10 Best Murder Mystery Movies on Netflix

Movies that are set around a mysterious murder that must be solved, have been with us since the beginning of the art of cinema. It is practically a universal genre everybody has had a taste from and from which most continue seeking better and more intricate  stories. From the classic detective adventures of Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie’s famous character of Hercule Poirot to the never-ending delight Lieutenant Columbo brought to its audience, this genre will most probably last an eternity and continue shedding excellence on the art of suspense and mystery. With today’s Netflix we have the opportunity to watch an array of this beloved genre and while most of them are more modern, recent and take a different approach on the traditional story format, this only shows us how today’s filmmakers still manage to keep the innovation and greatness of this art form growing and growing. So take a seat, turn off the light and enjoy this list of 10 best murder mysteries on Netflix.

 

10. The Factory (2012)

Mike Fletcher, played by John Cusack, obsessively investigates the case of a murdered prostitute, who’s body was cut up and put to the cold temperature of a freezer by a violent serial killer. When an argumentative dinner at home leads his teenage daughter to sneak out of the house to meet her boyfriend, things take a turn to the worst as she is soon kidnapped by the same killer John is trying to locate. An intense investigation on the disappeared daughter begins in the cold streets of New York city. Although a theme often heard and seen before, it still manages to do its tricks and entertain an audience seeking for a suspenseful crime story where the steps of a man aren’t always easy to follow.

 

9. 1922 (2017)

This film, as the most recent on this list, welcomes one more Stephen King novel to the big screen. Set in 1922 Nebraska, Wilfred James is a farmer living in a conflicted marriage with his wife Arlette, with whom he has a 14 year old son. After arguing over a land recently inherited which leads to conversations of divorce he decides to murder his partner and convinces his son to help him with this savage task. This story of murder contains exceptional performances by its cast and lingering suspense giving the dark and mysterious drama a fascinating approach and exploration.

 

8. Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy (2011)

By entering the world of espionage and confidential conflicts and investigations, “Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy” offers a highly entertaining mystery thriller with an incredible British cast to die for including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch amongst others. Set in the times of the Cold War, it tells us that an agent from the British Intelligence has been killed on a trip to Budapest, which leads the head of the organisation to retire along with his assistant George Smiley. However shortly after, this last one is recruited back into business by the new people in charge in order to investigate on the possible existence of a mole within the corporation. A smart and well-constructed piece that gives the spy film genre a new and exciting story to enjoy.

 

7. Basic Instinct (1992)

The famous leg-crossing scene of Sharon Stone has become an iconic moment in film most people recognise from afar. Although not the essence of the film, it is part of the character she portrays, a rebellious bisexual crime novelist and first suspect of the murder of a rock star, Johnny Boz. This murder is being investigated by Nick Curran (Michael Douglas), who quickly becomes entangled in the whole twisted and mysterious case as well as in a sizzling affair with the beautiful blonde woman. Worth watching for its excellent crime story and intense and torrid cat-and-mouse game that will leave you glued to the screen wanting more.

 

6. Dressed To Kill (1941)

The oldie of this list, “Dressed To Kill” is a charming mystery crime film in the style of film-noir. Traditional in its genre, it never ceases to disappoint. With great performances and entertaining power, it righteously respects the book it is based on. It centres around Michael Shayne, a private investigator about to marry the girl of his dreams, Joanne, when they both hear a female scream from a hotel room nearby. When rushing to the crime scene they find two dead individuals : Louis, the hotel and theatre owner, and one of his actresses named Desiree. Let the investigation begin!

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