Murder mysteries can get you all hooked to your seats. From time to time, the scares, the twists and turns, the thrills, and the suspense all engage the audience to sit in front of the screen for hours. Murder-mystery books have always been a success. From Hercules Poirot to Sherlock Holmes, there are detectives that have got our hearts pounding.
From books to murder mysteries on screen, may have affected the way we imagined characters and scenes. However, it has contributed to enhancing much more when giving a real-life experience through background sound and settings. Many movies have also moved away from the generic being thrillers and have completely taken different routes to present their story.
10 Best Murder-Mystery Movies
Knives Out (2019)
The movie was much different from the dark psychological murder mysteries that hit the screen these days. The movie is in a much more cozier setting and offers to be more realistic but still dramatic. ‘Knives Out’ which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars had a star-studded cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas.
Gone Girl (2014)
This is a hard-to-miss movie because of the popularity of the books. The movie follows a married couple, in which the wife goes missing. Directed by David Fincher, the movie is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. The movie stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in lead roles.
Memories Of A Murder (2003)
The movie is inspired by real-world crimes from the late 90s and early 2000s that remain unsolved. The plot revolves around the lead detective Park Doo-man along with another cop is trying to find the serial killer who molested young girls over the years. But the ending still remains unresolved. The 2003 movie shows how less developed the forensic systemic was then. The nail-biting ending is sure to hit you hard and with teary eyes.
Another mystery that is inspired by original events, ‘Zodiac’ will leave the audience in total confusion. With a cast including Robert Downey Junior and Jake Gyllenhall, the murder mystery is another David Fincher masterpiece. The plot follows a cartoonist Robert Graysmith who is hooked by the series of murders.
The protagonist, Leonard Shelby is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. But Shelby suffers from a rare, untreatable short-term memory loss which makes his task difficult. He has notes, and memos tattooed on his body that serves as reminders for him.
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The Nice Guys (2016)
The movie stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, who go on an investigation for a missing girl and the death of a porn star. The investigation stretches on to bring out the people in the highest circle of power to be involved. The movie is directed and written by Shane Black. The movie is a mashup of funny moments and a lot of action.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
The Sherlock Holmes series has been made into movies and series multiple times. But it still remains one of the favorites among moviegoers. And Robert Downey Jr. had graced his presence as the protagonist. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the movie focuses on the adventures of Holmes and his partner Dr. Watson.
A Haunting In Venice (2023)
The movie that hit the screens recently in September 2023. The murder mystery is loosely based on the 1969 novel ‘Halloween Party’ by Agatha Christie. The movie is a sequel to ‘Death On The Nile’. The movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh and the screenplay is by Michael Green. Branagh takes up the role of the famous detective Hercule Poirot.
The black comedy crime film from 1996, ‘Fargo’ was written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. The criminal case is of a triple homicide which is being investigated by Marge Gunderson portrayed by Frances McDormand. The film was a critical and commercial success.
The movie ‘Seven‘, directed by David Fincher has stars like Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, John McGinley, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The movie follows the two detectives who are in search of a serial killer who kills according to the seven deadly sins. ‘Seven’ was successful commercially and among one of the best movies ever made among crime thrillers.
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