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


    Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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


    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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

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    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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


    Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins

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


    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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


    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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


    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


    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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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    And Then There Were None is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Walter Huston, Judith Anderson, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Primal Fear is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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

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    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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    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


    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


    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll

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    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Robin Wright

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


    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


    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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    Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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


    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    The Third Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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


    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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    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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    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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    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


    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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    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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    The Departed is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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

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    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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    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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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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


    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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    Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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    Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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

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    Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock, Eva Marie Saint

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    No Way Out is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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    Insomnia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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

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    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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    Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies

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    Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

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    The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies


    Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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

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    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


    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


    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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    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

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