Best Murder Mystery Movies & Shows to Satisfy Your Inner Detective
Mr. Plum, in the study, with the candlestick. We all remember the days of sitting around the ClueⒸ game board trying to solve the mystery of who killed Mr. Boddy (very clever name, btw) before the other players. There is something very satisfying about solving a crime and serving up a plate of justice that really hits the spot.
While board games can be incredibly fun, there are other ways to satisfy your craving for a good mystery. Enter: our favorite murder mystery movies and TV shows.
Whether you’re looking for a light-hearted whodunit, like Only Murders in the Building, or a hard-boiled detective story, like Jack Reacher, there’s a mystery out there just waiting for you to binge-watch it.
Check out our list of the best murder mysteries streaming now on Hulu.
Popular Murder Mysteries on Hulu
Only Murders in the Building
If you found out someone in your apartment building had been murdered, what would you do? For three true crime-obsessed neighbors (and complete strangers) living in an upscale NYC apartment building, the answer is: solve it, duh.
This Golden GlobeⓇ Nominated show follows Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) as they band together to try to find out what happened and, naturally, start a podcast together documenting their progress. But what they reveal may be a bit more than they bargained for.
…and remember—everybody has a secret.
Watch: Only Murders in the Building
When Heather Anderson, a movie star in Los Angeles, pulls out of an upcoming movie, she leaves the team unable to finish filming without her, essentially killing the whole production. When she heads home with her best friend and personal assistant, Jill LaBeau, she asks to borrow Jill’s gun for protection.
The following day, when Jill arrives at Heather’s place, she finds her laying on the ground in a pool of blood, with the borrowed gun sitting nearby—and all evidence points to Jill. Jill, knowing she’s innocent, embarks on a journey of her own to determine who killed her friend, but what she finds is the last thing she expected.
The Lovely Bones
This movie is not for the faint of heart. From the opening scene, to the closing shot, The Lovely Bones is an emotional roller coaster that gets to the heart of a grief-stricken family in the aftermath of an unimaginable tragedy.
When 14-year-old Susie (Saoirse Ronan) is brutally murdered and buried in an unknown place, she watches over her family from purgatory as they try to make sense of their loss and catch the man responsible.
Watch: The Lovely Bones
Murder Mystery Thrillers
The Clovehitch Killer
Evil can lurk around every corner—even the corners of your own home. When Tyler Burnside (Charlie Plummer) discovers a number of disturbing pictures in his father’s shed, he begins wondering if his father (Dylan McDermott) was involved in a series of 10 grisly murders that swept the town years before.
As he continues to dig deeper, Tyler realizes that the killings may not have stopped at just 10. Follow along as Tyler and his girlfriend, Kassi (Madisen Beaty), attempt to solve the mystery that’s hitting a little too close to home.
Watch: The Clovehitch Killer
After losing their child to an accident, Ray (Nicholas Cage) and Maggie (Robin Tunney) are looking for a fresh start. They decide to pack up their things and buy a motel in a remote desert town.
After a strange phone call from the motel’s former owner, Ray discovers an underground tunnel leading to a two-way mirror that looks into guest room 10. One night, Ray, unable to resist the mystery of the mirror, witnesses the murder of one of his guests. But the murder is just the beginning of a twisted game that threatens Ray and Maggie lives.
Watch: Looking Glass
A Murder to Remember
On their one year marriage anniversary, Javier (Kevin Tyler Rodriguez) and Robin (Maddie Nichols) Riveraare decide to go on a romantic camping trip. But soon after arriving, the pair gets lost in the woods. When a helpful stranger offers to help them find their way, the couple is faced with the deadly consequences of trusting a stranger.
What starts out as a romantic story quickly turns into murder and a sadistic game of cat and mouse that makes Robin question her own sanity.
Watch: A Murder to Remember
When five people are killed, seemingly at random, on Pittsburgh’s North Shore Trail, police immediately find and arrest the culprit—James Barr (Joseph Sikora), a retired U.S. Army sniper. Barr is then given the choice between life in prison (in exchange for a confession) or a guaranteed death penalty. Instead, he writes one sentence on a piece of paper: ‘Get Jack Reacher.’
Reacher (Tom Cruise), hears the news and visits the prison where he’s being held. Faced with the question of Barr’s innocence after meeting with him, Jack Reacher heads out to determine for himself if the sniper is guilty—but what he finds is more than anyone was expecting.
Watch: Jack Reacher
The Limehouse Golem
In this period piece set in Victorian London, a killer in the style of “Jack The Ripper” is running rampant and taunting the police with menacing messages written in blood. Scotland Yard’s Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy) is determined to catch the killer—dubbed “The Golem” by local journalists.
When music hall star Elizabeth Cree’s (Olivia Cooke) husband is found poisoned, she’s the only suspect. But when Kildare finds evidence linking her late husband to the Golem, he has to work to solve the case before Elizabeth is hanged for a crime she didn’t commit.
Watch: The Limehouse Golem
The Nice Guys
With the backdrop of groovy 1970s Los Angeles, single father and licensed private investigator Holland March (Ryan Gosling) is hired to investigate the assumed suicide of Misty Mountains, a famous porn star. However, shortly into his investigation, March realizes he’s not the only PI hired for the job. Enter: Jackson Healey (Russel Crowe), an unlicensed and scruffy investigator.
The two decide to pair up to uncover the truth, but what they find is a far bigger scandal than they were prepared to face. This action-packed thrill ride offers some much needed comic relief from the typically heavy murder mystery genre.
Watch: The Nice Guys
Serial Killer Murder Mystery Movies
Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana (Sydney Lemmon) Helstrom are the children of a notorious serial killer. By day, they are normal members of society—Daimon, a college professor, and Ana, an antiques dealer—but what they do outside of work is far from normal.
Both siblings have special abilities. Daimon has a connection to the demonic world, while Ana has psychic abilities. This Hulu Original series follows each of them as they use their powers to track down and eliminate the worst of both the human and demon worlds.
My Friend Dahmer
As one of the most prolific serial killers of all time, Jeffrey Dahmer has become somewhat of a household name. Nearly everyone knows the story of the brutal murders he committed as an adult—but how does one become a sadistic killer?
My Friend Dahmer is a biopic movie based on the life of a teenage Jeffrey Dahmer, portrayed by Ross Lynch, as he tries to navigate the difficult years of high school where he struggles to fit in.
Watch: My Friend Dahmer
The Postcard Killings
All over Europe, couples are being butchered by a seemingly uncatchable serial killer. The only clues left are the postcards that journalists across the continent received announcing the arrival of the serial killer in their cities. From there, law enforcement is given mere days to locate the killer and save the couples within their grasp.
Based on the novel by James Patterson and Liza Marklund, The Postcard Killings follows detective Jacob Kanon (Jeffery Dean Morgan) as he hunts for the the person responsible for murdering his daughter and son-in-law.
Watch: The Postcard Killings
Murder Mystery Shows
You know what they say about Veronica Mars—she’s a marshmallow.
Keith Mars (Enrico Colantoni) used to be the Neptune town Sheriff—that is, until a high-profile murder case lands him on the wrong side of local politics. In the aftermath, Keith Mars runs a private investigation agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Veronica.
At just 16 years old, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has an impressive track record for catching bad guys.
You may come for the action and crime fighting, but you’ll stay for the quick wit and dry comedy that Rob Thomas (no, not the musician) is famous for.
Watch: Veronica Mars
Gypsy Rose Blanchard (Joey King) has spent her life in and out of hospitals for illnesses that never seem to go away. Her mother Dee Dee, portrayed by Patricia Arquette, who won an Emmy AwardⓇ for her performance, has been her primary caregiver and, largely, her only friend.
As she grows older and craves independence, Gypsy Rose begins to question her mother’s motives and discovers dark secrets about her life that her mother kept from her. As tensions grow and Gypsy explores more and more of the outside world, she formulates a plan to escape her mother’s grasp.
Watch: The Act
Ten years into his seemingly perfect marriage, Nathan answers a knock at his door from a long-lost (on purpose) friend who shares unsettling news. After the shock of the visit, Nathan makes a series of catastrophic decisions in an effort to keep his wife from discovering the dark secrets he’s kept hidden from her for more than a decade.
This British limited series explores just how far we’ll go to cover up our darkest secrets.
Watch: The Sister
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