The Batman has finally descended into theatres, and fans of the Caped Crusader are in for a big treat with this latest DCEU film. If you thought Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder did a good job portraying Gotham’s masked hero in dark, gritty ways, Matt Reeves has outdone himself with The Batman. And if you saw The Batman, you probably felt compelled to seek out more dark and twisted entertainment. If you like The Batman, we think you’ll enjoy these ten great detective films that have a storey, tone, or style that is similar to Matt Reeves’ new thriller.
1. The Lighthouse (2019)
Director- Robert Eggers
Ephraim Winslow, a taciturn former lumberjack. Thomas Wake, a grizzled lighthouse keeper. Both set foot on a remote and perennially grey islet off the coast of late-nineteenth-century New England as the foghorn’s waving shriek fills the air. The tight-lipped guys will have no one else for company for the next four weeks of back-breaking work. Also unfavourable surroundings, forced to endure irritating quirks, bottled-up resentment, and rising animosity. A fierce and never-ending squall maroons the pale beacon’s guardians in the already inhospitable volcanic rock. It is setting the way for a prolonged time of ferocious hunger, searing anguish, frantic isolation, and horrifying booze-addled visions. The uncanny grip of lunacy is tightening now.
2. Old Boy (2003)
Director- Park Chan-Wook
The boisterous alcoholic, Oh Dae-Su, has face abduction on a rainy night in 1988 and wakes up trapped in a windowless and decaying hotel room for an unclear reason. There, his merciless captors will feed, clothe, and sedate him to keep him from committing suicide. As his only companion and window to the outside world is the TV in his barren cell, the only thing that keeps Oh Dae-Su going is his daily notebook. The bewilder prisoner is then release on purpose after fifteen years in captivity. He is force to find down his tormentor and finally receive his payback.
3. Good Time (2017)
Director- Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
Connie, a tough young criminal, is in captivation by a passionate love for his mentally challenge brother, Nick, as well as an explosive mix of despair and a desire for a brighter future. However, Nick ends up on Rikers Island due to an unforeseeable complication, causing his desperate but resolute sibling to go on a hellish, no-holds-barred journey to free him. Connie will now have to go to tremendous lengths over the course of a long and violent night to save Nick from a dreadful fate; nevertheless, he is doom to cause more harm than good.
4. Zodiac (2007)
Director- David Fincher
Robert Graysmith works for the San Francisco Chronicle as a cartoonist. Paul Avery, a reporter whose drinking interferes with his profession, is annoy by his eccentricities. Because of their shared fascination in the Zodiac killer, the two become friends. As Avery’s life slides into drunken oblivion, Graysmith gets increasingly consumption with the case. Graysmith’s amateur detective work leads him to David Toschi, a police inspector who has yet to apprehend the Zodiac, Sherwood Morrill, a handwriting expert, Linda del Buono, a felon who knew one of the Zodiac’s victims, and others. Graysmith’s career, his wife, and his children all fade into the background when compared to catching the Zodiac.
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5. Let Me In (2010)
Director- Matt Reeves
Owen, a twelve-year-old outcast in Los Alamos, New Mexico, is mistreated at school by Kenny and two other students; at night, Owen fantasises about avenging himself on the trio of bullies. He befriends Abby, his twelve-year-old next-door neighbour, who only emerges at the playground of their building at night. Meanwhile, Abby’s father is a sought serial killer who uses his victims’ blood to feed Abby, who is an ancient vampire. Owen is advised by Abby to fight Kenny, but he soon realises that she is a vampire, and he is torn between fear and love for her. Meanwhile, a cop is looking into the murders, believing they are the work of a satanic group.
6. Memories of Murder (2003)
Director- Bong Soon Ho
Two ladies were recently raped and murdered in a rural area of South Korea. Detectives Park Doo-man and Cho Yong-koo are working on the case. Their efforts are hampered by the police’s shoddy crime scene procedure. Their techniques of solving cases are also fairly simple, primarily consisting of beating suspects into confessing. All of this comes to naught, as the police chief hires Seo Tae-yoon, a more smart and knowledgeable detective from Seoul. The procedures have improved since his arrival, but they still don’t have the killer. Then another woman is murdered, revealing a trend.
7. A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Director- Sergio Leone
A taciturn, amoral sharpshooter arrives in San Miguel. A dusty, sun-bleached border town where everyone is either rich or dead, flat bankrupt. The tranquil hamlet, torn apart by two feuding families fighting for control. The corrupt Baxters and the homicidal Rojos—provides the ideal opportunity for profit. Soon after, the unnamed stranger sets out on a perilous mission to pit each gang against the other in a deadly game of wits. Of course, everyone’s attention is drawn to the top prize.
8. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Director- Yorgos Lanthimos
Following the sudden loss of Martin’s father on the operating table at the age of 16, a close and compassionate friendship develops between him and Dr Steven Murphy, a respected cardiothoracic surgeon. Even if a hazy, yet unsettling sense overshadows Martin’s honest aim from the outset, expensive gifts and eventually an invitation to dinner will quickly earn the orphaned adolescent the favour of Dr Steven’s immaculate family. Then, unexpectedly, the perfect family is stricken by a cruel and callous punishment, while everything begins to break apart as the innocents bear the brunt of the penalty. Finally, because one person’s misdeeds affect the entire family, only an unthinkable and unendurable decision requiring a pure sacrifice may purge the soul. However, in order to receive catharsis, one must first acknowledge the sin.
9. Prisoners (2013)
Director- Denis Villeneuve
A horrible case of mystery abduction unfolds against the backdrop of what should have been a pleasant Thanksgiving dinner, as Anna, the six-year-old daughter of small-town carpenter Keller Dover, and her best friend, Joy, vanish without a trace. As the clock ticks down on the desperate father’s life, the lone lead points to troubled Alex Jones; nevertheless, Detective Loki is well aware that the claimed top suspect will soon be free owing to a lack of proof. Now that the odds are stacked against them, Keller will have to take matters into his own hands, even if his rash decision puts his life in jeopardy.
10. Kimi (2022)
Director- Steven Soderbergh
An agoraphobic tech worker discovers evidence of a horrific crime while monitoring a data stream during the COVID-19 pandemic in Seattle. She is greet with opposition and bureaucracy when she tries to report it to her firm. To participate, she understands she must confront her worst fear by leaving her flat and entering the city streets, which are fill with protestors after the municipal council approves a legislation restricting the homeless population’s movements.
I hope this article has been an enlightening read. We tried to highlight some of the best portrayal of a detective films on the silver screen in this article, and we hope you will agree with our final conclusions.