Movies that are set around a mysterious murder or a heinous crime 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 for and from which most of us 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 has brought to its audience, this genre will most probably last an eternity and continue shedding excellence on the art of suspense and mystery.
With Netflix, we have had the opportunity to watch an array of movies belonging to this beloved genre and while most of them were more recent and took a different approach as opposed to the traditional story format, a few relied upon its central character to solve the crime and there were branches of storyline spawning off based on the character’s actions. Changes like these only show us how today’s filmmakers still manage to keep the innovation and greatness of this art form despite many related sub-genres venturing into this space and diverting the attention of audiences. Believe it or not, the number of murder mystery movies releasing every year has come down to a single digit, thanks to the saturation this sub-genre has had and also because of the soaring popularity of other genres.
More or less, the lack of any glamour or good box office revenues has led to declining filmmakers’ interests in making murder-mystery thrillers. Even more so, such murder-mysteries have never been known for performance-intensive roles i.e. they were more reliant on the story rather than what’s visible on the screen, which also can be attributed to the levels of saturation prevalent in this sub-genre. Regardless, we’ve had some wonderful, gripping classics to modern murder-mysteries in the past and lucky for you, most of them are on Netflix. So take a seat, turn off the lights and enjoy this list of best detective movies and murder mysteries on Netflix. You can also get some of these murder movies on Amazon Prime or Hulu as well.
20. The Factory (2012)
Mike Fletcher, played by John Cusack, obsessively investigates the case of a murdered prostitute, whose body was cut up and kept inside 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 sharp turn to the worst as she is soon kidnapped by the same killer whom Mike is trying to locate. An intense investigation on the disappeared daughter begins in the cold streets of New York City thereafter, with Mike and the serial killer pitted against each other. Although the theme often heard of and seen before, it still manages to do its tricks and entertain an audience seeking for a suspenseful crime thriller where the steps of a man aren’t always easy to follow.
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