A Perfect Murder is a 1998 thriller directed by Andrew Davis. Wealthy investment banker Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) and his beautiful wife Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow) seem like the perfect couple. However, Steven's investments are failing, and Emily is secretly cheating on her husband with handsome painter David (Viggo Mortensen). Unbeknownst to Emily, her husband is aware of the affair and has been closely investigating David. When he discovers that David is actually an ex-convict, Steven decides to use this information to his advantage. Since Emily is independently wealthy, Steven decides to give David a sum of $500,000 to kill Emily so that he can take control of her bank account. Steven hatches a well-orchestrated plot that involves David murdering his wife and making it seem like a robbery. Although Steven is sure that his plan is foolproof, it quickly begins to unravel and things begin to become more complicated than he anticipated.