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12 Genius Movies Like The Prestige With Twists Nobody Saw Coming

Rahul is a movie addict who can never get enough of good films. His all time favorites are Inception, 12 Angry Men, and Scarface.


The Prestige might seem like a simple story of two street magicians fighting it out, but it soon turns into one of the best mind-bending films you’ve ever watched. Directed by Christopher Nolan, this film gets off to a very slow start. Once it gets going, it sucks you in its mesmerizing world and doesn’t let you go until the end. Being a huge fan, I compiled a list of some other movies like it. Let’s take a look.



1. Identity

When fate brings ten strangers from all over the US under one roof, it doesn’t take them long to realize that it is not just a coincidence. Their birthdays are the same. When they start getting killed one by one, they begin to wonder if the killer is among them.

I know it sounds as if I’ve spoiled the plot for everyone. Trust me; you are in for a huge surprise. It’s not your typical serial killer movie where the victims fell prey to the killer one by one. There is much more at stake.

The good thing about it is, you’d feel as if there is no beginning. It doesn’t take too much time to set everything up. It feels as if everything has already been set in motion. The tension is always there. You never know who is going to turn on the other person. And let’s not forget the huge twist right at the end that makes you go “Whaaaaat!." If you’re are looking for some excellent movies like The Prestige to watch, give Identity a shot.


2. Coherence

The plot of Coherence revolves around eight friends gathered together at a dinner party. When a comet passes by Earth, they begin experiencing some sort of weird time-travelling phenomena, changing their lives forever. It’s a bit too subtle to describe is concisely in words. You have to experience it first hand, and probably more than once to get some sort of idea as to what’s going on,

Although, plot isn’t as flawless as some other ‘’Primer” and “Inception”, its till would compel you to think about the endless directions one’s fate could take them to. You might have to watch it more than once to get the hang of everything. It’s well worth the time, though.


3. The Illusionist

A young boy falls in love with a girl from royal family. They know that there love can’t last long. When they are forcibly separated from each other, the boy goes on to become a successful magician. Years later, he comes back to save his lady and steal her away from prince using magic and illusion. Is everything what it looks like? Is it an illusion?

You’d grapple with these puzzling questions up until the very end of The Illusionist when everything is finally out in the open.

I found the storyline to be in line with movies like “The Prestige”. You’re led to believe that you have a grip over what’s going on, but you actually don’t know the half of it.

Overall, a slow burn but consistent movie that will leave a mark on you for quite a long time.


4. Triangle

Again, a mindfuck movie like The Prestige that demands all your attention on the screen until the credits roll. It might even frustrate those of you who’re into casual action flicks. You know something is wrong from the very beginning, but can’t quite figure out what is really is. And the movie doesn’t hold your hand and walk you through the whole journey. You have to make everything out by yourself. There are a few interpretations online as to what this movie really is all about. Nothing really sounds concrete, though.

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Overall, Triangle feels like an open-ended movie that doesn’t explain much, thus leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Is it frustrating? A little bit, yes. Is it entertaining? Hell yeah!

I’m not going to delve into the plot details. Believe me; you don’t want anything spoiled. Go watch it.


5. The Others

There is a reason why The Others is mentioned everywhere. Some people level it as a copycat of “The Sixth Sense”, a groundbreaking movie that came out two years before “The Others’. Granted, the twist seems to be inspired from “The Sixth Sense”, but everything else feels original and fresh. From the eerie ambience, foggy weather to a large, haunted mansion with no sunlight; everything adds up to an already bone-chilling storyline.

I would go as far as to say that I liked the twist ending even though it felt abrupt and a little cheap. One can’t argue with the fact, however, that it was shocking. There is no way one could anticipate such a horrifying ending.

You think you know your way around disturbing, mind-boggling movie? “The Others” will compel you to think again.


6. The Number 23

The plot revolves around Walter, who is gifted a novel by his wife. The more he reads it, the more he becomes convinced that it’s about him, spiraling things out of control.

Try not to pay attention to the negative reviews. If you love movies like The Prestige, you’re going to love what The Number 23 brings to the table. A lot of people didn’t like the ending. Than ks to the low expectations IO had, I ended up liking this movie more than I would have otherwise. If not for anything else, watch it for some amazing work Jim Carrey has put in.

A well-balanced movie with just the right amount of drama and suspense. You’d love it.


7. The Machinist

What would happen if you wouldn’t sleep for a few months? The chances are, you’d not survive. The Mechanist explores this very idea, dropping us in the shoes of an industrial worker, who hasn’t gotten any sleep in last few months. Before he realizes, things start getting out of hand as he struggles to differentiate his illusions from reality.

You have probably watched the hulky dude kicking asses in Batman series. Some people, however, don’t know that Christian Bale is also the protagonist of The Machinist, a mindfuck movie that came out in 2003. It’s hard to believe that someone could go through this mind of physical transformation in such a short span of time.

Not the mention, a nail-biting plot and some serious acting, which helps ‘The Mechanist” stand out from other movies of the same genre.


8. Buried

The plot revolves around a truck driver, who finds himself buried deep in ground after the attack by Iraqis. With every tick of clock, he is losing time. Can he get out with the help of just a cellphone and a lighter?

While this film is really well directed and cinematographed, those looking for some flashy actions won’t be too impressed. “Buried” keeps the formula pretty simple; one plotline and just a very few characters. The result is a nightmarish, haunting movie, gluing audience to their seats until the credits roll.

Pacing and acting is just impeccable. Some people might not like the way it build tension. Trust me, though, it pays off really well at the end. If you are into movies like The Prestige, you’d love Buried.


9. Psycho

Psycho should be given credit for kickstarting a whole new genre of movies. It was spellbinding from the get go, never giving too much away at a time.

Who is the killer? Could it be Norman’s mom? The truth about the motel and is owners finally comes into light, but it’s not what you’d expect.

Don’t be tempted to watch any trailers or read any reviews. Just go ahead and watch it. Believe me; you don’t want anything spoiled.


10. Donnie Darko

When a teenager manages to escape a fatal accident, a large rabbit bunny starts following him around, controlling his thoughts and getting him to commit a series of crimes. The bunny says that the world is about to end within a month.

Is he delusional? What’s really going on?

You’d be asking these questions until the every last moment. The ending leaves us with a lot of possible explanations for the events that took place one after the other. However you interpret it, though, there is no doubt that you’d want to watch this movie again and look for the clues you’d missed earlier.

It would have helped if this movie was a little but generous with explaining its multilayered plot. It can be quite confusing and often, frustrating for someone who isn’t used to mindfuck movies like The Prestige, Inception and a few others.

Try to figure everything out on your own. Don’t look for any explanation online. If you still can’t, there are explanations for it online. Either way, you’d love the mystery and drama Donnie Darko has to offer.


11. The Sixth Sense

When a troubled psychiatrist begins seeing his new patient, a child who claims he can see dead people, things only start getting worse. Why is it that no one but that kid notices and talks to him? Even his wife won’t acknowledge his existence. Things are not quite the way they seem. It’s not too late before he realizes that this kid is the only one who can help him.

The Sixth Sense was the very first Hollywood movie I’d watched. And I remember being shocked to the core when the final twist was revealed in the last moments. The style of storytelling was unprecedented at that time. It’s only fitting to give this movie its well-deserved place in this list.

Yes, it’s not a mind-bender. One can quite easily figure out what’s going on. Still, though, the twist right at the end still gets me. If you’re interested in watching something that’d stay with you forever, give The Sixth Sense a go.


12. 1408

I might get some flak for this, but I needed to include this movie here. The plot revolves around a man, who debunks ghost theories to make a living. When he decides to stay overnight in a cursed hotel room to debunk another myth, things take a drastic turn as he struggles to differentiate reality from fiction.

I’m not too big on horror movies, but this movie has been stuck in my mind ever since I watched it for the first time. No, there are no big twists, no nail-biting chases or jumpscares, but it would still haunt you for days to come. Just like The Prestige, it’s going to stay with you for a while.


Kelly Ann Christensen from Overland Park, Johnson County, Kansas on December 24, 2019:

What a great idea for a list of movies! Sometimes it is a real treat for the plot to be so very unexpected. I have not seen several of these, so thanks for the recommendations.

David Newman from Berkeley, California on September 19, 2018:

It's not quite the same feel, but Unbreakable is similarly a very good practically gothic movie about powerful human's finding meaning. Great twist as well.

Gwoody0079 on August 13, 2018:

None of these have the same feel to them as the illusionist and prestige. I really would love to find a few more movies very similar to the above mentioned movies. Same era and similar story line would be nice. And the #4 movie Triangle is very similar to another movie called Ghost Ship, great movie. Also the #7 movie The Machinist reminds me of another movie called The Jacket, another good movie starring Adrian Brody.

Eliteicewiz from karachi on April 07, 2018:

Amazing list!

Damian Rivers on January 26, 2018:

You should add Se7en to this list bro. It's awesome. Good list tho!

ariasmathew on November 29, 2017:

I have seen most of Mystery movies and "Psycho" is my favorite movie and I must add great Mysteries movie "Restitution Road" in this mind blowing movie list.

Violet from California on July 30, 2017:

Great list! Seen some...and need to add some others onto my list to see!!!

Mike and Dorothy McKenney from United States on July 02, 2017:

OMG! I can't believe I have missed some of these. The Sixth Sense is one of my favorites, along with The Illusionist, but now you've given me an insight into more movies that are able to trick me (which I love); predictability is very over-rated. Thanks!

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on June 01, 2017:

I love the Prestige and movies like them. I have seen most of these films. Some I haven't but I am definitely adding them to my list to watch. Donnie Darko is one of my all time favorite cult classic films. Great and fun hub. Good job on this one.

shan from pakistan on May 18, 2017:

some of the movies in this list aren't quite good the illusionist and 1408...

melissasugar from Shreveport, Louisiana on March 20, 2017:

I seldom, if ever see The Triangle mentioned by anyone on their top list of movies. I was pleasantly surprised to find it here. The movie is actually quite good if you give it a chance. The structure is good and the twists are unexpected. It's not a movie to watch while simultaneously working on something else. It requires your full attention. Thanks for all of your lists. I've racked up quite a few new movies to add to my Nextfix que.


Ced Yong from Asia on September 12, 2016:

I'd say Machinist is the best in this list. For Bale's incredible devotion to his art. And the clues about the truth so shrewdly hidden everywhere.

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