Four Detective Films that Will Keep You in Suspense to the Very End

Memories of Murder / Salinui chueok (2003)

In 1986, two terrible murders took place in a small Korean town. This tragedy caused an uproar among the city folks. The local cops have no idea how to solve this crime. Their outdated investigation methods don’t bring any success while murders continue. The only person who can shed light on this tangled case is an experienced detective arrived from Seoul. The film is based on a true story.

Zodiac (2007)

The film is based on a true story of a serial killer who killed 37 people. Directed by David Fincher, this mystery thriller shows the investigation of the Zodiac murders. The movie brilliantly recreates the San Francisco neighborhood of the 1970s, which will keep you in tension to the very last shot. In the end, you will learn the most shocking details of the Zodiac case.

Memento (2000)

The protagonist is obsessed with revenge. He is striving to find his wife’s killer and punish him. His quest turns into a confusing investigation since the criminal keeps slipping from his hands. The task gets especially complicated for the man since he suffers from an unusual form of amnesia and cannot put his memories together.

This sophisticated and highly entertaining psychological thriller by Christopher Nolan encompasses two timelines. One of them is put together in chronological order while the other one is showed in reverse.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

The last film in our list is a cult classic. This film noir directed by John Huston introduced a new type of private detective. This is not the humane Sherlock Holmes or the sophisticated Hercule Poirot. Humphrey Bogart’s hero us chasing money, seducing women, and plays dirty.

This guy is not particularly sympathetic. However, he is very smart so you will definitely enjoy watching him solve the mystery. The Maltese Falcon is a must-watch for all detective film enthusiasts. This is the movie that started the era of classical noir.