HBO’s one of the best ever series True Detective is a dark ride into the film noir style of a murder mystery. The first season of True Detective was one of the biggest hits for HBO which was loved by critics and audience alike and even though Season 2 didn’t really hit the mark Season 3 got back up and delivered what the fans wanted. True Detective has been off the air for a while now and if you miss the series, we have prepared a list of movies that are also as dark as True Detective you could watch right now.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of the notorious serial killer and the intense manhunt he inspired, Zodiac is a superbly crafted thriller form the director of Se7en and Panic Room. Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and ChloÃ« Sevigny, Zodiac is a searing and singularly haunting examination of twin obsessions: one man’s desire to kill and another’s quest for the truth.
Synopsis: Two cops (Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman) track a brilliant and elusive killer who orchestrates a string of horrific murders, each kill targeting a practitioner of one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Gwyneth Paltrow also stars in this acclaimed thriller set in a dour, drizzly city sick with pain and blight. Director David Fincher guides the action — physical, mental and spiritual — with a sure understanding of what terrifies us, right up to a stunning denouement that will rip the scar tissue off the most hardened soul.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Synopsis: Disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) accepts an invitation to surreptitiously investigate a forty year old unsolved murder on behalf of the victim’s uncle, Swedish industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer). Meanwhile, tattooed hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), hired to investigate Blomkvist, discovers the truth behind the conspiracy that led to his fall from grace. Thrown together by fate, the unlikely duo uncovers a secret history of murder and sexual abuse festering beneath the veneer of Sweden’s industrial past, all the while drawing closer to a quiet evil waiting to engulf them both.
Synopsis: Academy Award winners Robin Williams, Al Pacino and Hilary Swank star in a thriller set in the land of the midnight sun, where a the mind of even a tough cop can be threatened by Insomnia. Under the glare of the permanent Alaska sun, two veteran Los Angeles police officers close in on their suspect in the murder of a teenage girl. But when officer Will Dormer (Pacino) accidentally shoots his partner, their murder suspect, reclusive novelist Walter Finch (Williams), witnesses the shooting–and blackmails Dormer. Now, as an idealistic local detective (Swank) investigates the case, and the stakes rise, Dormer’s sanity begins to falter.
Synopsis: A reality-based crime drama set in Minnesota in 1987. Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) is a car salesman in Minneapolis who has gotten himself into debt and is so desperate for money that he hires two thugs (Steve Buscemi), (Peter Stormare) to kidnap his own wife. Jerry will collect the ransom from her wealthy father (Harve Presnell), paying the thugs a small portion and keeping the rest to satisfy his debts. The scheme collapses when the thugs shoot a state trooper.
No Country for Old Men
Synopsis: Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen deliver their most gripping and ambitious film yet in this sizzling and supercharged action-thriller. When a man stumbles on a bloody crime scene, a pickup truck loaded with heroin, and two million dollars in irresistible cash, his decision to take the money sets off an unstoppable chain reaction of violence. Not even west Texas law can contain it. Based on the novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy, and featuring an acclaimed cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, this gritty game of cat and mouse will take you to the edge of your seat and beyond right up to its heart-stopping final act.
The Little Things
Synopsis: Kern County Deputy Sheriff Joe “Deke” Deacon (Washington) is sent to Los Angeles for what should have been a quick evidence‐gathering assignment. Instead, he becomes embroiled in the search for a serial killer who is terrorizing the city. Leading the hunt, L.A. Sheriff Department Sergeant JimBaxter (Malik), impressed with Deke’s cop instincts, unofficially engages his help. But as they track the killer, Baxter is unaware that the investigation is dredging up echoes of Deke’s past, uncovering disturbing secrets that could threaten more than his case.
Synopsis: Keller Dover ( Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the only suspect’s release. Knowing his child’s life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. The desperate father will do whatever it takes to find the girls, but in doing so, he may lose himself, begging the question: When do you cross the line between seeking justice and becoming a vigilante? Led by Jackman and Gyllenhaal, Prisoners features an all-star cast, including Maria Bello (Beautiful Boy) as Keller’s distraught wife, Grace; Oscar nominees Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow) and Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt) as Franklin and Nancy Birch, whose daughter Joy went missing with the Dovers’; and Academy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as Alex Jones’ Aunt Holly.
Synopsis: Based on the seminal James Ellroy crime novel, L.A. Confidential is a hard-boiled tale of crime and corruption that takes place in 1953 when Los Angeles was being vigorously transformed into the metropolis of the future through the influences of population explosion, civic promotion and the pervasive reach of television. During this heady era, a cast of gritty, colorful characters on both sides of the law intersect in a web of corruption and deceit. Three cops, a call girl, a mysterious millionaire, a tabloid journalist fuel a labyrinthine plot rife with mystery, ambition, romance and humor. Directed by Curtis Hanson from his Oscar-winning script, L.A. Confidential features an all-star cast, including Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, David Strathairn, and Kim Basinger (in her Oscar-winning role).
Synopsis: OSCAR WINNER:Best Actor – Sean PennBest Supporting Actor – Tim RobbinsNominated for six Academy Awards, including “Best Picture,” 2003’s “Mystic River” tells the the tale of three friends who grew up in working-class Boston and drifted apart after a terrible tragedy. Years later, brutal events reconnect them. Sean Penn (in his Oscar-winning role) is Jimmy Markum, whose 19-year-old daughter has been coldly murdered. Childhood friend David Boyle (Tim Robbins in his Oscar-winning role) is a suspect. And Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon), now a cop, scrambles to solve the crime before volatile Jimmy takes the law into his own hands. Working from Brian Helgeland’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel, director Clint Eastwood shapes a masterful, brooding thriller built on family, friends and innocence lost. Penn, Robbins and Bacon are joined by Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden (who received an Oscar nom) and Laura Linney in one of the most powerful casts ever.
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