Top 10 Best Detective Movies
Sitting on the couch with popcorn in one hand and coke in other and watching a detective movie with the detective chasing the criminals and solving a lot of mysteries having many puzzles, twists and loops is lots of fun. Also not knowing where the movie is headed adds to the overall excitement, the movies of the detective genre have everything that we could ask for a perfect planning, perfect plot and above all a perfect thief and not to forget the detective who is the best among them all ever ready to beat the bad boy of the movie. In the last century or so there have been many interesting movie in the genre, but there are some movies that will leave their imprints on the sands of time. So I came up with a list of such movies who made their way into the list of top 10 best detective movies of the world:
10. The Big Sleep (1946)
Based on a novel The Big Sleep this movie belongs to the detective genre, Humphrey Bogart plays the lead in this movie living up to the expectations and bringing life to that of the character detective Marlowe. The movie is a must watch not only for its underlying mystery story but also for the onscreen chemistry between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart. Private detective Philip Marlowe works for a rich, wealthy, and elderly man trying to discover what happened to one its employee, and as the movie progresses and he successfully uncovers a truth some new troubling mysteries pop up again making the task a tough one for detective Marlowe.
9. Dirty Harry (1971)
The first movie of the Dirty Harry series director Don Siegel showed the world how a movie of detective genre is made, because this movie boasts of a unique achievement being selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Clint Eastwood plays the role of the famous San Francisco Cop Dirty Harry Callahan who is trailing a serial killer named “Scorpio” who kills a girl from rooftop and demands money from the state authorities as ransom so as to stop doing this again, after many twists and turns losing “Scorpio” two times after a close encounter Dirty Harry makes no mistakes killing him the third time.
8. The Bone Collector (1999)
Produced by Martin Bregman and directed by Phillip Noyce this detective thriller is starred by Denzel Washington playing the lead detective character of Lincoln Rhyme and the ever hot Angelina Jolie as a cop and his junior. A frightening accident leaves Rhyme paralyzed but when a serial killer kills a string of people leaving his signature by removing a shade of bone from each victim body goes mayhem in the city, he is forced to get back to work and together with Amelia Donaghy (Jolie) he gets his hand on whatever subtle clues are left on the crime scene and gets started. With Denzel and his deductive skills mirroring that of Sherlock Holmes it can be said that this is the only modern detective movie that got any close to the standards and class set by Sherlock Holmes.
7. Fargo (1996)
This is a 1996 American movie, written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen and directed by Joel Coen this movie has set certain standards in the detective genre which is hard to reach. This movie was nominated for almost seven Academy Awards winning the Best Screenplay and also the Best actress in leading role for McDormand who plays a pregnant police Chief Marge Gunderson. With this movie McDormand showed the world that when it comes to playing the roles of detective even women can do it in style. The movie revolves around the protagonist Jerry an automobile salesman who is in financial trouble hires two men to kidnap his own wife, but things go terribly wrong when what was to be a smooth kidnap turns out into violent and bloody affair. These deaths are investigated by local detective Marge Gunderson who deduces the chain of events follows the lead and nabs the culprit.
6. The Fugitive (1993)
This 1993 American thriller was directed by Andrew Davis and Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones are the lead stars in it, the character of Dr. Richard Kimble is wrongly accused of murdering his wife but after a freak accident he escapes from the custody and is declared a fugitive. Then enters Samuel Gerard (Jones) who leads a team of U.S Marshals aiming to capture the “The Fugitive”, on the other hand Ford is still on the run trying to prove his innocence and figure out who the real culprit is responsible for the murder. The Fugitive was nominated for 7 Academy Awards including the “Best Movie” and for his stellar role Tommy Lee Jones even won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
5. L.A Confidential (1997)
In this splendid 1997 detective movie, set in 1950’s L.A it portrays Lon Angels as a corrupt place full of crime and a coiled web of many lies running to the top with many political monarchs in it. The movie boasts of one of the start studded casts of its time with Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey playing the roles of hard-nosed detectives. These cops find themselves in the middle of an investigation following the cold-blooded murder of people at a night club. With beautiful and tempting girls, action packed scenes, blood and a little mix of porn and prostitution it has everything that hardcore fans will ask for.
4. Se7en (1995)
Starred by none other than Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, this is the most captivating detective movie to date. Morgan Freeman essays the role of detective William Somerset, where his experience speaks for himself as he brings down all the bad guys. David Mills, the role anchored by Brad Pitt perfectly joins him in the middle and they take up the case which changes their course of life. They are asked to work on a case involving a murderer who uses seven deadly sins as his way of finding victims and killing them. The killer has a message loud and clear for others and these officers need to find a way to try and stop him before his next attack. This high-intense thriller is all about sin and redemption, and we can’t help but watch it the second time.
3. Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
The first thing that comes to our mind as soon as we come across the word detective is a black pipe-smoking man in a long black coat with a hat donning his head, this detective that we all grew up watching is Sherlock Holmes, one of the world’s best and popular detective character ever. There have been more than 200 Sherlock Holmes films made all over the world and at least a dozen actors have been lucky enough to get this character of Sherlock Holmes a famed 221B Baker Street detective. Now of all these movies Hound of Baskervilles has stood the tests of time and is regarded as the best of the lot. This movie is adapted from a novel with the same name by famous novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
2. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Based on a novel with the same name written by Dashiell Hammett, It introduces us to the character of Sam Spade played by Humphrey Bogart who showed the world how the role of a detective is played. This can said to be perhaps the best detective movie of its era. The movie is all about the detective Sam Spade and his encounters with three evil explorers, all of whom are contending to get a gem-encrusted falcon statuette. The lead on-screen character, who ends up under fire when his accomplice is killed on a mission then meets a puzzling lady who provides some much needed help, but from that point of time we are off on a perplexing story of interest.
1. Chinatown (1974)
The movie Chinatown tops the list of 10 best detective movies and it is a classic example of how a movie should be made the likes of which we just can’t find these days anymore. Directed by Roman Polanski, Chinatown is the story of a private detective and the lead is played by Jack Nicholson which many believe is his finest role. The female lead is played by Faye Dunaway, and what’s more together these two on-screen characters lead us through a story that has such a variety twists and turns that will make you ask for more. Investigating an adultery case he discovers a murder plot and it is interesting to watch his determination and never say die attitude especially during crunch times.