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The 30 Best Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made Ranked
By GINO ORLANDINI
30. Identity
A loose adaptation of Agatha Christie’s "And Then There Were None," "Identity" follows 11 strangers trapped in a motel as an unidentified killer in the group picks them off one by one. "Identity" has a psychological horror aspect and was made during a time when plot twists were all the rage, so the film has a few surprises of varying quality.
29. Bad Times at the El Royale
In this neo-noir crime drama, an eclectic group of characters converge in a hotel on the California/Nevada border, and the plot follows the "everyone is a suspect" formula. This film is absurdly twisty and a bit overstuffed, but its mystery genre meta-commentary is unique and the retro set of the hotel offers oodles of mid-century atmosphere.
28. In a Lonely Place
Humphrey Bogart’s most underrated film, "In a Lonely Place," follows a Hollywood screenwriter who brings a girl home, only to become the prime suspect for her murder. Bogart plays his typical tough guy character, but comes off as downright suspicious, which is unnerving to an audience that thinks they know the actor through and through.
27. Clue
Based on the board game of the same name, "Clue" is a whodunit mystery in which the main cast are victims of a blackmail scheme, and must find a killer among them. Far from a lazy cash-in, the film is full of references to the classic game but is still a true vintage delight in all of its fun and campy charm.
26. The Nice Guys
"The Nice Guys" stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as an unlikely duo who try to find a missing woman, and the main draw is definitely the actors' chemistry. Director Shane Black’s script isn’t as amusing as Crowe and Gosling's off-screen "bromance," but there’s a delightful novelty in casting two dramatic actors in a murder-mystery comedy.