When you're in the mood for a real whodunit nothing beats a good film inspired by a mystery book. The best movies based on mystery books feature a protagonist looking for answers. Many movies based on mystery fiction have spawned several sequels. Some of the best mystery films based off books have even been nominated for Academy Awards.
What movies adapted from mystery books will you find on this list. Vertigo has to be near the top. Based on the novel D'entre les morts, this Alfred Hitchcock classic follows James Stewart as a former detective turned private investigator. Several Hitchcock films – including The Lady Vanishes and To Catch a Thief – are also featured on this list.
Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express has inspired several films including Sidney Lumet's 1974 adaptation and is a prime example of a mystery novel made into a movie. Other good movies based on mystery novels include Laura, The Da Vinci Code, and The Manchurian Candidate.
How will we solve the mystery of which movie deserves the top spot on this list? Help us crack the case by voting up your favorites and please add any good mystery films inspired by books we may have missed.
- 161The Maltese Falcon is a 1941 Warner Bros. film noir based on the novel of the same name by... more
- 110This film is a 1974 British Technicolor mystery film directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Albert... more
- 80Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher and adapted... more
- 115The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 Swedish-American mystery thriller film based on the... more
- 81The Da Vinci Code is a 2006 American mystery-thriller film produced by John Calley and Brian... more
- 70Murder on the Orient Express is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed by Kenneth... more
- 62Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack... more
- 52Angels & Demons is a 2009 American thriller film directed by Ron Howard and based on Dan... more
- 52The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The... more
- 52This film is a 1955 romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, from a screenplay by John... more
- 52Vertigo is a 1958 American psychological thriller film directed and produced by Alfred... more
- 52The Girl on the Train is a 2016 American mystery thriller drama film directed by Tate Taylor,... more
- 54Diabolique is an 1996 American thriller directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and written by... more
- 20Evil Under the Sun is a 1982 British mystery film based on the 1941 novel of the same name by... more
- 21The Detective is a 1968 film directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by Aaron Rosenberg and... more
- 20And Then There Were None is a 1945 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling mystery... more
- 42Bullitt is a 1968 American action police procedural film directed by Peter Yates and produced... more
- 20Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian thriller film starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane.... more
- 20This film is a 1978 British film based on the Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same name,... more
- 10Dressed to Kill, also known as Prelude to Murder and Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Code, is... more
- 21Fletch is a 1985 comedy film about an investigative newspaper reporter, Irwin M. Fletcher. The... more
- 20Frenzy is a 1972 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay by Anthony... more
- 21Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 American neo-noir mystery thriller film directed by Ben Affleck,... more
- 20Harper, released in the UK as The Moving Target, is a 1966 film based on Ross Macdonald's... more
- 20In the Cut is a 2003 Australian-American mystery and erotic thriller film written and directed... more