One of the most effective forms of entertainment is a good murder mystery. All the Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie remakes by BBC are not just because they have run out of material. A good mystery never gets old, even if you know exactly how it ends. Every watch allows you to focus on the details that you had missed the first time around, and learning from your mistakes makes you better at it. Who knows when this knowledge might come in handy! With that said, here’s the list of really good murder mystery movies on Hulu that are available to stream right now:
16. The Oxford Murders (2008)
‘The Oxford Murders’ stars Elijah Wood and John Hurt as the teacher-student duo who try to solve a case using their intensive knowledge of mathematics. When Martin is transferred to Oxford from America, his only wish was to be tutored under one of the best mathematicians in the world. However, when his landlady is murdered, the young man finds a note that points towards a mathematical clue. There are many unsolved equations in maths; Martin doesn’t want this to be one of them.
15. All Good Things (2010)
Ryan Gosling might be your dream guy, but you wouldn’t want to end up with someone like Robert Durst, whom Gosling portrays in this film under the name of David Marks. Robert’s father was the owner of a real estate business which made him very, very rich. The guy married twice and both his marriages ended because either the wife was dead or went missing. There were two other murders that Durst was charged with. ‘All Good Things’ presents a portion, if not the whole, of his story. Set in the 1970s, it starts with his marriage to Katie McCarthy and the events that preceded her disappearance.
14. I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ follows a murder mystery, but I should probably tell you beforehand, it is not a genre-specific film. Anyway, you will not want to miss it, if you are in for something dark and gruesome. The protagonist of this story is a teenager named John Cleaver. For any normal person, John is a regular kid, living with his mother and helping her run a funeral home. However, he has been diagnosed with sociopathy and he maintains a certain order for himself to try and not kill anyone. The fact that he is trying says a lot about him. But then one day, he hears of a series of murder and visits one of the crime scenes to see for himself what this new serial killer in town has been doing. How will the presence of this person affect John’s future?
13. The Den (2013)
The protagonist of ‘The Den’ is a girl named Elizabeth. A sociology student, she wants to conduct an experiment, the purpose of which is to figure out the frequency of meaningful conversations with strangers. This leads her to a website called the Den. Her experiment works wonderfully well and she connects with a lot of people, often ending the contact after one or two conversations. However, one subject decides to stick on. The problem begins when Elizabeth’s webcam is hacked, which allows the subject to contact her at any and all times. The situation further escalates when she witnesses a brutal murder on the other side, and the police refuse to pay any heed to her.
12. Gemini (2017)
‘Gemini’ stars Zoe Kravitz, John Cho and Lola Kirke in the lead roles. It starts with a murder. Heather Anderson was a successful actress, so when her dead body is found at her house, the police has to bear the pressure of solving the case as fast as possible. The lead investigator is Detective Edward Ahn, who becomes instantly suspicious of Heather’s assistant Jill, who was the one to discover the body. Jill might have done a lot of bad things, but a murder is not one of them. She senses the police’s interest in her, and in order to clear her name, embarks on an investigation of her own. She might not like what she finds.
11. The Limehouse Golem (2016)
Tired of all these contemporary cases? If you’d like some change in the scenery, ‘The Limehouse Golem’ just might do the trick. Set in Victorian London, it stars Bill Nighy as a detective who is tasked with solving a series of murders terrorising the city. The dead bodies have piled up, and there is nothing the police has other than the cryptic messages left by the killer himself, the blood of the victims serving as the ink. There aren’t many clues or leads for the detective to follow, and this leads him to believe that someone is hiding something, and that person might be in plain sight. He gets hold of one witness and races against time to solve the case before the killer strikes again.
10. The Chaser (2008)
In real life, a great number of cases go unsolved. People go missing and are never found, dead bodies are discovered but the murderer is never caught. What’s worse is that sometimes, the killer is caught but he/she is allowed to walk away due to the lack of evidence. Something similar happens in ‘The Chaser’. Eom Joong-ho was a police officer, but his corrupt ways cost him his job. He explored a better career prospect by becoming a pimp. He found himself in some serious problem when two of the women that he is responsible for go missing. A man was captured by the police for the crime, but he is allowed back into the world, and Joong-ho has to find a way to stop him from killing any further.
9. Primal Fear (1996)
Starring Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney and Frances McDormand, ‘Primal Fear’ is based on the novel written by William Diehl. It follows the story of a lawyer who gets involved in a murder investigation when he decides to represent the man held responsible for it. Gere plays the role of Martin Vail, a successful lawyer who is known for paying attention to such details that by a single stroke he gets his clients acquitted. Used to the limelight, he further decides to get attention when he reads in the newspaper about the case of a 19-year-old boy charged for the murder of a priest. He discovers that the boy suffers from multiple personality disorders that stem from the trauma of his past and that he is being used as a scapegoat for hiding the crimes of some other high-profile people.
8. The Absent One (2014)
‘The Absent One’ is based on the book of the same name from the series called ‘Department Q’ by Jussi Adler-Olsen. It starts with the murder of twins. The investigation leads the cops towards a young man who is eventually convicted for the crime. The father of the twins finds some loose threads in the investigation and believes that somewhere the cops did something wrong. Years and years of work allows him to collect a lot of information, the most important part of which never came to light in the official work. The case is reopened by Carl Mørck when the father commits suicide and all the material lands right on the detective’s doorstep. What he discovers proves to him that there was foul play involved and that the wrong man was in jail.
7. JFK (1991)
What can be more controversial and intriguing than the murder of a president? Director Oliver Stone knew the importance of the stories surrounding the Presidents of America and made three films about them, one of which is this. ‘JFK’ is an Academy Award-nominated film that stars Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Oldman in the lead roles. The film follows the events after the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. Costner plays the role of Jim Garrison, a district attorney who looks into the investigation of the case and finds that some people have tried to fudge up the process for their own advantage.
6. Marathon Man (1976)
‘Marathon Man’ stars Dustin Hoffman in the role of Thomas Levy who becomes embroiled in the mystery of his own brother’s murder. What has made matters the most difficult for our protagonist is that he doesn’t know anything about his brother’s world because he was a secret agent. Even if Thomas is any closer to catching the culprits, he must entertain the possibility that these might be the people a long way out of his reach and that they may get to him before he gets to them.
5. I Saw the Devil (2010)
‘I Saw the Devil’ stars two of the best-known names in Korean cinema and pits their characters against each other in what becomes a psychological game, which can’t have any winners. It starts with the murder of a woman. Jang Joo-yun’s car has a flat tire and her bad luck has her stranded on a road that crosses her path with Jang Kyung-Chul’s. He offers to help her, but that is not his real intention. He kills her, dismembers her and throws away the body parts. The investigation begins when her ear is discovered. However, Joo-yun’s husband is too smart, and resourceful, to rely on the police to solve the crime. He wants to track down the killer so that he can exact even brutal revenge on him.
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4. A Conspiracy of Faith (2016)
A sequel to ‘The Absent One’, ‘A Conspiracy of Faith’ shows Detective Carl Mørck solving another horrifying case. When a message written in blood is found by the police, a shocking statistic comes to light. A great number of child abductions throughout the country are connected by this one single letter. Another link that these cases have is that there is a religious factor involved in one way or another. What is even more shocking is that the number of abductions that the police has found out isn’t even close to the actual one. A lot of cases weren’t even reported to begin with. As Mørck begins his investigation, he realises that more secrets and shocks might be in store for him and the country.
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3. Red Riding Series (2009)
‘Red Riding Quartet’ is a series of novels written by David Peace. In 2009, BBC adapted three books of this quartet which were given a theatrical release. If you want, you can consider it a miniseries, but that’ll not stop me from putting it in the list of murder mystery “films”. That’s how much I want you to see this! Here are some things that’ll convince you why this series should be on your watchlist. It stars actors like Sean Bean, Andrew Garfield, Rebecca Hall, Robert Sheehan, and many other faces that you must be familiar with. The plot of the film is based on the famous Yorkshire Ripper case. The three films, all of them available on Hulu, follow the story of a bunch of fictional characters (who might have been inspired by real ones) and centres on the police investigation.
2. Breakheart Pass (1975)
A train is on its way to deliver medicines to a diphtheria-stricken town. Travelling on it are important people, like Utah’s governor, a marshal and his prisoner, and other soldiers. However, strange things begin to happen midway. It starts with the disappearance of people. Soon after, telegraph lines are severed, which means no communication to the rest of the world. And then, the worst truth comes out. There was no epidemic in the first place. All of this was a part of a bigger conspiracy, and the best man to solve this case is the marshal’s prisoner.
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1. Blue Velvet (1986)
No one tells mysteries like David Lynch. His films like ‘Mulholland Dr’ continue to baffle the audience even now, and you are forced to re-watch them, time and again, because you never get a full hold on it in the first attempt. ‘Blue Velvet’ stars Kyle MacLachlan, Laura Dern and Isabella Rossellini in the lead roles. Set in the 1950s, the story starts with an ear. MacLachlan plays the role of Jeffery Beaumont, a young man who is on his way home from the hospital when he discovers a human ear. He takes it to the police and gets acquainted with Sandy, who tells him about a lounge singer who might have a direct connection with the case.
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