It often happens that a movie character you trust the most turns out to be a backstabber. Countless movies have employed the betrayal technique for creating drama & thrill. Such movies often have a climactic showdown between the backstabber and the stabbed. But there are some movies where one of the main characters is the backstabber. This betrayal of our expectations makes the film infinitely more engaging. With that said, here is the list of best movies about betrayals and traitors.
12. And Then There Were None (1945)
This film is a brilliant edge-of-the-seat film-noir adaptation of an Agatha Christie novel. It feels like a cinematic ballad of suspense and murder, which is a rare commodity. The plot itself is intriguing – ten strangers are invited to an isolated island mansion where they start getting murdered. There is nobody on the island except themselves meaning one of them is the killer. What makes the film interesting further is that the murders occur according to a nursery rhyme – ‘Ten Little Indian Boys’.
When the revelation comes finally, it is devastating and least expected. Every one of the characters appears to be in the clear throughout but the murders occur nonetheless. This film is an excellent execution of backstabbing in fiction. It is worth watching for the way the plot unravels and the charm of black-and-white cinema alone. Expect to be shocked & betrayed but most of all, thoroughly entertained by this gem.
11. Gaslight (1944)
George Cukor is a master story-teller in his own right. And when he teams up with the divine Ingrid Bergman and the phenomenal Charles Boyer, one expects nothing short of riveting cinema. In ‘Gaslight’, we follow a newly-wed couple as their marriage complicates dramatically, with the wife gradually becoming insane. But things are not as black-and-white as they seem to be. What follows eventually is like a cross between Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger.