The Best Mystery Movies

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List Criteria: Vote for your personal favorite mystery films, regardless of how popular or successful they were at the box office.

A list of all the best mystery movies ever made, many of which are streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime. This mystery movie list can be sorted by cast, year, director and more. This list of mystery films also contains mystery movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. This mystery films list can also be copied to start your own. This list, though, contains the best mystery movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films This mystery movie list can be sorted by alphabetically, by director, by year and more, but is currently ordered from best to worst. Voting for your favorites gets them to rise to the top.

List of mystery films includes mystery movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. Share this list with your friends to see how their votes impact the list.

These are the top films in the mystery genre, meaning that each and every one of these is a movie with at least a single element of the mystery genre in it. Be it the motifs of the mystery genre or just some of the most common archetypes.

Always vote for things like Seven and Dial M for Murder if you like them. If we missed any mystery movies on this list, please add them to the list yourself, as this is an open list which means you can add any movies whenever you like (choices are subject to moderation). The films on this list cover the most famous mystery movies of all time and are voted on by people who really care about mystery movie lists. This list includes the best mystery movies of the 21st cenury.

You can find the release information for any of the films listed below. It's often available in the data set, so you can even find the cast of some of these by clicking on the names of the mystery movies. List includes photos and mystery movie trailers next to the names of the movies.

List is made up of a variety of movies, including The Rook and The Mysterious Mr. Wong.

Whether you're at home and want to watch these mystery movies on DVD, streaming Blu-ray or streaming, or if you're seeing them in theatres for the first time, this is a list of good mystery movies that can be helpful in either situation to see where they all stack up. So from the latest, to the greatest mystery movies, here is the full mystery movies list, ordered from best to worst.

Plenty of well-known directors have been associated with Mystery films, including Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan.

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    Rear Window is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Mystery Movies

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    Rear Window Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Vertigo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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


    Seven Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Morgan Freeman

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    Dial M for Murder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    L.A. Confidential is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    The Maltese Falcon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Maltese Falcon Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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    Chinatown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Roman Polanski

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    Psycho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Vince Vaughn

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    To Catch a Thief is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    To Catch a Thief Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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    The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Fugitive Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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    The Prestige is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Prestige Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Game Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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    Memento is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Memento Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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    Mystic River is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Mystic River Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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    The Usual Suspects is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Usual Suspects Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Movies

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

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Bourne Identity Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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    The Illusionist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Illusionist Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

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    Presumed Innocent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    The Others is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Conspiracy Theory Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    The Firm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Firm Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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    Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Arsenic and Old Lace Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    Citizen Kane is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Citizen Kane Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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    The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Pelican Brief Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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    The Conversation is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Conversation Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Zodiac Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    The Postman Always Rings Twice is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Postman Always Rings Twice Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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    The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Bone Collector Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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    Blue Velvet is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Blue Velvet Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


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

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    Broken Flowers is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Broken Flowers Sharon Stone, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange

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    The Mothman Prophecies is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Mothman Prophecies Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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    Murder at 1600 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes, Alan Alda

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


    Insomnia Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    Minority Report is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Minority Report Cameron Diaz, Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell

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    The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The House of the Spirits Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close

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    The Skeleton Key is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    The Skeleton Key Kate Hudson, John Hurt, Joy Bryant

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    Oldboy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Oldboy Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-su

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    Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Gone Baby Gone Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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    Angels & Demons is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Angels & Demons Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård

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