The Best Mystery Movies Of 2018 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.2k votes 671 voters 124.3k views 19 items

If you need a little adrenaline rush by living vicariously through onscreen characters, make sure to hit the theaters and see all the mystery movies of 2018. Mystery - much like horror and action - is a genre that has never really gone out of fashion in Hollywood. It seems audiences always crave films that test their thinking abilities, and push them to look for clues and decipher answers before the credits roll. If you're in need of a little intrigue and suspense, browse this list of the best 2018 mystery movies! 

The below mystery films are all engaging, of course, but which one is truly the best of the best? A good mystery film should have an intriguing setup, compelling characters, and a plot full of unexpected twists and turns that lead to a revelation that is difficult to guess. Some good 2018 mystery films include Red Sparrow, The Vanishing of Sidney Hall, and Game Night.

Vote for the best mystery movies this year below! Feel free to add any great whodunits and murder mysteries that may be missing.

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John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Aneesh Chaganty

Searching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty, shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. When David Kim (John Cho) discovers that his daughter, ...more
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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Game Night is a 2018 American comedy thriller film directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. A group of friends meet regularly for their game night, and one night they find ...more

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Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding

Released: 2018

Directed by: Paul Feig

A Simple Favor is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Paul Feig, based on the novel by Darcey Bell. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger, seeks to uncover the truth behind ...more
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Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

The Commuter is a 2018 psychological thriller-horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. While on his daily commute home, an insurance salesman (Liam Neeson) is offered $100,000 if he ...more
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Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson

Released: 2018

Directed by: Drew Goddard

Bad Times at the El Royale is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Drew Goddard. Over the course of one fateful night at a rundown hotel, seven strangers: a young concierge (Lewis ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Red Sparrow is a 2018 American spy thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence, based on the book by Jason Matthews. A Russian spy (Jennifer Lawrence) falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton) and ...more
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Fionn Whitehead, Will Poulter, Asim Chaudhry

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Slade

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a 2018 sci-fi mystery film directed by David Slade, and part of the Black Mirror science fiction anthology. After a young programmer (Fionn Whitehead) makes a ...more
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Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2018

Directed by: Shawn Christensen

The Vanishing of Sidney Hall is a 2017 American mystery drama film directed and co-written by Shawn Christensen. After writing a generation defining book that makes him world famous, a young ...more
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Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Bloor

Released: 2018

Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

Hold the Dark is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Jeremy Saulnier, based on the novel by William Giraldi. After the deaths of three children suspected to be by wolves, writer Russell ...more

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The Little Stranger Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson

The Little Stranger is a 2018 British supernatural horror film directed by Lenny Abrahamson, based on the novel by Sarah Waters. During one summer in 1947, a country doctor (Domhnall Gleeson) is ...more

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Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lee Chang-dong

Burning is a 2018 South Korean mystery drama film directed by Lee Chang-dong, based on the short story "Barn Burning" by Haruki Murakami. A part-time worker hoping to spend more time ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany

Released: 2018

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

Destroyer is a 2018 crime thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. A police detective (Nicole Kidman) reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make
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Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gareth Evans

Apostle is a 2018 period thriller film directed by Gareth Evans. When his sister is kidnapped by a religious cult, a mysterious man (Dan Stevens) travels to the remote island where he digs ...more

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Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julius Avery

Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more

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The Most Assassinated Woman in the World Anna Mouglalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Godon

Released: 2018

Directed by: Franck Ribière

The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is a 2018 French mystery thriller film directed by Franck Ribière. Grand Guignol Theatre in Paris has the leading lady Paula Max (Anna Mouglalis), ...more
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Madeline's Madeline Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Josephine Decker

Madeline’s Madeline is a 2018 mystery-thriller film directed by Josephine Decker. A theater director's (Molly Parker) latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star (Helena ...more
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Elizabeth Harvest Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Dylan Baker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sebastian Gutierrez

Elizabeth Harvest is a 2018 horror thriller film directed by Sebastian Gutierrez. When her brilliant scientist husband Henry (Ciarán Hinds) goes away for business, newlywed Elizabeth ...more
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Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, Greta Lee

Released: 2018

Directed by: Aaron Katz

Gemini is a 2017 American mystery thriller film directed by Aaron Katz. A heinous crime tests the complex relationship between a tenacious personal assistant (Lola Kirke) and her Hollywood ...more
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Holmes and Watson Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Lauren Lapkus

Released: 2018

Directed by: Etan Cohen

Holmes and Watson is a 2018 American action-mystery comedy film directed by Etan Cohen. A humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes (Will Ferrell) and ...more

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