Anyone else miss the string of crime/thriller movies that came out around the 90s?

Anyone else miss the string of crime/thriller movies that came out around the 90s?

Bone collector, Along came a spider, Copycat, Kiss the girls, Don’t say a word, Se7en…I remember watching these as a kid and thinking this was the peak of exhilarating movies, as an adult I think they’ve become comfort viewing for me, they just had this cookie cutter format that they all followed:

  • Cop is somewhat flawed but will stop at nothing to do good

  • Has a partner that is either good or bad in the end

  • Killer has a pretty simple motive and usually fights the main character in the end, main character narrowly wins the fight albeit wounded

  • Ends with everyone living happily ever after

I can’t really figure out why I enjoy them but I realized recently there were quite a few of these movies that sort of fizzled out around the mid 2000’s. Any suggestions on more of these? I’m currently binging as many of them as I can find.

Edit: I know Se7en doesn’t exactly fit the happy ending criteria but that’s what makes it a step above the rest, I added it as it deserves a mention in any conversation about 90s crime thrillers.

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