Five detective movies you need to watch

I feel as if as time goes by, we get more and more detective/noir-related TV shows and movies like Jessica Jones, Exposed, and so many more. That’s certainly not a bad thing, if I do say so myself. With the recent traffic regarding noir shows, I find myself falling in love with each and every one of them, and especially wanting to watch more. With that being said, I’ve created a list of must watch detective-themed movies you must see before going on!

1. Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice //

If you haven’t seen this yet, I’m honestly not sure why. The movie came out in 2014 and takes place in the ’70s. We follow a private investigator, who is trying to solve the mystery about a shady wife trying to shove her husband into a mental hospital for his money.

The film is really fast paced, and it’s beautiful every single second. The lighting and overall feel is exactly what I want in a detective movie. I suppose the fact that it’s set in the ’70s really helps with that tone.

But that’s not all, because the storyline and the way this movie keeps you hooked for 2 and a half hours is fantastic. It takes you through a journey, usually one that ends up in a smokey haze. It’s definitely one of the best, most recent detective films I’ve seen in a while, and doesn’t follow the cliche storyline of someone working under specific law enforcement.

2. Brick

Brick //

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is our main guy in this 2004 mind twister. We follow along in his story to find out why his ex-girlfriend is dead. Especially after he receives a phone call from her. He meets a lot of different, interesting people as he goes along to try and discover what happened.

It’s like a film about a self-made teenage detective, which is great. To me, Brick is mixed with a bunch of classic noir/twister aspects but then gives off some Skins UK vibes as well. The characters, story, even the costuming of the movie falls hand in hand so perfectly. It’s one to consider watching, and if you enjoy Inherent Vice, you’ll probably really like this one too.

3. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Twin Peaks //

Firstly, if you haven’t watched Twin Peaks – what are you doing? This show, for me at least, is the best, and the base to any noir/detective fan. You have to see this to even know what a good detective movie is! (Not really, but you know what it means. It’s damn good.)

Now, after you watch the series because you must, the film that follows up on it is Fire Walk With Me. That name will become important when you finish the series, trust me. With that being said, I can’t really say much about the film because of the mega spoilers.

But allow me to tell you this, the series follows Agent Cooper as he tries to unravel the death of Laura Palmer. Most things don’t go his way, and you meet some people who don’t even exist, so to speak.

You’ll have to trust me enough to just watch the TV show and then the movie. Please – I beg of you!

4. Angel Heart

Angel Heart //

Private detective Harry Angel is set on a mission to find out the whereabouts of iconic singer Johnny Favorite. As he goes along, he begins to realize that it’s not the same mission he signed up for, and perhaps it was something more on the “set-up” side. But the only way to find that out is to watch the film!

This film does a really good job at making everything look pretty. The cinematography is key, and I believe does a lot for the film. It does a good job at twisting things up without being an M. Night Shyamalan cliche. It’s classic, it’s noir. It’s perfect!

5. Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs //

Clarice Starling, who is the top student at her FBI academy, is sent to interview none-other-than Hannibal Lecter himself. Her boss believes that Lecter has the answer to the current case she is working on. But as most, Clarice becomes challenged and has to look at things from a new perspective to help her discover what she has to do.

Chances are most of you have already seen this film as it’s a classic. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of detective films, it’s so brilliantly put together and I believe really sets the standards for bringing drama and horror together into one. It’s one of the very first detective films I ever saw, and even though I have a lot more to go in terms of that genre, I’m glad that this was one of the very first ones I saw!

If you’re into detective films at all, I highly recommend you see these if you haven’t! And if you just want to watch some good movies, then I’m glad I created this list specifically for you! Especially Twin Peaks. (Hint hint.)

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