A horror psychological thriller, ‘The Bone Collector’ (1999) stars Denzel Washington as Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic ex-homicide detective and Angelina Jolie as Police Officer Amelia Donaghy, who come together to track down and catch a serial killer who is terrorizing New York City. Directed by Phillip Noyce, the film is an adaptation of American mystery crime author Jeffery Deaver’s novel of the same. Though ‘The Bone Collector’ was not the most critically lauded piece of work in 1999, it is powered by Washington and Jolie, whose artistic prowess helps the film to be an engaging watch. Film critic Roger Ebert too praised the performances in his review.
For this article, I have taken into account films whose narratives are similar to ‘The Bone Collector’. Not every film on this list is a crime drama or a psychological thriller, but every one of them has a serial killer looming to prey on the next victim. From ten strangers trying to find an unknown murderer who is trying to kill them, to a young boy spying on a potential murderer, to a lawyer trying to analyse his own client, all the narratives try to answer the question of “who is the murderer?” So with all that said, here’s the list of best movies similar to ‘The Bone Collector’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Bone Collector’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Fallen (1998)
A supernatural detective thriller, ‘Fallen’ stars Denzel Washington as homicide detective John Hobbes, who after capturing Edgar Reese, a serial killer, visits his execution. However, to his surprise, Hobbes finds more serial murders which are very similar to the dreaded killer’s style. Directed by Gregory Hoblit and written by Nicholas Kazan, the film, albeit managed to gather interest due to its promising premise, does not do much in the craft to deliver it successfully. Nonetheless, Denzel Washington does a great job in holding the film together as he brings in the required machismo and the gloom to help create an engaging supernatural thriller.
9. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Directed by master of surrealism David Lynch, ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me’ is a psychological horror film which centres around the murder of Teresa Banks, essayed by Pamela Gidley, and the last seven days in the life of Laura Palmer, essayed by Sheryl Lee, who is a popular high school student in the fictional town of Twin Peaks. Serving as a prequel to the celebrated mystery television show ‘Twin Peaks’ (1990–1991), which was co-created by Lynch and Mark Frost, the movie apparently received scathingly bad reviews from critics and audiences at the Cannes Film Festival.