10 Best Murder Mystery Movies

Sunday, December 5 by Kathy Heydasch

Here's a list of the top 10 greatest murder mystery movies, and the most recent is from 2000! So Hollywood, where have all the great murder mystery movies gone? Bring back some torturous suspense! Some death-defying plot twists! Plot has taken a back seat in most movie scripts lately, but these gems will satisfy any viewer's craving for murder, mystery, and suspense! 

  1. "The Maltese Falcon" (1941): Classic. Bogart. Done.
  2. "Se7en" (1995): This was a good year for Spacey, because he nailed this role. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt play worthy pawns for Spacey’s evil genius.
  3. "The Usual Suspects" (1995): Who is Keyser Soze? The answer shocked nearly every viewer. Seldom do you find characters so grotesquely appealing as this bunch.
  4. "Dead Again" (1991): OK, so Kenneth Branagh can overdo it sometimes, but this is one of the greatest mystery plots of all time. Chock-full of suspense and surprises, it keeps the audience guessing until the very end. Much like the next pick…
  5. "Clue" (1985): For a laugh instead of a scream, try "Clue". It’s not the traditional murder mystery movie, but it definitely keeps one guessing. Tim Curry and Madeline Kahn steal the show with their hilarious performances. 
  6. "Fargo" (1996): Also on a lighter note (well, except for the wood-chipper), "Fargo" has a bit of everything a good murder mystery has, plus a couple of Coenbrothers.
  7. "Memento" (2000): Now, what just happened? For murder mystery with a hint of confusion, there's "Memento".
  8. "Silence of the Lambs" (1991): Murder mystery, emphasis on the murder. This one’s more of a serial killer mystery movie, but it deserves a top spot for sure. Anthony Hopkins had us all squirming in our chairs (and wondering what fava beans were!) 
  9. "Jagged Edge" (1985): Every good murder mystery list needs at least one with courtroom suspense. Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges have two great young performances in this one. 
  10. "Primal Fear" (1996): Edward Norton more than makes up for Richard Gere’s lackluster style in this other courtroom mystery. No one has played schizophrenic with so much panache!
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