Best Murder Mysteries to watch today
by Jaskiran Kaur | Sat, 09 Apr 2022 17:38:18 GMT
Here is your pick of the best murder mysteries to watch this weekend; Credits: Collider

Kenneth Branagh scored a big hit with murder on the Orient Express, which he wrote and directed along with Michael Green. The two then came back with Death on the Nile, a film that will be based on the murder mystery novel by Agatha Christie

The film had been released in theaters after many postponing calls due to the pandemic and more. It is now available to be watched in cinemas as of February 2022. The film once again brings Branagh into his character featuring lush fake hair along with the typical brilliance of an Agatha Christie novel adaptation. 

The cast of the film is a star-studded affair featuring Annette Bening, Gal Gadot, Emma Mackey, and the comedy legends 

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders. Needless to say, when you will not be clutching your heart from the thrill of the situation, you would be clutching your stomach from all the laughter. 

While Death on the Nile is a good film to appease all your thriller cravings, here are a few other movies if you enjoyed the film and are looking for something similar. 

Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

One of the most marvelous works of Kenneth Branagh introducing him as Hercule Poirot, the 2017 film is a thriller like none other. The film starred Branagh as the detective, plus his facial hair, and was joined on the sets by exceptional talent like Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley.

Also based on an Agatha Christie novel, the film had many television prequels based on the novel by the writer, along with other cinema works. The story dates back to the 1930s when Hercule Poirot makes his way on the Orient Express. 

An elite mode of transportation back in the day, Poirot travels with his friend Bouc and is joined by 13 other passengers on board, all leading different lives in different fields of the world. Yet, the things are not as peaceful and Poiro t finds himself investigating the murder of an American businessman on the train. 

A whodunit thriller, Murder on the Orient Expres features the nuances of modern-day train travel yet has all the classic features that make it such a great watch. The cast of the film is exceptional in their roles and much appreciated for the film. 

Bad Times at the El Royale

Written and directed by Drew Goddard, Bad Times at the El Royale is a mystery thriller that is set back in time in 1959. Released in October 2018, the film uses the cliche plot of a man with treasure who wants to safeguard it but is discovered and killed for the treasure. 

The thrilling enigma of the film is the ten-year jump in narration following the murder as the audience is brought forward to meet the cast of the film, all of whom are the suspects and could be the murderer. You get to pick who could have had a better motive to kill the person from the ensemble of a priest, a singer, a salesman, and a hippie. 

The film employs a worthy cast with famous faces like Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson, and Jon Hamm, most of whom can be regularly seen gracing the sets of mystery flicks. The film is made exceptionally creepy owing o its chilling soundtrack and cinematography which keeps you yearning for a breather while you get none. 


A high school murder mystery, Brick, is directed by Rian Johnson, the same director who holds the honorary credits for directing the phenomenal murder mystery legend, Knives Out. Brick is basically a portfolio piece for the director where he proved that no one can command the mystery genre as he can. 

The film focuses on the story of a high school student, Brendan Frye. Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brendan is motivated to find who killed his ex-girlfriend Emily. His quest for justice brings him to the midst of a drug supplying chain and gets him involved with Pin, a supplier, played by Lucas Haas. 

The supplier reveals that Emily was probably involved in a massive robbery where she is accused of having stolen a brick of heroin. The revelation catalyzes a chain reaction as Brendan fights to find the identity of the killer of Emily before he finds himself on the wrong end of a blade. 

Game Night

If you like murder mysteries but are also afraid of the paranoia that comes after watching thriller flicks, you could watch Game Night. Not as hardcore a thriller as others on the list, Game Night brings two very contrasting genres together, murder mystery and comedy. 

The film stars Jason Bateman in the role of Max and Rachel McAdams as Annie, a married couple who entertains some friends on a game night. The couple is one day joined by Max's brother Brooks, played by Kyle Chandler, who proposes that he would host the game night. 

Everything is great as Brooks builds an impressively immersive mystery game, but things take a south turn when he is kidnapped during the game. The players think it is another of the gamekeeper's tricks and continue with the game. 

Only later do Max, Annie, and the players learn that the circumstances are dire and they are needed to find Brooks. As they begin their hunt for Max's brother, the group has to appease many dangers like the black market, Bulgarian mafia, and much more, many of which are comic and others thrilling. 

Gone Girl

Rosamund Pike is increasingly famous for her role in Gone Girl, a psychological thriller directed by David Fincher. Chilling and horrifying to the extreme, the film could beat any jumpscare horror or slasher film with its extensively intricate plotline and stunning performances. 

The movie is based on the 2012 novel of the titular name by Gillian Flynn, who also doubles up as the cinematographer on the film sets. The story shows the uncanny disappearance of Amy, played by Pike, and her husband's will to find her. The husband Nick is played by Ben Affleck. 

The film portrays the relationship between Amy and Nick in a suspicious light, forcing the husband to fight off suspicion that he was the one behind the disappearance of Amy. 

Finally, the detectives of the locality come together to uncover the mystery that is the disappearance of Amy.