L.A. Confidential (1997)
Directed by Curtis Hanson
If it's a murder mystery detective story that you're looking for, it really doesn't get any better than L.A. Confidential. The film really stands out because it's not a film that relies on a unique premise or a gimmick; this is a film that relies on genuine storytelling. Filled with fantastic performances, stellar art direction and cinematography, there isn't an aspect of this film that is subpar. In many ways it reminds me of American Gangster, but with a much stronger narrative. If you've never seen the film, grab some popcorn and a soda and watch a fascinating story unspool.