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The Best Mystery Movies Of 2018  

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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.

Looking for more mystery movies? Check out The Best Mystery Movies of 2019 list.

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John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee
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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Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding
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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Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
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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Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
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
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
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
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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Alexander Skarsgård, Riley Keough, James Bloor
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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Domhnall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter
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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Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan
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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Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jeon Jong-seo
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 (Yoo Ah-in) hoping to spend ...more
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Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany
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
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
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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Anna Mouglalis, Niels Schneider, Eric Godon
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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Helena Howard, Miranda July, Molly Parker
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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Abbey Lee, Ciarán Hinds, Dylan Baker
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
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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Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Lauren Lapkus
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