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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    Grace Kelly, James Stewart, Alfred Hitchcock

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


    James Stewart, Kim Novak, Alfred Hitchcock

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    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


    Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Milland

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    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


    Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor

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


    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo

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


    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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    The Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, Spike Jonze

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


    Emmy Rossum, Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon

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


    Julianne Moore, Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones

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


    Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Hugh Jackman

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    Kevin Spacey, Benicio del Toro, Gabriel Byrne

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


    Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano

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    Arsenic and Old Lace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Cary Grant, Peter Lorre, Raymond Massey

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    The Big Sleep is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Mystery Movies

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    Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Dorothy Malone

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    To Catch a Thief is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, Alfred Hitchcock

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    Anatomy of a Murder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    James Stewart, George C. Scott, Lee Remick

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


    Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Gary Busey

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


    Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raúl Juliá

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    Death on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Mystery Movies

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    Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury

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    The Girl with the Dragon Tatto... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Noomi Rapace, Marika Lagercrantz, Lena Endre

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


    Jessica Biel, Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti

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    The Bourne Identity is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Matt Damon, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles

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


    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo

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    Orson Welles, Alan Ladd, Agnes Moorehead

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


    Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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


    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley

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    Conspiracy Theory is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Julia Roberts, Mel Gibson, Patrick Stewart

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    Murder on the Orient Express is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall

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    The Pelican Brief is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, John Lithgow

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


    Lana Turner, Hume Cronyn, John Garfield

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    The Bone Collector is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Queen Latifah

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


    Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside

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


    Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern

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    In the Heat of the Night is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Lee Grant

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


    Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank

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    What Lies Beneath is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Michelle Pfeiffer, Harrison Ford, Amber Valletta

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


    Sharon Stone, Bill Murray, Jessica Lange

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    A Few Good Men is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jack Nicholson

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

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    Murder at 1600 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Diane Lane, Wesley Snipes, Alan Alda

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    Gone Baby Gone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Morgan Freeman, Michelle Monaghan, Ed Harris

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

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    The House of the Spirits is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Glenn Close

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


    Paula Kelly, David Wayne, Arthur Hill

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    The Mothman Prophecies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Richard Gere, Debra Messing, Laura Linney

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    Kathleen Turner, Christopher Lloyd, Bob Hoskins

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    The Long Kiss Goodnight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Mystery Movies


    Samuel L. Jackson, Geena Davis, Brian Cox

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