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Good luck trying to solve these.
Netflix is a playground for true crime fans of all stripes. But when it comes to murder mysteries, the ranks can sometimes seem a bit shallow. Save yourself some time and consult our list next time you want to solve a case. These are the best murder mysteries on Netflix right now.
The best murder mysteries on Netflix
1) Wind River (2017)
Screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Sicaro, Hell or High Water) made his directorial debut with this neo-Western murder mystery set in the frozen landscape of Wyoming. When the body of an 18-year old woman is found in the snow, two government agents set out to find her killer. The plot may seem standard, but the clever use of the icy setting and grim third-act twists make Wind River one of the most essential murder mysteries on Netflix.
2) Dark Places (2015)
Based on the hit novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), Dark Places is a vicious murder mystery about family secrets and memory. Libby Day was the only survivor of a 1985 massacre that claimed the lives of her mother and two sisters. After being questioned by the police, Libby tells them the killer was her brother, Ben. Decades later, Libby is hard up for money and haunted by her past. But a strange offer from a group of true crime fans sets her on a path to learning the truth about that night.
3) Zodiac (2007)
Not every great mystery gets solved. From the late ’60s to the early ’70s, the Zodiac Killer haunted California’s Bay Area. The only clues were the bodies left behind and a series of letters the killer sent to the press. David Fincher delivers a terrifying modern film noir starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Rowney Jr.
4) The Interview (1998)
Eddie Fleming is a loser. He’s lived alone since losing his job and family, an unassuming man with an unassuming life. Then the police break down his door and arrest him on suspicion of stealing a car. Finding himself in an interrogation room with two police officers, Eddie is about to have the worst day of his life, because the cops think he’s done far worse than theft. This tense thriller takes place almost entirely in one room, but Hugo Weaving and Tony Martin deliver harrowing performances to hold it together. If you like low-key chillers, sit down for The Interview.
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5) Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Perhaps the most critically acclaimed serial killer movie of all time, Silence of the Lambs remains as horrifying today as it was in 1991. A young FBI cadet must interview an infamous murderer to ascertain the whereabouts of a senator’s daughter. Hannibal Lecter has become such a pop culture figure that it’s easy to forget he’s only one of the villains in Silence of the Lambs. Lecter might be the star, but Ted Levine is equally horrifying as the skin-peeling James Gumb.
6) Copycat (1995)
Part Se7en, part Rear Window, Copycat is a forgotten ’90s sleeper worthy of rediscovery. Sigourney Weaver stars as an agoraphobic psychologist with PTSD, which stems from being attacked by a serial murderer. When a new killer starts recreating famous murders, she must fight her fears to help stop the bloodshed. Holly Hunter costars in this grim, but chilling, mystery thriller.
7) The Keepers (2017)
On Nov. 7, 1969, Sister Cathy Cesnik, a popular nun and teacher at Baltimore’s Archbishop Keough High School, went missing. Two months later, her body was found. To this day, the murder remains unsolved. This docuseries explores her death and the terrible church secrets that may have led to it. Haunting yet informative, The Keepers is a masterpiece even without a clear resolution, and one of the best original murder mysteries on Netflix.
8) The Staircase (2018)
Most documentaries have a defined stopping place, but The Staircase is a rare exception. Originally aired in 2004 on Canal+, the series added three new episodes in 2018 and joined the ranks of murder mysteries on Netflix. In 2001, writer Michael Peterson called the police saying his wife Kathleen had fallen down the stairs and died. Police didn’t believe Peterson’s claims that she fell down the stairs while drunk, and arrested him for the crime. The Staircase follows Peterson’s trial and the bizarre revelations that came from it, including the infamous “Owl Theory.”
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9) Unsolved (2018)
The murders of 2Pac and Biggie get the prestige drama treatment in Unsolved. Examining the killings from two separate decades, 1997 and 2007, Unsolved looks at how a case this big goes unsolved. Dealing with police corruption and the public image of two icons, Unsolved treats its difficult subject matter with respect.
10) Remastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke (2019)
In ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, director Kelly Duane de la Vega skillfully reveals the oft-overlooked social consciousness and business acumen of the famed “King of Soul.” Simultaneously, she details the music industry’s corrupt nature, including Cooke’s ignominious death at a seedy motel. ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke represents a resurrection of the trendsetting singer’s legacy, previously left to wither in morbid curiosity. Duane de la Vega not only provides space for Cooke’s legacy to reemerge but does so with an eye toward restorative justice, returning dignity to his name. —Kahron Spearman
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