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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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Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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

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Clue Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Madeline Kahn

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wiabux added 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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wiabux added 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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StacyWolfe added 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 Third Man Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Joseph Cotten

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StacyWolfe added The Green Mile Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Sam Rockwell

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

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

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

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

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Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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

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StacyWolfe added Reservoir Dogs Quentin Tarantino, Steve Buscemi, Tim Roth

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wiabux added 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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Identity Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Alfred Molina

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wiabux added The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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Murder by Death Maggie Smith, Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness

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The 39 Steps Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat

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

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

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gerald.marsh added Presumed Innocent Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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

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Charade Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Coburn

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Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Whodunit Movies
KeithBrennett added Gone Girl Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry

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

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

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wiabux added Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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gerald.marsh added No Way Out Brad Pitt, Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman

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madamsundin added Scream Drew Barrymore, Rose McGowan, Courteney Cox

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wawwhite1 added Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock, Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten

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wawwhite1 added Rebecca Laurence Olivier, Alfred Hitchcock, Joan Fontaine

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

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oldrocker added Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank