Based on the novel by Louis Bayard, The pale blue eye landed on Netflix this month after a brief stint at the cinema. Director Scott Cooper’s film imagines a drunken detective who teams up with world-famous writer Edgar Allan Poe (played by Harry Melling) to uncover a series of gruesome murders at the Military Academy. The stunning visuals and gripping mystery contributed to the gothic thriller’s success with critics and fans alike.
If you enjoyed this film and would like to check out more pieces from this period that may or may not feature a fictionalized version of Mr. Poe, be sure to check out some of the titles below.
7 Movies Like The Pale Blue Eye You Must Watch
The Raven (2012)
Set in the 19th century, this gothic thriller is perhaps the closest title to Pale blue eyes both in style and narrative. John Cusack plays the troubled writer in his final days as he tries to help the police catch a serial killer inspired by his work. This film is an intriguing murder story and offers a fictional explanation of why The Mysterious Death of Poe.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
Based on the bestseller novel of the same name by Patrick Suskind, this period thriller centers on an assassin with an enhanced sense of smell who sets out to create the perfect perfume. Unfortunately for his victims, extracting their scent usually results in their death. Ben Whishaw stars as the late Alan Rickman as a nobleman trying to protect his daughter from a scent-obsessed killer.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Adapted from an Agatha Christie novel, this 1974 Oscar winner stars Albert Finney as the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who finds himself forced to solve a murder while traveling on a luxury train. While this 1970s British classic isn’t as dark as the others on the list, it’s a very decent one, featuring murder, intrigue, and a twist you probably won’t see coming (unless you’ve already read the book.)
The Prestige (2006)
Also starring Christian Bale, this thriller centers on the deadly rivalry between two talented magicians. Just like The pale blue eye, Prestige is set in the 19th century and explores dark themes of revenge, obsession and murder. Although there is no murder investigation, the film features an ongoing mystery and a series of mind-boggling twists and turns.
Nightmare Alley (2021)
by Guillermo del Toro Nightmare Alley is based on the novel of the same name by the writer William Lindsay Gresham. Centered on the cat-and-mouse game between a famous psychic and the psychologist trying to expose him, this noir thriller earned four Oscar nominations for its captivating atmosphere and plot.
From Hell (2001)
This atmospheric thriller starring Johnny Depp takes place during Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror. Based on the graphic novel of the same name and directed by the Hughes Brothers, From hell follows a Whitechapel inspector as he investigates a series of gruesome murders plaguing the streets of 19th-century London.
The Black Dahlia (2006)
This 2006 film is a period crime thriller set against the backdrop of The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Short. Directed by Brian De Palma, the film stars Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart as two detectives tasked with discovering what really happened to a brutally murdered young woman dubbed the Black Dahlia by the press.
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