18. The Shawshank Redemption
Few movies of the 1990s are as engrossing as The Shawshank Redemption. The fist-in-the-air finale which sees Andy escape the prison is a part of cinema history, but one very revealing conversation with Red already foresaw this event. Red says to Andy, “I don’t think you should be doing this to yourself, Andy. It’s just sh**ty pipe dreams.” No, this isn’t just a frivolous quip but instead is a dead-on prediction for what was about to go down – Andy would indeed achieve his dream of freedom by crawling through some filthy sewage pipes.
17. The Empire Strikes Back
Any Star Wars fan worth their salt will tell you that The Empire Strikes Back is the best of the bunch. The climactic finale where Luke Skywalker finds out that he’s actually Darth Vader’s son still remains one of the most effective movie finishes of all time. But did you know that the twist was revealed much earlier? Yes, during a vision halfway through the motion picture, Luke kills Vader. However, under the mask is Luke’s face, which is an early clue that he’s related to the dark one.
16. Shutter Island
Seriously, how good was Martin Scorsese’s spooky labyrinth Shutter Island? Really good, is the answer. It’s one that unravels further upon repeated viewing, with even the inconspicuous opening sequence alluding to the gobsmacking twist that Teddy is in fact a patient on the island. As he approaches on a boat in the first scene, shackles and chains can be seen in his room. Of course, knowing that it all turns out to be an elaborate experiment to cure him, in hindsight it’s clear that these metal objects were actually used to restrain him before the role-playing exercise began.