Ever since the murder mystery Murder on the Orient Express was released in 2017, crime fans have been itching for more. Who can blame us?
There is little better than a great whodunnit, and this adaptation of the great Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express has it all, from classic detective work to incredible cinematography to the constant twists and turns.
Are you searching for your next murder mystery? Luckily, we have just the recommendations for you. Keep reading for our top five movies similar to Murder on the Orient Express.
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Inspired by the classic detective novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the iconic duo of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson are remastered into a twisting and turning murder mystery for the ages. Starring major players Robert Downey Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson, this newer take on a classic story weaves in modern humour with a dark tale.
After a convicted and executed murderer seems to defy odds and rise from the dead, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back on his trail. This mystery film keeps you guessing at every turn, even making the supernatural plausible. Fans of Murder on the Orient Express will love the vintage styling and cinematography served up with this thrilling mystery.
Downey plays an amazingly fun and witty Holmes, and Law’s Dr Watson contrasts Holmes’s eccentric personality excellently. Sherlock Holmes is a must-see for any fan of a whodunnit.
Director: Guy Ritchie
The Fugitive (1993)
For those who love a good murder mystery, you will be sure to love The Fugitive. This spin on a classic detective story reveals the plot in reverse, starting with the conviction of Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) for the murder of his wife.
After an unbelievable escape from custody, Kimble is chased through Illinois by U.S. Marshals, headed by Deputy Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones). Barely evading capture in a set of unbelievable twists and turns, the truth behind Dr. Kimble’s wife’s murder is slowly uncovered. As Deputy Gerard follows Richard, he is forced to reassess what he knows about the case to find his fugitive.
Considered one of the best movies of the ’90s, The Fugitive was a massive critical and commercial success. The Fugitive won a number of awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Jones and Ford pair together excellently in this ultimate game of cat and mouse.
Fans of Murder on the Orient Express will be sure to love the non-stop action and thrills of this murder mystery. As pieces are gradually uncovered throughout the film, the complete puzzle is sure to leave you shocked.
Director: Andrew Davis
Death on the Nile (1978)
Fans of Murder on the Orient Express are guaranteed to enjoy Death on the Nile. Also based on an iconic Agatha Christie detective novel, Detective Hercule Poirot is set on another wild murder mystery. Set in Egypt on the Nile River, Poirot’s mystery begins with the shooting death of a young honeymooner in her bedroom on a riverboat.
Once again, Hercule Poirot is surrounded by plausible suspects, including a jilted ex-fiancé and an angry maid. When the prime suspect has a rock-solid alibi, the great detective must consider other possibilities. As it turns out, almost everyone aboard the riverboat could be a suspect in this murder mystery, so Poirot has a lot of work to do to solve this crime.
Death on the Nile has undeniable similarities to Murder on the Orient Express. The starkly different times of filming and style between the two films are a great contrast between the stories. Viewers are sure to enjoy the vintage styles and classic whodunnit plot.
Director: John Guillermin
Knives Out (2019)
Murder on the Orient Express is a mystery where anyone could have committed the crime, and Knives Out is on the same track.
After a murder mystery novelist is found dead under suspicious circumstances, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) arrives on the scene to put the pieces together. But this crime scene is not as easy as it appears, as the novelist’s family members are wildly dysfunctional, with more than one potential motive and a lot of suspicious activity.
Featuring an A-list ensemble cast, Knives Out also stars Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, and more. Knives Out was met with immense critical and commercial success, holding a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Knives Out won an array of awards after its release. Two sequels to Knives Out are set to be produced in the coming years, with Knives Out 2 set to hit Netflix later this year. There has never been a better time to watch the original.
Director: Rian Johnson
Released in 1985, Clue is a cult-classic murder mystery movie. Inspired by the classic murder mystery board game, the film has just as many possibilities and twists.
Brought together by an anonymous blackmailer, six strangers get tangled in a complex murder in a New England mansion. With multiple additional attacks throughout the evening, the six guests have to figure out who is responsible, and how.
The original release of the film had a major twist- the ending. Or should we say endings? Theatres were originally sent different versions of Clue, each with one of three different endings.
Today, all three endings can be watched sequentially. The mystery is never resolutely solved, and the three plausible endings result in an even greater mystery altogether.
Director: Jonathan Lynn
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