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Best investigation Hollywood movies

Do investigative dramas thrill you? Are you constantly looking for movies in this genre? Then you're at the right place! Here's a list of some of the best Hollywood movies made in this genre.

Best investigation Hollywood movies

Posters of a few Hollywood movies. 

Last Updated: 08.08 PM, May 23, 2024


There is little that is more thrilling than investigative dramas. The rush of trying to solve a mystery along with the lead actors of a movie is unparallel. Today, we've created a list of some of the best investigation movies made in Hollywood. Take a look at the movies listed and come back again when you seek another thrilling binge-watching session.

Top investigation movies in Hollywood



Director David Fincher's 1995 movie Seven is a dark psychological thriller that is about detectives David Mills (Brad Pitt) and William Somerset (Morgan Freeman). They get together to track down a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his signature style. The film’s background score is darkened by the gloom of the metropolitan setting. It is both haunting and terrifying. Seven is celebrated for its intriguing plot.

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

OTT Platform: Netflix

L.A. Confidential

A snippet from L.A. Confidential.
A snippet from L.A. Confidential.

The 1997 L.A. Confidential, a neo-noir crime drama directed by Curtis Hanson, is adapted from James Ellroy’s novel. The movie is about three LAPD officers in the 1950s: an upstart named Edmund Exley (Guy Pearce), the inhumane Bud White (Russell Crowe), and the retired Jack Vincennes (Kevin Spacey). Together, they solve numerous murders and scandalous cases. Kim Basinger, who won an Oscar for her role in the movie, plays a glamorous femme fatale. Watch this movie for its gripping plot and stellar performances.

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Shutter Island

Shutter Island (2010) is a psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Dennis Lehane. The main character in the movie is Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio), a US Marshal who tries to find a missing patient from the Ashecliffe Hospital. Soon, it is discovered that the patient drove to Shutter Island. Teddy is helped by his partner, Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), and together they try to find out the hospital's secrets. Martin Scorsese's direction builds the tension in the film, which looks at trauma and guilt. It has a captivating narrative and a powerful ending.

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

OTT Platform: JioCinema, Amazon Prime Video

Gone Girl

Gone Girl (2014) is a psychological thriller directed by David Fincher that was adapted from Gillian Flynn’s bestseller. The film stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne. It is about what happens when his wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike), suddenly vanishes without a trace. Amid a growing media frenzy and pressure by law enforcement officers on Nick, it emerges that he is not innocent. Dark secrets unfold. Gone Girl is a suspenseful, thought-provoking exploration of marriage and deception.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

OTT Platform: Apple TV+, Netflix


Fargo is a dark comedy-crime film. The main character is Jerry Lundegaard, a vehicle dealer who hires two criminals to kidnap his wife so that he can get a ransom from his father-in-law. The strategy is unsuccessful, resulting in more violence in bizarre ways. Frances McDormand stars as Marge Gunderson, a pregnant police chief who leads the investigation with her sharp wit and determination. Fargo is a popular for its memorable characters and distinctive regional accents.

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

OTT Platform: Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Director David Fincher's 2011 dark mystery thriller is based on a Stieg Larsson bestseller. The story revolves around Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), who writes for a magazine, and Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), an intelligent yet emotionally disturbed hacker. They join forces to solve the case of the disappearance of an industrialist’s heir. Together, they unearth corruption, family troubles and more. Fincher's direction creates a tense narrative. Mara's performance as Salander is outstanding, adding a compelling intensity to the film's multi-layered story.

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

OTT Platform: ZEE5, Amazon Prime Video


Zodiac (2007) is a crime thriller based on true events. Set in the late 1960s through the early 1970s, the film is about the search for the infamous Zodiac Killer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal as cartoonist Robert Graysmith, Robert Downey Jr. as journalist Paul Avery, and Mark Ruffalo as Inspector David Toschi, the movie delves into the complex investigation through the viewpoints of these three characters. Watch this for Fincher's meticulous direction and stellar performances.

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

OTT Platform: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video

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