There’s nothing like a good mystery thriller film to kick off the weekend — and, luckily, we’ve rounded up some flicks that will leave you breathless with their unforgettable plot twists.
From themes of revenge in Christopher Nolan’s “Memento” to disturbing discoveries and immortality in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” there’s no shortage of shocking truths and hair-raising mysteries to be revealed.
So buckle your seat belts, because you’re about to take a ride through a world of thrilling twists and turns. Check out the full list of mystery thriller movies below:
“Memento” — Guy Pearce, Carrie Anne-Moss; directed by Christopher Nolan
Hailed as one of Christopher Nolan’s early masterpieces, “Memento” follows the story of a man hell-bent on punishing the perpetrators who killed his wife. That man is Lenny (Guy Pearce), who happens to be suffering from short-term memory loss. Ingenious and smart, Nolan carefully shows Lenny’s state of mind with two distinct timelines of events — one in reverse order presented in a series of color sequences, the other in chronological order presented in a series of black-and-white sequences. In the end, when they finally converge, the greatest plot twist takes place with a surprising reveal.
“Get Out” — Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford; directed by Jordan Peele
Nominated for Best Picture at the 90th Academy Awards, Jordan Peele’s 2017 mystery thriller pays homage to the plot of Stanley Kramer’s iconic dramedy, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Meet interracial couple Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), who embark on a weekend getaway so Chris can finally meet his fiancee’s parents. Seemingly, everything is perfect — that is, until their road trip becomes a gory ride. In the end, we get to learn about the Armitages’ darkest secret.
“Mulholland Drive” — Naomi Watts, Laura Harring; directed by David Lynch
David Lynch’s 2001 neo-noir mystery thriller is about friendship, deception and love in a city of dreams. Set in Los Angeles, the film stars Naomi Watts as Betty, an aspiring actress who encounters Rita (Laura Harring), a troubled woman rendered amnesiac by a car wreck on the winding “Mulholland Drive.” Together, the two women will forge a friendship, propelling us to a world of twists and turns.
“Gone Girl” — Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike; directed by David Fincher
Based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel, David Fincher’s 2001 psychological thriller unearths the mystery surrounding the sudden disappearance of a writing teacher’s wife. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) returns home and discovers his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), is missing. It will just be a matter of time before Nick’s world comes crashing down when a corroborating evidence makes Nick the prime suspect in Amy’s murder. Is Amy truly dead?
“The Others” — Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston; directed by Alejandro Amenábar
Nicole Kidman shines in Alejandro Amenábar’s psychological horror-mystery thriller, imbuing her character with sheer dramatic gravitas. Set in 1945, the movie follows the story of Grace Stewart (Kidman) and her two photosensitive children. As the story unfolds, Grace becomes convinced that there are mysterious entities living in their house. Or is it just a figment of her imagination? Perhaps, the servants have the answer.