The Best Whodunit Movies Films
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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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    Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Carrie-Anne Moss, Guy Pearce, Jorja Fox

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh

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    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Kim Basinger, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey

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    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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    Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

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    Edward Norton, Richard Gere, Laura Linney

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    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Farley Granger, Leo G. Carroll

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    Judith Anderson, Walter Huston, Barry Fitzgerald

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    Kathleen Turner, Mel Blanc, Christopher Lloyd

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    Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer

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    Henry Fonda, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden

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    Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Tom Hanks, Sam Rockwell, Michael Clarke Duncan

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    Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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    Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Ray Liotta

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    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Duke Ellington

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    Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin

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    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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    Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilmer, Michelle Monaghan

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll

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    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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    Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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    Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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    Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Maggie Smith

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    Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Hume Cronyn

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    Myrna Loy, Cesar Romero, William Powell

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    Kang Hye-jung, Choi Min-sik, Oh Dal-su

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    James Stewart, Doris Day, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Naomi Watts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Melissa George

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