Last Updated: July 18th
Netflix has no shortage of great options for movie fans who enjoy a good mystery story, but want a little more substance than the standard Hollywood blow ’em up action flick. So, sit back, put on your detective hat and take in the best crime movies on Netflix streaming right now. Because to pass up these can’t-miss movies would be downright — criminal.
Primal Fear (1996)
Directed by Gregory Hoblit and adapted from a novel by William Diehl, Primal Fear does such a fantastic job creating mystery around the murder of a Catholic priest that it’s impossible to watch the movie a second time without feeling a little let down. The courtroom crime drama holds up on repeat viewings, but its climatic eyes-wide-open-mouth-on-the-ground shocker never quite has the impact it has on first viewing. The 1996 thriller doubles as the debut of Edward Norton, who plays an altar boy accused of murder. The film — alongside his other 1996 efforts, Everyone Says I Love You and The People vs. Larry Flynt — helped put the actor on the map and landed him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.