Murder Mysteries have been an audience favorite for decades. I feel like I say this too much but Murder Mysteries are my favorite. Truth is anything within the Mystery/Thriller universe is a favorite of mine. In fact, the current script I’m working on is a murder mystery and I’ve been having a blast writing it.
One of my favorite murder mysteries that I wanted to talk about is Rear Window (a remake was done – Disturbia. Which was enjoyable in my opinion as well).
I love Rear Window because it just feels so real. Example: I love the film Seven. But in real life, I’m not a detective tracking down a serial killer. It’s fun to watch this happen but that’s not my reality. In Rear Window, a normal man living in an apartment complex witnesses a murder take place while stalking his neighbor.
This plot is a lot more likely to happen to a normal person. Think about what it would be like if you were looking out your window and saw a murder take place inside your neighbor’s house? If you haven’t seen Rear Window, I highly recommend it!
15 Of The Greatest Murder Mystery Films
-Seven (Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman)
Detective William Sommerset and his new partner, Detective David Mills are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer who they eventually uncover.
-Zodiac (Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo)
As a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area and taunts police with his ciphers and letters, investigators in four jurisdictions search for the murderer.
-Memento (Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss)
A man juggles searching for his wife’s murderer and keeping his short-term memory loss from being an obstacle.
-L.A. Confidential (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe)
Three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire, a tabloid journalist fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor.
-The Usual Suspects (Stephen Baldwin, Gabriel Byrne)
Verbal Kint attempts to convince the feds that mythic crime lord Keyser Soze not only exists, but was also responsible for drawing he and four partners into a heist ending with an explosion in San Pedro Harbor – leaving few survivors.
-Chinatown (Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway)
A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a murder scheme that mysteriously involves water.
-Mystic River (Sean Penn, Tim Robbins)
With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.
-Memories of Murder (Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim)
South Korea in 1986 under the military dictatorship: Two rural cops and a special detective from the capital investigate a series of brutal rape murder. Their crude measures become more desperate with each new corpse found. Based on a true case.
-Rear Window (James Stewart, Grace Kelly)
Directed by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window is an edge-of-your-seat classic starring two of Hollywood’s most popular stars. When a professional photographer (James Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair with a broken leg, he becomes obsessed with watching the private dramas of his neighbors play out across the courtyard.
-Psycho (Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh)
One of the most shocking films of all time, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho changed the thriller genre forever. Join the Master of Suspense on a chilling journey as an unsuspecting victim (Janet Leigh) visits the Bates Motel and falls prey to one of cinema’s’ most notorious psychopaths – Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins).
-The Silence Of The Lambs (Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney)
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
-The Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor)
A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
-Primal Fear (Richard Gere, Laura Linney)
An altar boy is accused of murdering a priest, and the truth is buried several layers deep.
-Vertigo (James Stewart, Kim Novak)
San Francisco police detective Scottie Fergusson develops a fear of heights and is forced to retire when a colleague falls to his death during a chase.
-Minority Report (Tom Cruise, Max von Sydow)
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder.
If you have a favorite Murder Mystery, I’d love to hear from you. Share in the comments section below to share with everyone!