Can you think of a movie that has kept you guessing right up until the very end? Too often mystery films offer flimsy plotlines and obvious clues, making the ‘whodunit’ very little fun at all. Sometimes, however, the writers and directors get it right, crafting intricate mysteries that keep viewers on the edge of their seat, watching closely to pick up clues and follow intricately detailed storylines. Here, we rank some of the best whodunits ever put on film – but fear not, we won’t ruin the endings. This is a spoiler-free zone. Think of it more as a list of films that you should run out and watch as soon as you’re done reading this. Then, the mysteries are all yours to solve. Good luck!
A Perfect Getaway (2009)
A Perfect Getaway, released in 2009, is a modern take on the classic whodunit format. Sure, this wasn’t a big hit, but the film has earned rave reviews and surprised just about anyone who’s given it a chance. The story starts with a couple (played by Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich) on their honeymoon, but things get dark rather quickly – a vicious double murder is believed to have been carried out by a couple, and the island is full of suspects. A wild ending is masterfully built up to throughout a thrilling film that will leave viewers shocked and satisfied.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Yes, the one with the cartoon rabbit. Hired to get incriminating photos of Jessica Rabbit (also a cartoon) cheating on her husband, detective Eddie Valiant soon discovers that the object of Jessica’s affections is murdered. Her husband, Roger Rabbit, is naturally the leading suspect. The central mystery is all right there in the title: did Roger commit murder, or was he framed? And if so, by who? Overall, the film is a fun take on the classic noir genre with a decidedly quirky animated twist – and mystery still manages to pack a mighty punch.