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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 Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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Murder on the Orient Express Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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L.A. Confidential Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger

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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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And Then There Were None Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll

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12 Angry Men Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Lee J. Cobb

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The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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Death on the Nile Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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Witness for the Prosecution Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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Who Framed Roger Rabbit Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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In the Heat of the Night Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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A Few Good Men Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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Dial M for Murder Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

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Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

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Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Bill Murray, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe

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Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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North by Northwest Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

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Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin