Mystery thrillers are always great fun for a certain type of audience because while you’re watching if you’re like me, you’re trying to figure it all out before the protagonist. Sometimes we will succeed, other times we will fail. We’re still having fun though, as long as the movie itself is a decent watch, and that’s what we’re here for, so here are some mystery thrillers to keep you guessing…
At Knives Out (2019)
A star-studded cast of a movie, this mystery thriller follows detective Daniel Craig’s investigation as he tries to figure out the family patriarch’s would-be murderer. Full of twists and turns, family angst, and an incredibly enjoyable Chris Evans villainous twist, Knives Out isn’t just a decent movie, but one that, as you know, turns everything upside down all over again.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, and Paul Dano dominate every scene they’re in, helping the film’s longer runtime feel like a snippet. It’s hard for us, the audience, to actively root Jackman’s protagonist as a father driven to extremes to find his kidnapped son, but at the same time make it all relatable to some degree. You’ll spend the whole movie not knowing who’s to blame, or if it was completely this guy or another, and it’ll be more than two hours of your life well spent.
The Prestige (2006)
Another Jackman film, this time alongside Christian Bale, Prestige is the story of two magicians and the rivalry between them. Desperate to be the best he can be in his field, we follow Jackman down a terrible rabbit hole, through tricks, wrongdoings, and more.
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Rear window (1954)
A major part of pop culture at this point, rear window has been parodied, referenced and even plagiarized in lesser form with Troubles. The story of a paralyzed professional photographer with a broken leg, he spends his time spying on his neighbors before discovering terrible secrets.
The Bone Collector (1999)
Denzel Washington plays quadriplegic Lincoln Rhyme, a retired detective invited to work as a consultant on the case of a particularly terrifying new serial killer. Tense, gritty, and genuinely impressive with some of the ways it portrays the serial killer, it’s one you’ll want to watch preferably alone and without any lights.
Similar in theme to The Bone Collector, but obviously done four years before, Se7en has Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman put in two powerful performances as detectives chasing the bloody mess left behind by a serial killer. The killer chooses his victims and murders them in a way that can be linked to one of the seven sins, and it’s another movie where the ending has made its way into pop culture, even for those who don’t know it. have not seen.
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
One of the best mystery thrillers you could spend your time watching, Anthony Hopkins begins his tenure as the polished cannibal Hannibal Lecter in spectacular fashion. On screen for just twenty-four minutes of the two-hour film, he steals every scene and you can’t help but be transfixed by him. Add to that the story of a serial killer kidnapping and killing women for his own twisted needs, and it’s easy to see why some thirty years later, this is still the best mystery thriller we have.
So those are some of the best mystery thrillers cinema has to offer, but there are countless others. What else would you have added?
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