Gone Girl, the David Fincher-directed adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s mystery thriller novel of the same name, is scheduled to make its world premiere at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival on September 26, according to the organization’s official website. The film stars Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, a man whose wife goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Gone Girl also stars Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry. The film will open nationwide on October 3.
As fans of the novel already know, much of the story’s suspense is driven by the question of whether or not Nick Dunne killed his missing wife. However, as noted by We Got This Covered, the film is not expected to be a carbon copy of the novel, so even fans who have already read the book may still be surprised when they see the film. While it remains to be seen if Gone Girl can match the critical and commercial success of Fincher’s previous films such as Seven, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Social Network, the film’s inclusion at the New York Film Festival may be a good sign for Fincher. The Social Network – Fincher’s last film to open the New York Film Festival in 2010 — went on to win three Academy Awards.
Not surprisingly, Gone Girl is not the first film to feature a story that revolves around the search for a missing person. Some of the most critically acclaimed movies ever made have featured similar storylines. Will Gone Girl become yet another hit movie in the “missing person” genre of films? Take a look at this list of seven of the most critically acclaimed films that feature stories about missing people and decide for yourself. While the films’ rankings are primarily based on aggregate ratings from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes, films with identical approval ratings are secondarily ordered according to box office receipts.