The Best Whodunit Movies Films

The Best Whodunit Movies

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List of the best whodunit movies, as ranked by mystery movie fans and film critics from all over the world. There’s something thrilling about watching a fictional mystery unfold in front of your very eyes on the big screen. Unlike real life mysteries, you get to experience the beginning,middle, and end of the entire whodunit mystery. These movies include the moment the crime takes place to the second the detective or intelligent protagonist reveals the real culprit in a parlor room-type scene. Many of these whodunit film are gruesome mysteries where a murder has taken place, such as Primal Fear and Identity, while some are more humorous adventures, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Clue.

 

Not all of the mysteries in these films are about death.Like in the case of The Prestige and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the mystery is about the real motivation and actions of puzzling characters.However, most of these films are defined by their incredible detective characters, like Poirot in the Agatha Christie mysteries, who sift through clues and solve crimes like it was solving a crossword puzzle.

 

What are the best whodunit movies of all time? This list features the top movies that have whodunit mysteries as the center of the film.


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    The Usual Suspects

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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  2. 2
    + 388
    - 103
    Rear Window


    Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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  3. 3
    + 523
    - 107
    Seven


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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  4. 4
    + 383
    - 142
    Memento

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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  5. 5
    + 361
    - 101
    Psycho


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    + 269
    - 86
    Vertigo

    often listed
    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    + 467
    - 126
    Clue


    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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    + 417
    - 88
    The Silence of the Lambs

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux
    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    + 294
    - 59
    Murder on the Orient Express


    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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    + 292
    - 92
    L.A. Confidential


    Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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  11. 11
    + 326
    - 157
    Shutter Island


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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  12. 12
    + 227
    - 76
    Mystic River

    added by wiabux
    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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  13. 13
    + 230
    - 95
    Primal Fear


    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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  14. 14
    + 194
    - 55
    And Then There Were None


    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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    - 42
    12 Angry Men

    ranked low on reranks & added by StacyWolfe
    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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    - 107
    The Prestige


    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    + 181
    - 68
    Strangers on a Train


    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll

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    - 84
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    added by wiabux
    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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    Death on the Nile


    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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    - 66
    Chinatown


    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    - 69
    The Green Mile

    added by StacyWolfe
    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    + 146
    - 62
    Witness for the Prosecution


    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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    + 187
    - 113
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit


    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    + 184
    - 77
    Identity


    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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    + 121
    - 68
    The Third Man


    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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    + 171
    - 89
    Zodiac

    added by wiabux
    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    + 144
    - 58
    Reservoir Dogs

    added by StacyWolfe
    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    + 153
    - 68
    Murder by Death


    Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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    + 108
    - 65
    The Big Sleep

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    + 155
    - 70
    The Game

    added by wiabux
    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    + 108
    - 35
    The Departed

    added by oldrocker
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    + 153
    - 86
    Minority Report

    added by wiabux
    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    + 102
    - 41
    A Few Good Men

    added by oldrocker
    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    + 95
    - 52
    Anatomy of a Murder


    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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    + 63
    - 13
    The Maltese Falcon


    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    + 139
    - 55
    Scream

    added by madamsundin
    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    + 31
    - 1
    Dial M for Murder

    ranked low on reranks & added by CraigAlarm
    Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

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  38. 38
    + 80
    - 45
    In the Heat of the Night

    added by schuechen
    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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  39. 39
    + 91
    - 46
    Charade


    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    + 73
    - 31
    Insomnia

    added by oldrocker
    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    + 98
    - 61
    Presumed Innocent

    added by gerald.marsh
    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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  42. 42
    + 100
    - 60
    No Way Out

    added by gerald.marsh
    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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    + 44
    - 6
    North by Northwest

    added by Booksflavia
    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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    + 60
    - 17

    added by KeithBrennett
    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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  45. 45
    + 42
    - 10
    Rebecca

    added by wawwhite1
    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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  46. 46
    + 92
    - 74
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


    Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

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  47. 47
    + 70
    - 53
    The 39 Steps


    Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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  48. 48
    + 79
    - 43
    The Thin Man

    added by DeannaChurch
    Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan

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  49. 49
    + 78
    - 51
    The Man Who Knew Too Much


    James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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  50. 50
    + 38
    - 16
    Shadow of a Doubt

    added by wawwhite1
    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

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