dead. After having been driven to madness due to loneliness, she killed them before killing herself, leaving the three of them as ghosts.
In an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival after global crop blight renders Earth almost uninhabitable, a group of astronauts travel through a wormhole in space to find a suitable planet to move to. In a twist, Dr. Mann (Matt Damon), who has been sending data on one of the planets the crew is to visit, falsified documents in hopes of being rescued and taken home.
Now You See Me (2013)
A team of skilled magicians, calling themselves the Four Horsemen, captivate audiences with theatrical illusions that drain bank accounts of the corrupt and in pure Robin Hood fashion, gift the money back to their audiences. FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) enlists the help of Thaddeus (Morgan Freeman), a debunker of magic acts. Rhodes later reveals that he was in on the scheme the entire time, having been the son of the magician that seemingly drowned in a failed magic act after Thaddeus proved him a phony. He inducts the magicians into a secret society, called The Eye.
The Village (2004)
A small village in the early 1900s is being terrorized by a group of horrific monsters that live in the woods that surround it. Things aren’t what they seem, as it is discovered that the village is actually in the present and being manipulated by the founders who have opted out of modern life.
Desperate after the loss of their stillborn baby, Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child. They adopt a little girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), but soon Kate suspects something sinister lurking deep within the child. Esther real name is Leena, and she’s a demented 33-year old who suffers from stunted growth and seduces her “fathers” and kills their families.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) is a con man who tells police of the legend Keyser Söze, a mysterious criminal who’s orchestrated a wicked plan to do a multi-million dollar heist that ended with an explosion in San Pedro Harbor, leaving few survivors. Kint convinces police that he played a minor role, posts bail, and leaves the station. Police discover that Kint is actually Söze, who is seen getting rid of his limp and riding off into the sunset.