We ‘re living in a golden age of documentaries, podcasts, television shows and books about true crime. That means, no surprise, that the film about the murder mystery is making a popularity comeback. Over the last several decades, the classic genre has some important outstanding. There are a couple of horror films on this list, one action film and a number of dramas. Do they have one thing in common? A mystery killer.
What’s awesome is that fictional whodunits without the tragic will satisfy your crime-solving, clue-finding itch. Here are 15 murder mystery films that will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.
#15 ‘Knives Out’ (2019)
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Stars: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas
Storyline: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
#14 ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ (2005)
Director: Shane Black
Writers: Brett Halliday (novel), Shane Black (screen story)
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan
Storyline: A petty thief posing as an actor is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl and a detective who’s been training him for his upcoming role…
#13 ‘Happy Death Day’ (2017)
Director: Christopher Landon
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
Storyline: A teenage girl, trying to enjoy her birthday, soon realizes that this is her final one. That is if she can figure out who her killer is. She must relive that day, over and over again, dying in a different way each time. Can she solve her own murder?