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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Seven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Psycho Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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    Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    Clue is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Primal Fear Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    12 Angry Men is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Strangers on a Train is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Witness for the Prosecution is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    The Green Mile is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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    Identity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    The Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    Murder by Death is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    The Big Sleep Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    Reservoir Dogs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    The Departed Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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

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    Scream is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Charade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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

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    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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

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    North by Northwest is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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

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    Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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    The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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    Rebecca is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    The Thin Man is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    The Thin Man Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, Maureen O'Sullivan

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    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


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

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    The Man Who Knew Too Much is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    The Man Who Knew Too Much James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Shadow of a Doubt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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

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