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Just this past Sunday, HBO aired its final episode of the season of “True Detective.” It was an enthralling look at the solving of a murder case over a span of 17 years. After the final episode, I was inspired to take a look at some of the better detective thrillers that have come about over the years.
I?think I’ll go ahead and get it out of the way now by mentioning that “Silence of the Lambs” deserves a place on this list. I’m not going to go ahead and say it’s the best there’s ever been, but it definitely ranks right up there. Jodie Foster’s performance is a career best for her and that final scene inside the house of the killer cannot be understated. In fact, while watching “True Detective,” I?couldn’t help but be reminded of the denouement of “Silence.”?
My vote for the best detective film of all time would go to David Fincher’s “Zodiac.”?While this film was criminally ?underlooked in theaters and when award season rolled around, it’s a film that has stayed with me since it came out in 2007. I’m not a person that scares easily, so when I say that there are scenes in “Zodiac”?that I like to skip over because it affects me too deeply, know that I don’t say this without a host of scary movies under my belt. For me, the scares come from the reality of the situation. It’s based on a true story where the killer was never caught. Throw into the mix a great story about journalism and obsession and you’ve got an amazing crime thriller.
Another classic film by Fincher is “Seven,”?which many people, including myself, will rank as one of the best thrillers of all time. “Seven” takes a veteran and rookie detective and pairs them off against a man who kills in accordance with the seven deadly sins. Both Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman give great performances, as well as Kevin Spacey. It’s a white knuckle ride all the way to gut punching finish.
A little known gem from the mid-90s is “Copycat”?starring Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter. It’s about a man who is copying some of the most prolific and notorious serial killers in history. It’s also an incredibly creepy film.
Of course, these are just four movies in a long list of great detective films. There are many more detective films deserving to included.