The crime thriller is a genre which is quite famous among film fanatics, and also one of the most-watched genre of all times. People are consistently on the hook for finding some of the best crime thriller movies to watch again and again.
Quick fact, according to a few film critics, BLACKMAIL (1929) was the first-ever crime thriller movie.
The genre is expanding with every new release since now people are more inclined towards something that is both interesting and exciting. They want to explore stories where their minds are also invested to find who did “the thing” and who’s responsible for all the mess. If you’re also one of such viewers, then keep on reading for some of the best crime thriller movies as per user reviews and critics.
1. Monster (2003) – Best Crime Thriller Movies
Based on a true story of a serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who killed 7 of her clients, Monster was released in 2003. The movie starts when Aileen moves to Florida and meets a young woman Shelby Wall, a reserved type of woman, and soon after meeting they indulge in a homosexual romance.
And, then a new character enters the story, John, whose arrival is nothing pleasant. Soon, a whole lot of murder, running and mishaps after mishaps start happening. Watch Monster, to know more.
2. Identity (2003) – Best Crime Thriller Movies
This murder mystery/thriller was released in 2003 and considered one of the best crime thriller movies. The movie starts with a group of 10 strangers who seek refuge in an isolated motel after a vicious storm breaks in the Nevada desert.
Soon after this, the stranded refugees start to die one by one. At first, the movie will give you a hue of horror but rest assured as everything will make sense when the two prominent “theories” which you guys will deduce at the end, get interconnected, and to find out how – you will have to watch the movie.
3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)
This psychological crime thriller is based upon a novel by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson and is officially one of the best crime thriller movies that everyone should watch once. The movie was released in 2011, and it starts when a journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who is currently facing professional and legal difficulties, agrees to solve a murder mystery of a woman from a rich family gone missing forty years back in the barter of clearing the legal suit on him.
To help him out on the case, he hires a computer hacker Lizbeth Salander a girl with a lot of tattoos and piercings on her body. The movie revolves around the quest of these two characters finding the truth about the murder. The movie also won the academy award for best editing in 2012.
4. Now You See Me (2013)
The movie starts when 4 magicians or Illusionist, talented but down on their luck, are called to a secret meeting in an abandoned apartment. After a year, they appear as a team of Illusionists called The Four Horsemen led by a magician named Atlas.
The Four Horsemen operate a bank heist in Paris while being on the live stage show in America and reward the audience with the looted money, after that they rob their own sponsor, a corrupt businessman. All these robberies draw the attention of the FBI and enter Interpol detective Dylan Rhodes. Rest all seems magic but the logic and reason behind it will blow your mind. The movie has a sequel and it’s as promising as its predecessor.
5. Ittefaq (2017)
Ok, this has to be on this list, as it is one of the most underrated mystery/crime thriller from Bollywood. The movie didn’t do very well on the box-office but was acclaimed by the critics (and also has much higher ratings than various other commercial Bollywood movies). The movie starts when an NRI writer Vikram became a prime suspect in the murder of his wife on the night of the launch of his book.
Vikram flees in his car when the cops approach him only to find himself in the home of a young housewife Maya whose lawyer husband was also killed. Police officer Dev finds Vikram lying unconscious next to the dead body of Maya’s husband. Now Dev has to find the truth between the two conflicting stories and catch the real culprit.
So, these were some of the best crime thriller movies that we strongly suggest you add on your to-watch list and get right onto the binge session with some popcorn and your buddies. And, while you’re at it, why not start a game on who finds the culprit first?