Best Investigation Movies List

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Aggregate Rating: 225 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 90 | Earnings: $64.60M

As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.


Shutter Island (2010)

Aggregate Rating: 198 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 63 | Earnings: $127.97M

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.


Knives Out (2019)

Aggregate Rating: 197 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 82 | Earnings: $165.36M

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.


Super 8 (2011)

Aggregate Rating: 192 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 72 | Earnings: $126.98M

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.


I, Robot (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 188 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 59 | Earnings: $144.80M

In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.


Blue Velvet (1986)

Aggregate Rating: 181 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 76 | Earnings: $8.55M

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child.


Gone Baby Gone (2007)

Aggregate Rating: 180 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 72 | Earnings: $20.30M

Two Boston area detectives investigate a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally.


Watchmen (2009)

Aggregate Rating: 174 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 56 | Earnings: $107.50M

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.


Wind River (2017)

Aggregate Rating: 173 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 73 | Earnings: $33.80M

A veteran tracker with the Fish and Wildlife Service helps to investigate the murder of a young Native American woman, and uses the case as a means of seeking redemption for an earlier act of irresponsibility which ended in tragedy.


The Nice Guys (2016)

Aggregate Rating: 173 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 70 | Earnings: $36.25M

In 1970s Los Angeles, a mismatched pair of private eyes investigate a missing girl and the mysterious death of a porn star.


Flight (2012)

Aggregate Rating: 171 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 76 | Earnings: $93.75M

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.


Insomnia (2002)

Aggregate Rating: 170 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 78 | Earnings: $67.26M

Two Los Angeles homicide detectives are dispatched to a northern town where the sun doesn't set to investigate the methodical murder of a local teen.


Gosford Park (2001)

Aggregate Rating: 168 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 90 | Earnings: $41.30M

The lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a party in 1932 in a country house in England as they investigate a murder involving one of them.


Quiz Show (1994)

Aggregate Rating: 166 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 88 | Earnings: $24.82M

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.


Black Friday (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 164 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 76 | Earnings: $0.03M

Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.


The Guard (2011)

Aggregate Rating: 162 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 78 | Earnings: $5.36M

An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.


Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

Aggregate Rating: 162 | Imdb: 6 | Metascore: 54 | Earnings: $310.68M

Ten years after initially meeting, Anakin Skywalker shares a forbidden romance with Padmé, while Obi-Wan investigates an assassination attempt on the Senator and discovers a secret clone army crafted for the Jedi.


Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Aggregate Rating: 158 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 65 | Earnings: $101.07M

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.


Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

Aggregate Rating: 158 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 64 | Earnings: $234.76M

A freewheeling Detroit cop pursuing a murder investigation finds himself dealing with the very different culture of Beverly Hills.


Deja Vu (2006)

Aggregate Rating: 156 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 59 | Earnings: $64.03M

After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims.



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