Top 15 Detective Movies To Watch If You Love Mysteries

Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Detective movies have a way of keeping us on the edge of our seats, guessing until the very end. These films span different eras and genres, from classic noir to modern-day thrillers.

What they all have in common is an intricate plot that keeps you hooked, and a brilliant detective who sees what others miss. Get ready to put your deduction skills to the test with these top detective movies.

1. Prisoners

Keller Dover’s (Hugh Jackman) daughter and her friend are kidnapped. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) investigates. Dover decides to search for the girls himself, leading him to kidnap and torture Alex Jones (Paul Dano), who seems involved.

2. Memories of Murder

In a small Korean town, Detectives Park Doo-man (Song Kang-ho) and Seo Tae-yoon (Kim Sang-kyung) investigate a series of rapes and murders. They face challenges due to lack of technology and push to solve the case amidst local police inefficiency.

3. Knives Out

Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) investigates the death of wealthy novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). Suspecting foul play, Blanc interviews Harlan’s dysfunctional family and staff, unraveling a web of deceit and motives.

4. Talaash

Inspector Surjan Singh Shekhawat (Aamir Khan) investigates a famous actor’s death. He meets Rosie (Kareena Kapoor), a prostitute who helps him solve the case, only to discover Rosie is a ghost seeking justice for her own death.

5. Gone Girl

Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) missing. As the investigation unfolds, evidence suggests Nick may be responsible. However, it’s revealed that Amy staged her own disappearance to frame Nick due to his infidelity.

6. Without a Clue

Dr. John Watson (Ben Kingsley) hires actor Reginald Kincaid (Michael Caine) to play Sherlock Holmes. They solve crimes together, but when a real mystery arises involving stolen plates for printing banknotes, they must find the real culprit.

7. Blade Runner

Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a blade runner, is tasked with hunting down replicants, artificial humans who have come to Earth seeking longer lives. He struggles with the morality of his job as he tracks down the replicants.

8. The Chaser

Ex-detective turned pimp Jung-ho (Kim Yoon-seok)’s girls start disappearing. He realizes a serial killer, Young-min (Ha Jung-woo), is behind it. He catches Young-min but must find evidence before Young-min is released due to police incompetence.

9. Se7en

Detectives David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) investigate a series of murders themed after the seven deadly sins. Their hunt leads them to John Doe (Kevin Spacey), who reveals his plan and forces Mills into a devastating choice.

10. Ugly

Kali goes missing in Mumbai. Her father Shoumik (Ronit Roy), a police chief, and Rahul (Rahul Bhat), her father, search for her. Their investigation reveals dark secrets about their lives and relationships, complicating the search.

11. Zodiac

Robert Graysmith (Jake Gyllenhaal), a cartoonist, becomes obsessed with the Zodiac killer case. He works with reporter Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) and Inspector Dave Toschi (Mark Ruffalo), piecing together clues in a quest to solve the murders that terrorized San Francisco.

12. The French Connection

Detective Jimmy Doyle (Gene Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) discover a drug smuggling scheme involving a Frenchman, Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). They pursue Charnier and his associate Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi), leading to a high-stakes chase.

13. Cure

Detective Kenichi Takabe (Koji Yakusho) investigates a series of murders where each victim is found with an X carved into their neck. He discovers that the killer, Kunio Mamiya (Masato Hagiwara), possesses the ability to hypnotize people into committing murders.

14. Detective Byomkesh Bakshi

Set in 1940s Calcutta, young Byomkesh Baksh (Sushant Singh Rajput) is tasked with finding Bhuvan (Anand Tiwari), a chemist who has disappeared. His investigation leads him into a larger conspiracy involving opium trade and a war against the British.

15. The Nice Guys

In 1970s Los Angeles, private eye Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and enforcer Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) team up to find a missing girl, Amelia (Margaret Qualley). Their investigation uncovers a shocking conspiracy involving the auto industry and high-ranking officials.

No matter which of these detective movies becomes your new favorite, one thing is certain: you’ll never look at a crime scene the same way again. Remember, the best part of a detective movie is putting the pieces together yourself.

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